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Essential Oils Revolution 2

For those wanting to learn as much as possible about essential oils and the way to use them properly in your day to day life, I can think of no better opportunity than the coming series of online talks: Essential Oils Revolution 2.

Following on the heels of Essential Oils Revolution 2015, where over 160,000 people tuned in, this series promises to be quite interesting covering topics such as:

  • The truth about “therapeutic grade”, synthetics, and the most commonly adulterated oils.
  • How essential oils, homeopathy, and nutrition work together.
  • Practical tips for cooking with essential oils and integrating them into the recipes you love.
  • Effective oils to combat drug-resistant bacteria and how they are being used in community healthcare.
  • Combining frequency medicine with essential oils for healing emotions.
  • Oils for mood management, stress, anxiety, and better sleep.
  • Using oils for learning disabilities, ADHD, and special needs children.
  • Beating Lyme disease, improving blood sugar, and rebalancing your hormones with oils.
  • Reversing the 4 stages of trauma and using aromatherapy for coping with fear.
  • The different types of grief and how to help a mourning loved one with oils.
  • Preventing PTSD in first responders and service workers.
  • Preventing and treating yeast and fungal infections with oils.
  • Favorite oils for digestion, detoxification, skincare, and anti-aging.
  • Remedies for dandruff, athlete’s foot, and sugar cravings.

The talks are free and online, and they begin on August 22nd. To register click here.

A number of people have told me they won’t be able to attend all the talks, or that they’re at an inconvenient time. Not a problem you will be to acquire the downloads, including the transcripts. Click here for those.

Cheers

Anthony

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Essential oil ideas for Valentine’s Day

With Valentine’s Day approaching I thought I might share some ideas I’ve come across, for scents that could help make for a great occasion. I’ve stopped using after-shaves for some time and now only use essential oils. With so many great essential oils and oil blends who needs Calvin Klein, Lagerfeld, Chanel or Estee Lauder; especially when you consider that a lot of these big names use synthetics that aren’t that great for you.
ylang ylang

Ylang ylang trees on the Young Living farm in Ecuador. Imagine the aroma from 240,000 ylang ylang trees.

Ylang ylang (Cananga odorata)

One essential oil that I’ve been using lately as an after-shave alternative is Ylang ylang. It smells great and both guys and gals can use it. It has so many great qualities from both a physical and emotional level.
It’s uplifting, relaxing, promotes confidence and is said to balance male and female energies.  It has a reputation as an aphrodisiac and in Indonesia, the marriage bed is sprinkled with ylang ylang flowers on the wedding night. On a physical level it has properties that can assist with high blood pressure. I usually apply a few drops on either the wrists, neck or even chest area around the heart. However you could also diffuse it in your living area or bedroom, or alternatively incorporate it into a massage, by adding it to a carrier oil (Almond oil, jojoba, etc). Ylang ylang’s other properties are: antidepressant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, vasodilating and sedative
Blend Classification: Personifier and Modifier
Blends with: Anise, bergamot, cardamom, chamomile, cumin, geranium, grapefruit, lemon, marjoram, sandalwood and vetiver.
Odor: Type: Middle to Base Notes (20-80% of the blend); Scent: Sweet, heavy, cloying, tropical floral with spicy balsamic undertones.
Safety data: Use sparingly if you suffer low blood pressure.

Shutran™

Shutran is an essential oil blend that was especially created by Gary to be used like a cologne (although without the synthetics in it). And although it was designed for men to boost feelings of masculinity and confidence, its aroma is appealing to both men and women. It includes the exclusive-to-Young-Living Idaho Blue Spruce (Picea pungens), a refreshing, invigorating essential oil to both body and mind. Also in the blend is ocotea (Ocotea quixos), hinoki  (Chamaecyparis obtusa), davana (Artemisia pallens), cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica), coriander (Coriandrum sativum), lemon (Citrus limon), lavender (Lavendula angustifolia) and ylang ylang (Cananga odorata). If applying on your skin avoid direct sunlight for up to 12 hours after.

Blends you can make up

The following are a couple of great ideas that were posted on the Young Living blog

Tyler’s “Blue Collar Meets White Collar” after-shave.

Has a masculine yet gentle aroma, that you can apply after shaving or before bed to moisturize the skin overnight. For this blend use the following:

  • 6 drops of Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood (Santalum paniculatum)
  • 4 drops of Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha)
  • 3 drops of Mister™, Hong Kuai or Hinoki10 drops of V-6™ vegetable oil
  • 10 drops of witch hazel extract

Make sure you use darkened glass bottle to store your blend

Tyler’s “Perfume for Her” for a light, sweet and long-lasting perfume. For this blend use: 

  • 15 Drops of a citrus essential oil like Bergamot
  • 3 drops of either ylang ylang, lavender, clary sage or geranium
  • 2 drops of a secondary floral oils from those listed above.

If the aroma is too strong add a few drops of V-6™ vegetable oil . If you prefer it stronger, add an extra drop of oil (or as needed) of the two floral oils.

Hope you have a lovely Valentines

Till next time

Cheers

Anthony

Disclaimer: Please remember that anything discussed here does not
constitute medical advice and cannot substitute for appropriate medical care. Where essential oils are mentioned, it’s recommended you use only pure, unadulterated therapeutic grade essential oils and follow the safety directions of the manufacturer.

Further reading:
Using essential oils in your love life, Wellbeing,  30th January 2013
Using essential oils in your love life: Part 2, Wellbeing, 7th February 2013.
Essential oils vs perfumes, Essential Oils For Living, 14th February 2013

Brain power oilTwo weeks ago I talked about (Essential oils that help your brain) a number of essential oils that have been shown by research to be beneficial to our brain and in particular our cognitive abilities. It would be remiss of me to not mention a number of oil blends and oil based supplements that could also benefit people. Essential oil blends are great in that you can combine a number of different but complementary essential oils, such that the resulting blend is greater than the “sum of the parts”. You basically amplify the effects that you would get using a single oil.

Brain Power™

Brain Power™ contains the oils: Blue cypress (Callitris intratropica), cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica), frankincense (Boswellia carteri), helichrysum (Helichrysum italicum), lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), melissa
(Melissa officinalis) and sandalwood (Santalum album). It was formulated to help give your brain a boost with essential oils that are high in sesquiterpenes. Of the oils included, Cedarwood has the highest
concentration of oxygenating sesquiterpenes. No other essential oil exceeds it. It’s followed closely by melissa, then sandalwood and blue cypress, with frankincense coming in fourth. Why is this so important?
For memory retention and recall, the brain has to have oxygen coming to it. You also have helichrysum in this blend because of its chelating capacity. What is that you say? It will help clear the brain of any chemicals and heavy metals such as lead and mercury, and open the blood vessels up so that the oxygen can get through. Melissa is calming and uplifting. Frankincense is an oil that has been used to battle depression, while lavender is an oil that’s been documented to improve concentration and mental acuity.

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Essential oils that support your brain

The hippocampus regulates the function of memory.

The hippocampus regulates the function of memory.

So much of our daily lives and quality of life relies on the health of our mental faculties. And yet we are plagued on one end by mental fatigue, poor concentration and burn-out and on the other with long-term degenerative diseases such as Alzheimers and Dementia. Good news is that we can do something about it. Scientific research suggests there are a number of essential oils that can benefit our cognitive abilities and help us to maintain healthy brains. One lecturer in early childhood and special education studies, Professor Barbara Wilmes, has even gone as far as to suggest that educators should be using essential oils to boost learning in our classrooms. [1]

Thyme essential oil (Thymus vulgaris)

One of the primary structural components of the brain is a fat known as DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid). DHA belongs to the Omega 3 group of fatty acids and is largely derived from fish oils. So yes, keep using the fish oil. Of the Omega 3 fatty acids, DHA and EPA are the most important to our brain and overall health. Did you know that Thyme essential oil has been shown in research to dramatically slow down the degeneration of DHA in the brain?

In a study carried out in 2000, laboratory rats were fed a daily dose of thyme oil (42.5 mg/K of body weight over the course of their lifetime (around 28 months). When the data was analyzed it was found that DHA levels in the 28 month old rat brains was the same as that of 7 month old rats. Putting this in human terms, it would be the equivalent of an 80 year old having the brain chemistry of a 20 year old. [2]

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Using essential oils in cooking

Cooking with essential oilsEssential oils belong as much in a kitchen as they do in the medicine chest, first-aid kit, diffuser or bed-side table; and there are numerous essential oils that are well suited for your day to day cooking.

Benefits.
If you are like me you’re probably quite concerned at the quality (or lack of it) of the food that comes before us. And of course there’s the health risks in so much of the ingredients that are used in our foods. Well provided you’re using pure and unadulterated therapeutic grade quality essential oils, you can reduce the risks and enhance the quality and taste of your meals (and beverages).

For starters, essential oils used in your food can kill unwanted microbes, increase the natural enzymatic secretions in your G.I. tract, and allow for more energy and oxygen uptake by your cells.

What about fresh and dried herbs? Surely they’re as good as essential oils.

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Sorry folks, it’s been a long time between articles. 🙂

Anthony

I recently came across a study which showed that people who take aspirin and tylenol to deal with colds and flus actually suppress their body’s ability to produce antibodies, and so actually prolong their colds and lead to secondary infections. [1] Then you have antibiotics, which actually do a lot of harm to the body’s gut flora. Hence, the title of this post. Essential oils don’t supplant your immune system, they assist and support it. Here are some things to consider as we enter the cold and flu season.

Use Eucalyptus oil or any of the Citrus oils in a diffuser daily. This will help clear the airborne environment of any pathogens. Oils such as orange and grapefruit are also beneficial in keeping people’s moods up-beat. As there is evidence that stress is a contributing factor to colds and flus, this something you definitely want to keep in mind.[2]

In addition here are some other oils you might want to consider, either in your diffuser or to use internally (note the safety precautions for each oil):

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Oils of Ancient ScripturesThis is a compilation of 3 blogs I did recently on Wellbeing, in a series entitled Ancient Medicine (part one, two and three). I discussed 12 oils in totals: Sandalwood, Cassia, Cedarwood, Cypress, Frankincense, Galbanum, Hyssop, Myrrh, Myrtle, Onycha, Cistus/Rose of Sharon and Spikenard. All twelve of these are referenced in the Bible (Old and/or New Testaments). What I have added here are people’s testimonials on how they used these oils, so check them out. All these oils are available in one kit of 12 5ml bottles, as well as an audio tape (see the image to the left). To order a kit, visit our site. You will need to create an account, so just click on Join Now. Contact us if you have any questions.

Cheers
Anthony
Sandalwood (Santalum album)
Sandalwood (also known as Aloes) has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years to revitalise the skin and for meditation and yoga. It was also used by the ancient Egyptians in the embalming process. Its properties include anti-tumoral, anti-viral and a stimulant to the immune system. Research has been documented showing its ability to inhibit numerous types of cancer cells and viruses, including the papilloma virus and herpes zoster.”And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about a hundred pound weight” – John 19:39(See also sandalwood under 15 essential oils for stress relief and Essential oils for the spirit).
Some uses:

  • To enhance sleep, place a drop in your hands and rub them together, then place them over your nose and inhale deeply.
  • Use as a cologne or after-shave. Combine it with a carrier oil, such as almond oil, if desired.
  • For cold sores, apply one drop on the cold sore as soon as it appears and repeat this 5 times a day.
  • Massage into the scalp to retard greying of the hair.
  • Place a drop on cuts to speed up healing.
  • Rub a drop above the eyebrows in a circle around the eye 1-3 times a day, to improve healing.
  • Use a couple of drops for dry, chapped skin. You can combine with a carrier oil such as almond or jojoba.
  • Add 5-6 drops to running water in a bath tub for a relaxing bath.

Check out other people’s experiences in these Testimonials

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Stress relief blends: Peace and Calming, RutaVaLa, Stress Away, Tranquil and White Angelica

Stress relief blends: Peace and Calming, RutaVaLa, Stress Away, Tranquil and White Angelica

This week, I’ll be putting out a post on Wellbeing, looking at the best essential oils for stress relief; so I thought I would use this post to look at some of the top oil blends for stress relief. An oil blend is going to be more potent than the sum of its parts (oils). Somehow the combined effect is greater than if you had applied the individual oils on their own. Imagine, then if we combine essential oils known for their stress relieving properties. Gary Young, of Young Living, has over the years created some amazing blends.
Some of the oil blends you may want to try out if you are suffering from stress are: Peace and Calming™, RutaVaLa™, Stress Away™, Tranquil™, Valor™ and White Angelica™. As well as a brief description, I’ve included the experiences of people who have used these oils successfully. If you follow the links, you may find that you can contact a number of these people to ask them questions. Also many of these blends are available as roll-ons.

 

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Essential oils as anti-fungal agents

A culture of Aspergillus niger. Source: Proquence at en.wikipedia

A culture of Aspergillus niger. Source: Proquence at en.wikipedia

One of the often overlooked properties of essential oils are their anti-fungal capabilities. Fungal infections can be as serious as any viral or bacterial infections, even resulting in death. We all have fungi and yeast to some extent – in our stomachs, our skin and pretty much everywhere in our environment – they feed on dead tissue and material. As they are kept under control, fungi in our bodies present no problems as they digest what we no longer need.

Causes
The problems start when we have too many simple sugars in our diet. Simple sugars are things like refined sugar, syrups, candy, soda pops, soft drinks and fruit. These are foods that are absorbed and digested very quickly. Complex sugars (or carbohydrates) are foods like vegetables, legumes and grains. So when we have too much of the simple sugars (or carbs) in our diet, fungal cultures can grow out of control and invade the blood and gastrointestinal tract. An example of this is Candida (Candidiasis).  Candida excretes large quantities of toxins that end up in the liver. From there, they are usually eliminated from the body. However if there is too much of these toxins, it will eventually overload the liver and there will be flow on effect to the rest of the body’s tissues and organs, possibly resulting in diseases such as cancer and arteriosclerosis.

So in the case of candida, the first thing you need to do is cut or eliminate the simple sugars from your diet. Antibiotics and alchohol are also a no-no if you have a fungal or yeast infection. You also need to ensure you have a sufficient in-take of minerals like potassium, magnesium and zinc. My next step would then be to use essential oils.

Using essential oils
A 2006 study tested 75 essential oils and found what are supposed to be the most potent anti-fungal agents among these.[1] These are cinnamon bark, cassia, clove, bay laurel, basil, lemongrass, geranium and thyme. In fact the first 6 of these essential oils were found to be superior to the anti-fungal drug – Hexaconazole. Other essential oils that are effective against fungal infections are Melaleuca (M. ericifolia), blue cypress, lavender, mountain savory and melissa. Among the blends, possibly the best would Thieves™, which is well known for its ability to eliminate toxic black mould. Young Living have incorporated Thieves™ into various cleaning products (which I might add are also safe for the environment). Thieves™ oil blend includes clove and cinnamon bark oil. The latter has been found to effective against at least 35 different fungi.

Cinnamon oil against fungi

Clove oil has been found to be effective against at least 15 different types of fungi, including Candida Albicans.

When applying any of these oils topically, you may wish to dilute them with a vegetable oil (50/50) as some of them (e.g. Cinnamon and Clove) are quite strong. If taking internally, I would use a gelatin or vegetable capsule and start with a few drops initially and then build up the dose. Always use pure, therapeutic grade quality essential oils.

If you would like more information on this topic or would like to obtain any of the essential oils referred to in this post, please contact us.

Till next time
Cheers

Anthony

Disclaimer: Please remember that anything discussed here does not
constitute medical advice and cannot substitute for appropriate medical care. Where essential oils are mentioned, it’s recommended you use only pure, unadulterated therapeutic grade essential oils and follow the safety directions of the manufacturer.

Further reading

For more information on Thieves, check out my post Getting ready for the next Flu season. Part Two

Sources:
[1]  Pawar VC, Thaker VS. In vitro efficacy of 75 essential oils against Aspergillus niger. Mycoses. 2006 Jul;49(4):316-23

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I’m often amazed when members of the medical establishment come out asking where the evidence for alternative medicine’s efficacy or value is.
Richard Dawkins, the evolutionary biologist, has defined alternative medicine as a “set of practices that cannot be tested, refuse to be tested, or consistently fail tests.” [1] He has also stated that “there is no alternative medicine. There is only medicine that works and medicine that doesn’t work.” [2]  He has argued that if a technique is demonstrated effective in properly performed trials, it ceases to be alternative and simply becomes medicine. [3]
Ok perhaps Richard, would like to explain why on the basis of the following studies, the compound Limonene, found in many citrus essential oils, has not been incorporated into the fight against cancer (either as a preventative or treatment). Hmm? No great return on investment for something that grows on a tree perhaps?
The following are studies I came across when doing research for my article on citrus oils. They are from the site Young Living Link, which has a store of fabulous information on essential oils. You will note that they have only updated the studies carried out up to 2002. That doesn’t mean that research on Limonene stopped then. I’ve added below the links to abstracts on 7 other studies carried out since then. So check them out too.

Till next time

Cheers

Anthony

Limonene Studies (1971 – 2002)

Research on Limonene since 2002

Disclaimer: Please remember that anything discussed here does not
constitute medical advice and cannot substitute for appropriate medical care. Where essential oils are mentioned, it’s recommended you use only pure, unadulterated therapeutic grade essential oils and follow the safety directions of the manufacturer.

[1]  Dawkins, Richard (2003). A Devil’s Chaplain. Weidenfeld & Nicolson.
[2]  Dawkins, Richard (2003). A Devil’s Chaplain. United States: Houghton Mifflin. p. 58
[3]  “Review: A Devil’s Chaplain by Richard Dawkins”The Guardian (London). 2003-02-15