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Essential oils for the festive seasonEssential oils are very potent through our sense of smell; and our sense of smell is one of the strongest triggers for emotions and memory. Essential oils have also been used for thousands of years to enhance human spiritual awareness, whether that be through prayer, meditation or some other spiritual practice. With that in mind I wanted to share with you two essential oil blends that are very much suited to the season of Christmas: Christmas Spirit™ and Three(3) Wise Men™

Christmas Spirit™

Christmas Spirit™ is a blend of citrus (orange), spice (cinnamon) and evergreen (spruce) reminiscent of northern winter holidays, and recalling feelings of joy and happiness that are associated with the festive season. The aroma from this blend will help you create a rich and spiritually uplifting aroma in your home during the holiday season and all year round. The oils that make up this blend are pretty amazing.

Orange. Includes the naturally occurring compound d-limonene – a potent antioxidant. It also helps maintain a healthy digestive system. On the emotional level, it’s elevating to the mind, bringing feelings of joy and peace.

Cinnamon Bark. Cinnamon Bark has been used for thousands of years and is associated with abundance and prosperity in many cultures such as China and India. It helps maintain a healthy lifestyle regimen and immune response and provides a spicy and delicious addition to cooking and baking.

Spruce. Spruce essential oil was also traditionally believed to possess the frequency of abundance. The Lakota Indians used it to enhance their ability to communicate with the world of Spirit. Spruce also assists the respiratory and nervous systems and can be used to relieve fatigued and achy muscles.

How to use Christmas Spirit™

  • Best way is to diffuse in a room or house, or add a few drops on Potpourri before gatherings or even during gatherings.
  • Apply a couple of drops over the heart, wrists or neck. Dilute with a vegetable oil when applying it topically (Note: Be mindful that Orange oil is photo-sensitive so if you are applying it topically be sure to cover your skin when going outdoors.)
  • Put a couple of drops on a wet cloth and put in the clothes dryer.
  • Add about 8 drops to tissue or cotton wool and place in vents.

Three (3) Wise Men™

3 Wise Men™ was formulated to open up the sub-conscious, promote feelings of reverence and enhance spiritual awareness. Its ingredients are:

Almond oil. A rich source of vitamin E and in ancient Ayurvedic medicine was regarded as a nutrient for the brain and nervous system.

Sandalwood. Very high in sesquiterpenes, those compounds that can help stimulate the pineal gland and limbic centre of the brain – the centre of emotions and memory. A useful oil to use in yoga and meditation. Much more on this essential oil, in my article Sandalwood essential oil – for Mind, Body and Spirit.

Juniper. Juniper also elevates spiritual awareness and creates feelings of love and peace. It has a sweet, earthy and woody aroma.

Frankincense. So much can be written about this essential oil. In short it’s probably the pre-eminent oil for spiritual activity and development. It was used an oil of anointing and in religious ceremonies for thousands of years. It too, like Sandalwood, stimulates the limbic area of the brain. Frankincense is also useful for massage and the maintenance of healthy skin. See my article on Frankincense for more information on this oil.

Spruce. See under Christmas Spirit™ above.

Myrrh. Like Frankincense, Myrrh is an essential oil heavily referenced in the Bible and has a high level of sesquiterpenes; hence a great oil for meditation or spiritual work. It was one of the gifts to the Christ child and can help us to open our hearts and minds. See my article on Myrrh for more information.

How to use 3 Wise Men™:

  • Apply 2 drops to the crown of the head or alternatively over the thymus or back of the neck. When applying rub in a clockwise manner to create an energy of opening (and ultimately receiving the gifts of spirit).
  • Like Christmas Spirit™ you can diffuse it in a room or add it to potpourri, as it has a beautiful, uplifting aroma or place on cotton wool in vents.
  • If used in massage, dilute 1:15 with a vegetable oil.
  • Wear as a cologne or perfume.

To all of you we extend our best wishes for the peace and blessings of Christmas.
May the festive season be a joyful time for you and your loved ones.
See you in 2016

Cheers
Anthony

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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Oil blend: Valor™

ValorA happy 2013 to you all folks.
In this post we begin a regular feature in this blog, where we take a close look at an oil blend. Last year, I wrote a blog for Wellbeing, entitled The magic of essential oil blends. In it I pointed out, that when we mix 2 or more essential oils together to make a blend, you end up with almost an entirely new essential oil; a potent essential oil that is ‘greater than the sum of it’s parts’, if you like.
So kicking off this new feature, I’m going to discuss what is probably one of my favourite oil blends – Valor™

Valor™ for confidence
Developed by Gary Young, Valor™, it contains the oils of Spruce, Rosewood, Blue Tansy, Frankincense and Almond oil as the carrier oil.  It’s based on a recipe found in the Roman ruins of Herculaneum. The Romans would apply this blend on their soldiers and gladiators before battle to instill them with confidence and courage – hence the name Valor. Gary developed this blend for a similar reason. This is the blend to use before that interview, important meeting or stage performance. My father recently used it before giving a eulogy at a funeral and it certainly helped him. I use it each morning before work, as an alternative to after-shaves and eau de colognes, because I love the smell; but I’m certainly aware of the power of this oil. Any time you are about to face a difficult situation that has you feeling afraid or uncomfortable use Valor™.  You can certainly diffuse it or inhale it, but I tend to apply 2-4 drops in my hand and rub it on my shoulders and back of the neck.

Valor™ to balance and align your body
Valor™ is also known as the “chiropractor in a bottle” for good reason. Valor™ helps re-align and balance the skeletal part of the body as well as the electrical energies within the body.[1] Just six drops rubbed into the soles of the feet or along the spine. It has even been known to help with scoliosis, and to change anaerobic mutated cells back into aerobic normal cells. If you are a massage therapist, try rubbing a few drops on the feet of your patient 5-10 minutes before you start your massage. Then rub 5-6 drops along the back. Chiropractors will find that this technique assists them in carrying out a skeletal alignment.

Here is technique you can apply to your partner before you go to sleep at night. It takes about 10-15 minutes, but you will have an amazing night’s sleep:

  • Remove any jewellery or watches (person being balanced and the balancer).
  • Apply three drops on to the sole of your hand and rub your hands together 3 times clockwise (This apparently re-aligns the molecules.
  • Rub the oil over the soles of the feet.
  • Hold the soles of the person’s feet with your palms – right palm to the left sole, left palm to the right sole.
  • You will feel something akin to a pulsing or heat in one foot. When you feel the same sensation/s in the other foot, the person has been balanced.

Valor™ experiences
Here’s what some other people had to say about Valor:

Valor promotes a feeling of confidence
Wanda Stachowski
WY, United States
I am so excited about using Valor! As a small business owner in sales, I often experience anxiety in approaching new contacts or making my follow-up calls. Using Valor has helped immensely! It gives me a feeling of confidence which projects in my demeanor. Using Valor in this way helps me to focus on my client rather than my insecurities. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!

A good night time oil
Ann Barrante
CT, United States
We use Valor on my daughter every night. It has helped her sleep more peacefully and she has no more night terrors. We tried lavender well as Peace & Calming and neither seemed to bring her the peace she finds from Valor. She asks for valor every night and now has her own bottle. She applies it to her big toes, her wrists and her temples. Then she inhales and thinks of a happy thought.
We also found Valor decreases my husbands snoring a lot. It has not gotten rid of it but has softened it to a tiny noise. Valor is a good oil to have on hand. Sweet dreams!

Valor aligned my spine
Corry Heinrich
NY, United States
I have had 2 back surgeries in 5 years. My body hadn’t been aligned for a long time before them and certainly wasn’t after them. I started using the oils for the pain in my back and down my leg. I applied them every hour in the beginning. It is my belief that valor was key in aligning my body. I used valor every morning. I put it on the bottom of my feet. The reflex points for your spine are along the inside of your foot. About half way in to the second bottle of valor is when the shift happened (about 3 months). I was walking down the stairs one morning and my body had a shift. I felt my hips drop in to place and I felt every disc in my back line up. A huge weight was lifted that morning and I have felt more centered ever since.

You can send questions to the people above or read other people’s testimonies here

If you have any further questions regarding Valor™, we’ll certainly try and answer them for you. Just drop us an email. If you’d like to order some Valor™, just click here, then click on Join Now and select Retail Customer. You will then be asked to fill in a once off membership form, before putting in your order.

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.

[1] Gary Young made this observation when he first developed Valor: “Valor has a very low frequency of 47 Hz, which works with the skeletal frequency of the bones. The bones have an electrical frequency of 45 Hz. These frequencies together allow the muscles and tendons to relax and the bones and vertebrae to move and self-correct the skeletal alignment.” Young, D Gary ND. Aromatherapy: the Essential Beginning, Essential Press Publishing, 1996

Getting ready for the next Flu season. Part Two

Last week we saw some evidence of the diabolical dynamic at work in antibiotics and ended by looking at alternatives. And I mentioned the essential oil blend – Thieves (See also this post). So we’ll look at this in more detail today, because it is a very potent and relatively safe alternative to the antibiotic cocktails which are served up today.

A Tale of 4 Thieves

The story behind the origins of the Thieves blend is a fascinating one. This blend is based on the account of 4 thieves in 15th Century France. During an outbreak of bubonic plague these 4 individuals robbed plague victims, without coming down with the disease themselves. When the four were eventually captured, they were offered a lighter sentence (hanging instead of being burned at the stake) in return for the secret of their ‘immunity’. It was revealed that these men rubbed themselves with (and inhaled) a number of essential oils, including Clove and Rosemary.

Research into this historic account by Young Living today, has led to the creation of an oil blend that contains Clove, Cinnamon Bark, Rosemary, Lemon and Eucalyptus Radiata essential oils. With this blend you have a combination that is anti-viral, antiseptic, anti-bacterial and anti-infectious.

In fact, studies conducted at Weber State University in 1997 were able to demonstrate its potency against airborne microorganisms. [1] The tests found a 90 % reduction in the number of Micrococcus Luteus (M.Luteus) organisms after diffusing Thieves in the air for 12 minutes and a 99.3 % reduction after 20 minutes of diffusing. With the pathogen Pseudomonas Aeruginosa they had a kill rate of 99.96% kill rate after 12 minutes of diffusing Thieves.

Both of these pathogens are fairly common and opportunistic pathogens that pose risks for immuno-compromised patients. Can you start to see the possibilities of using Thieves in hospitals and clinics?

Using Thieves

Many of the oils making up Thieves are powerful in their own right. Clove oil has the highest antioxidant capacity on the ORAC scale (over a million, compared to oranges at 750). [2] Cinnamon Bark has been shown to be very effective against MRSA (Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) [3], while Eucalyptus Radiata forms part of another blend- R.C. – which is equally potent against MRSA. Oil blends have been found to demonstrate a capacity not found in their component oils. The whole literally is greater than the sum of the parts.

So how do we use Thieves oil? Well we’ve already seen one study where it was diffused in the air. So if you have an oil diffuser (don’t use an oil burner, as you’ll damage the therapeutic qualities of your oils), put some Thieves oil in it and leave it on in a room for about 15-20 minutes, every 3-4 hours. Use it at home or in the workplace.  Try putting 4-8 drops on a cotton ball and putting it on a vent.

You can inhale it. You can apply it topically on the base of your feet – anywhere between 4-6 drops. If applying anywhere else on your body, you will want to avoid any part of your skin that is likely to be exposed to the Sun, as the oil is sensitive. And also dilute it, 1 part Thieves to 4 parts vegetable oil. Should you choose to take it internally (and this is not recommended for everyone), buy yourself some gelatin capsules (or enteric coated ones if you can get them) and put the oil (start with 2-4 drops initially) in them. Take them preferably before a meal, as otherwise you may find yourself belching Thieves.

I used the latter method to prepare for a trip to Egypt in 2005. I wanted to avoid what is known as ‘Pharaoh’s curse’, the typical belly bug one can get when visiting a third world country (diarrhoea, vomiting, gastric pains, etc), and build my immunity up. So each day prior to departure I took a capsule and gradually increased the dosage, starting at 2 drops and going up to 10-12 drops. It worked for me, as I avoided getting any kind of tummy bug in Egypt.

Thieves around the home.

As I pointed out earlier, something like Thieves ought to be widely used in places like hospitals and clinics. Unfortunately it isn’t as yet. However we can make it more difficult for bacteria and viruses to visit our homes and workplaces.  Young Living have incorporated the Thieves oil blend into a number of different products –  soaps, toothpaste, mouthwash, wipes, sprays and yes even household cleaners [4].

If this interests you or you would like to get your hands on some of this great stuff, contact us via our helpdesk or visit our site. Find out how you can get these products at a wholesale price and the Thieves kits which can save you money.

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.

[1] Effect of a diffused essential oil blend on bacterial bioaerosols. Author: S.C. Chao,  D.G. Young and C.J. Oberg, Journal: Journal of Essential Oil Research 10 (517-523) (Sept/Oct 1998)

[2] ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) was a test developed by USDA researchers at Tufts University in Boston, MA, USA. It is the first of its kind to measure time and degree of free-radical inhibition and has been able to identify the highest known antioxidant foods. This information from the Essential Oils Desk Reference, 4th Edition, Essential Science Publishing, Sept 2007, p 493

[3] Inhibition of Methicillin-Resistant Staphyloccus Aureus (MRSA) by Essential Oils. Author: S.C. Chao,  D.G. Young, C.J. Oberg and K Nakaoka, Journal: Flavour and Fragrance Journal, 23 (444-449) (2008)

[4] The Meaner, Greener Thieves Household Cleaner