Archive for January, 2010

What essential oils do I take to work?

For a long time I’ve been in the habit of carrying a small case of essential oils, in my briefcase, going to work each day. While the contents have varied somewhat over time, there are a number oils I like to have on hand.

Peppermint. Peppermint is, if not one of my favourite essential oils, then certainly the most used.  For me it’s come in handy for two reasons. If I’ve gone out to lunch with friends and perhaps have eaten a little too much or the wrong combination of foods and developed a tummy ache, this is the oil for me. I’ll rub 2-3 drops on my stomach area and within less than a minute, I get relief. The other alternative is to put the drops in some water and drink it.

The other way it’s handy is as a relief for headaches, particularly those that might be caused by back ache or tension. I’ll rub it on the back of the neck and again it provides me with relief. You just have to be careful that you don’t get it in your eyes, so I suggest washing your hands very well after using it.

Lavender. This is also a good one for headaches, particularly those that are cold related. The incidence of headaches for me is pretty low, so I haven’t used this one as much. I simply apply 2-3 drops on the temple and forehead.

Purification. This one is a Young Living blend (and all the oils I’ve mentioned up to now are YL – refer to my About page for the Whys) that consists of Citronella, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Melaleuca, Lavandin and Myrtle.  Incidentally, in a series of recent lab tests at Weber State University in Utah, Lemongrass was found to be the most effective essential oil against the MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) bug. (1)

Purification is a good oil to have around in the event of cuts, scrapes and insect bites. In this case I apply it directly to the wound, again 2-3 drops depending on the wound. It’s also useful in cleaning the air. So here, a person could either use it in a diffuser or put it on cotton balls and leave these in desks, drawers, rubbish tins or vents.

Thieves Waterless Hand Purifier. I could write a whole article just on the essential oil blend – Thieves – that is the main ingredient in this product (watch this space in the near future). I would regard Thieves as one of the most powerful oils in my arsenal. Thieves is made up of the oils of Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus Radiata and Rosemary. Thieves has powerful anti-fungal, anti-microbial and anti-viral properties. Working on the desk of a busy public library, handling hundreds of books and items each day, this waterless hand purifier comes in very handy. We unfortunately get back some pretty grotty books. No need to rush off to the bathroom sink each time. Just a drop or two of the Thieves hand purifier in the hands, rub them well and I’ve diminished significantly the possibility of infection as well as having my hands smell great.

Valor Essential oil roll-on. I work in an environment that’s not well air conditioned, so I can get pretty hot and perspired after shifting books or working with computer cabling. And I don’t have the luxury of going for a shower whenever I want. This is where the Valor roll-on comes in handy. Valor is an essential oil blend made up of the essential oils Spruce, Rosewood, Blue Tansy and Frankincense. It smells great!

I can either rub a little on my wrists, neck and collarbone, or as I’ve done a number of times, I rub a little on my hands and then rub my hands in the armpit area. There’s a lot more that can be said about Valor and I will come back to it in future. What I’ll say for now is that it’s a very potent oil blend that serves as more than just an aftershave or deodorant. Having said that, it makes a fabulously safe alternative to a lot of the ‘products’ people put on their bodies as deodorants, colognes and perfumes, but which is loaded with chemicals and what-not. Till next time.



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) The scientific data was published in an article entitled, Inhibition of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) by Essential Oils in the Flavour and Fragrance Journal, 23:444-449, (2008).

Essential Oils – A Brief History

As this video shows, essential oils have a long history.  To understand how essential oils work and what they can do, I cannot recommend enough this transcript of a lecture given by Gary Young : TheMissingLink_1998

Welcome to the world of Essential oils


Over the coming weeks some of the topics we’ll be visiting include:

  • Cheap essential oils – Do they exist?
  • Allergic reactions to essential oils
  • Essential oils for spiritual development
  • Swine flu and other menaces
  • Essential oils for ante-natal and neo-natal
  • Essential oils for the brain

If you’re totally new to essential oils, I urge you to check out the short 4 minute video on my post – Essential Oils – A brief history. On the same post you’ll also find The Missing Link. This is an excellent intro to how and why essential oils work.

What’s my background in essential oils? My journey began in 2003, when I came across a juice made of wolfberries from the NingXia region in China and developed by a man named Gary Young. There were some amazing claims put forward regarding the longevity of people in the NingXia region, attributed to the wolfberries.

Doing my own investigation, I uncovered research showing that the wolfberry had in fact the highest level of antioxidants in any food known to Man. So I bought my first bottle of this juice, now known as NingXia Red. And I’ve been using it ever since.

Furthermore, I came  to learn that Gary Young was something of an authority in the world of Essential oils, devising his own means to safely and effectively distill essential oils. His company Young Living produce and sell not only the Ningxia red juice, but a multitude of essential oils, oil blends, and essential oil products (food supplements, personal and beauty care and cleaning).

I began experimenting with and using Young Living’s essential oils and I haven’t looked back.  If I had a tummy ache, I would apply peppermint oil and in less than a minute start to feel better. With headaches I could apply either peppermint oil or lavender and do away with headache tablets for good. Oil blends such as Abundance and Joy would lift my spirits, as well as make a healthy alternative to after shaves.  And my health and wellbeing have improved immeasurably. Flu’s and colds that would sometimes last weeks are a thing of the past.