Archive for April, 2010

Chemistry of Essential Oils made simple

 

Chemistry of essential oils made simple

 

This is a great book if you wish to understand how and why essential oils work. Don’t be put off by the title. I attended Dr Stewart’s talk in Sydney, April 2010 and I’m wishing I had someone like that to teach me chemistry at school all those years ago. It’s not easy to find someone who can explain complex subjects in an ‘easy to understand’ laymen’s terms. This book and this author definitely do.

Buy the book

 

WHO Appoints H1N1 Cover-up committee

Take a look at this article folks. It should give everyone food for thought; especially when someone suggests (or demands) you should(or must) take a flu shot to save you from this or that epidemic.

WHO Appoints H1N1 Cover-Up Committee

By James Corbett, April 13 2010,  Global Research.ca

And to make sure we all take our medication… Have a look at this article from Mike Adams in Natural News, April 27th

Big Brother to track your medication compliance with electronic transmitters in pills

 

The doubts in many people’s minds over the vaccines and medicines being produced by the pharmaceuticals continues to grow. A lot of people just don’t realize how strong many antibiotics and vaccines actually are. In many cases, the cure can be more damaging than the illness.  Only just recently we saw health authorities in Australia warning doctors not to give the flu vaccine to children under 5 (so much for the idea that vaccines should only be given to the weakest in our society – children and the elderly), after a child fell critically ill and others developed serious adverse reactions after receiving the vaccination in Western Australia. [1]

Meanwhile in the U.S., health authorities recommended that doctors suspend the use of Rotarix, a vaccine used to treat children suffering from rotavirus (a diarrhea inducing infection), after the vaccine was found to be contaminated with DNA from a pig virus. [2] Surprise, Surprise. For more information on the latter, check out the video from the National Vaccine Information Center in the U.S. at the end of this post. You’ll also find a good article on the subject and an interview of Barbara Loe Fisher from NVIC on Dr Mercola’s site. To get access to the article, you’ll be asked to subscribe to Mercola’s newsletter. This is FREE, and believe me well worth it.

Building an ‘arsenal’ of essential oils

Coming back to the title of this post…Last week we discussed Thieves essential oil as a powerful but relatively safe preventative measure against many airborne infections. It’s also worth using if you have already contracted a cold or flu as it will help build your body’s immunity and help it to recover, WITHOUT damaging the good bacteria in your body. On a number of occasions I’ve taken Thieves oil internally, using a gelatin capsule, with anywhere between 4-8 drops of oil.

It is by no means the only essential oil effective against germs and viruses.

Immupower is another essential oil blend that will strengthen your immunity. It contains Cistus, Frankincense, Oregano, Idaho Tansy, Cumin, Clove, Hyssop, Ravensara and Mountain Savory. It can be diffused, directly inhaled or applied to cotton balls (4-8 drops) and placed on vents. It can also be applied topically around the navel, chest, temples, wrists, under the nose or on the Vita Flex points on the feet. When applying topically dilute it with olive oil, 4 drops of olive oil to 1 drop of Immupower.

Inner Defense Softgels, formulated to tackle the largest range of pathogenic organisms, this blend is made up of Thieves, Oregano and Thyme and comes encapsulated in a vegetable capsule. The Essential Oil Desk Reference recommends 1-2 capsules a day. [3]

Ningxia Red juice is a great companion to Inner Defense or any other essential oils. Its constituents include foods that have the highest antioxidants known to Man – blueberries, raspberries, pomegranates, apricots and top of the list, the Ningxia Wolfberries. It also contains Lemon an Orange essential oils. I could write an article or two just on this beverage alone, and we will come back to it in future, but for now let’s just say that it’s a good way to build one’s immunity up on a day to day basis. My own experience with it is that I feel it’s improved my health immeasurably over the past 6 years. Definitely a part of the ‘arsenal.’

RC and Raven. RC is a blend made up of Eucalyptus Globulus, Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Radiata, Eucalyptus Citriodora, Myrtle, Pine, Spruce, Marjoram, Lavender, Cypress and Peppermint. I mentioned RC and Eucalyptus Radiata in my post last week. Research has found RC to be the most potent oil blend against the MRSA bug (Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus). [4] Raven contains the oils Ravensara, Eucalyptus Radiata, Peppermint, Wintergreen and Lemon.

A friend of mine, Artemis, suggests that if you have a cold or flu, you should alternate between these two oils – “RC contains oils that are more antibacterial, whereas Raven contains oils that are more antiviral. However, I have never really noticed this. What I do notice is that RC decongests (so it’s great to use when we are all stuffed up), whereas Raven does the opposite. So if my nose is running profusely and won’t stop (the proverbial “dripping tap”), then Raven is the oil that I would use. I put it around my throat area, as it’s a little stronger to use on sensitive skin like the face. And normally I’d apply these oils several times a day as needed. I have also observed that I can put RC on just before I go to bed and it won’t affect my sleep, whereas Raven keeps me awake so one of the oils in it must be a stimulant ” (Most likely the peppermint and lemon – Anthony).[5]

Myrtle, is another great oil listed by Artemis for the cold and flu season, particularly those nasty coughs – “I first fell in love with Myrtle when I realized its benefits to coughing. I have used it on many people during coughing fits (or that nasty tickle in the throat that leads to hacking coughing at the tail end of a cold). In virtually everyone I’ve used it on, the coughing has stopped pretty much instantly, and they had minimal coughing for the next couple of hours.  When Noel’s son Robin was sick one day and we had no RC on hand, Noel gave him some Myrtle. He rubbed it on his chest, and voila! 4 hours later he was feeling well enough to return to work. It’s become one of Robin’s favourite oils. Then I tried Myrtle on a lady at one of my playshops, and she was experiencing wheezing in her chest. And voila! Wheezing stopped.” [6]

Purification is an oil blend I’ve mentioned in previous articles with reference to insect bites. But it’s also good for cleaning the air and keeping airborne pathogens away. Aside from diffusing it, I would try rubbing it on the soles of my feet. It contains Citronella, Lemongrass, Lavandin, Rosemary, Melaleuca and Myrtle. Some very powerful oils in this blend.

Peppermint and Lemon are two oils that are a ‘must have’ in the anti-cold/flu arsenal. Peppermint is great for when you get that headache. I just rub 2-3 drops around the base of neck. And for when I get that tickle and bit of phlegm in the back of my throat, (that to me signal the onset of a cold or flu) I put 3 drops of Peppermint oil and 3 drops of Lemon oil (and if I have Eucalyptus Radiata on hand, 3 drops of that as well) on a spoon and down the hatch. It sure gives you Zing, but for the germs it’s the equivalent of a knockout punch. {:-)

This is by no means an exhaustive list. There are other oils which are also quite powerful against infections. Lemongrass, I’ve mentioned on a previous occasion as being effective against MRSA, while Rosemary is antiseptic, antifungal and antimicrobial. Eucalyptus Radiata, which I mentioned briefly, is anti-infectious, antiviral, antibacterial and an expectorant. I hope you’ve found this list useful for building your own ‘armory’. If you would like any more information on any of these, feel free to 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.

[1] Calls for calm amid flu jab scare, ABC News, Sat Apr 24th

[2] CNN, March 22 2010

[3] Essential Oils Desk Reference, 4th Edition, Essential Science Publishing, Sept 2007, p192

[4] 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)

[5] Artemis’ oils bulletin: RC and other oils for the cold and flu season, 6th July 2008

[6] Ibid

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

Essential Oils Desk Reference

Essential Oils Desk Reference I consider this THE bible on essential oils. It covers the science and history behind essential oils, information on individual oils, oil blends,  dietary and nutritional supplements, hormones, personal care, essential oils for animals, techniques for the use of essential oils such as Raindrop, Auricular and Vitaflex and Cleansing/Detox programmes. It is a wealth of knowledge. If you buy any book on essential oils, this is the one to buy. The environmental activist, Deirdre Imus, listed this book as her favourite on essential oils, in her book Growing Up Green: Baby and Child Care.

Buy this book

A story I read just recently in Mike Adams’ Natural News [1] , made me think that now might be a good time to look at preventive measures for the upcoming flu season. I appreciate this might affect the southern hemisphere more than the north, who are moving into spring, however the subject matter ultimately affects everyone at one time or another.

Mike Adams was  discussing a recent study published in PLoS Medicine: Does Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Increase the Risk of Illness with the 2009 A/H1N1 Pandemic Virus?

Viboud C, Simonsen L (2010) Does Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Increase the Risk of Illness with the 2009 A/H1N1 Pandemic Virus? PLoS Med 7(4): e1000259. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1000259 [2]

The result of this study doesn’t surprise me and confirms how I feel about vaccines and most pharmaceuticals in general. I agree with Mike Adams’ conclusion: the vaccine manufacturing business is exactly that – a business. Curing customers isn’t ultimately good business for the pharmaceuticals, who want repeat customers. If vaccines actually damage your immune system, then this achieves their aims. And this latest study appears to confirm that.

The study found ” that receipt of TIV in the previous season (autumn 2008) appeared to increase the risk of  pH1N1 illness by 1.03- to 2.74-fold, even after adjustment for co morbidities, age, and geography”.  In other words, if you were vaccinated for the previous seasonal flu, you were 103-274% more likely to cop the H1N1 flu than if you had avoided the seasonal flu shot to begin with.

Alternatives

Drug manufacturers are forever creating new drugs to combat bacteria, but the fact remains, the bugs keep developing immunity to our antibiotics. One of the strongest bacteria to emerge in our day – MRSA – is so named because it is resistant to one of the most powerful antibiotics on the market. The Staphylococcus Aureus is a common enough and harmless bacteria, however its Methicillin resistant variant is not so benign. The antibiotic Methicillin itself can be lethal to the patient using it. So imagine if they develop an antibiotic stronger than Methicillin to combat the MRSA.

At this point in time, no virus or bacteria has been found, that can develop immunity to an essential oil. [3]

There is couple of reasons for this:

  1. Essential oils are comprised of hundreds of compounds, while laboratory-produced medicines usually consist of only one or two active ingredients. Viruses and bacteria have no difficulty in breaking the codes of a man-made medicine than in attempting to form a resistance to an essential oil.
  2. Furthermore, essential oils are never twice the same while every batch of a pharmaceutical drug is always the same, reproduced with laboratory exactness. Hence, with repeated exposure to the same identical drug, it’s easier for viruses and bacteria to work out its toxic properties and develop a resistance. Essential oils on the other hand are never identical from year to year. Even if bugs did work out oil’s toxic components, they would have to start all over with the next crop.

Some of the most potent essential oils in fighting and resisting infection are oils like Clove, Lavender, Rosemary, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus, and Lemongrass. When a number of these oils are blended together, you end up with an essential oil blend that is more potent than the sum of its parts. In our next post we’ll look at one oil blend that is so potent against viral and bacterial infections, it was used to great effect in the middle Ages to protect people against the Plague – Thieves.

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]Seasonal flu vaccines increase risk of pandemic H1N1 flu, stunned scientists discover” By Mike Adams, Natural News.com,Thursday, April 08, 2010

[2] Does Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Increase the Risk of Illness with the 2009 A/H1N1 Pandemic Virus? Cécile Viboud, Lone Simonsen PLoS Med 7(4): e1000259. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1000259

[3] The Raindrop Messenger, Official newsletter of C.A.R.E. (Center for Aromatherapy Research and Education) Vol 8, No 1 Jan-Feb 2010. To subscribe

Cheap Frankincense? Not worth it!

 

Gary Young examining Frankincense resin. Courtesy of Young Living

A friend of mine recently sent me a link to a website which sold essential oils and other organic products online. It looked like a great site, beautifully presented and fully functional. I came across Frankincense which they listed as being 100% Pure. When I looked at the price, it was AUS$14.30 for a 17ml. From my own background knowledge that seems cheap. Very cheap.

Let’s play with numbers a little. The best quality Frankincense (and we’ll look at the different types available later in this post), Boswellia Carterii comes from Somaliland and Puntland in East Africa. They produce something like 400-450 tons a year. [1] Young Living source their Frankincense from this location and distil it in Nairobi, Kenya. Contrary to popular opinion, Frankincense is currently not commercially harvested and distilled in Oman. In fact, according to Dr Ahmed Warfa, a world authority on Frankincense, Oman hasn’t exported Frankincense for over 50 years. [2] Watch out for any company that makes this claim for their frankincense. Read the rest of this entry