Archive for April, 2012

How do we create a healthy society?

I don’t know about you folks, but I’m both tired and angry at what I see as the rapaciousness of many corporations around the world, and the apparent ineptitude of governments in dealing with this. On a daily basis we are seeing workers denied pay rises or thrown out of jobs while their CEOs vote themselves enormous bonuses or pay increments. [1] We see environments being destroyed and the rights of indigenous peoples being trampled on. And we see our health and wellbeing being constantly compromised by poor food, medicine and products, all in the name of the mighty dollar. We are then told that this is a part of capitalism we should all accept and move on. After all what’s the alternative? We see governments raising taxes and cutting public expenditures. And we are told that this is for the ‘health’ of the economy – supposed economic rationalism. Again there is this expectation that we should accept this as part of our way of life living in modern market economies. But is this truly the case or is it simply that alternatives aren’t openly discussed or highlighted in the mainstream media ?

This article is a little off the topic of essential oils or even health issues (Ok, maybe a lot. :-)  ) But then for me the issue of health has always been more than just our physical wellbeing. There’s also our emotional, mental and spiritual health to consider. A society of individuals that enjoy good health all-round (physical, emotional, mental and spiritual) will likely make for a healthy society. But conversely if our social institutions are sick, they will tend to propagate sickness (in all its forms) within us too.  As a concerned human I find myself asking “What are the hallmarks of a healthy society?” This article I hope will go some ways to getting you all thinking that it’s not all hopeless; that there are alternatives out there and lots of great ideas that can get us through this turbulent period in history.

The One Gift

Just recently I finished reading this marvellous book – The One Gift – Gary Young’s first novel.

The story is set in the Arabian peninsula around 3000 years ago at the time of King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba. It highlights the frankincense,  myrrh and precious spice trade as it existed back then; while the story itself revolves around Shutran, a merchant and caravan commander, and his family.
Shutran and the men working with him must transport the precious frankincense through some of the most difficult terrain in the world, and in the novel, you get a great sense of the dangers involved: giant sandstorms, desert bandits, pirates, black scorpions and worst of all – treachery. So there’s plenty of adventure and action in this story.
But I felt that this was so much more than just a great adventure story – there’s a lot of heart and wisdom in it too. Shutran is a true leader, a man of honour and integrity, respected and even loved by the men under his command. So much so, that he wins the respect of kings and queens. I reckon there is a lot that modern leaders could learn from him. And Shutran it turns out is also a great father and husband.
It’s also a very spiritual novel and we see in many instances how Shutran uses his intuition and his faith in the spirit to get him and his men through many a danger.
The novel has some great illustrations, but best of all I loved the large map of the Arabian peninsula that you get with the book. I think it’s a well researched novel. In fact I get the feeling from reading The One Gift, that this might have been a past life for Gary Young. Who knows?
In past posts, I’ve talked about the value placed in Frankincense by the Ancients. I think The One Gift does a great job of conveying the value the ancient people placed in this spice and how civilizations were shaped around this amazing tree and its resin (See our previous posts: Frankincense: Treasure for the ancient world, hope for the modern, Part One and Two ). AbeBooks have reasonably price copies of the book if you want to buy one.
Till next time,
Cheers
Anthony

Evernote Essentials

Ok, so what am I doing reviewing a book on a web application, you might ask? People have been asking me what I use to write my posts and articles on the website. My answer is Evernote.  I find Evernote to be probably one of the most useful applications on the web for storing articles, research, clippings, photos, documents, you name it.   I basically use Evernote to store articles and files that come in handy for research – and that includes essential oils and health related topics. However you can use it to load all kinds of stuff. Lately I been using it to store and display our holiday photos. Aside from just storing Everrnote helps you organise it, so you can later find it.

Anyway for those of you interested in this useful application, I came across this book by Brett Kelly – Evernote Essentials

It’s only 84 pages long and it’s aimed at both beginner and advanced user.

It covers things like :

  • how to tag effectively, set up email filters
  • using Evernote as a task management system
  • photo sharing
  • Evernote for bloggers
  • Evernote with e-mail
  • Evernote as an address book
  • Evernote as a filing cabinet
  • even Evernote for Foodies.

If you really want to get the best out of this cloud computing application, then this is a book you’ll want to check out. The book costs $25 but I think for what you get it’s value for money. For more info check out Brett Kelly’s site.

Anthony

Click here to visit Brett Kelly

To see an example of an Evernote notebook, check out some of our holiday photos or if you want to create a movie journal.

Evernote Essentials book – Click here to visit Brett Kelly

 

 

 

 

At the Young Living convention in Brisbane, last year (Oct 13-15th 2011), I attended the lectures of Dr Peter Minke.
Dr Peter Minke, a survivor of cancer, is a prominent advocate of healthy lifestyles and an avid user of therapeutic grade essential oils. Married with four children, Dr Minke explained why essential oils should form an integral part of every family’s first aid.
For Peter Minke, therapeutic grade essential oils fulfill all the requirements for a first aid tool. These are that they should be:
  • safe
  • easily available
  • easy to carry
  • easy to apply
  • easy to regulate the amount used
  • durable with long shelf life
  • fast acting
He outlined 6 key principles in the use of therapeutic grade essential oils as first aid tools for the family.
Principle 1: Expect therapeutic results from therapeutic grade essential oils. 
Dr Minke says don’t waste your time (and risk your health) with recreational fragrances. Only therapeutic grade essential oils will give you therapeutic effects. There are thousands of peer reviewed studies and journal articles documenting the effects of therapeutic grade essential oils. There are some things to consider regarding the safe use of essential oils:
  • Essential oils and water don’t mix. If you find that an oil is too hot on the skin, don’t use water. If it burns put vegetable oil on it first. This will draw up the essential oil. Then you can use soap and water.
  • Babies and menthol don’t mix. Don’t use peppermint or wintergreen with children under 3. One in 10,000 are sensitive to menthol. It can anesthetise the respiratory system.
  • Some oils are photo-sensitive (mostly citrus), so don’t put them on skin that will be exposed to the sun.
  • In first aid speed matters. With bumps and burns each passing moment allows for more swelling, inflammation and tissue damage. Likewise with bleeding, stings and bites, panic and extreme stress – work quickly.
Principle 2: Use what you have.
Some examples:
When Dr Minke’s 4 year old child had a fall and bumped his forehead – he used the blend Valor*
Another example was where he got 15 ant bites on his foot and it swelled up – he put the blend Purification* on it quickly.
Or if he got overheated out in the sun – Peppermint oil on his ear.
His wife became anxious during labor – she inhaled Lavender oil and it brought her blood pressure down.
A nose bleed on his son – he put Cypress oil on his arm.
If you see the kids are starting to get sick, start giving them Thieves* oil blend or Immupower* blend.
For babies some oils are harsh. Oils such as LemonMyrtle and Frankincense are gentle. Dilute them with V6 if there is any sensitivity.
Principle 3: Be a super sleuth
  • Watch for signs of change – better or worse
  • Expect immediate results.
  • Change the programme if it’s not working.
  • And bring the oils with you when you’re waiting in or on your way to the emergency room.
Early intervention is best.
Principle 4: Body Weight Equivalent
Use less on a baby. 1 drop on a 10 lb baby is like 20 drops on a 200 lb adult (2.2 lb to the kilogram).
Dr Minke’s favourite oils for infants include: Valor*LemonMyrtleLavender and Frankincense.
Diaper bag essentials: Valor*CypressPurification* and Thieves
Home essentials: FrankincenseLavenderLemonPeppermintMyrtleImmupower* and Deep Relief* roll-on.
Principle 5: Frequency, Intensity and Duration
How much oil to use? Enough oil often enough for long enough to make a difference. Watch for signs of improvement or change.
Dr Minke uses about 1-3 drops of oil for a small child (0-5 years of age)
Principle 6: Be prepared.
Last but not least, you can’t use oils if you don’t have any oils.
Till Next time
Cheers
Anthony
(* Blends: Deep Relief roll-on (made of Peppermint, Wintergreen, Copaiba and Palo Santo essential oils); Immupower (made up of  Hyssop, mountain savory, cistus, ravensara, frankincense, oregano, clove, cumin and idaho tansy essential oils); Purification (made up of Citronella, lemongrass, rosemary, Melaleuca, lavandin and myrtle); and Valor (made up of spruce, rosewood, blue tansy and frankincense in a base of almond oil).
About Dr Peter Minke:

Peter Minke received his Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular and Cell Biology from Texas A&M University in 1992, graduating Magna Cum Laude with University Honors. Dr. Minke went on to complete a Ph.D. from Texas A&M University in Biology in 1998.

Dr. Minke currently works as a bodywork and movement specialist as a certified Aston-Patterning® Practitioner and Licensed Massage Therapist. Peter has over 15 years of clinical experience in private practice, over 1100 hours of hands on training in advanced movement and bodywork, and has helped hundreds of people achieve better body movement patterns for improved quality of life and athletic performance. Peter’s background as a cancer survivor and wellness enthusiast has led him to advocate for health conscious lifestyle choices. Dr. Minke is an international trainer and speaker on numerous wellness topics including plant-based diet, non-toxic lifestyle, stress management, therapeutic use of essential oils, and cleansing.

Having lived overseas for eight of his first sixteen years, Peter’s experiences growing up have provided a view of the world as a global community. His family returned to the United States in 1985 to Houston, Texas. Peter now considers Bryan, Texas his home where he lives with his wife Amy and their four boys. Peter and Amy enjoy homeschooling and are dedicated to providing an at-home learning environment for their children. His two websites are:

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