Essential oils of the Northern Forests

Balsam Firs

Balsam Firs being planted in Young Living’s new Highland Flats tree farm in Idaho

The great coniferous forests of North America and Europe have always stirred my imagination. To the Native American Indians, these forests not only gave them their life’s necessities; the forests were their medicine chests and temples. These are the Cedars, Firs, Junipers, Pines and Spruces. And in this article, we look at a number of essential oils that are made from these trees, many of them sourced from North America, but a number also from Europe.

Cedarwood (Cedrus atlanticus)
Cedarwood was used by the North American Indians to enhance spiritual communication. It’s other properties include: anti-fungal, anti-infectious, antiseptic, astringent, diuretic, insect repelling and sedative.

Blends with: Bergamot, clary sage, cypress, eucalyptus, frankincense, geranium, jasmine, juniper, myrrh, rosemary

There are many possible uses for this oil but here are a few:

  • Is calming and eases tension. Apply topically to the forehead, brow and back of the neck. Alternatively inhale or diffuse it.
  • Help prevent hair loss (alopecia areata – inflammatory hair loss disease). Apply topically.
  • Can help reduce cellulite. Apply topically.
  • Beneficial against tuberculosis and urinary tract infections. Apply topically
  • Use during meditation or yoga. Diffuse in the room for at least 30 minutes

Safety data: Pregnant women should use with caution.
Be sure to also have a read of previous articles where Cedarwood has been featured:

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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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Do you work in an environment that’s stressful, where you’re frequently dealing with upset or stressed out customers? Maybe like a bank or insurance company. Or perhaps you work in a clinic, where your clients are waiting anxiously, e.g. a dentist. And what about the staff or employees who work with you or for you? Would you be interested in improving their mood and performance? If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions then you’ll be happy to know that essential oils can help you out here.

A number of scientific studies carried out over the years have shown that the aromas of essential oils can and do affect our mood and performance (see the papers listed at the end of this article). While one of these studies used an oil burner, we strongly recommend an oil diffuser for the best effect. 

How can aromas or smelling essential oils affect our mood you may ask? The sense of olfactory (smell) is hardwired into the brain. When you inhale a fragrance, the odor molecules attach themselves to receptor cells sites inside the nasal membrane. When stimulated by odor molecules, these nerve cells triggers electrical impulses to the olfactory bulb in the brain. The olfactory bulb then transmits these impulses to the gustatory centre (where the sensation of taste is perceived), the amygdala (where emotional memories are stored), and other parts of the limbic centre in the brain. The limbic centre is connected to the parts of the brain that control heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, memory, stress levels, and hormonal levels. This is one way in which essential oils can have physiological and psychological effects. [1]

So what oils are best?

If you are trying to improve work performance (your own and others), try diffusing Peppermint and Lemon oils in your office. If you find yourself flagging or getting a little sleepy in mid-afternoon (especially after a big lunch) try inhaling a little peppermint or putting a couple of drops in a glass of water ( TipInhaling a little peppermint can even come in handy when you’re driving and finding yourself getting sleepy behind the wheel ).  Lemon has been found to help reduce depression and stress when inhaled. [2]  Think of the possibilities here, if you work in a clinic or counselling practice; not to mention the busy customer service counter of a bank or insurance office.

Another oil that has been tested in a clinical environment is Lavender. In a study reported in the International Journal of Nursing Practice, 85% of respondents to a questionnaire said that there had been a positive improvement in the work environment following the use of Lavender oil burners (imagine if they had used diffusers). [3]. The Essential Oils Desk Reference also lists the following oils as beneficial in dealing with anger and agitation: Bergamot, Cedarwood, Frankincense, Rose, Sandalwood and Ylang Ylang*.

 Some might ask is it ethical to change the mood of your customers or co-workers? Isn’t it like brain-washing? My answer to this is that I’ve been in many situations where I wished I had kept a cool head. Sometimes our emotions get in the way of rational discussions. Sure, there are times we need to be assertive, but not a lot is achieved by blowing our stack either. Essential oils can play a role in improving our workplaces. If you would like more information on the oils mentioned in the article please contact us. If you would like to buy any of them, please visit our website

Till Next time

Cheers

Anthony 

Research Papers:

Hirsch A R, Johnston L H. Odors and Learning. J. Neurol Orthop Med Surg. 1996; 17:119-126

Komori T, Fujiwara R, Tanida M, Nomura J. Application of fragrances to treatments for depression. Hihon Shinkei Seishin Yakurigaku Zasshi. 1995 Feb; 15(1):39-42

Komori T, Fujiwara R, Tanida M, Nomura J. Effects of citrus fragrance on immune function and depressive states. Neuroimmunomodulation. 1995 May-Jun; 2(3): 174-80

Moss M, Cook J, Wesnes K, Duckett P. Aromas of Rosemary and Lavender Essential Oils Differentially Affect Cognition and mood in healthy adults. Intern. J. Neuroscience. 2003; 113:15-38

Moss M, Hewitt S, Moss L, Wesnes K. Modulation of cognitive performance and mood by aromas of peppermint and ylang-ylang. Intern. J. Neuroscience. 2008; 118:59-77

Nasal, C, et al. Functional imaging of effects of fragrances on the human brain after prolonged inhalation. Chemical Senses. 1994; 19(4): 359-64

Tysoe P. The effect on staff of essential oil burners in extended care settings. International Journal of Nursing Practice. 2000; 6:110-112

 Yim V W C, Ng A K Y, Tsang H, Leung A Y. A Review on the effects of aromatherapy for patients with depressive symptoms. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. 2009; 15(4):187-195

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.

Footnotes:  

 * A study carried out at the University of Northumbria found that Peppermint enhanced memory while Ylang Ylang impaired it, and that peppermint increased alertness while Ylang Ylang decreased it. Ylang Ylang though was shown to increase calmness. So maybe use Ylang Ylang in the area where your customers or patients are waiting, but Peppermint in the back office. 

[1] Chapter 2,  The Powerful Influence of Aromas on Both Mind and Body , Essential Oils Desk Reference, p12

[2] Komori, Fujiward, Tanida, Nomura, Yokoyama “Effects of citrus fragrance on immune function and depressive states”. Neuroimmunomodulation. 1995 May-Jun;        2(3):174-80

[3]Tysoe P. The effect on staff of essential oil burners in extended care settings. International Journal of Nursing Practice. 2000 6:110-112

 

 

 

 

 

Essential Oils for the Skin – Part Three

We continue from our last post, looking at essential oil products made for the skin. You will notice from some of the testimonials, that a number of these products serve multiple functions, e.g. people have reported wolfberry eye creme actually helping their vision, or the Sandalwood moisture cream helping someone to sleep. Folks, these skin products aren’t just skin products, like the ones you might buy at the supermarket. They contain pure, therapeutic grade, unadulterated essential oils. So these skin products don’t just help you look good, they have the potential to make you feel good and improve your health.

6. KidScents Lotion

This was actually designed to moisturise and protect children’s very sensitive skin, but as you’ll see, adults are putting it to good use as well. It includes MSM, shea butter, aloe vera, almond and wheatgerm oils, extracts of calendula, chamomile, orange blossom and algae. The essential oils used are Cedarwood, Western Red Cedar leaf, Rosewood and Geranium.

Testimonials:

Angie Eichholz   
Sedalia, MO, United States
2007  Kidscents Lotion helped with a raw nose

Read the full testimonial

the following testimonial is from friend, Artemis:

Although this was designed for children’s skin, we’ve found it to be one of the best skin moisturisers that Young Living has. At a meeting that we held recently, my husband Noel had everyone put KidScents Lotion on the back of one hand, and leave the other hand untouched. Within minutes it was obvious how much softer the skin was on the hand that received the lotion, and how much “plumper” the skin looked (ie. healthy and radiant). We were all soooo impressed.

7.  Orange Blossom Facial Wash

This one can be used morning or night to cleanse and exfoliate the skin, without removing the natural oils in your skin. It includes MSM, Wolfberry seed oil, aloe vera gel, extracts of orange blossom, rosebud, calendula, chamomile, St John’s Wort, Gingko Biloba, kelp and grape seed. The essential oils used are  Lavender, Rosemary Verbenon, Lemon and Patchouli.

Testimonials:

(See Michelle O’s testimonial http://www.oil-testimonials.com/essential-oils/701 )

8.  Sandalwood Moisture Cream

To nourish and revitalise your skin, try this one. It’s recommended you use after cleansing and toning your skin. It contains Goats cream, which has been used for centuries to revitalise dehydrated skin. Also included are MSM, Wolfberry Seed Oil, Shea butter, tocopherol (vitamin e), and extracts of gingko biloba, grape seed, chamomile and orange blossom. The essential oils included are Sandalwood, Myrrh, Rosewood, Rosemary Verbenon and Lavender.

Testimonials:

Marlene Kosnac   
Greenwood, DE, United States
2006  Rosacea is starting to disappear

Read the full testimonial or send a question http://www.oil-testimonials.com/essential-oils/1413

Jan Meredith   
Eugene, OR, United States
2004  Better sleep at night

Read the full testimonial or send a question

See also Michelle O’s testimonial http://www.oil-testimonials.com/essential-oils/701 on using sandalwood moisture creme as part of a facial

9.  Tender Tush

Tender Tush was developed with babies in mind, as it helps to protect and nourish skin in the nappy area. However as you’ll see in some of the testimonials, a lot of women are using it for themselves. Its soothing ingredients of coconut, olive and wheatgerm oils make it suitable for alleviating skin redness and irritation, as well as stretch marks and keeping skin supple.  It also includes cocoa butter, beeswax, almond oil and the essential oils of Sandalwood, Rosewood, Roman Chamomile, Lavender, cistus ladanifer, blue tansy and Frankincense.

Testimonials:

Beverly Boytim   
Willis, TX, United States
2008  Diaper rash gone with Tender Tush

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Karen Hanna   
Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada
2007  Tender Tush cleared up some cold sores.

Read the full testimonial or send a question

Inge Wegner   
Glen Ellyn, IL, United States
2006  Dry hands are history

Read the full testimonial or send a question

And from my friend, Artemis:

OK – for the first time in my life, I took the plunge and decided to get waxed “down there”……and it was a lot more than a bikini line wax! The beauty therapist asked me if I had any lotion to put on it, and I thought of Tender Tush. Originally designed for nappy rash, I figured it was the perfect thing to put on my red raw skin! It was absolutely fantastic, and took the “smarting” out of the skin and was extremely soothing. I then decided to try Young Living’s Sandalwood Moisture Cream over the top….and that did sting, so I didn’t try it again. But the Tender Tush was brilliant, and I can imagine how soothing it must be to a baby’s sore bottom as well.

10.   Wolfberry Eye Cream

This one is great for easing puffy eyes and those dark circles. It helps to tighten the skin. Use it before bedtime or in the morning. It’s formulated from the extracts of Ningxia Wolfberry seeds.  It’s rich in vitamin E and linolenic and linoleic acids and is highly regarded in China for its skin regenerative properties. [1] The cream includes MSM, Aloe Vera gel, Goat’s cream, Avocado oil, Shea butter, Kukui nut oil, Almond and Jojoba oils, Rosehip seed oil, Witch hazel extract and the essential oils of Lavender, Rosewood, Roman Chamomile, Frankincense and Geranium.

Testimonials:

Kathleen McCoy   
Chicago, IL, United States

2004 Wolfberry Eye Crème in nose for scab removal

Read the full testimonial or send a question

Janet Prescott   
San Diego, CA, United States

2008  How I am restoring my vision

Read the full testimonial or send a question

Anna Scott   
Rural Hall, NC, United States

2004  Vision Improvement

Read the full testimonial or send a question

That concludes our series on essential oils for the skin. If you have any questions about these oils please contact us. To obtain any of these oils or oil based products, please visit our site.

Till next time

Cheers

Anthony

Further Reading: Essential Oils Desk Reference, P225-231

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] Essential Oils Desk Reference, P231

Essential Oils for the Skin – Part Two

Ok I promised in my last post on this subject, that I would highlight some skin care products that utilise essential oils, safely and effectively.

So what you have here is a list of products, with brief descriptions and uses, followed by some testimonials of other people who have used them.

1.  A.R.T. (Age Refining Technology) Skin Care System

Consists of a Day Activator, Night Reconstructor and Gentle Foaming Cleanser.  Use the Foaming Cleanser in the morning. Then apply the Day Activator for your day time skincare. Use the Gentle Foaming Cleanser again in the evening, prior to bedtime, and immediately apply the Night Reconstructor.  This will help hydrate your skin while you sleep. The enzymes in both the Day Activator and Night Reconstructor help activate the body’s natural ability to revitalise its DNA.

Both the Day Activator and Night Reconstructor  include wolfberry seed oil, German Chamomile, Sandalwood and Frankincense essential oils, plant extracts of  aloe vera, green tea, lecithin, grape seed, mugwort and shea butter. The foaming cleanser includes Sandalwood, Frankincense and Lemon essential oils, along with plant extracts of aloe vera, melissa leaf, gingko leaf, camellia oleifera leaf and lavender.

Testimonials:

Sandy Fox 
Mountain Home, AR, United States
2008  A.R.T. Skin Care helped with skin irregularities Read the full testimonial or send a question

 Ysha Oakes   
Gainesville, FL, United States
2005  A.R.T. Skin Care Reversing Skin Spots  Read the full testimonial or send a question 

Debbie Baronian   
Okato, Taranaki, New Zealand
2008,  ART Skincare is amazing!  Read the full testimonial or send a question

2.  Boswellia Wrinkle Cream

This is a collagen builder and if used daily, can help minimize wrinkles. It includes Frankincense, Sandalwood, Myrrh, Geranium and Ylang Ylang essential oils. It also includes MSM, Wolfberry Seed oil, lecithin, and extracts of calendula, chamomile, rosebud, orange blossom, St John’s Wort, Kelp, Gingko Biloba and Grape Seed.

Testimonials:

Michelle O   
Wayne, NJ, United States
2005, Young Living Facial   Read the full testimonial or send a question

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Many of you may know someone, perhaps close to you, who is afflicted by anxiety, worry and panic attacks. Perhaps that person may even be you, or was in the past. Someone I know with this issue, inspired me to look into the matter; hence this article (I shall continue with the subject of essential oils for skin care at a later date – Anthony).

The Oxford dictionary defines someone who is anxious as being “troubled and uneasy in mind”. I am no psychologist, but I see anxiety as an acute form of stress; so bad you can’t sleep at night, you feel depressed and can’t seem to feel a sense of joy in life. I don’t know about you, but emotional pain can be as debilitating if not more so than pain of the physical variety.

And sure if you go to your doctor he or she will prescribe the usual cocktail of drugs to somehow allow you to continue with your life. But often these come with their own bevy of side effects. If you want to avoid the synthetics, the pharmaceuticals, then essential oils are a great alternative. They have the capacity to enter the blood stream very quickly, repair DNA, penetrate the blood-brain barrier and in so doing bring much needed oxygen into the brain. The hows and whys of why essential oils can benefit us emotionally, I’ll leave for another time.  So what are the oils that will help someone suffering from anxiety, worry and panic attacks? Read the rest of this entry

Essential oils for the Hair.

Last week we looked at how many of the products we use for our day to day grooming – shampoos, soaps, moisturisers, etc – are in fact harmful to our bodies and our environment. This is actually nothing new. Most people you talk to will agree that we are putting way too many chemicals into ourselves. But when it comes to doing something about it at the supermarket shelves, we tend to forget about all that.

So we ended last week’s post by stressing the need to do our research before spending those hard-earned dollars, and I included some useful tools towards that end.

This week, we look at how essential oils can be beneficial to our hair.

Some oils to Consider

Essential oils are great for nourishing, strengthening and cleansing both the hair follicles and the hair shafts. Essential oils are also effective in fighting fungal infections that may be at the root of things like dandruff.

If you have a dry scalp, then some oils you may want to consider are Cedarwood, sandalwood, geranium and patchouli. If it’s an oily scalp you have then peppermint, lavender and lemon oils could be handy. Read the rest of this entry