Sorry folks, it’s been a long time between articles. 🙂

Anthony

I recently came across a study which showed that people who take aspirin and tylenol to deal with colds and flus actually suppress their body’s ability to produce antibodies, and so actually prolong their colds and lead to secondary infections. [1] Then you have antibiotics, which actually do a lot of harm to the body’s gut flora. Hence, the title of this post. Essential oils don’t supplant your immune system, they assist and support it. Here are some things to consider as we enter the cold and flu season.

Use Eucalyptus oil or any of the Citrus oils in a diffuser daily. This will help clear the airborne environment of any pathogens. Oils such as orange and grapefruit are also beneficial in keeping people’s moods up-beat. As there is evidence that stress is a contributing factor to colds and flus, this something you definitely want to keep in mind.[2]

In addition here are some other oils you might want to consider, either in your diffuser or to use internally (note the safety precautions for each oil):

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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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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

Fish Oils for Mental Illness

By now, most of us have probably heard of the benefits of fish oil in our diets – the Omega 3 in particular. Most of us are also probably aware that mental illness is a major health issue in our society, next to such things as Cancer and Heart disease.

A new study from a team of researchers from Australia, Switzerland and Austria, and published in the Archives of General Psychiatry, has revealed that fish oil supplements are very effective against mental illness.[1]

The randomized, placebo controlled study involved 81 participants that were considered to be at high risk for psychosis. Half the participants were given 1/2g of fish oil supplements each day for 12 weeks and the other half placebo supplements. Only 2 people in the fish oil group developed psychosis as against 11 in the placebo group.

The study is certainly small but one hopes that there will now be follow up studies. If fish oils supplements become widely acceptable in the medical/psychiatric field, it will certainly be preferable to the antipsychotic drugs that bring with them a whole range of side effects and problems.[2]

Aside from mental illness, Omega 3 fatty acids (or PUFA’s they’re sometimes known) have been shown to support cardiovascular, joint, eye and brain health and in reducing the risk of heart disease & stroke, pulmonary disease, autoimmune diseases, crohn’s disease, hypertension, and ADD/ADHD. Low Omega 3 levels on the other hand have been associated with depression, dementia, memory loss, and Alzheimer’s disease.

Selecting the right fish oil supplements is equally important. You need to make sure your supplements are free from heavy metals, pesticides and other toxic residues.

Three years ago Young Living (YL) developed a fish oil supplement that combines the benefits of fish oil with the effectiveness of essential oils. Indeed YL were the first producers of essential oils to combine essential oils with food and food supplements. Omega Blue stands out way above many fish oil supplements in the market place for the following reasons:

  • It’s sourced from wild-harvested fish (sardines, mackerel and anchovies) and YL’s molecular distillation process pulls out any toxicity that is present.
  • The essential oils added increase the bioavailability of the nutrients by 10 times
  • Omega Blue fish supplements use an enteric coating which ensures that it is absorbed through the intestines, rather than through the stomach. Nutrients are thus absorbed into the body more easily. It also guarantees that you don’t get any “fish” taste or fish breath after taking the capsule.
  • Research has shown that many fish oils begin to oxidise within days of being packaged, even though their expiry date is 3 years away.[3] Oxidised fats produce free radicals, which in turn promote disease and aging. The essential oils added to Omega Blue protect from oxidation.
  • The essential oils also lend their own benefits. For example:
    • Clove oil, German Chamomile, Myrhh and Lemongrass are anti-inflammatory.
    • Clove oil is the highest recorded antioxidant as measured on the ORAC scale.
    • Eugenol, one of the constituents of Clove oil protects the neurons in the brain from a lack of oxygen.
    • Myrrh oil increases digestion, while Lemongrass oil lowers cholesterol and offers cardiovascular support.

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]Long-Chain Omega-3 Fatty Acids for Indicated Prevention of Psychotic Disorders  http://archpsyc.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/67/2/146

[2] BBC: Fish oil supplements beat psychotic mental illness.  http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/8490937.stm

[3] Oxidised fish oils on market may harm consumer, warns researcher http://www.nutraingredients.com/Research/Oxidised-fish-oils-on-market-may-harm-consumer-warns-researcher