Dealing with inflammation

Joint inflammation

Joint inflammation

The topic of inflammation has come up a number of times on this site, and we’ve looked at a number of supplements and oils that address it, as well as specific ailments. Because of my concern with the number of people increasingly using corticosteroids such as cortisone, I decided to write a post on Wellbeing addressing the use essential oils for inflammation. There you’ll find a list of the top 12.

In this post, I thought I would  mention that there are a number of supplements, which utilize essential oils, that can be beneficial in dealing with inflammation. Both Sulfurzyme and BLM are supplements that contain the essential oil Copaiba, a very potent anti-inflammatory oil, as well as MSM, a supplement that research has shown to be very beneficial in dealing with pain and inflammation. If you interested in obtaining any of these supplements or the essential oils referred to please contact us.

Check out these posts:

The Miracle of MSM: the Natural Solution for Pain, Sunday, November 14th, 2010
Sulfurzyme for Arthritis, Allergies, and Pain, Sunday, November 14th, 2010
Sulfurzyme and Powermeal, Dr Ronald Lawrence, Scottsdale, Arizona 1999

And be sure to also check out some of these people’s experiences. In most cases you can contact the person in question, if you have any specific concern.
Just click on the link provided (the title of each testimonial)

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Dried wolfberries. Delicious but also nutritious. Photo from wstefano, Wikimedia Commons

In our last post, I included some testimonials showing how different people had benefited from drinking Ningxia Red. Gary Young, has also incorporated the wolfberry into numerous nutritional supplements and meal replacement formulae.

Ningxia wolfberries are also found in these other nutritional products:

Balance Complete™ Vanilla Cream Meal  Replacement

This is quite yummy. I have it for breakfast in the mornings (alternate it with powermeal – see below). You can make some great shakes with it. We typically add fruit like apples, bananas, strawberries and blueberries (when in season) as well as Ningxia Red juice and some coconut milk. Occasionally I will add an egg to it as well. It keeps me going till about lunch-time. If you find you’re still feeling hungry, add an extra scoop or add an egg. Balance Complete is high in fiber and protein, along with good fats, enzymes, vitamins and minerals.  It’s designed to be a powerful energizer, immune system booster and cleanser.
Along with the high antioxidant benefits from Ningxia wolfberry powder you’re getting these healthy ingredients:
brown rice bran, barley grass, aloe vera, cinnamon powder and a whey protein blend.

Read other people’s testimonials

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Essential oils for Crohn’s disease

Firstly a big apology to our readers. We’ve been off the air for some time. Gavina and I have had the opportunity to get involved in some charity work, so that’s occupied a fair amount of our time. However we will resume our series on essential oils from Ecuador and the Amazon very soon.

In the meantime, I thought I’d share this information with you which was in response to a question from one of our readers. The reader in question has an 18 yr old daughter with Crohn’s Disease. Her daughter is currently using an immunosuppresant known as Purinthol, and they’re not happy with the side effects associated with this drug.  Crohn’s Disease is known as an auto-immune disease and it appears to be afflicting a lot of young people.

The reader who sent us the question was responding to a post we did last year on Sacred Frankincense, in which we mentioned that there was research that indicated that Frankincense had been shown to be effective against Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis and Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Here is that original post we did. And here is the research that relates to this:

The research relates to Boswellia Serrata (a species of Frankincense found in India) specifically, However I dare say Boswellia Sacra (Sacred Frankincense) has a higher content of boswellic acid than any other species we know of. Frankincense works well with Crohn’s disease because it is a very powerful anti-inflammatory.

Frankincense isn’t the only essential oil that can assist in dealing with Crohn’s. Copaiba for example, an essential oil from the Amazon, has often been described as an “anti-inflammatory on steroids without the side-effects of steroids”. The Essential Oils Desk Reference, offers many other possibilities including a suggested regimen for Crohn’s disease and dietary supplementation that would be beneficial. There is simply not enough room to put it all here, however I would certainly consider the following:

  • An essential oil blend such as Di-Gize, as it’s oil blend designed for digestive problems. It includes peppermint, ginger, lemongrass, anise, fennel, juniper, tarragon and patchouli.
  • Sulfurzyme for dietary supplementation, as it includes Copaiba and MSM. I’ve written on the subject of MSM (and could certainly write a whole lot more about it). Check out our previous articles . There is also a book review on our site, for a book on MSM by Dr Ronald Lawrence.  What I will say about MSM is that it’s a sulfur bearing compound found widely in nature which people have found effective in treating auto-immune diseases.
  • Raindrop Technique.  This is a healing modality I will definitely write about in the near future, as it incorporates essential oils and massage, as well as healing techniques from the Dakota Indian nation in North America.
  • Pro-bio5 which is a probiotic that works towards restoring healthy bacteria in the gut. One of the big problems with many drugs and especially antibiotics is that they destroy healthy flora in our guts. This in turn makes us susceptible to other problems.

There may also be an emotional aspect to Crohn’s Disease. According to German New Medicine (Dr Hamer), Irritable Bowel Syndrome are about anger. The more intense the anger, the deeper down the gut it is. I’m no expert in GNM, but I offer it up for people’s consideration. It’s certainly a topic I will come back to in the near future, as essential oils have an emotional component as well. In the meantime, if you’re interested, I would suggest you do some research. This will be a good starting point:  German New Medicine and the five biological laws .

If anyone is interested in this topic, I have more information on it. Please get in touch with us.

Till next time,

Cheers,

Anthony

Essential Oils of Ecuador – Copaiba

YL’s Marc Schreuder hunting for Copaiba in the Brazilian Amazon

Copaiba (pronounced Co-pa-ee-ba) or Copaifera Reticulata, and also known as Copal. is not strictly an oil obtained from Ecuador. It is found in Asia, Central and South America (Yes, so maybe I should call this series Essential oils of South America :-D ).[1] The most potent variety, was found by Young Living, to be in the wilds of Brazil.

The copaifera of Brazil was chosen because in gas chromatograph tests it was chosen to have the highest amount of Beta Caryophyllene. Beta Caryophyllene is known as a sesquiterpene. And what does that all mean in layman’s language? It means Copaiba has anti-inflammatory and anti-septic properties. It means it’s capable of crossing the blood-brain barrier and increasing oxygen to the brain’s cells, and in particular to the pineal and pituitary glands.

So what can Copaiba do for us?

As I’ve already mentioned, Copaiba has anti-inflammatory properties. In fact its anti-inflammatory properties are twice as strong as Wintergreen essential oil – an oil that many massage therapists will be acquainted with – and yet it’s so gentle on the skin.[2]

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Sulfurzyme for Arthritis, Allergies, and Pain

Do you know someone who suffers the debilitating pain of osteoarthritis? What about asthma, allergies, rheumatism, tendonitis, fibromyalgia, poor nail and hair growth, eczema, dermatitis, acne, gout, bursitis, scleroderma, lupus, constipation, impaired mental faculties, low libido? These are all possible signs of sulfur deficiency. And if so, Sulfurzyme, with a key ingredient – MSM – is going to be of interest to you. I mentioned Sulfurzyme in our previous article on nutritional balance. I’ve also mentioned MSM in previous articles on essential oils for skin and hair. We’ll come back to these shortly.

So What is MSM?

MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane) is a sulfur bearing compound found widely in nature (fresh fruit, vegetables, milk,fish and grains), and it’s an excellent source of nutritional sulfur which according to researchers Ronald Lawrence, Ph.D., M.D., and Stanley Jacob, M.D., has helped hundreds of patients.

In their book, The Miracle of MSM: The Natural solution for pain (1999), Lawrence and Jacob have compiled research showing that MSM is a safe, natural solution for back pain, tendonitis, chronic headaches, fibromyalgia, rheumatism, arthritis, athletic injuries, muscle spasms, asthma, and allergies. One example of a patient they helped treat with MSM was a 70- year-old woman who was suffering from severe arthritis. Using MSM this woman was actually able to postpone the need for a double knee replacement. After only two months on MSM, she was walking again with much less pain and stiffness. And MSM users haven’t experienced side effects such as fluid retention and immune suppression, that they might have with something like cortisone.

Stanley Jacobs goes as far as to say that there may be no better or safer non-surgical back pain therapy than MSM. [1] Jacob said: “I have seen several hundred patients for back pain secondary to osteoarthritis, disc degeneration, spinal misalignments, or accidents. For such painrelated conditions, MSM is usually beneficial.” Another chiropractor, Richard Shaefer of Wheeling, Illinois backed this up, saying: “I have been recommending MSM for more than six months. The results have been excellent. I consistently see major reduction in pain and inflammation in arthritic joints, along with improved range of motion. I can’t think of a single individual who isn’t getting some kind of positive effect.” [2]

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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