Essential oils for pregnancy – stretchmarks

After our short article on essential oils for pregnancy several weeks ago,  a number of questions were raised by some readers and so this article is a follow up.  Are stretch marks from pregnancy a concern for you? Or perhaps you’re concerned that you may have to undergo an episiotomy after delivery? Well essential oils can and have helped women with these problems. Today I’m going to talk about  about two remarkable essential oil based products known as ClaraDerm and TenderTush.

ClaraDerm is made up of the essential oils of Myrrh, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree), Lavender, Frankincense, Roman Chamomile and Helichrysum in a base of fractionated coconut oil. Gary Young developed this blend for his wife, Mary, who was expecting at the time. She sprayed it around her vaginal area after each elimination, for up to two months before she had her baby.

Mary also rubbed on TenderTush (also created by Gary for her) on her tummy. Tender Tush ointment consists of Virgin coconut oil, cocoa butter, pure bees wax, Wheat germ oil, Organic olive oil,  Almond oil and the essential oils: Sandalwood, Rosewood, Roman Chamomile, Lavender, Cistus, Blue Tansy, Lemon, and Frankincense.

The end result was that Mary had no stretch marks and no need for an episiotomy.

ClaraDerm is also fantastic for skin irritations, rashes and yeast infections such as Candida.

The following are some of the testimonials I found for ClaraDerm. If you click on the link it will take you directly to their testimonial. In the first example you may contact them if you have any questions.

ClaraDerm Spray after childbirth
Nancy Ziganti (may be contacted if you have any questions – Gavina)
Parma, OH, United States

I have two daughters who have each recently gone through childbirth. They
each delivered
without any medication, but unfortunately each required an episiotomy.

I watched the doctors stitch them afterward and they should have been
miserable from
that procedure. However, they had both decided to use ClaraDerm spray.
Each used
it from the first time to the bathroom and then for several weeks
afterward. Neither had one
single bit of discomfort, let alone pain — no swelling, itching,

And they never had to use any of the things provided by the hospital.

Claraderm works amazingly for itch
Author: Gulie Molkenthin
Location: Kimmell, IN, United States
Posted: 2008-07-27

This may sound gross to anyone who has not suffered the itch of Candida.
I’m detoxing from arsenic poisoning and the arsenic flooding out has
my ph VERY acidic. I have NEVER been so acidic in my memory! The
result is Candida and irritation of ‘delicate tissues’. In fact the itch
driving me NUTS. I tried
Melrose splashes, yogurt, apple cider vinegar,
garlic paste and maybe a few other things I can’t recall.

This AM after my shower, I splashed on some Claraderm. I ordered it
since it was going to be discontinued and discovered that it healed some
‘toxic bumps’ that came up on my nose because of the arsenic detox, so
I just grabbed it this AM. Instant relief and it has lasted for hours.

For Tender Tush, visit this link to the testimonials site. You’ll also find other testimonials for Clara derm.

We’ll back be in the New Year. We have lots of info to share with you after a recent conference call with Gary Young from Ecuador.

Both I and Anthony would like to take this opportunity to wish you all, and your families, much peace and joy in this festive season.

See you in 2011.


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.

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.


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.


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

  Read the rest of this entry

Continuing in our search for alternatives to the many cosmetics we buy, we look at skin care in this post. Here is a brief list of essential oils which are beneficial to the skin:

  • Cedarwood – Often used to soften and moisturize the skin.
  • Frankincense – Was long used in the Ancient World to combat premature aging of the skin. Research at Ponce University in Puerto Rico shows that it enhances DNA repair.
  • Geranium – Aids in Skin regeneration
  • Lavender – Promotes tissue regeneration and found to be effective in dealing with acne, eczema, psoriasis, stretch marks and burns.
  • Myrrh – Used in the Middle East for thousands of years for chapped and cracked skin and wrinkles.
  • Rosewood – Helps restore skin elasticity
  • Roman Chamomile – Used for Acne, dermatitis and eczema.
  • Sandalwood – Used for skin revitalization.
  • Tea Tree or Melaleuca (Melaleuca Alternifolia) – Used to heal conditions such as Acne and sores. A potent anti-bacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory oil it makes a great topical cleanser.

Another ingredient which is important to your skin care, and which we last mentioned in our post on Hair, is MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane). Teri Williams, a cover model for Vogue Magazine, described this nutrient as “absolutely dynamite for the skin” and “…the single most important nutrient to support healthy skin and hair”. [1] 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

OUCH!!! So you’ve been bitten or stung by some insect or spider.  Well just as essential oils can be used as effective insect repellants, they can also be used for insect bites. The beauty is they can act very quickly to break down the poison and render it harmless.

The molecules of essential oils are very small (less than 500 atomic mass units in fact) and lipid soluble (can pass through fatty substances or tissue), so they can pass through the skin very easily and quickly enter the blood stream.

The Original Snake oil.

Everyone will have heard of the phrase “snake oil salesmen”. Nowadays it denotes someone engaged in shonky business practices, usually selling something that isn’t what it’s been purported to be. However over 100 years ago, the term Snake oil referred to a real product, which was exported to the U.S. from Australia.

The product in question was Tea Tree oil (or Melaleuca alternifolia) and it was found to be very effective against rattlesnake bite. Traveling salesmen would sell the oil to the settlers, trappers and miners traveling through the Wild West. Unfortunately over time, many of these traveling salesmen would be selling the pioneers an oil, that wasn’t really snake oil – hence the phrase – Snake oil salesmen.

This is no reflection on Melaleuca mind you. The oil is effective against snake poisons which affect the blood and organs (hemotoxic venoms). This includes rattlesnakes and copperheads. It’s not so effective against snake poison which attacks the nervous system (neurotoxic venoms) and which are the most deadly. And many snake venoms include both a neurotoxic and hemotoxic component. [1]  An essential oil like Clove or the blend Thieves is likely to be the most effective. [2] Clove oil has analgesic/anaesthetic, anticonvulsant, and anti-inflammatory properties. In any case, you should seek emergency medical attention in the event that you are bitten by a poisonous snake (or spider for that matter).


Coming down the scale of lethality (considerably) what about bites/stings from such critters as ants, bees, spiders and ticks? The essential oil that I would most likely turn to is the Young Living oil blend – Purification. It consists of  Citronella, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Melaleuca (there’s that snake oil again), Lavandin and Myrtle.

Single oils that are effective include Lavender, Peppermint, Rosemary, Eucalyptus Globulus, and our old friend, Melaleuca (or Tea Tree as it’s also known). Lavender and Peppermint will be effective in reducing any itchiness that can occur after a bite. In the event that there’s pain, the oil blend Panaway could help. Panaway contains Wintergreen, Clove, Helichrysum and Peppermint. Clove is the most antiseptic of all essential oils, while Helichrysum is effective as an anaesthetic and analgesic. Wintergreen is highly anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic. How much oil to apply? Around 2 drops 2-4 times a day.

The Essential Oils Desk Reference (EODR) also lists Melrose, an oil blend that consists of Melaleuca, Naouli, Rosemary and Clove oils as the first recommendation for bee stings. [3]   Don’t forget that before you apply the essential oil, you will need to remove the stinger first. Apply around 2 drops 2-3 times a day until you see the redness start to abate.

In the event of spider bites, the same caution applies as per snake bites. If we are talking about funnel web or red back (black widow in Nth America) bites, seek immediate medical attention. If you’re unsure or unable to identify the spider in question, try to catch it (safely). This will be necessary to assist the medics/hospital in determining which anti-venom to use.

While waiting for medical attention, I would most likely apply the Purification oil blend or even Thieves and Panaway. A number of spider bites, while not deadly, can create serious problems such as gangrene (the Brown Recluse in Nth America, and I believe, the White-tail spider in Australia). Purification, Thieves and Panaway are helpful here, but again, seek medical attention. How much oil do we apply in the event of a spider bite? The EODR says 1 drop of any of the above mentioned blends every 10 minutes, until you reach medical treatment. I would probably be applying more than that in my own case, but you be the judge.


In the case of ticks, you need to remove the tick before attending to the bite. You can use essential oils to remove the tick as well. Either Thyme or Oregano would be effective here, but you may wish to dilute them 50:50 with a vegetable oil (almond or coconut are good, but so is olive oil) as these oils with their high phenol content, can irritate the skin. Apply2 drops over the bite area and the phenols in the oils will cause the tick to let go.

After you have removed the tick, you can apply an oil like tea tree, peppermint, lavender or rosemary. Apply anywhere between 1-6 drops, around 3-5 times daily.

Anyway, back to the garden…   🙂

Till next time



 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] An excellent source of info on snake venom or snakes for that matter is The Reptipage.

[2] Essential Oils Desk Reference, 4th Edition, Essential Science Publishing, Sept 2007, P461

[3] Essential Oils Desk Reference, 4th Edition, Essential Science Publishing, Sept 2007, P410-411