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Before we discuss the possible role of essential oils in treating varicose veins, we must first discuss what varicose veins are and what the medical profession says about how serious they are and what we can or should do about them in conventional medicine.
Varicose veins appear as bulging, bluish cords just beneath the surface of the skin. Their primary appearance is in the the legs and the feet. When inflamed, varicose veins become tender to touch and can hinder circulation, sometimes causing swollen ankles and itchy skin. Varicose veins are common condition that have a hereditary component that don’t affect the sexes equally – women are at least twice as likely as men to develop them. Overall, they affect just under a quarter of Americans.
Veins are the vessels which carry oxygen depleted blood around your body and back to the heart (arteries carry oxygen-rich blood away from the heart to the body). To push blood back to the heart, veins rely mainly on surrounding muscles and a network of one-way valves. As blood flows through a vein, the cup-like valves alternately open to allow blood through, then close to prevent backflow.
In varicose veins, the valves do not work properly — allowing blood to pool in the vein and making it difficult for the muscles to push the blood “uphill.” Instead of flowing from one valve to the next, the blood continues to pool in the vein, increasing venous pressure and the likelihood of congestion while causing the vein to bulge and twist. Because superficial veins have less muscle support than deep veins, they are more likely to become varicose.
Any condition that puts excessive pressure on the legs or abdomen can lead to varicose veins. The most common pressure inducers are pregnancy, obesity, and standing for long periods. Being sedentary also may contribute to varicosity, because muscles that are out of condition offer poor blood-pumping action.
The likelihood of developing varicose veins also increases as veins weaken as we get older . Genetics also plays a role, so if other members of your family have this problem, there is an elevated possibility that you will also develop the problem.
When blood pools in a vein, it can clot.This can cause phlebitis, a superficial clot that can be painful, but usually not life threatening. Varicose veins are also sometimes the first stage of a more serious condition – what starts as varicose veins may progress to swelling in the legs. Over time, the veins can also cause hyperpigmentation, or darkening of the skin, usually by the ankle. Ultimately, in such cases, a patient can develop painful, sometimes debilitating venous leg ulcers, so we really should take varicose veins seriously!
Spider veins are less pronounced than varicose veins, mainly because they are much smaller. They are caused by the same mechanisms that cause varicose veins – faulty valves in the veins causing blood to back up and the veins to swell.
Spider veins can cause ulcers, which form when the vein doesn’t drain, depriving your skin of oxygen. These can be difficult to treat. They can also cause phlebitis (as noted above) and even thrombosis in some cases. One key difference with varicose veins is that spider veins often appear in the face as well as the legs.
My first statement here MUST be – ALWAYS TALK TO A QUALIFIED MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL – that’s the only way you’re safe and with guaranteed standards of medical care. Having said that, – Unless you are experiencing pain or other adverse symptoms, spider and varicose veins don’t usually require treatment. If you have symptoms or would like the veins removed for aesthetic reasons, treatment options are available. Here are a few options:-
What we are looking for here are essential oils that act as powerful astringents (An astringent substance is a chemical compound that tends to shrink or constrict body tissues), and which improve blood circulation. The oils below have been selected for these properties:-
This anti-inflammatory essential oil is great for not only calming down inflamed tissue, but for promoting blood circulation as well. Since varicose veins are an indication of poor circulation, this essential oil helps to alleviate the problem thus helping to reduce existing varicose veins and preventing the development of new ones.
Chamomile promotes circulation and acts as an astringent, helping to contract blood vessels. German chamomile is the preferred variety because it contains azulene – a compound that gives the oil its deep blue color and acts as a powerful anti-inflammatory agent. The oils causes perspiration and therefore helps to cool and detoxify the body.
Cypress oil is another powerful anti-inflammatory agent that assists with improving blood flow. The oil also has astringent properties which leads to the contraction of blood vessels, which stimulates the flow of blood and promotes the contraction of skin, muscles, hair follicles and gums.
Lemongrass is another excellent astringent and is also useful in fighting cellulite and fungal infections. Lemongrass essential oil encourages blood circulation, inhibiting blood from pooling and becoming stagnant. This healing essential oil also keeps veins healthy and strong by keeping the blood vessels dilated, providing smooth transportation of blood.
Clary Sage oil has astringent properties. It does not only strengthen your gums, but also strengthens and tones the skin, muscles and hair follicles, preventing hair loss and making you look and feel younger. It functions as an antioxidant in this way by tightening up the skin that might be sagging due to the activity of free radicals present in the body. And that’s why it helps with varicose veins!
I love the smell of this essential oil above almost all others! Apart from being a powerful astringent, It’s also a powerful cicatrisant, so it helps the scars and other spots on the skin to fade and vanish. It facilitates blood circulation just below the surface of skin and also helps promote a uniform distribution of melanin. This is a really great oil for the skin.
The health benefits of lemon oil can be attributed to its stimulating, calming, carminative, anti-infection, astringent, detoxifying, antiseptic, disinfectant, sleep inducing, and antifungal properties. Of course, it’s astringent properties are ideal for helping with varicose veins.
One of the very best methods is to massage the oils into your legs, which will greatly improve blood-flow and allow the oils to penetrate your skin easily.
• Use a couple drops of an essential oil with a carrier oil and massage the affected area upward towards the torso.
• Do this twice a day, every day (it feels like a luxury, not a chore and so you’ll look forward to it. Get your husband or wife to help and it’ll be even better!).
Another method is to use a compress. To make a compress, soak a clean cloth or towel in either warm or cool water and wring out the excess water. Alternate warm and cool compresses to reduce the appearance and pain associated with varicose veins.
• Apply five drops of essential oil and apply the compress directly to the area affected by varicose veins.
• Elevate your legs for ten to fifteen minutes, using a bed or a stool
• Do this twice a day every day,
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I’ve always been a healthy person with some very unhealthy habits! From an early age I was very active physically, cycling long distances (up to 160 km or 100 miles per day), hill-walking in Wales and later South Africa, running five to ten miles in the morning and so on. A year ago I took up cycling again in my new home, Australia. And then I contracted an autoimmune disease.
There were gaps in my physical training of course, particularly during my months at sea, and most especially in my mid forties when I stopped most activities for almost ten years. But the one consistent aspect of my behavior though was drinking vast quantities of beer and often wine; hard liquor I gave up as a very young man of twenty for the simple reason I realized how destructive it was – and how easy it became to drink a whole bottle of whisky or rum in a night! But I was always healthy!
Then in my mid fifties, I was struck by ulcerative colitis (UC), which in general is a young person’s disease. This is a particularly unpleasant condition defined as:-
The upshot of this is that I must be extremely careful what and when I eat and drink. The condition can be painful and has potentially serious consequences (see the link above to the Mayo Clinic). UC is an autoimmune disease and as such it cannot be treated except by attempts to moderate the impact of the body’s malfunctioning immune system; it cannot be cured.
There are several essential oils which have proven useful in combatting inflammation in human tissues. However, different sources point to different oils which is a strong indication of the fact that there is no central point of control for the claims made about essential oils, but also that these oils have several overlapping properties, There are some good information sources out there which publish real information rather than marketing sound-bites: This is from the very reputable Dr Axe;
The incidence of autoimmune disorders is increasing in the western world, but why is this? An Autoimmune Disease is the body’s abnormal response to substances and tissue that is naturally present in the body, but what triggers this? There are many indicators that our bodies are simply not coping with the synthetic substances in our environment and that our immune systems are simply overwhelmed by a multitude of confusing signals. And so we end up with such diseases as thyroid disorders, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Crohn’s Disease, Lupus, Multiple Sclerosis, ulcerative colitis and more. Here is some useful information from another site The Essential Life (full accreditation and link below):-
PRECAUTIONS WHEN TREATING AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE WITH ESSENTIAL OILS
You need to avoid any Essential Oil that might boost the immune system. For this reason, it is a good idea to avoid Essential Oils such as Palmarosa, Rosalina, and Thyme. Any oil that is an immunostimulant should be used in low doses.
WHAT ESSENTIAL OIL SHOULD YOU USE TO TREAT AUTOIMMUNE DISORDERS?
Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil: Cinnamon’s pain relieving properties have been used to treat inflammation, tooth aches and can be used as a mild local anesthetic. Cinnamon Essential Oil can be an extremely potent oil and needs to be diluted in the right concentration. Try blending Cinnamon and Clove Bud Essential Oil, then dilute to .6% in any Carrier Oil, and use your finished product as a warming and effective massage oil. It can also be diffused in an Ultrasonic Aromatherapy Diffuser to combat sickness.
Clary Sage Essential Oil: Clary Sage has a long history of being used to treat symptoms of PMS and Menopause. It has an extremely balancing effect on our hormones and can be used to treated cramps. Clary Sage is also effective for the treatment of depression, anxiety, and insomnia. Mix Clary Sage into your favourite Carrier Oil and use it daily as an all-natural moisturizer. It can also be diffused into the air for its mood-enhancing properties.
Cypress Essential Oil: Cypress Essential Oil is useful for treating the inflammation of muscles and joints as well as symptoms of rheumatism and the pain associated with varicose veins. To help with breathing difficulties, diffuse Cypress Essential Oil into the air using and Ultrasonic Aromatherapy Diffuser. For pain relief, blend equal parts Cypress, Sandalwood and Lavender Essential oils and then add this blend to your favourite Carrier Oil for use as a massage oil.
Ginger Essential Oil: This oil is especially useful for its warming properties. When diluted and applied to the skin, Ginger Essential Oil induces a warm and soothing tingling feeling that helps with pain relief and will reduce swelling and inflammation. Ginger Essential Oil is also useful for aiding in digestion and it alleviates nausea. If Colitis or Crohn’s Disease has left you feeling a little queasy, try blending 2 drops of Ginger Essential Oils with Cypress and Coriander Essential Oils and adding the blend to 1/2 cup Epsom Salt for use as bath salts.
Roman Chamomile Essential Oil: Chamomile’s most popular use is to treat insomnia. In addition to this oil’s calming and soothing properties, it can also be used to treat the aches associated with chronic pain that results from a number of autoimmune disease and disorders. To relieve stress and tension headaches, diffuse Roman Chamomile into the air using an Ultrasonic Aromatherapy Diffuser. For arthritis pain, add 1-3 drops of Roman Chamomile Essential Oil and 1 drop of Peppermint Essential Oil to your bath water.
When it comes to treating Autoimmune Diseases, it is always best to do your research, and consult your physician regarding your treatment plans. A certified Aromatherapist can help you develop a Natural Wellness regime to alleviate your symptoms and help you live a pain-free life.
There are over 60 known disorders thought to be related to autoimmunity. Below is a summarized list of conditions related to autoimmune disorders :
Alopecia Areata – An autoimmune disorder that is characterized by hair loss. It is found commonly in men and women and can occur at any age, including childhood.
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This condition has shown a great response to treatment with thyme, rosemary, lavender, and cedarwood) in a mixture of carrier oils (jojoba and grapeseed) applied/massaged into the scalp daily. In one controlled experiment mediated by two dermatologists, 44%) of patients in the active group showed improvement. The experimenters concluded that the results show aromatherapy to be a safe and effective treatment for alopecia areata. Treatment with these essential oils was significantly more effective than treatment with the carrier oil alone.
Alzheimer’s Disease – Characterized as a progressive brain disorder, which involves a decline in social and intellectual abilities. Alzheimer’s Disease is thought to be associated with free radical damage in the brain and inorganic aluminum.
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More trials have investigated the effectiveness of aromatherapy in dementia than in any other condition. Here is one example described in a series of steps.
a) Lemon balm and lavender aroma were introduced to six patients and compared with sunflower oil for six others as controls for one week. The treatment increased functional abilities and communication, and decreased difficult behaviour.
b) Lavender aroma and massage with 21 patients were compared with aroma or massage alone for one week. Aromatherapy with massage significantly reduced frequency of agitation.
c) Lavender aroma was given to 15 patients as oil and placebo (water) on alternative days for 10 days. The aromatherapy significantly reduced agitated behaviour (as assessed using the Pittsburgh Agitation scale) versus placebo.
d) Lemon balm (Melissa) lotion was applied to the face and arms of 36 patients while another 36 patients had sunflower oil applied. Melissa was associated with highly significant reductions in measures of agitation (on the Cohen Mansfield Agitation Inventory) and social withdrawal, together with an increase in constructive activities (as measured by dementia care mapping).
e) Lavender, marjoram, patchouli and velvert were applied as a cream to body and limbs of 36 patients and compared with plain oil. The essential oil combination significantly increased scores on the Mini Mental State Exam, but also increased resistance to care (considered to be due to increase in alertness), compared with the plain oil.
The above results are quoted from: Alzheimer’s Society UK
Celiac Disease – A chronic inflammation of the colon that creates an intestinal breakdown due to an allergic reaction to gluten. Gluten is a protein that is found in grains such as wheat, barley, oat and rye.
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I have not found any credible research material covering the use of essential oils to help with celiac disease. All of the articles I have read tend to cover the general benefits of improved immune system response, mental condition and so on. I will continue looking and report back if I find something credible.
Crohn’s Disease – A chronic inflammatory bowel disease, which is characterized by severe inflammation of the lining of the gastrointestinal tract. This disorder is typically seen in persons between the ages of 15 and 35, but can also be found in young children and the elderly as well.
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I have a strong interest in this as a sufferer of Ulcerative Colitis. I tracked down one particular experience of a person with Crohn’s Disease who experimented with Essential Oils. Here’s what she said:-
“I obtained some new essential oils (Copaiba and Di-Gize) and began taking them immediately. The first day I was taking them (internally and externally) I had the first normal BM (bowel movement) in weeks, if not months! I almost didn’t remember what it was like to not have diarrhea at that point. My husband was SHOCKED. Little did HE know, when we said our vows 7 years ago that he would be hearing about my daily stool habits. Since then, normal stools have continued unless I eat too much dairy (hard cheeses) in my GAPS style diet-which I have been on for 2 months.” You can read the full story here.
Fibromyalgia– This disorder is characterized by aches and pains in the muscles along with chronic fatigue and insomnia. It is estimated between 3 to 6 million people in the US suffer with Fibromyalgia. Ninety percent of them being women.
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The reputable and credible Dr. Axe says:
Helichrysum oil has been shown to decrease muscle pain, improve circulation and support healing of nerve tissue which makes it an effective natural treatment for fibromyalgia.
Lavender oil is also excellent to reduce the emotional stress associated with fibromyalgia and making a homemade muscle rub can help reduce pain.
Graves Disease – A disorder affecting the thyroid gland. In this disease auto-antibodies bind to the thyroid gland, which increases the production of thyroid hormone, which plays a major role in metabolism. Symptoms include nervousness, diarrhea, insomnia, sweating, and weight loss with increased appetite. More serious symptoms include irregular heart beat, tachycardia (increased heart rate), swelling of eyes and legs. In rare cases, cardiovascular collapse, shock or coma could occur.
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I will again use the personal testimony of a suffer of this disease to illustrate the potential of Essential Oils;-
“Last October, I stopped my medications, cold turkey (not recommended but I was desperate) and started using Peppermint, Lemongrass and a blend called Endoflex. I layered them topically on my thyroid (base of throat area) and adrenals (mid-back) 3x/day. Within a week I felt better and was able to workout again. I kept up this regimen until December and was even able to lose some weight and get some energy back. In December, I added Frankincense to the mix, but decreased my usage to 2x/daily. This decrease happened mostly because of lifestyle changes more than by intention. However, I did not have any issues come up with the decrease in frequency. I added Frankincense because although I was feeling better, my thyroid antibodies were still at approximately 6,000 (goal is 40 or under depending on what type of physician you work with). Needless to say, I was on a mission to get those antibodies down!”
There is more of this testimony on the site
Last October, I stopped my medications, cold turkey (not recommended but I was desperate) and started using Peppermint, Lemongrass and a blend called Endoflex. I layered them topically on my thyroid (base of throat area) and adrenals (mid-back) 3x/day. Within a week I felt better and was able to workout again. I kept up this regimen until December and was even able to lose some weight and get some energy back. In December, I added Frankincense to the mix, but decreased my usage to 2x/daily. This decrease happened mostly because of lifestyle changes more than by intention. However, I did not have any issues come up with the decrease in frequency. I added Frankincense because although I was feeling better, my thyroid antibodies were still at approximately 6,000 (goal is 40 or under depending on what type of physician you work with). Needless to say, I was on a mission to get those antibodies down!.
Lupus – A disorder which instead of the body’s immune system functioning properly as protection from harmful invaders, it forms antibodies that attack healthy tissues and organs. Symptoms include aching joints, inflammation, swelling, fatigue, fevers and rashes. Lupus is a mild disease affecting only a few organs, but for some people it may cause serious, even life-threatening problems.
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Dr Axe recommends as follows:-
Frankincense essential oil is effective at reducing inflammation and immune reactions associated with lupus. You can take 3 drops 3x daily in water, in honey or in capsule form.
Helichrysum oil supports the nervous system and can help reverse autoimmune reactions. Helichrysum can be taken internally or applied to neck area.
For skin inflammation lavender and geranium oils work well add 3 drops to skin and for digestive issues associated with lupus take 3 drops of ginger oil internally 2-3x daily.
Multiple Sclerosis – A chronic inflammatory condition which involves the central nervous system (CNS), which consists of the brain and spinal cord. This chronic inflammation causes severe damage to the myelin sheath (covering of the nerves). Symptoms include blurred vision, numbness and paralysis. Mercury toxicity may be a causal factor.
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The US National Library of Medicine National Institute of Health (NCBI) says as follows:- “Aromatherapy in MS patients could be effective for some symptomatic relief, such as helping in sleep, relaxation, mobility of joints and muscle, and improvement in the feeling of well-being.”
Psoriasis – A common chronic skin condition which is characterized by symptoms similar to eczema. It involves the hyperactivity of the immune system which creates a form of inflammation. This inflammatory reaction causes skin cells to multiply seven to twelve times faster than normal. The skin is often dry and itchy as well as being cracked or blistered.
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Dr Axe recommends as follows:-
Essential oils like lavender, frankincense, geranium and tea tree oil can bring relief to inflamed skin and support the healing process. Mix 3 drops of lavender oil and 3 drop of frankincense oil with 1 tsp of coconut oil and rub onto affected area.
Rheumatoid Arthritis – This disorder can affect many joints, but most commonly the small joints of the hands. An autoimmune attack on the tissues causes inflammation along with pain and swelling. If uncontrolled it could lead to destruction of the bones, deformity and eventually disability. It is thought that a factor of rheumatoid arthritis is holding onto bitterness.
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The most credible evidence I found on this disease and essential oils was the highly reputable WebMD
Boswellia. It’s also known as Indian frankincense, and it appears to have similar anti-inflammatory properties as NSAIDs without the stomach problems.
Like turmeric, boswellia is used in a form of holistic medicine from India. While study findings are mixed, it remains one of the most researched and promising supplements for RA.
Ginger and green tea extract also are said to have anti-inflammatory effects, but they need to be studied more.
I’m going to start my treatment with a two day fast to clear all the junk out of my body. Two days without beer!! Gulp! I will be taking a glass of Slippery Elm powder in water three times a day during this time. After this I’m going to start using Ginger Essential oil topically as I start eating again. I’ll also be diffusing this oil in my office during the day. After a week, I’ll review and report back on my findings. Off we go!!!
The data on essential oils for use in cases of autoimmune disease above was garnered from The Essential Life blog.
I do not write this article lightly; bringing false hope to people with serious and often terminal disease is despicable and unforgivable. So that is not my objective. This article is about presenting credible, confirmed medical findings for and against essential oils in fighting cancer. It is based on investigation of information from verifiable and authoritative medical sources.
We will begin by giving social context to the claims for and against essential oils and their possible role in fighting cancer. This is important because in the last twenty years or so, some science has been hijacked by politicians and corporations, and many natural healing products and regimes have been just as badly hijacked by self -serving marketers who should have no credibility at all.
What this often means is that we are much more skeptical about both science and natural cures BUT that we have become less rational – we tend to believe the things that fit in with our prejudices, and disregard those things that don’t. Thus, good scientific evidence is denied by many people whose faith in science has been shaken; equally, very good empirical evidence for natural cures is often rejected by those who treat science as their new religion. Let’s begin with a broad look at attitudes.
It’s part of the popular mood in the west that everything ‘natural’ is good, and synthetic, scientific medicine if not bad, is at least ‘not as good’. And yet, when people who have believed in natural medicine for a long time have their beliefs verified by science, they tend to be rather happy about it – they were right all along! So we need to be balanced in our viewpoints. So here’s a few ground rules I shall be using in the article:
Bearing these things in mind, we need to be particularly wary of all claims made for all medicines – natural and synthetic. Here’s a reminder of the ethics of Big Pharma:-
Bayer had to pay hefty fines for claiming that one of its vitamin ingredients, Selenium, prevented prostate cancer In fact, studies have shown that Selenium not only fails to prevent the cancer in healthy men but can increase the risk of diabetes.. Bayer had to pay $3.3 million in Oregon, California, and Illinois for corrective advertising. Business Insider Australia
Pharmaceutical anticancer substances are usually classified as being useful either in preventing or in treating cancer . Those that prevent cancer are tend also to slow progression of the disease although they are a separate category. These drugs are almost all cytotoxic – poisonous to living cells – and they kill cancer cells directly or indirectly. That’s why cancer treatment can be so traumatic – the medicine is attacking healthy and cancerous tissues.
More recently developed drugs are cytostatic – they block cell division and so retard the disease. Between them, these two drug classifications – cytotoxic and cytostatic cover cancer prevention and cancer therapy in those two clear categories.
Some essential oils are rich in the monoterpenes Limonene and Perillyl Alcohol. These two monoterpenes are known and recognized by both science and traditional healers. They are claimed to prevent cancer as well as treat cancer. They do this by blocking initiation – preventing cells from becoming cancerous. This seems to place them in the category of being cytostatic.
Both the above substances have been used in experiments and shown to suppress breast cancer activity in mammals both before they became cancerous and after i.e. they help to prevent and treat cancer. .
Advanced rat breast cancer treated with limonene or perillyl alcohol showed up to an 80% response rate most of which were complete regressions.
Of course, rats are not humans, but they are mammals and these results give a solid scientific basis to the claims made for essential oils in fighting cancer.
Researchers reported that they felt that that monoterpenes prevent cancer by altering very small masses of early stage cancer cells that cannot be detected.
Limonene was found to prevent both mammary and liver cancers at their inception and once they were in progress. Remarkable results showed that when rats were exposed to cancer agents in the liver, and then some of them were treated with perillyl alcohol, the rats which were treated had a 90% reduction in tumors compared to the untreated animals.
Overall, perillyl alcohol was found to be five times more potent than limonene, but it had similar excellent effects effects at higher dosage
Perillyl alcohol is a monoterpene isolated from the essential oils of lavendin, peppermint, spearmint, cherries, celery seeds, and several other plants. In animal studies it has been shown to regress pancreatic, mammary, and liver tumors, to exhibit possible application as a chemopreventative agent for colon, skin, and lung cancer, and as a chemotherapeutic agent for neuroblastoma, and prostate and colon cancer. Perillyl alcohol is active in inducing apoptosis in tumor cells without affecting normal cells and can revert tumor cells back to a differentiated state.
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Subsequent trials on humans with perillyl alcohol were disappointing. The substance was given in gelatin tablets to patients for several months; the large number of pills required caused intestinal problems that induced nausea, fatigue and vomiting. Many patients could not tolerate the effects and withdrew.
The trials did not proceed to the clinical phase, but we cannot help but think that the trials were fatally flawed and the results had nothing to do with the effects of perillyl alcohol – but rather with the very poor way they were administered.
In contrast, trials in Brazil allowed patients to ‘sniff’ the substance and results in patients with brain cancer were very promising at much lower doses than those used in the ‘pill’ trials and side effects were negligible – a HUGE boost for the claims of aromatherapy I think.
In a nutshell – yes! The papers I read for this article were not driven by big pharma or essential oils salesmen – they were written by genuine research scientists without pressure from commercial interests. Notice how the researchers used pills on humans and they were not effective, whereas aromatherapy was.
We know that the oils act directly on the limbic system of the brain and ‘sniffing’ is a far faster route to the brain. For breast cancer, research on humans seems to be well behind tests in the laboratory on cell cultures – which is a shame.
One can’t help but wonder if the medical establishment is horrified that the ‘old wives tales’ might be true after all and is reluctant to proceed. But there again maybe that’s just another dumb conspiracy theory! (we all have them one way or another). On balance though, science and traditional medicine seem to be in basic agreement that there’s something about essential oils that fights cancer – the scientists have simply gone on to find put what!
Science is essentially an affair of reduction – finding out which components in the oil are responsible for the anticancer effects tat are claimed. This is rational, but sometimes wrong. Many of us feel intuitively that in the same way that humans are not mere collections of chemicals with a computer-brain, so many natural substances are greater than the sum of their parts. It is gratifying that some scientists are also realizing this now and reconsidering their approach.
It is very difficult to attribute the biological activities of a total essential oil to one or a few active principles, because an essential oil always contains a mixture of different chemical compounds. In addition to the major compounds, also minor compounds may make a significant contribution to the oil’s activity. From the results above we could infer that the antibacterial and anticancer activities of Rosmarinus officinalis L. essential oil is the cooperative results of their components.” –
Molecules 2012 Antibacterial Activity and Anticancer Activity of Rosmarinus officinalis L. Essential Oil Compared to That of Its Main Components
In general, proponents of essential oils, when writing about the beneficial medical effects tend to quote from papers such as those I used to write this article, highlighting the good effects.
This is the main problem with claims made for essential oils – very few of the articles making these claims identify tests done on human beings, and when they do the results are not always as good as the results obtained in the laboratory on rats and cultured cells.
This may be due to the delivery method as in our example above or it may be that the isolated substances do not work well in the body for reasons yet unknown. BEWARE THE CLAIMS! THERE ARE SCIENTIFIC INDICATIONS THAT GIVE US HOPE BUT THERE IS NO CURE FOR CANCER YET.
There is no real case against the claims for Essential Oils in fighting cancer – the scientific evidence exists and is credible. However, it is incomplete and no one should regard essential oils as a miracle cure – they are most emphatically not. BUT…..
We have reached reasonable conclusions with respect to the potential of essential oils to prevent and fight cancer based on their physical properties, but so far we have not considered the effects of these oils on the mind.
The limbic system is the seat of the emotional center and is partly responsible for our fight or flight response, our emotional reaction to events, our hormonal secretions,our motivation, pain reflex and mood changes.
When we inhale essential oils, the small molecules travel through the nasal passage to receptor neuron that transport them to the limbic brain and the hypothalamus. The hypothalamus regulates blood pressure, controls the heart rate and adjusts our feelings of hunger and thirst.
If you smell an essential oil that has a calming effect on the body, what happens is that the hypothalamus receives the input to relax from the oils, and then creates neurochemicals that are sent through the body and which make you relax.
I suggest that these well documented capabilities of oils to relax the human psyche have an additional placebo effect in some cases, which might be at least as powerful as the physical effects noted in the laboratory and which may induce remission in some cases.
Essential Oils show great promise in the laboratory, but there is insufficient evidence to confirm them as useful in treating cancer in humans. xxxx
It is difficult to get approval and funding for research on essential oils…Essential oils have been used on humans for thousands of years. As a result, they don’t fit into the conventional clinical science approach of testing a substance in the lab first, then on animals, and then on humans. As a result, if a researcher proposes to test an essential oil with humans first, they may be turned down. This is because research review boards tend to approve research studies that follow the more usual scientific research path.
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This should not discourage us from using essential oils to alleviate suffering, but we should be extremely cynical about the wilder claims made for remission on the basis of essential oils alone
. We suspect that Big Pharma will leap at the opportunity to start their own lines of essential oils based medicines during the next ten years, but we should treat any such products with the same skepticism as we do those from essential oils companies unless credible trials on human beings are used as the basis for any claims they may make.
We’ve written about tea-tree oil before, and listed ten of its key uses. That was a very popular article so we thought our readers would appreciate more information on this important essential oil. We did a lot of investigation and came up with some really interesting applications. Here’s some background on tea tree oil first though – if you are familiar with this already, you can just skip to here.
Australian Aborigines have used the leaves of the indigenous Melaleuca Tree in their medications for centuries. They inhaled the oils from the crushed leaves to treat coughs and colds, sprinkled crushed leaves on their wounds, and used an infusion of soaked leaves to treat sore throats or skin ailments. This already tells us that tea-tree compounds contain natural antibiotics – those wise people of the earth just knew that a long time before we westerners did!
Use of the oil itself, as opposed to the raw plant material, did not become common practice until researcher Arthur Penfold published the first reports of its antimicrobial activity in a series of papers in the first half of the twentieth century. The name tea tree is actually used for several plants, mostly from Australia and New Zealand. The use of the name “Tea Tree” probably originates with Captain James Cook’s description of one of these shrubs that he used to make a hot drink in place of tea.
Nowadays, we have strong scientific proof of the efficacy of tea tree oil in treating infections:
80 uses of tea tree oil for survival
For thousands of years, the derivatives of the Melaleuca Tree have been effective in treating a wide variety of ailments. Here are 80 reasons why you should use it, too:
- Abrasions and minor cuts: After cleaning the area well, apply a few drops of the oil directly. If a bandage is needed, allow a few drops of the oil to penetrate a cotton ball, then lay it face down on the wound with a bandage on top.
- Acne: Add a drop to your normal cleansing routine or dab a very small amount on acne breakouts. You can also add 20 to 40 drops of the oil to your regular face wash.
- Air freshener: Keep a supply of cotton balls soaked in tea tree oil packed away in a plastic bag or tin. When confronted with foul smells from cooking, musty orders from dampness or even the medicinal smell in a sick room, take a few out to freshen the air and remove the nasty smell.
- Allergies: Use topically by massaging into the chest, abdomen or the reflex points of the feet.
- Arthritis: To help reduce pain associated with the swelling of arthritis, add 20 drops of tea tree oil to 2 ounces of carrier oil. Massage into affected areas two to three times a day.
- Asthma: Add a few drops of oil to a pan of water and heat on stove. When cool, drape a towel over head and breathe in for a few minutes.
- Athlete’s foot: Clean feet thoroughly, especially between toes. Add oil directly to feet every two weeks, dusting with cornstarch after. Or add 10 drops oil to 1 tablespoon of carrier oil and massage on feet and between toes daily.
- Baby care: Keep your diaper pail clean and fresh with a spray of tea tree oil mixed with water.
- Bacterial infections: Use topically, either massaging into the reflex points of the feet, adding several drops to a bath or cautiously applying over an infected site.
- Bad breath: Rinse mouth with 1 ounce water and one drop oil. Do not swallow!
- Bladder infection: In a shallow bath, add 10 to 15 drops of oil. Sit and wash area carefully.
- Blisters: Wash area carefully, then apply as for cuts and wounds.
- Boils: Apply a warm washcloth for a few minutes. Then apply a drop or two of oil to the area. The infection should rise to the surface and eventually be released.
- Bronchial congestion: Use as directed for asthma. Add five to 10 drops to 1 ounce of carrier oil, and massage into chest and throat two to three times daily.
- Bronchitis: Add one or two drops to a pan of hot water and breathe in the steam, or massage the oil over the chest.
- Bruises: After icing, apply oil as directed for arthritis.
- Bunions: Massage area with 5 drops oil to 1 tablespoon of carrier oil.
- Burns: Run icy cold water on area. After a few minutes, add a mix of 5 drops oil with 1 teaspoon of raw honey. Repeat three to five times daily.
- Calluses and corns: Massage area with 5 drops oil to 1 tablespoon of carrier oil. Repeat 2 times daily. Once the corn or calluses have become soft, use tweezers to remove them. Then apply a few drops of tea tree oil and cover with bandage.
- Canker sores: Apply a drop or two of oil directly to infected area with a cotton swab, two times daily. Also, rinse as directed for bad breath.
- Carbuncles: Add a drop or two of oil to cotton swab and apply directly to carbuncle. Repeat twice daily.
- Chapped lips: Add one or two drops of oil to lip balm. Apply to lips as necessary.
- Chicken pox: Apply a drop of oil directly to blisters. Allow to dry, then dust with cornstarch. Repeat every few hours or until blisters disappear.
- Chigger bites: Apply a drop of oil directly to bites.
- Cold sores: Apply a drop or two of oil directly to the sore with a cotton swab. Reapply two to three times daily.
- Coughs: Use as directed for bronchial infections. For a vaporizer, add 10 drops to steamer and leave on five to 10 minutes.
- Dandruff: Add 20 to 30 drops of oil to any shampoo. Apply a few drops to scalp and massage after washing.
- Dermatitis: Add 10 drops of oil to 1 tablespoon of carrier oil and massage into affected areas. Repeat two to three times daily.
- Dry skin: Add 5 drops of oil to 1 tablespoon of sweet almond oil. Massage into skin.
- Earache and infection: Add 2 to 3 drops of oil to 2 tablespoons warm olive oil. With a dropper, drop a small amount into aching ear, tilting head to one side for a moment. Use a cotton swab to absorb oil. Repeat two to three times daily.
- Eczema: Add 10 drops of oil to 1 tablespoon of coconut or other carrier oil and massage into affected areas. Repeat two to three times daily. The oil also can be applied undiluted.
- Emphysema: Use as directed for bronchial infections. For a vaporizer, add 10 drops to steamer and leave on five to 10 minutes.
- Flea bites: Apply a drop of oil directly to bites.
- Gout: Add 10 drops of oil to 2 tablespoons of carrier oil; massage into affected areas two to three times a day.
- Gum disease: Create a mouthwash with purified water, 1 drop of peppermint and 1 drop of tea tree oil.
- Head lice: Add 20 drops of oil to 2 tablespoons of shampoo. Massage into scalp and hair and leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse. Repeat three to four times daily, until the eggs are gone.
- Hives: Add 10 drops of oil to 4 tablespoons of witch hazel. Apply with cotton ball. Or mix with coconut oil, which is naturally healing and soothing itself, and gently apply to the infected areas.
- Homemade mouthwash: Make a simple homemade mouthwash with purified water and tea tree oil.
- Household cleaning: Can be used aromatically or added to homemade cleaners to kill germs and prevent the spread of colds and flus. You can make a general tea tree cleaner by combining 2 teaspoons of tea tree oil with 2 cups of water in a spray bottle. Shake to blend and use for household cleaning tasks. This is especially good in the bathroom and in toilets.
- Immune system: To stimulate the immune system, diffuse through the air on a regular basis. Massage into the soles of the feet to increase your immune response.
- Infected wounds: Adding the oil to steaming water, hold the infected area over the steam. Or dilute 1 drop of tea tree with 1 cup of water and rinse the infected area one or two times a day, as needed.
- Inflammation: Massage over the inflamed areas, gently and always toward the heart; or diffuse and inhale the tea tree oil directly or indirectly.
- Ingrown hairs: Add one to two drops of oil directly to area. Repeat every two hours or until signs of infection disappear.
- Insect repellant: Add 15 drops to a quart of water and use as an effective insect repellent.
- Jock itch: Apply 10 to 15 drops of oil to 2 tablespoons of carrier oil. Apply two times daily. Dust with cornstarch, to reduce chapping.
- Laryngitis: Add five to 10 drops of oil and pinch of sea salt to 1 cup of warm water, gargle two to three times a day. Do not swallow!
- Laundry helper: Add 1/2 teaspoon tea tree oil to your laundry for towels and other fabrics prone to getting moldy.
- Mildew and mold remover: Spray an all-purpose cleaner made with 2 teaspoons of tea tree oil and 2 cups of water on growing mold and mildew. Shake well before using and do not rinse.
- Mosquito bites: Apply a drop of oil directly to bites.
- Muscle aches and pains: Add 10 to 15 drops of oil to half a cup of Epsom salts and dissolve in the bath. Add 10 drops of oil to 2 tablespoons of carrier oil. Massage well.
- Mumps: Massage over the body and into the feet and diffuse through the home.
- Nail fungus: Add one to two drops of oil directly to nail and the surrounding tissue. Allow to dry completely on hands before touching anything. Repeat morning and night for a week.
- Pest control: Household ants and other pests dislike tea tree oil, so a few drops put at the point of entry will deter them. Wipe cupboards out with an oil and water solution to keep ants away.
- Plantar warts: Apply oil undiluted to affected area two to three times daily.
- Psoriasis: Add 10 drops oil to 1 tablespoon carrier oil and massage into affected areas. Repeat two to three times daily. The oil also can be applied undiluted.
- Rashes: Mix with coconut oil and massage over the affected areas.
- Rheumatism: To help reduce pain associated with rheumatism, add 20 drops of tea tree oil to 2 ounces of carrier oil. Massage into affected are two to three times a day.
- Ringworm: Apply a drop or two of oil undiluted, repeat two times daily. You can also mix one drop of tea tree oil with one drop of lavender oil for added benefit.
- Rubella: Dilute as needed and massage into the affected areas.
- Scabies: Apply one to two drops of oil directly to area in the morning and at night.
- Sciatica: Add 10 drops oil to 1 tablespoon carrier oil and massage into affected areas. Repeat two to three times daily. The oil also can be applied undiluted.
- Seborrhea: For skin, add 10 drops of oil to 1 tablespoon of carrier oil and massage into affected areas. Repeat two to three times daily. For scalp, add 10 drops of oil to 2 tablespoons of shampoo. Massage into scalp and hair and leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse. Repeat three to four times daily. For a soothing bath, add 10 to 15 drops of oil to bathwater.
- Shingles: Add 10 to 15 drops of oil to half a cup of Epsom salts and dissolve in bath. Add 10 drops of oil to 2 tablespoons of grapeseed oil or coconut oil and massage well.
- Shock: Massage tea tree oil into the soles of the feet as needed.
- Sinusitis: Use as directed for bronchial infections. For a vaporizer, add 10 drops to steamer and leave on for five to 10 minutes.
- Sore muscles. Fill your bathtub with warm water. Add a few drops of tea tree oil to the water to relax tight muscles.
- Sore throat: Add 2 drops of oil to 1 cup of warm water with pinch of sea salt and gargle two to three times a day. Do not swallow!
- Staph infection: Best used topically, rubbed into the soles of the feet to increase the immune response and fight infection.
- Stye: Add five drops of oil to a pan of steaming water. Drape towel overhead and steam five minutes. Apply warm compresses directly to the stye.
- Sunburn: Mix 1 tablespoon of coconut oil with 1 drop of tea tree and 1 drop of lavender and gently apply to sunburned areas.
- Tattoos: Apply after tattoos to avoid infection. Use undiluted, diluted with coconut oil or as a spray with purified water.
- Thrush: Gargle with sea salt, warm water and 1 drop of tea tree oil.
- Ticks: Apply a drop or two directly to the tick and the surrounding area.
- Toenail fungus: Rub the tea tree oil directly onto the affected toenail and underneath the tip of the nail. Apply one to two drops of tea tree oil. Apply the oil once a day, preferably at bedtime.
- Toothbrush cleaner: Apply oil directly to toothbrush one to two times a week to kill bacteria.
- Tonsillitis: Inhale from steaming water with tea tree oil, gargle, and massage into neck and soles of feet.
- Vaginal infection: Add several drops to the bathwater.
- Viral infections: Diffuse tea tree oil throughout the home or inhale from steaming water.
- Warts: Apply undiluted directly to wart. Use morning and night, until wart begins to disappear. Dilute if necessary for sensitive skin.
- Wounds: Soak wounded area in water with tea tree oil, or spritz from a bottle of water with several drops of oil. Depending on the wound and your own sensitivity, you may be able to apply directly.
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A great deal of modern research is clearly showing that Essential Oils can be a major weapon in our modern-day fight against cancer. This is not to say that essential oils cure cancer, but that they show strong proeprties in killing cancer cells or retarding the growth of cancer cells. As always, the devil is in the detail!
I am particularly struck though by the fact that modern medicine which tends to fiercely resist any and all ‘traditional’ medicines, has at last become convinced of the value of essential oils – which means that the evidence must be very strong indeed.
I have collated a few of the best articles I can find on the subject here, along with a good video based on the personal experience of am alternative practitioner. I do hope you enjoy them – ful credits are given at the end of this post, and at the end of each section.
Frankincense and Cancer – What You Need to Know
The oil of frankincense has been used for thousands of years to quell disease-causing inflammation, support heightened immunity, and to prevent dangerous infections. But many people remain unaware of the added cancer-fighting potential of this precious serum, which researchers from the University of Leicester in the UK (among others), have confirmed through rigorous scientific testing.
Also known as boswellia, frankincense claims as part of its vast nutrient profile a unique compound known as acetyl-11-keto-beta-boswellic acid, or AKBA for short. With funding from the government of Oman, researchers from the University of Leicester were able to uncover how frankincense may be a safe and effective remedy for women who suffer from ovarian cancer – one of the leading causes of cancer in women.
Even in patients with late-stage ovarian cancer, which is exceedingly difficult to treat using conventional methods, the AKBA found in frankincense oil demonstrated clear efficacy. Here’s what Kamla Al-Salmani, lead author of the paper covering these findings and a PhD student at the University’s Cancer Studies and Molecular Medicine department, had to say:
“After a year of studying the AKBA compound with ovarian cancer cell lines in vitro, we have been able to show it is effective at killing cancer cells. Frankincense is taken by many people with no known side effects. This finding has enormous potential to be taken to a clinical trial in the future and developed into an additional treatment for ovarian cancer.”
Cancer Cells that Don’t Respond to Chemotherapy are Eradicated by Frankincense
Related research into AKBA has shown that this unique substance is also effective against other forms of cancer, including breast, colon, and prostate cancers. And the evidence suggests that frankincense isn’t just a supplemental treatment to go along with chemotherapy and radiation; in some cases it may actually be preferential as a replacement.
The reason for this is that frankincense shows demonstrable effectiveness in a few areas where chemotherapy isn’t all that effective, particularly with regards to ovarian cancer. Commenting on the study’s findings, Dr. Mark Evans, who heads the program of which Al-Salmani is a student, explained that certain cancer cell lines that don’t respond to chemotherapy are notably responsive to frankincense.
Though commonly mixed with a carrier oil such as saponified coconut oil or jojoba oil and applied topically, frankincense can also be consumed orally by putting one or two drops of the oil into a beverage. Be sure to consult with a physician versed in the proper use of essential oils before undertaking such a regimen for cancer-fighting purposes.
The above information was extracted from The Truth About cancer and the copyright belongs to them. It’s an informative site!
This is a cut video from the documentary “The truth about cancer” featuring the power of essential oils. It provides some excellent background and a number of surprising facts, staring with an interview with Dr Eric Zielinski.
In this article, we discuss the nature of the Tea Tree and why its oil provides so many health benefits. We then go on to look at ten very specific benefits of tea tree oils that will help you in your day to day life. Please enjoy and don’t forget to share!
Many of the 100 or so species of tea tree have fragrant, essential oil-containing leaves. At least three species of bottlebrush trees are distilled for their essential oil: Melaleuca alternifolia, from which we get tea tree oil; Melaleuca cajeputi, which yields cajeput essential oil; and Melaleuca viridiflora, the source for niaoli essential oil. Distilled cajeput and niaoli oils retain some of the sweet-woody aromas present in the fresh leaves. Cajeput and niaoli oils are slightly less medicinal smelling than tea tree oil.
Tea tree leaves have been used by Australian aboriginal people for treating cuts and wounds. The freshly crushed leaves are applied directly to an injury, then secured in place with a mud pack. Apparently the medicinal affects of this tea tree poultice are so powerful that they not only combat infection in the wound but overcome the potential for further infection caused by the application of the less than sterile mud pack.
The key to tea tree’s medicinal effectiveness is the ratio of two chemical constituents present in the oil: cineole and terpinen. Although both of these constituents are bactericidal and germicidal, cineole can be a powerful skin irritant. Therefore tea tree oils with low cineole and high terpinen contents are preferred.
In aromatherapy, tea tree essential oil is employed for its physical, rather than emotional or aesthetic nature. This isn’t to say that the strongly medicinal aroma of tea tree is offensive. Many appreciate its underlying intensely warm, nutmeg-like scent.
Tea tree oil is a popular treatment for acne. This natural antiseptic disinfects the pores as well as kills the bacteria that cause acne.
Tea tree oil can treat toenail fungus, thanks to its antifungal as well as antiseptic properties. It can help kill the fungus and relieve symptoms, such as inflammation, swelling, yellowing, or thickening of the nail.
Tea tree oil a good treatment for dandruff, thanks to its strong anti-fungal properties. It can even reduce symptoms like itchy and dry scalp.
Because of its antiseptic and antibacterial properties, tea tree oil is a wise choice for treating boils. This essential oil heals boils quickly and protects them from infections. In addition, it helps reduce scarring and skin spots left by boils.
You can use tea tree oil to treat warts, the small bumps caused by a viral infection in the skin’s top layer. Its antiviral and antiseptic qualities help fight the virus and eliminate the warts.
This essential oil has strong anti-fungal as well as antibacterial properties, and thus it helps treat vaginal infections, such as vaginitis, bacterial vaginosis, and yeast infections. It can even help get rid of unpleasant vaginal odor.
Note: Pregnant women should not use TTO.
This essential oil also works very well in eliminating body odor, a very common and embarrassing problem. It has antimicrobial properties that help destroy the bacteria that cause body odor.
In addition, being an astringent, it controls excessive sweating and keeps you smelling fresh throughout the day.
Whether you suffer from bad breath, inflamed gums, gingivitis or plaque, tea tree oil is a good solution. Its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties help kill bad bacteria and soothe inflamed gums.
Note: Never swallow Tea tree oil as its compounds can cause side effects like nausea.
Tea tree oil is a natural expectorant that can help loosen chest congestion associated with a sore throat, cough, common cold, bronchitis and other respiratory problems.
In addition to treating dandruff, tea tree oil is a natural insecticide that can effectively kill head lice and help soothe the itching.
The above article has been extracted from Top 10 Home Remedies and they own the copyright. There are several other links to that site in the article.
First and foremost I have to say that if you are in pain, always see a doctor. Using Essential Oils as advised here should provide some pain relief but it will not address the root cause of your problem – we are not qualified medical practitioners here at Mystical Breath, we are enthusiastic users of Essential Oils and believe that we can provide good advice on their uses – and that’s all! Now on we go!
The sciatic nerve is located in the back of the leg. It connects the nervous system to the muscles of the back of the knee and lower leg. This important nerve also provides the sense of feeling to the back of the thigh, part of the lower leg, and the sole of the foot. Damage to the sciatic nerve may result in weakening of the knee-bending capability, weakness of foot movement and general difficulty in bending the foot.
Other general sciatica symptoms such as nerve pain, numbness, tingling, weakness—are all very variable in severity and location of the effects. Symptoms can be felt in the buttock, or in the back of the thigh down to the calf, or even into the toes.
One of the causes of sciatica problems can be the maladroit administration of intramuscular injections. The main potential problem with an intramuscular injection arises when the nurse or practitioner sticks the needle into something other than muscle and injects the drug to the wrong place – possibly damaging nerves. The sciatic nerve is easy for a competent professional to avoid when such an injection is given with due care.
ALWAYS see a medical professional if you are experiencing these symptoms. Now we go on the consider how we might use Essential Oils to help with the pain caused by sciatica. Full credit for the article is placed below it with a link so that you can read the complete item if you wish to know more.
This is a list of oils you can rub into your skin. Remember, many of these will require a carrier oil (avocado oil, sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, coconut oil, grapeseed oil, even extra virgin olive oil will do the trick), massage these into the area where you are having pain. If you like you can cover them with a warm cloth to help your muscles relax more fully.
- Mustard Oil
- Lavender Essential Oil
- Juniper Essential Oil
- Roman Chamomile Essential Oil
- Pepper Essential Oil
- Nettle Tea
- Saffron Tea
- Celery Juice or Tea can be used to help some kinds of sciatica pain
- Fresh lemon juice – rub on the affected area (this one really is effective!)
- Fresh oregano or thyme can be added to bathwater
- I should also mention that a combination of any of the essential oils listed above can be added to your bathwater (10 drops for sensitive skin, 15 for normal skin) and a particularly effective blend is juniper and mustard or pepper. (Side note: I like the combination of juniper and pepper better than juniper and mustard, but it’s got nothing to do with it being more effective).
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This is a pretty good video that outlines the physical properties and dimensions of the sciatic nerve by a Dr George Best. Hope it’s useful for you – you can see all of his videos at the link provided.
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Nature provides many sources of medicine, some of which are so common that we overlook their value. Onion is one such source of healing; it has has been grown and selectively bred in cultivation for at least 7,000 years as a food source. In Bronze Age settlements, traces of onion remains were found alongside date stones and fig remains that date back to 5000 BC. We find evidence of the use of onions in the bible in the Book of Numbers and the workers who built the Egyptian pyramids were fed onions as an integral part of their diet.
The juice of onions has been used as a moth repellent and can be rubbed on the skin to prevent insect bites. When applied to the scalp, it is said to promote growth of hair. Onion juice has also been used to polish glass and copper.
The article and video below focus on the many health benefits of onion and gives fascinating insights to some of its unusual properties. So next time you handle an onion in your kitchen – have a little respect and think for a moment about what a miracle this little vegetable really is!
Onions may bring tears to your eyes but the momentary pain they cause is easily outweighed by the fact that they can also help fight against diseases. The bulbous vegetables are grown all over the globe and used in may different ways. They can be eaten alone, added to dishes to increase the flavor, used to clean barbecue grills, and even placed in ears or socks at night to help heal our bodies. You read that last part correct; onions can help fight colds, fevers, and flu-like symptoms.
If you ever have a painful earache try this age old self-healing trick. Grab an onion, cut it open, and take out the central-most portion of it. Place the onion heart in the opening of your ear before you go to sleep and when you wake up you should feel much better. The onion will soften any built up ear wax and make it easier to remove. It also works overnight to naturally and effectively decrease any inflammation in the ear that is causing you pain.
The practice of placing onions on people’s feet can be traced back to ancient Chinese medicine. The Chinese determined that there are thousands of nerve endings on the bottom of feet which act like access points to internal organs and are closely linked with our nervous systems. When a cut onion is placed on the underside of the foot it kills germs and bacteria because onions naturally have strong anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties.
The phosphoric acid, the stuff that’s responsible for making you cry, enters into the bloodstream and helps purify the blood all over your body. In turn, you become healthier and your improved body is better prepared in terms of its ability to fight off infections and inflammation. Here’s how to do it: Take an onion, red or white both work, and cut it into flat slices so they can be easily applied to the bottom of your feet. Pull on a pair of socks over the onions to keep them in place overnight, lay back, sleep, wake up, remove the socks, and discard the onions. It’s that simple. As you dream the onion will seep into and through your skin where it works to purify blood and absorb toxins.
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The mere hint of lemon odor can be quite invigorating and lemon products have been used for purposes as diverse as teeth whitening, laundry freshening, cellulite treatment and face washing. But what is lemon’s capacity to heal us of common ailments and does it have medical credibility for the claims made for it?
The lemon fruit is native to Asia and may actually be a hybrid of orange and citron rather than a uniquely evolved species. For about a hundred years, lemon has been used extensively in Ayurvedic medicine, which is where the article below from DrEricz.com (full accreditation band link below the article), begins.
We hope you enjoy the article – and do visit the authors’ original site using the link below for the full text.
Ayurvedic food and medicinal preparations use lemon and lemon essential oil heavily, giving us an excellent basis for discovery and use (of Lemon Essential Oil).
Assistant professor of Alva’s Ayurveda Medical College, Dr. J.V. Hebbar, relays the 13 key benefits of lemon and lemon essential oil in the Ayurvedic model: (2)
- Vakrashodhi – Oral health
- Rochana – Digestion.
- Trushna Nivarana – Thirst quencher.
- Shula Nivarana – Remedy for abdominal colic pain.
- Kasa Nivarana – Cough relief.
- Kaphotklesha, Chardi Nivarana – Calms stomach and relieves nausea, excessive salivation and vomiting.
- Amadoshahara – Prevents malabsorption.
- Hrutpeeda – Relieves chest pain due to gastritis.
- Asya vairasya hara – Relieves bad breath
- Vahnimandyahara – Promotes digestion, it is a naturally detoxifying.
- Varnya – Improves complexion and skin tone.
- Pushtiprada – Nourishes the skin.
- Kapha Dosha – Weight loss.
Other notable effects include the regulation of cholesterol deposits in the circulatory system, which can help to reduce risk factors for heart disease!
Hundreds of studies have referred to lemon essential oil, exploring the dozens of traditional uses. Its most prominent component, limonene, is likely the key to its potency, found in many citrus oils but none so strongly as lemon. Its cancer-fighting antioxidant power is impressive, as well. With such a strong foundational composition, it’s not surprising that the science is catching up to 1,000-year-tradition at breakneck speed!
Nausea and Vomiting
An interesting study came out the spring of 2014, highlighting the benefits that lemon essential oil has for pregnant women dealing with nausea and vomiting. This was actually the first study of its kind and they discovered some promising results. Basing their research findings on the personal report 100 women provided to the researchers, they learned that the majority were significantly more satisfied with aromatherapy (i.e. simply smelling lemon essential oil out of the bottle) than with the drugs that they were given or the placebo. (3)
Another component of lemon that researchers have recently validated is geraniol. To evaluate the antioxidant ability to reverse damage from inflammation and oxidative stress, scientists in India gave geraniol to rats with diabetic neuropathy. Over the course of the 8-week study, markers of sciatic nerve damage and mitochondrial enzymes were both restored significantly. As a bonus, they also observed restored dopamine levels, the neurotransmitter that is associated with healthy functions like movement and unhealthy functions like addiction. (4)
We’ve already walked through quite a range of uses for lemon essential oil, so there’s no surprise at the long list of practical applications. These are just a sampling, and some of my favorite ways to use lemon outside of medicinal benefits.
1. Freshen Clothes – We’ve all forgotten to switch laundry to the dryer at least once. Just add a few drops of lemon EO in a rinse to prevent that awful odor.
2. Remove Gum and Sap – Playtime around trees can quickly become a mess. Remove pine gum or tree sap from clothes and carpet with an essential oil application.
3. Wash Greasy Hands – Soap just doesn’t always cut it after doing mechanic work. But with a couple of drops of lemon essential oil added to your soap, the grime should wash right off!
4. Disinfect (Without the Toxins!) – Alcohol and bleach are harsh, especially when little hands and lungs are around. Instead, add 40 drops lemon oil to 8 oz pure distilled water and 8 oz witch hazel or white vinegar to clean the moldy shower and germy countertops.
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Wisemen traversed from afar,
Guided by a radiant star.
Bearing costly gifts, we’re told,
Frankincense, and myrrh, and gold
By Sandra Graham at Christart
So what is this wondrous substance that we have known so well for more than five thousand years, and why is it still considered to be so valuable? In Egypt it was used in the embalming of mummies, aiding the deceased in his or her journey to the afterlife; Christians have used it to cleanse holy spaces of evil spirits, and in ancient Arabia it was valued as highly as gold for its incredible fragrance. In India it has been used to treat stiff joints and general health for millennia – particularly by the Ayurvedic school of medicine who maintain that burning it in the home provides health benefits for all the family.
In the Middle East, Frankincense is chewed in its resinous form, which exploits its antimicrobial properties and greatly assists the maintenance of healthy teeth and gums. One can only imagine that in those days, long before we understood the underlying causes of tooth decay and periodontitis, poor oral health must have been a major cause of suffering. By trial and error and observation, people learned that Frankincense could help – and so it became a part of folk lore and natural medicine.
Frankincense improves circulation and blood flow through blood vessels suffering from inflammation, which also helps joints that suffer from arthritis. Frankincense’s powerful anti-inflammatory effect also helps with Crohn’s disease and cysts. Some studies have shown that the frankincense may help in the treatment of several types of cancer – malignant melanoma, bladder cancer and brain tumor.
Other studies have confirmed that extract of frankincense, incensole acetate, has the ability to reduce neurological damage, ease depression, and to prevent vascular disease.
In aromatherapy, frankincense is used primarily for relieving stress, tension, anxiety and depression. Using Frankincense for a bath or massage can also help with menstrual pain and inflammation of the bladder.
Aromatherapy with frankincense oil has a beneficial effect on the respiratory system and helps with bronchitis, asthma, sinusitis, colds and allergies.
Western medicine has now discovered the composition of Frankincense and identified the components responsible for its anti-inflammatory properties. These constituents are:
Here’s a brief description of each of these important elements:-
Sesquiterpenes – These substances found in plants are defensive mechanisms – deterring some species from eating the plant. In mammals, they have been shown to delete bad information in cellular memory. In varying quantities, they are present in almost all essential oils. They are very viscous (less volatile) so they are often used as fixatives in the perfume industry. Viscous oils have a longer half-life and blend well with lighter, more volatile oils.
Some oils have a far higher concentration of Sesquiterpenes than others- particularly Cedarwood, Sandalwood and Myrrh.
monoterpenes – Monoterpenes – are present in almost all essential oils. their action is to inhibit the accumulation of toxins. Monoterpenes also enhance the therapeutic values of other components and are the balancing portion of the oil; they restore the correct information in the DNA of the cell once the sesquiterpenes have done their job. Grapefruit, Orange, and Balsam Fir contain high amounts of monoterpenes.
Diterpenes Therapeutically, diterpenes have the same properties as sesquiterpenes, but they also act as anti-fungal agents, expectorants, hormonal balancers, and are useful in treating hypertension. Research has also shown that diterpenes may provide some protection against colorectal cancer, although more research is needed.
Boswellic Acid Boswellic acid is a terpene, and is the most powerful ingredient of frankincense. It has a strong anti-inflammatory effect and effectively relieves pain caused by arthritis with no known side-effects. Like many other terpenes, boswellic acid appears in the resin of the plant that exudes it; it is estimated that it makes up 30% of the resin of the frankincense tree, Boswellia serrata.