Essential Oils “The Liquid Manifestation of the Power of Nature”
What are Essential Oils? Where do they come from? How important is quality? How do we use them to stay well? Essential oils are the aromatic volatile liquids we get from shrubs, roots, flowers, trees, bushes, and seeds. They contain highly oxygenating molecules. When we apply certain oils topically they will offer an additional 21% of oxygen to the body within 20 minutes of application. Essential oils are much more potent than processed herbs which have been dried, chopped, capped and put into bottles. They only retain 5-15% of their value( the rest is lost in the drying process). Have you ever smelled a rose after it’s dried? It takes about 5,000 # of rose petals to produce 1 # of rose essential oil. So when we take dreid herbs internally, by the time they go through our digestive process, we’re lucky if we get even 3-5% of the value of the plant, when we could be getting the value of the whole plant if we took it in the essential oil liquid form. Our processed food has even less nutritional value. By contrast, essential oils are very concentrated and they contain hundreds of naturally occurring molecules. Each of these molecules produce certain activities in the body. The molecules in plant oils can be used by the body for repair and regeneration. You can use a variety of oils to help your body heal itself. For example, the potency of a single drop of peppermint oil is equivalent to about 28 cups of peppermint tea. Try a drop of peppermint oil on the bottom of each foot if you have a fever. First of all, you want to make sure you get your essential oils from a pure source such as wild crafted or organically grown. Then it needs to be harvested and carefully distilled to ensure all the precious molecules of the plant stay intact. These are the oils that can then be used to enhance wellness- physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. Many essential oils on the market today are adulterated with sythetic chemical ingredients for bigger profits. Keep in mind, these will not give you the desired results you are looking for and expecting, even though they may be less expensive, and may still smell like an essential oil. This is what you should look for on the label to be assured of purity and quality: E.O.B.B.D. What does this mean? Essential Oils Botanically Biochemically Defined The presence of E.O.B.B.D. on a bottle of essential oil is a guarantee of medicinal quality and purity, certified to be used in the medical field. These oils are tested by pharmacists, scientists and biologists(all researchers) using gas chromatography . They believe it is vital to know the exact botanical name in Latin and the specifice part of the plant used to produce the oil. It is also important to know about the climate, soil conditions, altitude and latitude. The researchers define these influences as the “biochemical specificity” that affects the general makeup of the plant and its chemical compositon, and thus its therapeutic action. Furthermore, an essential oil having the following characteristics must absolutely be rejected:
Deterpened essential oil
Chemically reconstituted essential oil
Adulterated essential oil(synthetic aromatic products are added)
Essential oil diluted with less precious essential oil or other substances
Essential oil extracted with solvents
Burned essential oil (distilled at too high a temperature and pressure)
With such products it is impossible to practice aromatic medicine. Their use leads to toxicity and intolerance, which are contrary to the balance and health we seek. It is recognized today that people want to take responsibility for their own health seeking preventative, complementary therapies in order to maintain good health. True therapeutic essential oils are immune stimulating, anti-viral, anti-infectious, anti-bcterial, anti-microbial, antiseptic anti-fungal and even anti-turmoral.
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Ways to Use Essential Oils
One of the most effective ways to use essential oils is to diffuse them. This allows the molecules to be inhaled. Benefits of Inhalation:
Increase cell oxygenation
Increase secretion of endorphins
Increase secretion of antibodies
Increase enzyme secretion
Increase secretion of hormones
Increase histamine release to speed healing process
Support immune function
Help in dealing with emotional trauma
Increase nutritional delivery to the cell nucleus
Increase secretion of seratonin
How to diffuse: 1. You can diffuse off your own body- put a drop or two in the palm of your hands, cup over your nose and inhale deeply, first through the nose and then through the mouth. 2. Use a spray bottle- fill a bottle with distilled water, add 5 or 6 drops essential oil per oz.. Shake well, then mist liberally into the air. 3. Using a cold air diffuser will keep the molecules in the air longer. 4. Wear the oils as a cologne- apply a few drops to your pulse points such as wrists, behind ears, base of neck, crease of elbows, etc. 5. In a hotel room- put a few drops of orange, lemon or eucalyptus on a washcloth and place in vent system, turning on the fan. In a few moments it will permeate the room. 6. Wear a diffuser necklace that holds a cotton pad saturated with a few drops of essential oil. Applying essential oils directly can enhance your mood and help bring about balance and harmony. Using essential oils is a different operating paradigm than alopathic medicine. With essential oils we don’t focus on disease, but rather balancing the system. Inherent in nature is a desire to bring about harmony and balance. That’s what the oils do for us, even as they do for themselves. Nature’s wisdom is encoded in the life force of the plant. They have the ability to support the body on a molecular level. Click here to order oils
Essential Oils for First Aid
Lemon Oil Inhale as needed to stimulate concentration. Add 1-2 drops directly to skin irritations, such as insect bites, for itch relief. Inhale as needed to stimulate concentration. Diffuse to help protect from air-borne germs. Add 1-2 drops/oz. to purified water in a spray bottle to help cleanse high traffic areas. When dining out, use 1-2 drops rubbed on hands to cleanse and disinfect. Safer than hand sanitizer. Add a few drops to laundry for sweet smelling clothes. Put a drop in your glass of water to purify it. Use to help stop bleeding- gums, shaving nicks, bloody noses, etc. Citrus oils are photosensitive. Avoid sunlight to exposed areas for 48 hours after applying citrus oils.
Eucalyptus Oil To boost immune system apply daily on feet after shower. To ease viral infections apply to chest, clavicle and on back. Use in a foot bath to soothe. For sinus infections apply across the bridge of nose and the sinus area of the face. For colds or flu apply a drop to the wrist every hour or take a couple drops in a capsule 2-3 times a day.
Peppermint Oil For Headaches- apply to back of neck, forehead, temples, nose; inhale or make a tea with 1-2 drops in warm water and drink. Apply directly on area of pain or to minimize bruises. Avoid eye area. Gastrointestinal problems- put a drop on the tongue Heartburn- lemon and peppermint liver cleanse Hot flashes- back of neck or put in water to drink Apply to burns to cool. Use Lavender to soothe. Bee Stings- drop on stings, tap and blow on it. Works instantly. Stuffy nose- take a drop of peppermint in a tsp. of honey. For travel fatigue, indigestion or nausea inhale a drop of peppermint. Also for motion sickness and gastrointestinal cramps. Acid reflux- put Marjoram and Peppermint in palm of the hand and stir with your finger. Lick finger and spread the rest over the gastro area.
Lavender Oil This universal oil helps burns, cuts, scrapes, cysts on the face, shock. For sleeping- put a few drops on a tissue and tuck inside pillowcase. Add to Epsom salts for bath to relax and soothe sore muscles. Sunburn spray- mix several drops with water, add a few drops of f peppermint and Chamomile if desired; shake and spray liberally over affected area. Antiseptic, calming and balancing. Relaxes and soothes the nerves when faced with anxiety, vertigo, depression, headache and migraine, hypertension, and earache. Helps regenerate cells and thread veins, bruises, cuts, sores, scars, and stretch marks. Useful for areas of inflammation such as Athlete’s foot, burns, insect bites, itching, rheumatism, scabies, chicken pox, cystitis. Helps balance oily skin and clear up acne. Antiseptic properties help ward off skin parasites, and makes an effective insect repellant.
Tea Tree OilUse for bacterial infections- apply behind and under the ears, down jawline to jugular vein, and from the ears down to the clavicle. Use at first sign of a sore throat- put a drop on the tongue. Use for scrapes and cuts to avoid infection. Can use straight(neat) Pink eye- 1 drop oil, 1/4 tsp. salt with warm water and put on compress over eyes. For abscess in mouth apply 3x daily For sore gums by molars apply 3x daily Use instead of antibiotics for wisdom tooth removal. For more information or to order the BeYoung oils go to www.beyoungeo.com/bodyjoy
Fragrant Care for your Home
The first thing to greet your guests as they enter your home is the aroma, and that impression will be long lasting. If you are trying to sell your house, diffusing a few drops of lavender and lemon oil will make the viewers feel at ease and often they will say, “The house has a lovely relaxed atmosphere, but we don’t know why.” You however, will know exactly why! You can have the assurance that your home is healthy and clean with pure essential oils. Don’t worry about the flouro-carbons in store bought air fresheners any more. With essential oils we can help protect the ozone layer- they have only good side effects and they don’t cause allergies. Essential oils are so beneficial, enjoyable, and versatile that you will wonder what you ever did before you came to know about them. There are numerous ways to use them to enhance your home. Your only problem will be deciding where to keep them- in the first aid box, the garden shed, the kitchen, utility room, bathroom, or the bedroom! Hallways All rooms join here and usually don’t have windows so the air can get stale. You need something fresh and light. Lemon, Orange, Lemongrass are great for the hall area. Try mixing Geranium or Lavender with your citrus oils. Do you have Colds or Flu in your home? Add Rosemary and a citrus oil(about 8 drops of each) into 2 cups of water. Spritz over your carpet or mix the oils into some baking soda and sprinkle it over the carpet. Vacuum. Air Fresheners Coordinate your choice of oils not only with the time of day, but also the season of the year. Use a light, refreshing oil or mix in the summer and one that is warming during the winter months. Spring/Summer: 10 drops Lemon 4 drops Geranium 2 drops Sandalwood 2 drops Lavender Add to 1 cup water in a spray bottle and mist liberally Autumn/Winter: 8 drops Orange 3 drops Frankincense 3 drops Cypress 2 drops Cedarwood Den or Fireplace area: 10 drops Geranium 5 drops Peppermint 2 drops Chiro Touch mixed into a spray bottle and spritz for an amazing aroma. A cool air diffuser is great for so many uses. Just place it on a counter, add the essential oil and let it go. It diffuses the oil into the air in tiny molecules so when you breathe it in, your body accepts it and is strengthened. When cleaning your diffuser add some boiled water(cool) and 2 drops vinegar to clean it out. Bacteria Buster: 10 drops Spice for Life 10 drops Lemon 8 drops Eucalyptus 4 drops Lavender This inhibits growth of bacteria, clearly a major concern in the home. Most essential oils are antiseptic and antibacterial. Some are antifungal and antiviral. Whatever method you use, they not only make your environment smell delightful but make it safer as well. The Kitchen Essential oils are about cleaning the air, rather than masking bad smells. When used correctly they are harmless, so while you may want to avoid spraying them on your food because of the taste, no harm will come to it if you do. Thyme, Rosemary and Tea Tree oil can all be used as preservatives. Clean Kitchen Blend: 10 drops Lemon 8 drops Lavender 8 drops Orange 5 drops Eucalyptus 3 drops Rosemary This wonderful synergy blend does not contain phenols like PineSol. It’s great to use on a cloth or added to your rinse water for cleaning and disinfecting around the whole house. Or add it to 2 cups of water in a spray bottle. Kitchen Air Spray: 10 drops Rosemary 10 drops Lemon 5 drops Eucalyptus 3 drops Lavender 2 drops Oregano Add to 2 cups water in a spray bottle. Kitchen Surface Spray: 10 drops Tea Tree 10 drops Lemon 5 drops Eucalyptus 3 drops Lavender 2 drops Thyme Add to 2 cups of water in a spray bottle. Or use some on a cloth. Refrigerator and Stove- Add 1 drop each of Lemon and Orange to the final rinse water when cleaning inside and out. Dishwasher- Add 2 drops lemon into the dispenser to help clean, disinfect and prevent spotting. Don’t use synthetic lemon cleaners from the store- use the real thing. Washing Machine: Use Lemon, Lavender or Rosemary. Citrus is good for the males who don’t want to smell like Lavender. Add 3-5 drops in the softening compartment of the machine with some water. This will disperse during the rinse cycle. Fresh: Lavender, Rosemary, Bergamot Floral: Geranium, Lavender, and Bliss Romantic: Romance, Gratitude, Mars, Venus Use 2 drops for hand washables swished in the water. Avoid the resinous or heavier oils, since they tend to cling to the clothes in the wash, but are fine when drying or storing clothes. Click here to order oils