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April 12, 2011

Benefits of Lemon Oil

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.

These benefits of lemon oil include its ability to treat stress disorders, fever, infections, asthma, overweight, insomnia, skin disorders, hair disorders, stomach problems and tiredness. 

Lemon is one of the most popular citrus fruits in the world and is used for culinary purposes as it is a good source of vitamin and helps indigestion. It also provides a good taste and aroma to food. Further lemon juice is one of the most popular drinks in the world as it is very healthy, tasty, and low cost.

Health benefits of lemon oil include the following:

  • Stress: Lemon oil is calming in nature and therefore helps in removing mental fatigue, exhaustion, dizziness, anxiety, nervousness and nervous tension. It has to ability to refresh the mind by creating a positive mind-frame and removing negative emotions. It is also believed that inhaling lemon oil helps in increasing concentration and alertness. It can therefore be used as a room freshener in offices to increase the efficiency of the employees.
  • Insomnia: Usage of lemon oil ensures good sleep and helps those suffering from insomnia.
  • Immune System: Lemon oil has high vitamin content and therefore it helps in increasing the immunity of the body. It further stimulated White Blood Cells and thus increases your ability to fight diseases. Lemon oil also improves the circulation in the body.
  • Fever: Lemon oil is effective against infectious diseases such as fever, malaria and typhoid.
  • Stomach Disorders: Since lemon oil is carminative, it is used in treating various stomach problems including indigestion, acidity, stomach upsets, cramps, etc.
  • Weight Loss: Lemon juice is very helpful in reducing weight.
  • Asthma: It is believed that lemon is also useful for treating asthma.
  • Hair Care: Lemon oil is also effective as a hair tonic. Many people use lemon oil to get strong, healthy and shinning hair. Lemon oil is also used for removing dandruff from head.
  • Skin Care: Lemon oil is a good remedy for the increasing the luster of dull skin. It is astringent and detoxifying in nature, and rejuvenates dull skin. Its antiseptic properties help in treating pimples and various skin disorders. Lemon is also recommended for oily skin.

Other benefits of lemon include the following:

  • Cleaners: Lemon is a good cleaner; therefore it is used for cleansing the body, metal surfaces, etc. It is also a disinfectant and hence it is used for cleaning surfaces such as butcher’s knife and block that can get contaminated easily.
  • Soaps and Cosmetics: Lemon juice and lemon essential oil is used in soaps, face wash and many personal care and skin care cosmetics due to its antiseptic nature.
  • Perfumes: Lemon oil has a distinct refreshing aroma which makes it a good ingredient for perfumes. Many scented candles contain lemon oil. It is also used in potpourris.
  • Drinks: Lemon oil is used in various artificial drinks concentrates to give them the taste of lemon juice.

Lemon oil blends well with many other essential oils including lavender essential oil, rose oil, neroli essential oil, sandalwood oil, geranium essential oil, ylang ylang essential oil, tea tree essential oil, etc.

  Few drops in HOT or COLD water~ is all you need!

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April 12, 2011

Benefits of Peppermint Oil

The health benefits of peppermint oil include its ability to treat indigestion, respiratory problems, headache, nausea, fever, stomach and bowel spasms and pain. Due to the presence of menthol, menthone and menthyl esters, peppermint and peppermint oil find wide applications in manufacture of soap, shampoo, cigarette, toothpaste, chewing gum, tea and ice cream.

Peppermint is a cross between watermint and spearmint and is native to Europe. Historically, the herb has been known for its medicinal uses. Hence it is often termed as the world’s oldest medicine.

Unlike many other herbs and essential oils, numerous health benefits of peppermint and peppermint oil have been studied and proved by the scientific community. As a result, peppermint oil is also sold in the form of capsules and tablets.

Peppermint oil is also used as a flavouring agent. You will find very few people who will not find peppermint suitable to their palate.

Peppermint oil contains numerous minerals and nutrients including manganese, iron, magnesium, calcium, folate, potassium, and copper. It also contains omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamin A and Vitamin C.

 

The health benefits of peppermint oil include the following:

  • Indigestion: Peppermint oil is very helpful in digestion. Often people put a few drops of peppermint oil in a glass of water and drink it after their meal due to its digestive properties. It is carminative and therefore helps in removing gas. Peppermint oil is a good tonic for those who have a low appetite. It also helps during motion sickness and upset stomach. Preliminary research has proved that peppermint oil in the combination of caraway oil can be used for treating heartburns.
  • Dental Care:Peppermint oil, due to its antiseptic properties, is useful for dental care. It removes bad breath and helps teeth and gums deal with germs. No wonder, it is added in numerous toothpastes. It is also useful for treating toothaches.
    • Respiratory Problems: Menthol, which is present in abundance in peppermint oil, helps in clearing the respiratory tract. It is an effective expectorant and therefore provides instantaneous, though temporary, relief in numerous respiratory problems including nasal congestion, sinusitis, asthma, bronchitis, cold and cough. As a result, it is used in numerous cold rubs. When these cold rubs are rubbed on the chest, they remove nasal and respiratory congestion immediately.
    • It is further believed that peppermint oil is useful for treating cancer and tuberculosis.
    • Peppermint blends well with various other essential oils including eucalyptus, rosemary, lemon, marjoram, etc.
  • Nausea and Headache: Peppermint oil is a good home remedy for nausea and headache. Applying peppermint oil in diluted form on the forehead is known to remove headache.
  • Stress: Like most other essential oils, peppermint is able to provide relief from stress, depression and mental exhaustion due to its refreshing nature. It is also effective against anxiety and restlessness.
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome: The muscle relaxing property of peppermint oil has been found to ease irritable bowel syndrome. This has been validated through preliminary scientific research though the exact mechanism is still unknown.
  • Antispasmodic: Peppermint oil is very effective for gastroscopy, colonoscopy and during double-contrast barium enema. It is applied intraluminally. Further benefits of peppermint oil due to its antispasmodic properties are being studied.
  • Urinary Tract Infection: Peppermint oil can be used for treating urinary tract infection (UTI). However, thorough scientific studies are yet to be conducted to confirm this.
  • Pain Relief: Peppermint oil can be used externally for providing relief from pain. It is believed that the presence of calcium antagonism in peppermint oil aids in removing pain. It is cooling in nature and therefore helps reduce fever.
  • Immune System: Peppermint oil increases your immunity to diseases and therefore helps you in preventing a number of diseases.
  • Blood Circulation: It also improves blood circulation.
  • Hair Care: Peppermint oil is very useful for hair care as it gives a cooling effect to the head, and removes dandruff and lice.
  • Skin Care: Peppermint oil contains Menthol, which is good for skin. It gives a cooling effect. Further it nourishes dull skin and improves oily skin

 

April 12, 2011

Quarterly Cleanse with…

It is so important to detoxify your body with all that we do to it daily~ really!

 

Here is an awsome supplement that detoxifies but also supports! Enjoy~  by Dr. Mom @ doTERRA therapy

 

Zendocrine is a detoxifying supplement that supports healthy cleansing and filtering functions of the liver, kidneys, colon, lungs, and skin as well as supporting normal self-detoxification functions of the cleansing organs. You would take this everyday for one month and then again in a few months as a quarterly cleanse. 

 

GX Assist is a combination of caprylic acid and oregano, melalueca, lemon, lemongrass, peppermint, and thyme essentials oils that help support a healthy digestive tract by creating an unfriendly environment for potentially harmful pathogens that can disrupt digestive immunities and cause digestive upset.

You would take this for 10 days each month to help support the digestive track. It is recommended to follow this with PB Assist for 5 days.

GX Assist is an aggressive formula so depending on how aggressive you want to be, you may or may not want to do GX Assist and Zendocrine at the same time. There is no harm in doing them at the same time however.

Let’s detox our way to happy & healthy 2011 and beyond~ Feel  & See the difference in your appearance!!!

 

April 12, 2011

Quality vs. Quantity

Is it really worth the money to buy quality oils? Or, are cheaper oils worth the money they cost you?

Although you’ve heard about the different qualities of oils, your mind can not get past the question: Why should I spend $31.00 for a bottle of lavender oil when I can get the same amount at my health food store for $9.95?  Can there really be that much difference between oils?

 

A rose by any other name . . . While Shakespeare may have been right in saying that a rose is a rose, no matter what you call it, calling something rose oil doesn’t make it so.  It takes 5,000 pounds of rose petals to produce one pound of rose oil; and to completely extract the oil, and have it retain its full fragrance, chemistry and frequency, requires a careful, two part distillation process.  This makes a quality rose oil very expensive.  If you can buy a 15 ml bottle for $50.00, you can be sure that it’s not very good.

 

What you smell may not be what you get

Here is the problem: Aromatherapy has become quite a fad, and an ever-growing number of marketers, seeing its money-making potential, have jumped on the essential oils bandwagon, looking for an easy way to make a lot of money.  They’re finding innovative ways to sell anything they can call aromatherapy.

Mostly, what you find are cheap imitations: some sort of oil base to which they’ve added synthetic chemicals to create a fragrance.  Glade® PlugIns® Scented Oil would fall into this category.  I can guarantee you: their Lavender Meadow® has never seen a lavender meadow.

To give you an idea of how ridiculous this is, statistics show that one company — Procter & Gamble — uses two times the amount of essential oils that are actually produced in the entire worldIt makes you wonder: Just what are they calling essential oils?

 

Some companies market essential oils that have been cut with synthetic chemicals or blended with cheaper hybrids.  This is quite common with lavender.  For example, according to the Lavender Growers Association, 100 times more “lavender oil” was exported from France than is actually grown there.  Just where did that lavender come from?

Aromatherapy is far more than just the smell

While some of these so-called aromatherapy products present a pleasing fragrance (at least to a chemically-oriented nose), can cover unpleasant odors, and may have some limited value in relaxation, they have no real value for true aromatherapy.  In some cases, these so-called aromatherapy products can create serious problems, from allergic reactions to irritations to chemical burns.

The quality of the oil makes all the difference

There are at least 200 different companies marketing essential oils in North America.  However, there are many grades of essential oils, and most essential oils available in the United States are of the lowest grade and quality.

Only when using a CPTG®, certified-pure-therapeutic-grade oil will you see significant benefits.

It’s a very fundamental fact: Effective aromatherapy begins with CPTG®, certified-pure-therapeutic-grade essential oils.  And only dōTERRA® Essential Oils essential oils can honestly be called CPTG®, certified-pure-therapeutic-grade, with all the properties needed for effective aromatherapy intact. 

With essential oils, pure is just not enough…

It’s not enough that an essential oil marketer claims that its essential oils are pure, organic, and/or Grade A.

  • To many marketers, purity means only that the oil does not contain a base oil or some other essential oil — that is: that it’s not cut.  The question of whether or not the essential oil is adulterated with chemicals or solvents is not even considered.
  • Likewise, that an essential oil is marketed as organic is little indication of its quality.  Organic oils are certainly better than others, but many oils that are produced from organically-grown plant sources are still contaminated with chemicals during processing, or extracted in a way that produces poor quality oils.
  • Even Grade A oils may lack many of the properties of a truly CPTG®certified-pure-therapeutic-grade essential oil, even though they may be sold as such.

Why is the quality of so many essential oils so bad?  

Producing a quality oil suitable for aromatherapy requires a lot of skill, patience and expense.  Quite frankly, most producers don’t find it worth their trouble to do it right.

Why? 

Because about 98% of all essential oils are not produced for therapeutic purposes; they are produced for the perfume or cosmetic industries.  Much of the remaining 2% is used for food flavoring (although any of these might be sold for aromatherapy).

These industries are only interested in the oils’ aromatic qualities (that is: that they smell good); and so, techniques are adopted to produce greater quantities of these oils at a faster rate, without any concern for their potential therapeutic benefits.

This has a major impact on the quality of the oils.

Few people appreciate how chemically complex essential oils are.  The average essential oil may contain anywhere from 80 to 200 chemical constituents.  However, these aromatic molecules are very fragile and not easily extracted from the plant material.  Taking shortcuts in the production process will render the oil therapeutically void.  Therefore, it’s possible that, even though an oil is considered pure or Grade A, it may still contain only a fraction of its possible complex chemistry and therapeutic value.

In aromatherapy cosmetic, perfume and CPTG® are not the same.

To most people, these oils smell exquisite; but they lack any true therapeutic properties.  It’s all in how they’re produced.  Many of the important chemical constituents necessary to produce therapeutic results are either flashed off with the high heat of quick production methods, or are never released from the plant material due to shortened distillation times.

Less than two percent of the oils on the market today are produced for therapeutic and medicinal applications.  However, many of the oils produced for the cosmetic or perfume industry are being sold in the United States as therapeutic-grade.  (A rose by any other name may still be a rose; but a marigold is still a marigold, even if you call it a rose.)

Aromatherapy and synthetic fragrances.

Beyond the problem of adulterated oils, there is also the practice of skipping nature altogether, and manufacturing so-called essential oils in the laboratory.

There are huge chemical companies on the east coast of the United States that specialize in the duplication of every essential oil that exists.  For every kilogram of pure essential oil that is produced, it is estimated that there are between 10 and 100 kilograms of synthetic oil created.

And, while chemists have successfully re-created the main constituents and fragrances of some essential oils in the laboratory, the synthetic oils lack any therapeutic benefits, and may even carry serious risks.

Why?

Because real essential oils contain hundreds of different chemical compounds, which, in combination, lend important therapeutic properties to the oil, and balance the therapeutic actions of other essential oil constituents.  (See the article on essential oil chemistry.)  Also, many essential oils contain molecules and isomers that are impossible to manufacture in the laboratory, leaving the synthetic oils incomplete.  And, just as importantly, no one has been able to solve the problem of manufacturing life.  You must never underestimate the importance of kinetic energy in the oils as a therapeutic agent.

A final word: the importance of the real deal!

Adulterated oils present real dangers for consumers.  Anyone venturing into the world of medicinal aromatherapy must use the purest quality oils available.  Inferior quality, adulterated oils most likely will not produce therapeutic results, and they can be very detrimental.  There’s the basic issue of toxicity; but also, petrochemical solvents, such is propylene glycol and diethylphthalate, can all cause allergic reactions.

Adulteration of essential oils will become more and more common as the supply of top-quality essential oils dwindles and demand explodes.  These adulterated essential oils will jeopardize the integrity of aromatherapy in the United States, and may put many people at risk.

And then, there is the issue of mislabeled oils.  The following is an example of the significance of this:

A woman (name withheld to protect her privacy) had heard that lavender oil could heal burns; so when she spilled boiling water on her arm, she used lavender oil she had purchased from a local health food store.  But, instead of healing her burn, the oil only worsened it and intensified her pain.

She concluded that lavender oil was worthless for healing burns, and that aromatherapy was a scam.

When her “lavender” oil was analyzed, however, it was found to be lavandin, a hybrid lavender that is chemically very different from true Lavandula angustifoliaLavandin contains high levels of camphor (12 to 18 percent), and can burn the skin.  In contrast, true lavender contains virtually no camphor, and has burn-healing agents not found in lavandin.

dōTERRA® Essential Oils: Quality oils for safe

and effective aromatherapy.

dōTERRA® Essential Oils promises you that their oils meet — or exceed — the highest standards for therapeutic-grade essential oils and are truely CPTG®, certified-pure-therapeutic-grade oils.