Posts tagged ‘Peppermint’

April 13, 2011

Allergies? Runny Nose?

Allergies & Runny Nose, Watery Eyes:

 

ALLERGIES:  Lavender, lemon, peppermint, melaleuca, lemongrass and respiratory blend. To help body fight off airborne pathogens put 1-2 drops each of lavender, lemon and peppermint in a gelatin capsule and take internally. You can also place melaleuca, lemongrass, a purifying or immune/defensive blend on an intake filter every time it is changed to help fight against allergy causing molds and fungi.

 

Do you suffer from seasonal allergies? If so, this little kit could be a life saver. It contains one 5 ml bottle each of highest quality lavender, lemon, and peppermint. These are the top three oils you never want to be without for anything.

The lemon is from Italy, the lavender from Provence, France, and the peppermint from Washington State. I guarantee they are the purest essential oils you’ve ever experienced. What’s more, they are CPTG, which means Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade. Which means, yes, they may be ingested.

Take 3 drops of each (less if you are extremely sensitive) in a gel capsule with a full glass of filtered water, and within half an hour or less your itchy, watery eyes, congestion, or runny nose will be minimized, if not gone.

 

There are many testimonies of soothing allergy symptoms just with these 3 basic but very powerful CPTG oils.

The peppermint is excellent for cooling, but be careful, one drop equals 28 cups of peppermint tea, and essential oils are 70x more potent than dried herbs. Really!

 

The lavender is the most useful oil to have and combats stress to bee stings to powerful natural remedy for sleepless nights. Take lemon oil with you and put in your water at restaurants, use to oil furniture, spot stains, ingest and use topically to increase your antioxidant levels (citrus oils are GREAT for this). Inside of the INTRO box contains lots of usage tips for these three essential oils, as well as an introductory audio CD.

* Extensive studies have shown that allergies are directly related to the digestive system. Eliminating gluten, corn, sugar, alcohol, and dairy from your diet will very likely lessen the affects of season allergies. Replacing these foods with lots of leafy greens, fresh lemon juice, and excellent quality olive oil will greatly help you. Your liver will especially appreciate it!

 

Suggested protocols:  doTERRA therapy by Dr. MOM

  • Take 1-3 drops of Lavender, Lemon, and Peppermint in vegetable capsule with full glass of water during allergy symptoms.
  • 1 drop of Peppermint or Melaleuca on the base of neck 2 times a day.
  • 1 – 2 drops of Melaleuca with 2 spoons of water and gargle
  • Runny Nose:  1 drop of Lavender right below nostrils, on upper lip 
  • Apply Peppermint on hand and inhale or inhale directly from bottle.
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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

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.

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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.