I just recently had to have an emergency gallbladder surgery. They had to do a
vertical cut which I have had before and know just how long it takes to heal
from this. A vertical cut goes through all your abdominal muscles and just takes
quite a while to heal up.
In the past I would definitely need 24 hour care to
me up from a sitting position and help my me move my legs up and down. And
for sure I would need help lifting anything heavier than 10 or 15 lbs. This time I
tried something different with the Copaiba oil I had not done before. I
would always put Copaiba oil on for inflammation topically but had not really
stuck to an ongoing internal use protocol.
We all have been taught from Gary Young and Marc Schreuder etc.. that it's the # 1 best of all the oils for inflammation. So this time, I would put around 8-10 drops in a little shot glass of water and drink it twice a day. It's such a gentle oil and it hardly has any taste. It has a very gentle woodsy smell. If any accidentally gets into your eyes, there is no burn at all.
Anyhow my surgery date was July 1st. After only 2-3 weeks from the date of my
surgery I felt like I had NO surgery at all!! I found that I could lift things, I was
able to drive myself and I could easily get up and down. I only had help for 2 days
when I got home from the hospital on July 7th and I hardly needed help even then.
a vertical cut surgery would take easily 2-3 months where I could manage on my
own without bad pain We have been taught that Copaiba is like Helichrysum on steroids meaning it a serious anti inflammatory medicine with no side effects. Well all I can say is I am
sold! I am living proof in how effective, safe and powerful it really is.
Now I take it every day because I know without doubt that I have lots of inflammation. Everyone has inflammation really. Gary Young has taught us it is the base of all
disease no matter what. So if we get rid of the inflammation, then we do not have
a body environment that disease can develop in!
Copaiba comes from a tree in Brazil. It is the only oil that is not steam distilled from the plant material either. They cut a hole into the tree and the oil comes pouring out like out of a tap!
So for anyone having any kind of surgery, or who has any injury or even respiratory
distress, like Asthma I cannot recommend for you to start taking Copaiba internally.
Something I prefer to do is to buy 2-3 bottles of it and pour them into an empty
2 oz glass bottle with an eye dropper. I just squeeze some into the eye dropper and
put it right into my little shot glass and add a little water. I am going to attach a
great scientific testing results chart of just how potent Copaiba oil is compared to
the other anti inflammatory oils for the moderators to put into the archive files for
you all to see. I will also post my testimonial to the essential oils testimonial site
We are so so blessed to have use of these most magnificent Young Living oils! Again
I laugh when people say the oils are too expensive! Expensive is not being able to
work for 3 months, expensive is having to pay huge dedictibles and co pay for anti
inflammatory drugs that give us awful side effects. Think again if $43.00 is too much
to totally heal yourself after a big surgery!
Blessings of great radiant health and longevity for us all!
and why they can change your life…
Discovering how essential oils are different from herbs and food
supplements is an important step in learning the variety of ways to use
these powerful plant oils.
Essential Oils are the heartbeat of the plant kingdom, and are perhaps the
most exciting life-giving substance we have in the world today. They
represent in plants what blood represents in humankind - life! This
heartbeat is the energy that was created to deliver the nutrients into every
cell of the body.
oils are the subtle, volatile liquids
that are distilled from plants, shrubs, flowers, trees, bushes, and seeds.
An ancient process, oil distillation is a delicate and precise art that has
been almost forgotten. Science is just now re-discovering the incredible
healing power of Essential Oils, and beginning to acknowledge their value
for our health.
More Potent Than Herbs.
Being concentrated, the oils contain virtually all
of the plants healing nutrients, oxygenating molecules, amino acid
precursors, coenzyme A factors, trace minerals, enzymes, vitamins, hormones
and more. And because they are concentrated, EOs are from 50 to 70 times
more therapeutically potent than the herbs or plants they are derived from.
Unlike dried herbs that can lose up to 90% of the healing nutrients and
oxygen molecules, Essential Oils do not. Research further shows that
Essential Oils when applied to skin will penetrate every single cell within
Because the very life force of the plant is contained in, and because this
life force synergizes so favorably with the human body, Essential Oils are
now being considered as medicine by some of the worlds most prominent
doctors. Clinical research has proven 100% pure (without any solvents or
chemical additives), Essential Oils to be: Immune Stimulating, Antiviral,
Anti-infection, Antibacterial, Antimicrobial, Antiseptic, Antitumoral, and
Recent research has also shown that many of the so called super bugs that
has modern medicine so concerned, cannot survive in the presence of
essential oils. Nor has there been any pathogen known to resist by mutating.
Best of all, 100% pure, therapeutic grade Essential Oils are freely
available and safe for home use. Many people diffuse the oils into the atmosphere of their homes, creating a virus free and pleasant environment.
Many of the oils are applied directly to the skin to receive almost immediate benefit from many ailments. Others are inhaled for relief from headaches, nausea, emotional release, etc.
Natures Most Effective Delivery Agent!
Because Essential Oils contain such high amounts of oxygenating molecules, they act as an effective delivery agent to bring food nutrients THROUGH the
cell membrane to feed the cell nucleus.
Without an adequate delivery agent to assist the cell to receive needed
nutrients, the cell can become deprived of needed nutrition. Without
adequate nutrition, the cell membrane thickens hindering further delivery of
nutrients. When malnutrition occurs, the cell begins to deteriorate,
creating a host for disease-causing pathogens. Essential Oils are known for
their ability to pass through the thickest cell membranes. They have the
ability to restore diseased and malnourished cells back to health. In fact,
EOs are natures most effective catalyst and delivery agent for feeding your
body’s several trillion cells.
Here are two more essentail oils that are excellent for the mental support. Peppermint is also know as a universal oil, as it is great for various body systems, not just the mind. And cedarwood is so high in oxygen, great for stimulating our brains and I love to anoint it all over my face every morning. It wakes me up and oxygenates my skin, and smells wonderful.
Don't forget Ningxia Red Juice and Ningxia Nitro, as both of these are great for mental health too.
Peppermint (Mentha piperita) has a strong, clean, fresh, minty aroma.Use For:
One of the oldest and most highly regarded herbs for soothing digestion, it may also restore digestive efficiency.* Dr. William N. Dember of the University of Cincinnati studied peppermint's ability to improve concentration and mental sharpness.
Jean Valnet MD studied peppermint's supportive effect on the liver and respiratory systems. Other scientists have also researched peppermint's role in improving taste and smell when inhaled. Alan Hirsch MD studied peppermint's ability to directly affect the brain's satiety center, which triggers a sensation of fullness after meals. This powerful essential oil is often diluted before topical application.
Peppermint may also be used to enhance the flavor of food and water. Peppermint has an approximate ORAC of 373,455 (TE/L). TE/L is expressed as micromole Trolox equivalent per liter.
How to Use
For dietary, aromatic, or topical use. When using as a supplement, dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid such as goat's or rice milk.
Possible skin sensitivity. If pregnant or under a doctor's care, consult your physician. Dilution recommended for both topical and internal use. Do not apply neat to a fresh wound or burn.
Dilute before using on sensitive areas such as the face, neck, genital area, etc. Keep out of reach of children. Avoid using on infants and very small children.
• Add a drop of peppermint essential oil to herbal tea to help aid normal digestion.
• Massage several drops of peppermint essential oil on the abdomen, place a drop on wrists, or inhale to soothe the minor stomach discomfort associated with travel.
• Rub one drop of peppermint essential oil on the temples, forehead, over the sinuses
(careful to avoid contact with your eyes), and on the back of the neck to relieve head
• Place 2 drops of peppermint essential oil on the tongue and rub another drop of oil under the nose to help improve concentration and alertness.
• Apply peppermint essential oil to the back of the neck and shoulders throughout the day to keep energy up.
• Inhale peppermint essential oil, apply topically to your temples or neck, or put a drop on your tongue or in water to jump-start your morning routine.
• Diffuse or inhale peppermint essential oil mid-morning to curb the desire to snack.
• Inhale peppermint essential oil or rub a drop on to your abdomen to soothe minor
Young Living Therapeutic Grade™ peppermint essential oil (Mentha piperita)
Cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica) has a warm, balsamic, woody aroma.
15 ml - $14.80 Retail $11.25 WHSL
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It is relaxing and soothing when used for massage, and has long been used as a beneficial
ingredient in cosmetic preparations for oily skin.* Cedarwood has an approximate ORAC of
1,689,996 (TE/L). TE/L is expressed as micromole Trolox equivalent per liter.
How to Use
For Dietary Supplement: Dilute 1 drop with 1 drop of V-6 or olive oil. Put in a capsule an dtake
up to three times daily or as needed.
Topical: Apply 2-4 drops directly to desired area. Dilution not required, except for the most sensitive skin.
Aromatic: Diffuse up to 1 hour three times daily.
Caution: Keep out of reach of children. If pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult a healthcare practitioner prior to use. Storage: Keep in a cool, dark place.
Clarity™ promotes a clear mind and alertness. It contains stimulating oils including peppermint and rosemary, which have been used for many years to promote mental sharpness. A study performed by Dr. William N. Dember of the University of Cincinnati found that inhaling peppermint oil increased the mental accuracy of students by 28 percent. Clarity can also be used to help restore mental alertness or wakefulness when you are experiencing fatigue or drowsiness.
(The following article is reprinted with permission from AIRASE Essential Oil Hot News, Sept 12, 2012, issue. For information on joining AIRASE and receiving their news articles, see end of this issue of the Raindrop Messenger.)
essential oil has long been known for its calming and relaxing benefits. But in
some exceptional cases, lavender oil actually proved to be energizing.
In a 2004 study (1) in the Journal of Palliative Medicine, terminally ill cancer patients received a combination of aromatherapy, a lavender essential oil footsoak, and a reflexology treatment with jojoba oil containing lavender. Evaluation of the Cancer Fatigue Scale (CFS) showed fatigue was alleviated.
Knowing that lavender is calming and sedating to most people while energizing to terminally ill cancer patients invokes the term “adaptogen.” This means that lavender seems to have an inherent sense of what is needed and then provides it.
An April 2012 study (2) by researchers in Thailand analyzed the effects of lavender oil on the central nervous system, the autonomic nervous system, and mood responses in humans after inhalation. Twenty healthy volunteers participated in the study with sweet almond oil as the control. Autonomic nervous system functions (those that operate involuntarily or below the level of consciousness) such as blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate, and skin temperature were assessed.
Additionally, study subjects were questioned on their mood responses: feeling pleasant or unpleasant, uncomfortable, their feelings of sensuality, and relaxation in order to assess behavioral arousal. Also, an electroencephalogram (EEG) was recorded from 31 electrodes on the scalp. The data was analyzed comparing the effects of lavender oil on physiological and mood states with sweet almond oil.
In what could not have been a surprise to anyone, the results showed that lavender oil caused significant decreases in blood pressure, heart rate, and skin temperature, which indicated a decrease of autonomic arousal. With regard to mood states, the lavender oil group categorized themselves as more active, fresher, and relaxed than subjects inhaling the control oil. Compared to the control oil, lavender essential oil increased the power of theta and alpha brain activities.
In another 2012 study, recognizing the number of studies of lavender’s calming, antiseptic, and sleep-assisting benefits, Taiwanese scientists from Yuanpei University (3) decided to analyze lavender’s response to lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced inflammation in human monocyte THP-1 cells.
Using just a 0.1 percent solution of lavender essential oil (LEO), the researchers discovered that lavender oil significantly increased cell viability and inhibited the IL-1ß and superoxide anion generation of LPS-stimulated THP-1 cells. The highly technical study abstract also noted that lavender essential oil down-regulated both LPS-induced protein levels of phospho-NF-kB and membrane toll-like receptor (4).
For the nonscientists among us, superoxide, says Wikipedia, “is biologically quite toxic and is deployed by the immune system to kill invading microorganisms.”4 Nuclear factor kappa beta (NF-kB) “controls many genes involved in inflammation” so “it is not surprising that NF-kN is found to be chronically active in many inflammatory diseases, such as inflammatory bowel disease, arthritis, sepsis, gastritis, asthma, atherosclerosis, and others.” (5)
When inflammatory conditions in the body take control, lavender’s anti-inflammatory mechanisms may provide help.
1. Kohara H,
et al. Combined modality treatment of aromatherapy, footsoak, and reflexology
relieves fatigue in patients with cancer, J Palliat Med. 2004 Dec;7(6):791-6.
2. Sayorwan W, et al. The effects of lavender essential oil inhalation on emotional states, autonomic nervous system, and brain electrical activity, J Med Assoc Thai. 2012 Apr;95(4):598-606.
3. Huang MY, et al. Effect of lavender essential oil on LPS-stimulated inflammation, Am J Chin Med. 2012;40(4):845-59.
Frankincense: Could it be a cure for cancer? – BBC World News
The gift given by the wise men to the baby Jesus probably came across the deserts from Oman. The BBC’s Jeremy Howell visits the country to ask whether a commodity that was once worth its weight in gold could be reborn as a treatment for cancer.
Oman’s Land of Frankincense is an 11-hour drive southwards from the capital, Muscat.
Most of the journey is through Arabia’s Empty Quarter – hundreds of kilometres of flat, dun-coloured desert. Just when you are starting to think this is the only scenery you will ever see again, the Dhofar mountains appear in the distance.
On the other side are green valleys, with cows grazing in them. The Dhofar region catches the tail-end of India’s summer monsoons, and they make this the most verdant place on the Arabian peninsula.
Warm winters and showery summers are the perfect conditions for the Boswellia sacra tree to produce the sap called frankincense. These trees grow wild in Dhofar. A tour guide, Mohammed Al-Shahri took me to Wadi Dawkah, a valley 20 km inland from the main city of Salalah, to see a forest of them.
“The records show that frankincense was produced here as far back as 7,000 BC,” he says. He produces an army knife. He used to be a member of the Sultan’s Special Forces. With a practised flick, he cuts a strip of bark from the trunk of one of the Boswellia sacra trees. Pinpricks of milky-white sap appear on the wood and, very slowly, start to ooze out.
Boswellia sacra produces the highest-quality frankincense
“This is the first cut. But you don’t gather this sap,” he says. “It releases whatever impurities are in the wood. The farmers return after two or three weeks and make a second, and a third, cut. Then the sap comes out yellow, or bright green, or brown or even black. They take this.”
Shortly afterwards, a frankincense farmer arrives in a pick-up truck. He is white-bearded, wearing a brown thobe and the traditional Omani, paisley-patterned turban.
He is 67-year-old Salem Mohammed from the Gidad family. Most of the Boswellia sacra trees grow on public land, but custom dictates that each forest is given to one of the local families to farm, and Wadi Dawkah is his turf.
He has an old, black, iron chisel with which he gouges out clumps of dried frankincense.
“We learnt about frankincense from our forefathers and they learnt it from theirs” he says. “The practice has been passed down through the generations. We exported the frankincense, and that’s how the families in Dhofar made their livings.”
And what an export trade it was. Frankincense was sent by camel train to Egypt, and from there to Europe. It was shipped from the ancient port of Sumharan to Persia, India and China. Religions adopted frankincense as a burnt offering.
That is why, according to Matthew’s Gospel in the Bible, the Wise Men brought it as a gift to the infant Jesus. Gold: for a king. Frankincense: for God. Myrrh: to embalm Jesus’ body after death.
The Roman Empire coveted the frankincense trade. In the first century BCE, Augustus Caesar sent 10,000 troops to invade what the Romans called Arabia Felix to find the source of frankincense and to control its production. The legions, marching from Yemen, were driven back by the heat and the aridity of the desert. They never found their Eldorado.
Oman’s frankincense trade went into decline three centuries ago, when Portugal fought Oman for dominance of the sea routes in the Indian and the Pacific Oceans.
Nowadays, hardly any Omani frankincense is exported. Partly, this is because bulk buyers, such as the Roman Catholic Church, buy cheaper Somalian varieties. Partly, it is because Omanis now produce so little.
“Years ago, 20 families farmed frankincense in this area,” says Salem Mohammed Gidad. “But the younger generation can get well-paid jobs in the government and the oil companies, with pensions. Now, only three people still produce frankincense around here. The trade is really, really tiny!”
But immunologist Mahmoud Suhail is hoping to open a new chapter in the history of frankincense.
Scientists have observed that there is some agent within frankincense which stops cancer spreading, and which induces cancerous cells to close themselves down. He is trying to find out what this is.
“Cancer starts when the DNA code within the cell’s nucleus becomes corrupted,” he says. “It seems frankincense has a re-set function. It can tell the cell what the right DNA code should be.
The Catholic church mostly buys Somalian frankincense…
“Frankincense separates the ‘brain’ of the cancerous cell – the nucleus – from the ‘body’ – the cytoplasm, and closes down the nucleus to stop it reproducing corrupted DNA codes.”
Working with frankincense could revolutionise the treatment of cancer. Currently, with chemotherapy, doctors blast the area around a tumour to kill the cancer, but that also kills healthy cells, and weakens the patient. Treatment with frankincense could eradicate the cancerous cells alone and let the others live.
The task now is to isolate the agent within frankincense which, apparently, works this wonder. Some ingredients of frankincense are allergenic, so you cannot give a patient the whole thing.
Boswellia sacra grows in Oman, Yemen and Somalia
Other Boswellia species grow in Africa and India
The tree may have been named after John Boswell, the uncle of Samuel Johnson’s biographer
In ancient Egypt frankincense was thought to be sweat of the gods
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal
Dr Suhail (who is originally from Iraq) has teamed up with medical scientists from the University of Oklahoma for the task.
In his laboratory in Salalah, he extracts the essential oil from locally produced frankincense. Then, he separates the oil into its constituent agents, such as Boswellic acid.
“There are 17 active agents in frankincense essential oil,” says Dr Suhail. “We are using a process of elimination. We have cancer sufferers – for example, a horse in South Africa – and we are giving them tiny doses of each agent until we find the one which works.”
“Some scientists think Boswellic acid is the key ingredient. But I think this is wrong. Many other essential oils – like oil from sandalwood – contain Boswellic acid, but they don’t have this effect on cancer cells. So we are starting afresh.”
The trials will take months to conduct and whatever results come out of them will take longer still to be verified. But this is a blink of the eye in the history of frankincense.
Nine thousand years ago, Omanis gathered it and burnt it for its curative and cleansing properties. It could be a key to the medical science of tomorrow.
Jeremy Howell reports for Middle East Business Report on BBC World News.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/8505251.stm – link to original article
This is a wonderful article put out by Airase a non profit organization dedicated to promoting scientific validation of essential oils for their global standardization for home, health care, and medical uses.
August 28, 2013
Pediatric Dental Anxiety Alleviated by Orange Essential Oil
Dental fear and anxiety cause many adults to neglect their oral health by avoiding trips to the dentist. If adults suffer that much from these fears, just think how intimidating the sound of a drill can be for a child.
Three Iranian researchers at the Department of Pediatric Dentistry and Torabinezad Dental Research Center wrote in a 2013 study, “There are anxiety-provoking factors in a dental setting, such as the sights (needles), sounds (drilling), smells (cut dentine [a tooth component], eugenol), and sensation (high frequency vibration).”1
The abstract of this study as well as a printer-friendly copy of the full study can be downloaded for free2 and the reader will find the information of great interest. The researchers have reviewed 42 studies that discussaromatherapy in relation to dentistry such as “Effects of psychological state on pain perception in the dental environment” and “Dental anxiety in children and its relationship to dental caries and gingival condition.”
The authors of this study investigated the essential oil preferences of children. They wrote, “In a study performed by Maura et al., the effect of gender and ethnicity on preferences and attitudes in children was investigated. They reported that children are very different from adults in their odors and taste preferences and they are likely to use essential oils they find pleasant.”3
As an example of the caliber of the writing, the authors give a concise and clear explanation of how inhaled essential oils work in the body. “On inhalation of scented oils, volatile molecules of the oil reach the lungs and rapidly diffuse into the blood, causing brain activation via systemic circulation. However, these molecules also bind to olfactory receptors, creating an electrophysiological response which reaches the brain. Neocortex activation is expected to occur by this response which has an effect on perception of odors and reaches thelimbic system regions including the amygdala and hypothalamus, the areas where levels of hormone and emotion are controlled.”4
There were 30 children in this study, 10 boys and 20 girls, ages 6-9, who participated in a crossover intervention study. The inclusion standards were that each child had two permanent molars that needed fissure-sealant therapy. The children fit a criteria called “Frankle +” which is that they would accept treatment even with cautious behavior, were willing to comply with the dentist although they may have reservations, and would follow the dentist’s directions cooperatively.
The dental anxiety of the children was determined by measuring cortisol levels in saliva and pulse rate before and after treatment. Each child experienced two dental-treatment appointments that took place on two consecutive days between 8 and 9 a.m. The children were divided into two groups randomly by a secretary who was blind to the study’s aims. Half of the children were treated without any odor initially as the control group, while the other half of the children received aromatherapy with orange (Citrus aurantium) essential oil. The next day, each group crossed over to experience either the control (no odor) or the orange aroma.
The pediatric specialists chose the dental treatments of oral prophylaxis (cleaning) and fissure-sealant procedures because they are noninvasive and ethical. Since both procedures are painless, any change in salivary cortisol and pulse rate can be supposed to result from stress and not pain.
On each of the two days of treatment, the children were taken by a nurse to the treatment room. After five minutes in the room, the nurse placed an absorbent cotton pellet in the child’s mouth, which remained for five minutes before it was taken out and placed in a tube that was numbered as the child’s first sample. The pulse rate was taken and recorded by a finger-type pulse oximeter. The child then received the routine fissure-sealant therapy performed by a senior postgraduate student of pediatric dentistry. The study explains that this therapy began by “the tooth being cleaned with a low-speed dental hand piece and a rotary brush and then performing fissure-sealant therapy for one of the permanent molars. After the treatment, the nurse sampled saliva and recorded pulse rate and labeled it as the second sample.”5
The researchers stated that “The main effect of this study was obtained by calculating the difference of salivarycortisol means between treatment under orange aroma and treatment without aroma. . . . The difference inmeans of salivary cortisol and pulse rate between treatment under orange odor and treatment without aroma was 1.047 ± 2.198 nmol/l and 6.73 ± 12.3 (in minutes), which was statistically significant using paired t-test (P=0.014, P=0.005, respectively). It seems that the use of aromatherapy with natural essential oil of orange could reduce salivary cortisol and pulse rate due to child anxiety state.”6
Earlier in the study’s discussion section, the conclusion was stated in a more reader-friendly manner: “The results of this study showed that the salivary cortisol level and pulse rate decreased in intervention groups by using aromatherapy and that these differences were statistically significant.”7
It is our wish that all pediatric (and adult!) dentists would use this pleasant and effective method of relieving dental anxiety.
D. Gary Young, ND, is the world's foremost leader in essential oils. His skill in distilling genuine, healing-quality essential oils is at the forefront of the growing essential oil industry. He has the heartbeat of essential oils. He literally goes where no one else wants to go and does things no one else wants to do, for the benefit of mankind. It has been said of this essential oil industry giant that, "He recreates himself every year." In his early years with essential oils, this pioneer had a vision of what essential oils could do. That vision coupled with hard, honest work has earned him the respect of scientists, doctors, and researchers. He has partnered to bring the world cutting-edge science that unlocks the door to better health. Listen to what he has to say about today's industry and what the perils might be if we don't standardize and protect genuine essential oils for healing purposes.
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AIRASE has a threefold mission:
· First, AIRASE will promote research to establish the scientific validity for the standardization of essential oils for home, health care, and medical uses.
· Second, AIRASE intends to fund research through contributions and membership fees.
· Third, AIRASE intends to globally inform the public on research results and research validity concerning the therapeutic uses and healing properties of essential oils–thus providing hope, health, and well being now and for future generations.
Our vision is to heal the peoples of the world through promoting the scientific validity of essential oils as an alternative medicine form and disseminating information globally on the scientifically proven therapeutic uses of essential oils for health and wellness.