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Essential Oils- Mother Nature’s Medicine

Essential oils are plant extracts that are used in alternative medicine to support emotional and physical wellbeing. The use of essential oil is not recent, in fact, the century-old practice has proven its effectiveness in treating myriads of issues such as sleeplessness, nausea, anxiety, and different body pains.

Each essential oil has its own healing properties and is used for a different function. Here are some of the more well-known and widely used essential oils and their benefits:

1. Lavender: Lavender is among the most popular and is known for its calming and relaxing properties which makes it ideal if you are suffering from anxiety or sleep disorders.

2. Frankincense: This oil has extensive health benefits for the mind, body, and soul. Having strong anti-inflammatory properties, frankincense can soothe sore muscles and joints and can also treat rashes and burns. Additionally, frankincense has antiseptic and disinfectant properties. Frankincense can also promote oral health and regenerates skin cells. You can also use this oil to reduce stress and feel calmer.

3. Peppermint: Peppermint is best for digestive problems and helps to ease irritable bowel syndrome symptoms as well as relieving feelings of nausea and upset stomach. Peppermint oil also eliminates fatigue and if you apply a little to your shoulders and the back of your neck, it will give you an energy boost throughout the day.

4. Tea Tree: This has been long known as the ultimate go-to for acne-prone skin for its anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Also, tea-tree oil can rid your hair of dandruff and can relieve dry scalp and any of its symptoms.

5. Eucalyptus: Eucalyptus oil can be of great help if you are suffering from a cold as it helps you breathe better, clears your chest, and silences your cough. It can also relieve sinus problems and a sore throat.

There are literally hundreds of essential oils that have therapeutic benefits. Many are synergistic in their effects and can be combined to enhance healing effects. How do they work?

Essential oils enter our bodies either through absorption through the skin, or inhalation via the nose. They are able to affect the body through several systems and pathways and create an effect much more quickly than taking a pill, which must travel to the stomach and begin to be digested before any effect can be seen.

The skin is the body’s largest organ and anything we apply to our skin is absorbed into our bloodstream. When essential oils are applied to the skin they are absorbed and travel around the body via the bloodstream. In this way they are able to deliver a range of benefits to the body’s systems and organs. Absorption is increased by massage, as this increases the circulation in that area of the body.

When we inhale essential oils through the nose, the airborne molecules of the oil interact with the olfactory organs and can interact with the brain almost immediately. Molecules inhaled through the nose or mouth can also interact with the respiratory system via the lungs.

Essential oils can be used in various ways like inhaling, adding in a diffuser, or topically by directly applying it to your skin but in that case you need to add a carrier oil to avoid irritation.

Carrier oils you can include are:
• Coconut oil
• Sweet almond oil
• Jojoba oil
• Argan oil
• Rosehip oil

Essential oils are easy to use, very effective, and have virtually no side effects. I always recommend that you dilute the oil with a carrier oil(my favorite is coconut oil as the fatty acids found in coconut oil have antimicrobial properties that effectively kill bacteria and fungi) and you test on a non-affected part first to make sure you don’t have any sensitivity to the oil. Safety first!

My favorite essential oils come from doTERRA, a Latin derivative meaning “Gift of the Earth” and this is why:
Here is a snippet from their sustainable resourcing work:
“Although it is difficult to objectively measure the human effect on the health of our environment, there is no debate that industry has taken its toll on our planet. Anthropogenic activities such as deforestation and use of pesticides influence the survivability rate of different life forms.

Furthermore, many essential oils are extracted from plant species that are native to developing nations, where there is significant risk for enterprise to result in negative social impacts. This makes sustainable essential oil sourcing critical, and it is exactly why Cō-Impact Sourcing® exists.

What Is Sustainable Sourcing?
Sustainable sourcing considers ethical and environmental factors when sourcing materials. In essence, a company utilizing sustainable sourcing seeks to acquire the necessary resources to develop their products in a way that does not cause harm, but actually promotes the long-term well-being of our planet and its people. Sustainable sourcing has two key components.

Ethical – supporting small-scale, community-based sources. This means using community and family-owned farms that promote the health and prosperity of the local community. Also, supporting businesses in developing areas, to help them develop financial self-sustainability.

Environmental – focusing supply chain on methods that promote biological perseveration. This means utilizing resources that may otherwise be wasted, using harvesting and extraction methods that minimize carbon footprint, and not harvesting endangered species.

With sustainable sourcing practices, it is possible to have a positive impact on farmers, harvesters, and distillers in economically distressed areas while promoting environmental health, all while producing the best products possible.
How Does doTERRA Support Sustainable Sourcing?

For doTERRA, sustainable sourcing takes the form of Co-Impact Sourcing. The Co-Impact Sourcing model is sustainable sourcing at its finest, allowing doTERRA to have a positive influence on the communities it collaborates with while also promoting a healthy environment.
Essential Oil Purity: CPTG® Quality Testing

Are doTERRA Oils Pure?
The purity of an essential oil is its most important characteristic. When an essential oil is adulterated or contaminated, it becomes less effective and can even be dangerous. Above all else, purity is doTERRA’s first priority when producing essential oils.

How Does doTERRA Make Sure Their Essential Oils Are Pure?
From the beginning, we’ve made it our mission to share pure, quality essential oils with the world. However, without a definitive standard for essential oil purity, doTERRA decided to set the standard for purity in the essential oil industry.

Not all essential oil companies choose to enforce high testing standards for their oils. In fact, many companies skip important steps in the testing process in order to save money or time. Unfortunately, when proper testing measures are not taken, it’s impossible to ensure that an essential oil is truly “pure.”

To ensure that each bottle of essential oil is pure and free from contaminants or synthetic fillers, doTERRA created the CPTG Certified Pure Tested Grade® protocol. The CPTG process includes a rigorous examination of every batch of oil, along with third-party testing to guarantee transparency.

Amen to companies like this!

Take a look at what they have to offer:

~healing plants, healing bodies~

have virtually no side effects.

Distance Healing

To most of us the idea of being able to heal or be healed by someone who is not physically touching us is strange. It is difficult for us to wrap our heads around the idea as we are physical bodies. We only identify with being physical flesh and bone.

 

Consider for a moment, though, that energy moves through our physical body. Movement of energy through our body is what allows us to digest food or run a marathon or heal from an illness. Even if we are taking medication for an illness, that medication as it runs through our body is exchanging energy with what is already there inside.

Our energy also extends beyond our physical body. Have you ever felt somebody behind you in the line at the grocery store before you ever saw them? This is evidence that you feel them energetically. An energy field exists around each of us and if we are in close enough proximity to another person we can feel them.

Many practices and traditions exist for manipulating energy through intention. Prayer is one that everyone knows and is comfortable with. Reiki, Shamanic practices, therapeutic touch, quantum touch are a few others. Mass meditation has been shown to be a powerful tool and no one is touching anyone.

The intention is incredibly powerful. If you intend to get well, for instance, your chances of getting well are much better than if you stayed in a fearful state.

In quantum physics space and time don’t mean much. In studying the quantum field it becomes quite clear that things aren’t as they appear in the physical 3rd dimension. Physicists have determined and shown experimentally that two particles can exist in two different locations at the same time. How crazy is that? Without going too deep down the rabbit hole, you can see that everything is energy.

Energy can be manipulated through thought alone. Anyone can do this. Those of us who have studied distance healing have extra tools and practices to help us with distance healing. We practice and practice and it becomes natural and normal. Our successes speak for themselves.

We all need healing on some level and these days no one is touching anyone. Perhaps the time is ripe to open our minds to the idea of distant healing.

How About Food

How About Food

The famous quote by Greek physician Hippocrates, “Let food be thy medicine, and let medicine be thy food” has stood the test of time. And it is no different today. Food is our first line of defense to keep the body healthy and our first line of defense for healing.

Unfortunately, today our food is not the same food we ate fifty years ago. This is due to the contamination of our food through the contamination of the soil in which our food is grown and the contamination of the animal products we consume.

The land has been contaminated by chemicals that destroy “weeds” and fertilizers that make our food grow artificially faster. The animals that we consume have been fed massive amounts of antibiotics to kill the diseases that have been caused by overcrowding and lack of proper nutrition. The result is that we lack proper nutrition, even if we try our best to eat a well-balanced diet.

Growing our own food is the best way to control the quality of the food we eat; however, this is not feasible for many who are so busy working and making a living. It is a bit of a vicious cycle. The next best approach is of course to eat only organic food. Again, not always feasible. So, we do the best we can.

A couple of my favorite food-based organizations I like to use are:
www.food-healing.com. They have everything that you might not be able to find anywhere else, they are big proponents of organic eating, and they carry everything from books to teas to foods and supplements.
www.mountainroseherbs.com. Mountain Rose Herbs is an American grower, processor, distributor, and retailer of herbs, spices, teas, essential oils and DIY ingredients used in herbalism. Founded in 1987, the company is based in Eugene, Oregon. Mountain Rose Herbs is known for organic, sustainably sourced, and wild harvested products.
www.wildalaskancompany.com. “Always Wild Never Farmed” is their motto. Many of us live in places where fresh, wild caught fish is unavailable. This is the solution to your dilemma.Here is a part of their story: “My name is Arron Kallenberg. I am the founder of the Wild Alaskan Company. The story of this company is the story of my family, my upbringing and a deep-seated desire to reconnect with myself and with real food.For thousands of years, food and community shared a sacred bond. That bond has been broken by the global industrial food system. I started The Wild Alaskan Company because I believe the best way to reconnect with each other and improve our food system is by nurturing a community that demands sustainably-sourced meal options.” Go to the website and read on for a delightful, inspiring story.

Next, I want to introduce you to foods to eat for specific dis-eases. My favorite book on the subject is by QiGong master (and incredible chemist), Jeff Primack. The book is titled Conquering Any Disease, The Ultimate High-Phytochemical Food-Healing System.

Don’t let the title scare you. In the book, yes, a whole lot of chemistry abounds but Jeff has laid out the book in such a way that you can take or leave as little or as much chemistry as you would like. The table of contents allows you to go directly to a couple pages of suggested foods for your current ailment, no matter how serious.

Some examples are: orange foods like sweet potatoes and papaya for digestive issues, red pepper and brussel sprouts for Autoimmune diseases, and mushrooms (of specific types) and beets for cancer.

I have personally healed from some very serious health issues following the advice in this book to a “T”. At the very least eating the right foods for your particular ailment can aid you on your healing path!

As always I encourage comments, questions, and topics you would like to see in future articles!

~Foods That Heal!~