Essential Oils

Essential Oils Defined

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The following article by Dr. LeAnne Deardeuff is very helpful in understanding essential oils.

What is an essential oil? First, let’s talk for a minute about what it isn’t. An essential oil is not the lifeblood of the plant, as some people have proclaimed. Plants draw water from the ground and send it to their leaves and fruits; it does not circulate like our blood does, but water would be most the appropriate thing to be called the lifeblood of the plant. Likewise, an essential oil does not circulate within the plant for any purpose, and is not an energy store or food source. There are oils derived from plants that we use in our diets, or burn for energy. Olive oil is used for both purposes. We also use corn oil, sunflower oil and so forth. These are called fatty or lipid oils. They are stable and don’t have much odor. You could leave a bottle of vegetable oil open on your kitchen counter and it would never evaporate, which is not the case with an essential oil.

So then, what is an essential oil?  It is a complex chemical, unlike the simple cooking oils. It is an oily liquid produced by plants for any of various reasons having to do with the world outside the plant. For one, it may protect the healthy plant against predator insects, or against bacteria or fungi, or against animals that would eat it. Essential oils of this type are produced in the roots, bark, flowers, leaves and seeds of the plant. They are found on the surface of these plant parts, or released to the soil or to the atmosphere. Examples would include spikenard, myrrh, peppermint and rosemary. This class of essential oil also is released by some plants to warn others of their species to increase their output of the same predator-repelling oils.

Another kind of essential oil attracts bees or other pollinators. These are produced in the flowers and fruits. Examples of this type of oil are rose, fennel and orange oils.

You can see that essential oils are made to be released from the plant to carry out their purpose. They evaporate at room temperature, and when they do, they have an odor or taste, called an essence. Obviously they are not the lifeblood of the plant, but they are essential to its life.

We gather great quantities of plants to distill the essential oils from them to help us with our health issues. Essential oils are far more potent than dried herbs. In fact, one drop or peppermint oil is the same as 28 cups of peppermint tea. They can be pretty “essential” in that use. They can ward off or kill bacteria and fungi. They can lift our mood and improve our organ and glandular functions. They can help strengthen and heal. Essential oils have been used as medicines for thousands of years.

There are three grades of essential oil: perfume grade, food grade and therapeutic grade. The first, perfume grade is distilled only for its smell. It can be distilled using chemicals such as anti-freeze or other toxic agents. This type of oil is placed in soaps, detergents and scented candles. Food grade is meant to flavor food. The number one food grade essential oil is peppermint as it flavors our toothpastes, mouthwashes and candy. It can be distilled using high temperatures and high pressure. Just like cooking in high temperatures destroys the vitamins and enzymes of food, high heat destroys any medicinal or therapeutic value of the oil. Food grade essential oils are often found in health food stores and are not very expensive. Therapeutic grade essential oils have been handled carefully so as to not destroy the molecules that promote healing. They are processed over low heat and over low pressure to make sure that all the constituents or healing molecules are intact. If the essential oil is missing one constituent, it alters what that oil can do.

For example, The Canadian Red Cedar tree Thuja plicata has two different types of oils distilled from it. One oil Canadian Red Cedar is distilled from the leaves of the tree.  It is an insect repellent and colored red. While the other oil Western Red Cedar, distilled from the roots, is clear in color and is used for lung and urinary problems. They have nearly the same constituents except that Canadian Red Cedar is missing Alpha Pinene, which is only 2% of the constituents in the other oil! This tiny difference in constituents makes a huge difference in the color and the use of the oil! I bring this up to tell you that the difference between a cheaper, food grade oil and a therapeutic grade oil could only be one small molecule that was lost in processing but what a difference that would make in the action of that essential oil. It will not do what therapeutic grade oil is supposed to do. What can essential oils do for you and me?  As you can see, they do a LOT more than just smell good!

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These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Information, products and/or techniques mentioned is provided for educational purposes and not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Consult with the health authorities of your choice. The decision to use, or not to use, any of this information is the sole responsibility of the reader. Don’t expect the same results unless you are using Young Living Therapeutic grade essential oils and supplements. The author assumes no responsibility to or liability for any loss, damage or injury resulting from the use or misuse of any information provided here.

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Wintertime fitness

I have been struggling with getting enough exercise during these cold, cold winter weeks. I don’t want to drive someplace in the cold to work out. But since I am thinking about fitness, I thought you might like to hear some ideas for essential oils to enhance your fitness program.

Breathing a drop of lavender and orange help relax before or after training.

 

Peppermint or Balsam Fir help focus and strengthen.

Lemon is refreshing and uplifting.

Frankincense is great for connecting your body and spirit to God

And don’t forget Deep Relief and OrthoSport to ease muscle soreness after you exercise!

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These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Information, products and/or techniques mentioned is provided for educational purposes and not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Consult with the health authorities of your choice. The decision to use, or not to use, any of this information is the sole responsibility of the reader. Don’t expect the same results unless you are using Young Living Therapeutic grade essential oils and supplements. The author assumes no responsibility to or liability for any loss, damage or injury resulting from the use or misuse of any information provided here.

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My Slique Transformation

February 2012

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June 2012

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When I started this journey of Transformation, I had no idea how much my life would change in four short months. I knew I would shed pounds and, I expected to see improvements in my health. I knew it was called a challenge for a reason! In reality, the weight loss was the easy part. Each day I was amazed as the pounds fell off. I was never hungry, and if I was, it was because I had been busy and forgotten to eat. I felt my body becoming stronger. Pain left my body; but I continued to wrestle chronic respiratory conditions that have dominated my life for years. However, what changed is that I fought the battle without prescription steroids that I had relied on so heavily in the past. Each day is a new adventure as I move toward total health!

A couple of weeks ago I became aware another transformation has taken place in my mind. One day as I tried to find clothes that fit me among the items I had purchased just two weeks earlier, everything was too big. I had already emptied my closet of my “fat” clothes, and now these “skinny” clothes had become “fat” clothes! What I previously considered normal sized clothes were now too big for me. That day I had many errands to run and when entering a building at one stop, a man held the door for me. When he looked at me, there was a different look on his face. He looked at me like a “normal” person and not a “fat” person. If you have ever been or are a fat person, you know that look. You become accustomed to it. It becomes part of your selfperception. I cannot describe to you the transformation that happened in my mind at that instant when I realized that I no longer was a fat woman!

In four months I lost 41 pounds (from Feb 1 to May 31), and am four sizes smaller! My life has been transformed in ways I never imagined. Thank you, Young Living, for helping me transform to the new me!

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These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Information, products and/or techniques mentioned is provided for educational purposes and not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Consult with the health authorities of your choice. The decision to use, or not to use, any of this information is the sole responsibility of the reader. Don’t expect the same results unless you are using Young Living Therapeutic grade essential oils and supplements. The author assumes no responsibility to or liability for any loss, damage or injury resulting from the use or misuse of any information provided here.

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Cause of death: Obesity?

We are nearly a month into 2014. How are you doing with your weight management plan so far? Two years ago today, I made the decision to transform to a new me. I lost 40 pounds in 4 months using the Slique Program. If I can do it, so can you!

Maybe the following information will get you motivated! Or keep you going!

Three silhouettes depicting the outlines of a normal sized (left), overweight (middle), and obese person (right).

Dr. Mercola recently noted these comments….

  • A new study found that nearly one in five US deaths is associated with obesity, which is nearly three times higher than previous estimates
  • The number of Americans who are overweight or obese is probably much higher than studies suggest because the tool most often used is BMI, which is flawed and doesn’t take into account body fat distribution
  • Obesity-related deaths include those from type 2 diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, liver disease, cancer, dementia, and depression because nearly all have metabolic dysfunction as a common underlying factor
  • The only effective way to reverse these trends is to make changes in your diet and lifestyle; drugs are definitely not the answer

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Based on these statements, I encourage you to check out the Slique in 60 challenge!  Contact me for more information.

And check back tomorrow to ready my amazing weight loss story!

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These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Information, products and/or techniques mentioned is provided for educational purposes and not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Consult with the health authorities of your choice. The decision to use, or not to use, any of this information is the sole responsibility of the reader. Don’t expect the same results unless you are using Young Living Therapeutic grade essential oils and supplements. The author assumes no responsibility to or liability for any loss, damage or injury resulting from the use or misuse of any information provided here.

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Staying well

Flu season is here and yes, I have been exposed, just like everyone else.  The good news is all my hard work over the past few years to support my immune system seems to be paying off!  Recently, when my husband brought home some unwanted germs, I started to diffuse Thieves essential oil in the house immediately!  We both used Thieves Spray in our throats to head off the crud at the pass. I applied ImmuPower to my feet, and sucked on a Thieves Lozenge each evening at bedtime. Can’t forget the vitamin C either! So far so good!  I’m staying well!

   

 

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These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Information, products and/or techniques mentioned is provided for educational purposes and not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Consult with the health authorities of your choice. The decision to use, or not to use, any of this information is the sole responsibility of the reader. Don’t expect the same results unless you are using Young Living Therapeutic grade essential oils and supplements. The author assumes no responsibility to or liability for any loss, damage or injury resulting from the use or misuse of any information provided here.

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Can Baby Wipes cause rashes?

Excerpts from an article by Ryan Jaslow – CBS News

Baby wipes appear to be the cause of allergic reactions in some children, pediatricians are warning in a new report detailing six recent cases at a Connecticut doctor’s office.

The culprit is a preservative called methylisothiazolinone (MI), which is found in personal care and household products. This is the first time MI in wet wipes has been reported to cause the allergic skin rash, called allergic contact dermatitis, in the United States, according to the report’s authors.

MI alone has been thought to be less harsh than MCI, and baby wipes generally have been considered to be harmless. The authors, however, said they’ve found six cases of children with chronic reactions caused by baby wipes that were later confirmed by allergy testing, and only resolved once the offending wipes were removed.

Doctors initially misdiagnosed some of the children with other skin infections, and mistakenly prescribed antibiotics and steroids. But these patients too saw their symptoms resolve once their parents no longer used the products.

They authors urge parents to read the product labels and avoid any products with the chemical if their child has this allergic reaction. Problem areas include the buttocks, mouth area and hands. Parents might even get rashes on their hands if they have an allergy to MI.

To read the entire article, click here.

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Here’s the good news!  Young Living’s Thieves Wipes do not contain MI or any other harmful chemicals.  They are completely natural and safe!  You might want to consider Thieves Wipes as a safe alternative to other brands of wipes. And if you or baby develop a rash from time to time, I have found Tender Tush to be amazing!  Again 100% safe. And remember, Young Living is a full-disclosure company.

To learn more about Young Living products, please visit my website and contact me.

These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Information, products and/or techniques mentioned is provided for educational purposes and not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Consult with the health authorities of your choice. The decision to use, or not to use, any of this information is the sole responsibility of the reader. Don’t expect the same results unless you are using Young Living Therapeutic grade essential oils and supplements. The author assumes no responsibility to or liability for any loss, damage or injury resulting from the use or misuse of any information provided here.

Photo: This image, provided by study author Dr. Mary Wu Chang, shows an 8-year-old girl with an allergic skin reaction caused by a chemical found in baby wipes. COURTESY OF DR. MARY WU CHANG

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