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Explore the Benefits of Essential Oils

EssentialOilsSusan Brown Health and Wellness Editor

 

 

Valued throughout the ages for therapeutic purposes, spiritual enhancement, beauty care and food preparation, the popularity of essential oils continues unabated today, especially in holistic and traditional medicine. The popularity and use of aromatic plant essences can be traced back thousands of years. References to essential oils can be found in Egyptian hieroglyphics, ancient Chinese medical texts, sacred 5,000-year old Ayurvedic medical literature, and the writings of early Greek and Roman physicians. Numerous biblical mentions appear in both the Old and New Testament. While western medicine has been slow to accept the time honored wisdom of these herbal and botanical remedies, interest in the healing properties of plant oils has soared in recent years, as the use of essential oils becomes more prominent in western culture.

Essential oils are concentrated volatile aromatic compounds or essences extracted from plant seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers and leaves. These small organic compounds are called volatile because they tend to quickly change from their solid or liquid state to a gas at room temperature. This means that they can rapidly move through the air and directly interact with nasal olfactory sensors, making them ideal for aromatherapy use. The healing powers of essential oils have withstood the test of time with proven efficacy and effectiveness. In countries such as Germany, France and England essential oil remedies are prescribed by physicians and are readily available at pharmacies across Europe. Especially valuable as antiseptics, research studies have shown essential oils to have numerous powerful healing properties with a wide range of emotional and physical wellness applications, including infections, pain, anxiety, depression, nausea, stress relief, and sleep issues.

While over 3,000 varieties of volatile aromatic compounds have been identified, each botanical species has unique and specific benefits. Essential oils may be applied topically, inhaled and in some cases, ingested. The application method depends upon the oil, the condition to be treated and the desired effect. Wound care, for example, involves topical application. For effects on mood, inhalation might be preferred. The addition of oils to bathwater involves both inhalation and topical absorption. A diffuser is the preferred way to scent a room with an essential oil, such as lavender, to enhance relaxation and support sleep. Dry evaporation involves scenting a cotton ball with several drops of oil and leaving it in your immediate vicinity for continuous exposure. A few drops of oil may also be added to a water spritzer and sprayed into the air to deodorize a room or set a mood. Peppermint, for example, would stimulate alertness.

Essential oils derived directly from nature are intended to provide pure, uncompromised healing to induce harmony of the mind, body and spirit.

An essential oil home remedy kit might include:

Carrier oil – While some essential oils may be applied directly to the skin, other highly concentrated oils require dilution in a carrier oil before application. Jojoba, sweet almond, or coconut oil work well as carrier oils. As a general rule, three drops of pure essential oil should be added to one teaspoon of carrier oil before application.

Lavender – Lavender oil has a wide range of applications. It has antibacterial, antiviral, anti-fungal and anti-itch properties. Lavender is used to calm anxiety, tame stress, support sleep and improve mood. A natural pain reliever, it’s useful for treating minor burns, cuts, scrapes, bruises and insect bites.

Lemon – Lemon oil has multiple benefits, including air purification and healthy respiratory function. Lemon oil may be mixed with raw honey to calm a sore throat, or with tea tree oil for household cleaning. Diffused lemon oil is uplifting and energizing and has been shown to aid positive mood.

Peppermint – Peppermint oil has been studied intensively and has been shown to boost positivity and invigorate the mind and senses. Peppermint is used to freshen breath, alleviate occasional stomach upset, and promote healthy respiratory function.

Melaleuca or tea tree oil – A must-have for every home care kit, well researched tea tree is one of the most versatile and widely used oils. Well known for its cleansing properties and rejuvenating effects on the skin, it promotes healthy immune function and acts as an effective antimicrobial and antifungal agent.

Frankincense – This earthy, uplifting oil has anti-inflammatory, anti-aging and potential anti-cancer properties. When applied topically, frankincense promotes healthy, younger looking skin. Frankincense boosts immunity and helps to fight infections, and when used aromatically, frankincense reduces anxiety and promotes peacefulness and calmness.

Oregano – As a potent and powerful plant-derived antifungal and antibacterial, oregano is useful for treating minor infections, toe nail fungus, athlete’s foot, and gingivitis. Taken internally, oregano supports healthy digestion and respiratory function.

Rosemary – Rosemary oil acts as a mild stimulant that helps to increase alertness and promote mental clarity and concentration. Helpful for stress management, it eases muscle spasms and relieves pain from arthritis, sprains, strains and fibromyalgia.

Chamomile – Chamomile essential oil has powerful anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. Nicknamed the “plant’s physician” because of its positive effect on plants growing nearby, chamomile has a calming and soothing effects on the skin, mind and body.

Professional Supplement Center carries a variety of essential oils, carrier oils and aromatherapy diffusers:

Jojoba Oil - OrganicJojoba Oil by Now Foods: An ideal carrier oil, this shelf stable, pure, certified organic multipurpose oil is commonly used to promote healthy hair and skin. Expeller-pressed and hexane free.

 

Lavender OilLavender oil by Now Foods: This 100% pure lavender essential oil is steam distilled from flowering tops. Its floral aroma is wonderful for soothing, normalizing and balancing.

 

Organic Frankincense...Organic Frankincense Essential Oil by Dr. Mercola: This rare, wildcrafted oil is steam distilled from the gum of boswellia trees. Utilized for emotional, spiritual and physical wellbeing, this oil mixes will with lemon, orange and lavender, and is safe for use around children and pets.

Orange Oil - OrganicOrange Oil by Now Foods: This 100% pure, certified organic oil is cold pressed from fresh fruit peel. When diffused, it provides a refreshing, uplifting, and invigorating environment. Taken daily it promotes healthy immune function and provides an energizing boost when inhaled.

Organic Oil of...Oil of Oregano by Natural Factors: This certified organic, wild crafted Mediterranean oregano oil is hand harvested and guaranteed to provide a minimum of 80% carvacrol, the active ingredient with a wide range of health benefits including antibiotic and antioxidant activity.

 

Willow Forest...Willow Forest Ultrasonic Essential Oil Diffuser by Greenair: A customer favorite, this quiet ultrasonic diffuser delivers the natural benefits of essential oils in a powerful and efficient way. Choose rotating or fixed color for creative ambiance. Runs for up to six hours. Automatic shutoff. Available in white or black.

Amber Glass Serene...Amber Glass Serene Living Ultrasonic Diffuser by Greenair: Suitable for home of office, this hand blown glass diffuser utilizes high-frequency ultrasonic electrical vibrations to create an ultrafine aromatherapy mist. Also available Marble Blue and Obsidian.

References:
How Do I Choose and Use Essential Oils? https://www.takingcharge.csh.umn.edu/how-do-i-choose-and-use-essential-oils
Essential oil. https://www.britannica.com/topic/essential-oil
What are Essential Oils? https://naha.org/explore-aromatherapy/about-aromatherapy/what-are-essential-oils
Essential oils continue to grow in popularity. http://abc3340.com/archive/essential-oils-continue-to-grow-in-popularity

 

Take a Deep Breath

DeepBreathJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

Perhaps you have heard the expression, “Breath is life,” or you have practiced mindful yogic breathing or taken a deep breath to calm yourself.  At certain times, we are at least minimally aware of the amazing process we call breathing. Unlike the autonomic nervous system that controls and regulates the body’s internal environment without conscious intervention, breathing is the only function that can be performed consciously as well as unconsciously. By learning to regulate our breath, we can develop a very effective relaxation technique to lower blood pressure, calm the heartbeat, improve digestion and disarm a stressful moment.

Those with breathing difficulties, such as asthma, emphysema or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), that block airflow and make normal breathing a struggle, certainly know the importance of healthy lung function. The respiratory system carries out an exchange of gases, breathing in oxygen and expelling carbon dioxide. It filters, warms and humidifies the air we take in and helps maintain homeostasis, aiding the balance of the body’s internal environment. Healthy people who get winded as they run up the stairs or attempt a short jog on an incline may need to improve their aerobic conditioning as well as their health habits.

When the respiratory system is healthy it diligently works to filter out toxins, allergens and pollution with every breath, an average of 20,000 times each day! There are many reasons to work towards improving lung function and keeping the lungs in top shape. The fact that we can survive for weeks without food, and days without water, but only a few minutes without air is the most important reason of all. Because breathing happens naturally, it may surprise you to learn that over 50% of us breathe inefficiently. As opposed to breathing deeply into the lower lobes of the lungs, where the greatest amount of blood flow occurs, most of us commonly chest breathe, utilizing only the top lobes of the lungs, resulting in less blood oxygenation.

Abdominal or diaphragmatic breathing utilizes the lower lobes, which are many times more effective at providing oxygen to the body, and stimulates the lymphatic system, helping to eliminate toxins and waste. By improving the flow of blood and lymph, diaphragmatic breathing results in a well oxygenated body, helps prevent infection of the lungs and tissues, and stimulates the relaxation response, resulting in less tension and an overall feeling of wellbeing. Fortunately, you can train the body to breathe from the abdomen, as proper breathing technique is beneficial for short and long term emotional and physical health. The more you practice, the more natural it will become.

You can test yourself to see which type of breather you are by placing one hand on your chest and the other on your stomach or abdomen. Take several very slow deep breaths to see which part of the body rises. While there are several techniques for teaching abdominal breathing the simplest way to is to lie down in a comfortable relaxed position with your hands placed as above. Remain relaxed and inhale deeply and consciously through the nose and hold for a maximum count of 7 to bring air down into the lower lungs. If you can feel your diaphragm rise as opposed to your chest, you are doing it correctly. Slowly exhale through the mouth, breathing out as much air as possible. In general, exhalation should take twice as long as the inhalation. Keep in mind that respiration deepens not by inhaling but by expelling as much air as you can. With continued practice, diaphragmatic breathing becomes second nature.

You can support the health of the respiratory system by following these lifestyle tips:

  • Avoid tobacco exposure including second hand smoke.
  • Limit exposure to common allergens, including dust mites, pollen, mold and animal dander.
  • Wash hands frequently, and refrain from touching your face.
  • Follow a regular aerobic exercise routine to increase the capacity of the respiratory system.
  • Stay hydrated, as lungs dilate to make up for water loss, weakening function.
  • Spray your pillow case with essential oils of eucalyptus and peppermint to dilate the blood vessels, allow more oxygen into the lungs and break up congestion.
  • Traditionally used for coughs, colds, bronchitis and flu, oregano oil has antiviral, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Try diffusing oregano essential oil to help clear lungs and bronchial passages.
  • To support methylation processes be sure your multivitamin provides B12, B6 and folic acid.

Professional Supplement Center carries these and other high quality supplements to support healthy respiratory function:

PureGenomics...PureGenomics™ Multivitamin by Pure Encapsulations®: This once daily formula provides a comprehensive profile of highly bioavailable vitamins, fully chelated minerals and antioxidants. PureGenomics™ is formulated to address the nutrient requirements of common genetic variations in the methylation pathway. Gluten free, Non-GMO formulation.

 

Organic Eucalyptus...Oregano Eucalyptus Essential Oil by Dr. Mercola: This 100% pure aromatic oil is steamed distilled in small batches from fresh eucalyptus leaves and stems. It may be used topically when combined with a carrier oil or may be diffused to help open congested nasal passages and sinuses.

 

Peppermint Oil -...Peppermint Oil Organic by Now Foods: This highly concentrated natural oil is steam distilled from peppermint leaves. It may be mixed with a carrier oil to be used topically, or try diffusing along with rosemary and cinnamon oils to invigorate and revitalize.

 

Oregano OilOregano Oil by Amazing Herbs: Sourced from wildcrafted Turkish Origanum Vulgare, this high quality essential oil is steam distilled. Purity guaranteed.

 

Willow Forest...Willow Forest Ultrasonic Essential Oil Diffuser by Greenair: This color changing ultrasonic ionic diffuser delivers the natural benefits of essential oils in a powerful efficient way. Covers 1000 square feet and runs for up to 6 hours. Automatic shutoff. Colors may be rotated or fixed. Simply add water and 5-10 drops of essential oil, replace the lid and turn on diffuser to mist aroma into your living space.

References:
Breathing: An Introduction. https://www.drweil.com/health-wellness/body-mind-spirit/stress-anxiety/breathing-an-introduction/
Respiratory System: Facts, Function and Diseases. http://www.livescience.com/22616-respiratory-system.html
Learning Deep Breathing. https://psychcentral.com/lib/learning-deep-breathing/
Breathing with Upper Chest: Causes and Effects. http://www.normalbreathing.com/index-chest-breathing.php