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Keep Calm with Lavender & Bergamot

Are you like most of us who experience the everyday stresses of life on a regular basis?

3575 LavenderYou will want to read the abstract below.  The study bergamotmeasures the effectiveness of a blend of lavender and bergamot essential oils when applied topically to the abdomen.

Once again, researchers are proving the power of essential oils!

This blend would be great applied to the heart VitaFlex points on the hands and feet, over the heart, or diffused for a wonderfully relaxing environment.

Therapeutic-grade (the highest quality) lavender and bergamot are available from Young Living Essential Oils.  Order some today! 

Aroma-therapeutic effects of massage blended essential oils on humans.

Abstract

Although blended essential oils are increasingly being used for the improvement of the quality of life and for the relief of various symptoms in patients, the scientific evaluation of the aroma-therapeutic effects of blended essential oils in humans is rather scarce. In this study, we hypothesized that applying blended essential oil would provide a synergistic effect that would have a chance for success in treating depression or anxiety. Therefore, the main objective of this study was to investigate the effects of the blended essential oil on autonomic parameters and on emotional responses in humans following transdermal absorption. The blended essential oil consisted of lavender and bergamot oils. Human autonomic parameters, i.e. blood pressure, pulse rate, breathing rate, and skin temperature, were recorded as indicators of the arousal level of the autonomic nervous system. In addition, subjects had to rate their emotional condition in terms of relaxation, vigor, calmness, attentiveness, mood, and alertness in order to assess subjective behavioral arousal. Forty healthy volunteers participated in the experiments. Blended essential oil was applied topically to the skin of the abdomen of each subject. Compared with placebo, blended essential oil caused significant decreases of pulse rate, and systolic and diastolic blood pressure, which indicated a decrease of autonomic arousal. At the emotional level, subjects in the blended essential oil group rated themselves as ‘more calm’ and ‘more relaxed’ than subjects in the control group. This finding suggests a decrease of subjective behavioral arousal.

Hongratanaworakit T.
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Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Faculty of Pharmacy, Srinakharinwirot University, Rangsit-Ongkharak Road, Nakhonnayok 26120, Thailand. tapanee@swu.ac.th
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Lavender ~ The Swiss Army Knife of Essential Oils

Feeling Overwhelmed?  Stressed Out?  Have pain? Allergies?  Lice?  Try Lavender!

  • Lavender decreases cortisol levels, eases stage fright, supports body & mind when overcoming addictions.
  • It has adaptogenic properties that will support  the body in whatever direction it needs to go…either calming OR energizing.
  • Healing for wounds, especially burns.
  • Layer lavender, then peppermint and lemon for headaches.
  • Do you suffer from allergies? Lavender is a natural antihistamine!

This presentation expounds on the benefits of using Young Living’s authentic and pure lavender oil.  It truly is “the little oil that could!”

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Distilling Quality Essential Oils

A few years ago, I had the great privilege to go to Young Living’s farm in St. Marie’s, Idaho.  Wow!  It was amazing!  The farm is in the middle of nowhere and is surrounded by an evergreen forest.  That serene energy is captured in the plants that are carefully grown and cultivated there.

Walking through rolling fields of lavender with Gary Young, he filled us in on the great amount of care and work that goes into cultivating and distilling therapeutic grade lavender.   From growing and nurturing tiny lavender angustifolia seedlings, planting using organic methods and picking at just the right time of day when the therapeutic constituents are highest, every consideration revolves around cultivating plants that will produce superior therapeutic essential oils.

One of the interesting points I learned that day was that in order to preserve the therapeutic compounds found in lavender, the plants must be distilled for about one hour and 30 minutes under low heat and low pressure.   Most lavender (non Young Living) is distilled for only 15 minutes!   Three-quarters of the volume is extracted during the first quarter of the distillation process. Many producers end the process there because the increased time does not significantly increase the volume.  Of course, if maximum volume/maximum profit is the goal, distilling for 15 minutes makes sense.  Fortunately, quality essential oils have always been Young Living’s first priority.

Much time, energy and financial resources go into producing quality essential oils.  It often requires several hundred or even thousands of pounds of raw plant material to produce a single pound of essential oil.  For example, 250 pounds of lavender will produce approximately 1 pound (16 ounces) of pure oil.  It takes three tons of melissa to produce 16 ounces of essential oil.  It takes 5,000 pounds of rose petals to produce 1 pound of rose oil.  No wonder quality oils are relatively costly!

Understanding the work and skill that goes into producing pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils helps us understand why therapeutic oils cost more than most essential oils commonly found in health food stores.   The good thing is, you get what you pay for!

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Non-Toxic Air Freshener

Aria diffuser and TheraPro Diffuser Diffusing is a great way to reap the benefits of therapeutic-grade essential oils and make your home smell nice, too.

Here’s a simple blend that will make your home a haven of healthy relaxation:

  • 20 drops lavender
  • 10 drops lemon
  • 6 drops bergamot
  • 5 drops tangerine
  • 5 drops grapefruit

Diffuse neat, or mix with 2 cup of distilled water in a spray bottle; shake well before spraying.

Other Ways to Diffuse Oils:

  • Add essential oils to cedar chips to make your own potpourri.
  • Put scented cedar chips in closets or drawers to deodorize them.
  • Place any conifer essential oil such as spruce, fir (all varieties), cedar, or pine onto each log in the fireplace.  As they burn, they will disperse an evergreen smell.  This method has no therapeutic benefit, however.
  • Put essential oil on cotton balls and place in your car or home air vents.
  • Place a bowl of water with a few drops of oil on a wood stove.
  • Dampen a cloth, apply essential oils to it, and place near the intake duct of your heating and cooling system.
  • Add oils to your humidifier and vaporizer.
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