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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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Diffusing Brain Fog with Highest Potential

Wow.  This summer has flown by!  How about yours?  Are you scratching your head,  wondering where it went?

This is great time of year to regroup and focus on what is important and how to get it done.   It’s probably a throw back from the excitement and nervous energy that I always had when starting a new school year.  Every year,  I looked forward to succeeding and learning new things.  I also remember how hard it was to shift gears from summer mode to listening to teachers and doing homework mode.

I am remembering that today,  actually.  I’ve been so busy this summer with OTHER things that consumed my focus and time that I chose to take a semi-vacation from the internet.

Today,  to help me slide back into focus and get my brain in gear,  I am diffusing HIGHEST POTENTIAL.  It is an essential oil blend that helps me focus and gather my thoughts.    It contains a couple of Young Living blends and a few single oils,  too.

Here’s why I chose to diffuse this oil:  (Well,  obviously…I wanted to reach my highest potential!)

Australian Blue is made up of oils that are uplifting,  grounding and stabilizing.

Gathering,  another of my favorite blends,  helps me gather my scattered brain particles and focus on my game plan.

Jasmine clears mental blocks and is mentally and emotionally elevating,  inspiring creativity.

Ylang Ylang helps on an emotional level,  helping us regain confidence and balance.

How cool is that?!!  I’m breathing in four oils in one!  As well as being cost efficient,  I know I am receiving multiple benefits:  a key oil in Australian Blue is very supportive to the immune system and Gathering has several oils that are calming and uplifting.  Ylang Ylang and jasmine are both relaxing while increasing focus.

Going back to school would have been so much easier if I had wonderful oils like Highest Potential and Gathering back then.  If  YOU know of anyone,  young or old,  that would benefit from having increased focus and mental clarity,  please share this article with them.  After all,  what if it made the difference between a mediocre year and a great year?

If you want to try any of these oils,  go to my HOW TO ORDER page.  You’ll find everything you need there!

All the best,

Melissa Boice

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Lemon Oil Uses

Lemon oil is another essential oil that I use on a daily basis.   I keep it on my kitchen counter so it’s handy when I need it.   I add it to my drinking water,  use it when cleaning,  run it in my diffuser and even use it to stop bleeding when I cut myself.

But wait,  there’s more…

Lemon contains compounds that have been studied for their effects on immune function.   According Jean Valnet, M.D.,  the vaporized essence of lemon can kill meningococcus bacteria in 15 minutes,  typhoid bacilli in one hour,  Staphylococcus aureus in two hours,  and Pneumococcus bacteria within three hours.  Even a 0.2% solution of lemon oil can kill diphtheria bacteria in 20 minutes and inactivate tuberculosis bacteria.

Therapeutic-grade lemon oil is anywhere from 65 to 72% d-limonene.   Limonene has been studied for its effectiveness in cancer prevention and tumor regression.

It promotes clarity of thought and purpose,  as well as health,  healing,  physical energy and purification.  Its fragrance is invigorating,  enhancing,  and warming.  Lemon has been shown to have antidepressant effects in research done by Komori,  et al., 1995.

Lemon oil has been widely used in skin care to cleanse skin and reduce wrinkles.   It may also help brighten a pale,  dull complexion by removing the dead skin cells.**

More uses:

  • Use 6 drops of lemon oil and 6 drops of Purification oil in a squirt bottle mixed with distilled water to use in the bathroom as an air freshener.
  • Use 1-2 drops of lemon oil to remove gum,  oil,  grease spots or crayon.
  • Use 1 drop of lemon oil to add flavor to baked goods or beverages.
  • For homemade lemonade,  ream 1/2 an organic lemon,  add 2 drops of lemon essential oil,  stevia or agave to  taste;  add 2 cups of pure water.
  • To clean and increase the shelf life of fresh fruit,  fill a bowl with cool water and 2-3 drops of lemon oil.  Drop your cleaned fruit into the water and stir.
  • Add 2-3 drops of lemon oil to water and spray counter tops to sterilize them.
  • Soak your dishcloth overnight in a bowl of water and a drop of lemon oil to disinfect and kill germs.
  • Add a drop of lemon oil to your dishwasher before the wash cycle.
  • Rub a drop of lemon oil on your hands after using a public bathroom.
  • Use a paper towel soaked with several drops of lemon oil to sanitize bathroom fixtures.
  • Rub several drops of lemon oil on legs daily to improve circulation.
  • Rub a drop of lemon oil to clean a butcher’s block or other cutting surfaces.
  • Put 10-15 drops of lemon oil in each gallon of carpet cleaning solution to help pull out stains and brighten the rug.

Of course,  when ingesting essential oils,  only use pure,  unadulterated therapeutic-grade essential oils.   For that reason,  I use and recommend Young Living essential oils.

**Safety Data:   Avoid direct sunlight for up to 12 hours after use.

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You Get What You Pay For

Earlier this week, I went out in search of black mulch for my landscaping.  What should I get??  BAGS  or a truckload of BULK mulch?

Of course I figured everything out every which way, as I like to do.  I was leaning toward purchasing in bulk because that figured out to be a little more cost efficient, albeit MESSY.  Anyway, I went to the local mulch vendor and lo and behold…..

BLACK MULCH FOR 99 cents a bag!  That was WAY cheaper than buying it in bulk!  WooHoo! The sales lady said the mulch was wet and heavy, so they wanted to get rid of it.

“Hmm…I am no weakling!  I can lift the bag…NO PROBLEM.”  I said to myself.  So I purchased 20 bags and went home, happy as a clam. (I am not quite sure what that means…maybe clams are happy before they get steamed?)

I didn’t have time on Tuesday to do the mulch, so I got everything ready to get up bright and early Wednesday morning to spread that mulch.

Sometime in the middle of the night, in my half-asleep ruminations, it hit me:  WET and HEAVY in PLASTIC bags = MOLD!

And that’s exactly how it was. Each and every bag of my 99 cent Absolute Black Mulch was laced with white mold.  Lovely.

Since for me, half the project was getting the mulch and unloading it, I did go ahead and spread the mulch.  I wasn’t about to load up the 20 bags and take it back!

Overall, my front landscaping looks good and the white moldy mulch is overshadowed by the absolute black mulch.  I realized I had exposed myself to some strain of fungi and decided I should start taking a couple of Inner Defense a day for a few days, just to ensure I don’t get walloped by mold exposure.  It is good to have oils and key products on hand for when you need them.

I might even pour some undiluted Thieves Household Cleaner in one of those MiracleGro spray feeders and water my landscaping.  That might kill the mold as effectively as it killed the little worms that lived in one of my houseplants.

OKAY, Here’s what I was thinking about when I was spreading that moldy mulch:

Sometimes my friends and potential customers will check out the prices of Young Living’s therapeutic-grade essential oils and then compare them with those of other companies.  Some of those companies even compare themselves to Young Living and have names of oil blends that they have obviously copied from Young Living.  Often the price is less, so it is seemingly a good deal.

Others run to Ebay and see what kind of deals they can find there.  Usually the oils are from kits that are purchased by the seller and then broken apart so the buyer is getting a 5 ml bottle for a bit cheaper that Young Living’s 15 ml bottle.  Tricky but true.  News Flash:  The reason they are selling on Ebay is to make money!

Well, folks, cheaper prices mean cheaper products. If you don’t mind not knowing what you are getting, go for the lowest price.

Here’s what I know about Young Living:

Young Living carefully grows and cultivates their crops to ensure we have the highest quality plants to distill.  The plants are harvested at just the right time of day and distilled at exactly the right temperature, pressure and length of time to produce the optimal levels of therapeutic essential oil constituents.

Did you know that an organically grown crop distilled at the wrong temperature is has NO therapeutic value?  But a company can still sell it as “organic” and may even pass it off as therapeutic-grade to an unsuspecting consumer.   Each and every batch of essential oil Young Living produces is carefully tested to verify the therapeutic quality.

The same goes for the oils that Young Living outsources.  Young Living representatives, sometimes Gary Young himself, goes to the location of the farm and distillery to inspect the growing conditions, practices, collect samples, etc.  The oils we receive from vendors are tested for quality and authenticity.

At Young Living, each essential oil must pass extensive testing to ensure an optimal  bioactive profile.  Young Living uses its own internal labs, as well as third-party testing from essential oil experts in other countries, to validate the purity and potency of essential oils.

All of these things take money.  Just like it takes money to produce, bag, transport, and sell QUALITY black mulch, it takes money to ensure quality essential oils.

In the big scheme, I don’t really care if my mulch has little white specks through it, as long as I stay healthy and my plants don’t die.  Was it the quality I thought I was going to get?  Nope.  Did I get what I paid for?  Absolutely. 

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