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Keep Calm with Lavender & Bergamot

Are you anxious, depressed or battling high blood pressure?  All of the above?

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.


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.
Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Faculty of Pharmacy, Srinakharinwirot University, Rangsit-Ongkharak Road, Nakhonnayok 26120, Thailand. tapanee@swu.ac.th
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12 Reasons to Use Essential Oils Daily

Essential Oils:

1. Alleviate stress and anxiety.  Bring peace and balance to your emotions without negative side effects.

2. Shield your body from bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites.  Studies find that essential oils are effective against MRSA, the methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus superbug.  This bacterium has mutated so effectively that it is resistant to most antibiotics, including penicillin.

3. Provide natural pain relief when gently massaged into sore and tired muscles.

4. Help alleviate inflammation that causes pain.

5. Support your body’s Immune System naturally.

6. Ward off Insomnia.  Lavender out performs common drugs in promoting sleep, enhancing relaxation, and decreasing anxiety, according to the 1988 International Journal of Aromatherapy. Apply a few drops topically and sprinkle on a pillowcase to promote restful sleep.

7. Rejuvenate your skin.  Essential oils have been used for thousands of years for restoring and improving damaged skin. Beneficial for clogged pores, eczema, acne, dry skin, freckles and stretch marks.

8. Soothe Digestive Disorders.  Rub essential oils onto the abdominal area to relieve digestive upsets. Ingest a few drops of therapeutic grade essential oil in water to provide relief for heartburn, gas, indigestion, diarrhea and irritable bowel disease.

9. Support Your Bones and Muscles. 50% of our body weight is muscles and our skeleton has 206 bones. When stressed or overworked, apply to the affected area for strong skeletal and muscular support.

10. Enhance dental and oral care.  Research has shown that oral bacteria can cause heart disease. More bacteria live on the back of the tongue than any other part of the body, and proper cleaning and flossing can do much more than protect the teeth. Essential oils in Young Living mouthwash and toothpaste help kill microbes that cause tooth decay.

11. Increase Your Mental Clarity. Exciting clinical studies are proving that the inhalation of peppermint oil daily increases students test scores by 28%. Keep your edge in the workplace by breathing peppermint during work.

12. Provide affordable safe alternatives to household cleaners. Replace chemical cleaners with the powerful antimicrobial activities of essential oils.

If you are new to the world of therapeutic-grade essential oils, the Start Living with Everyday Oils Collection is a great place to start!  Start Living with Everyday Oils:  Your First Step to Essential Wellness

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Why Doesn’t Young Living Sell Birch Oil?

by David Stewart, PhD

People ask me why Young Living does not sell Birch Oil when several other companies do. They are wondering if it would be good to purchase and use Birch Oil from a non-Young Living source, since Young Living does not carry it.

Young Living used to carry a good Birch Oil until 7 or 8 years ago when their supplier, which was in Canada, went out of business. Since then YL has not found another reliable and adequate source of pure natural Birch, which is why they don’t carry it. If Young Living cannot find a reliable source of therapeutic grade oil of a given species, rather than sell an inferior grade, they won’t carry that species at all. Such is the integrity of Young Living.

Most of what is sold as “Birch Oil” in the world is actually pure synthetically produced methyl salicylate. Methyl salicylate smells like Birch and/or Wintergreen oil because both of these essential oils are composed of 88-99% natural methyl salicylate. But natural methyl salicylate is not the same as that produced in a chemical laboratory. Natural methyl salicylate as found in natural Birch or Wintergreen oil is not toxic while that synthesized in a laboratory is. While both the natural and synthetic versions of this compound have the same formula (C8H8O3) meaning an arrangement of 8 carbon atoms, 8 hydrogen atoms, and 3 oxygen atoms–a total of 19 atoms. These 19 atoms can be arranged in more than a dozen different structural arrangements.

Isomers of Methyl Salicylate

Consider the 19 atoms necessary to build a methyl salicylate molecule as Legos(R). How many forms can you create with the same set of Legos? Different arrangements (or molecular shapes) for the same chemical formula are called “isomers.” (For more, see “The Chemistry of Essential Oils Made Simple,” available at www.RaindropTraining.com.) When nature produces methyl salicylate in the Birch Tree or in a Wintergreen Bush, it only makes one of the isomers, which is the one that fits our cellular receptor sites and facilitates healing. But what is done in nature cannot be duplicated in a laboratory. Chemical laboratories cannot produce only one isomer. They can only produce a mixture of the various isomers. Most of the isomers of methyl salicylate are toxic and/or have no healing properties.

So when doctors say “synthetic and natural compounds both have the same formula,” they are only telling a partial truth. To be completely honest they need to add that the same formula can have a variety of isomers (or molecular shapes), some of which may be beneficial while most will be undesirable or harmful. Think of it this way: Your bodily cells have receptor sites on their surface of their membranes which act as locks to portals into the cells. These locks are there to make sure that only the molecules God intended will enter or communicate with the cell.

Molecules are keys that will fit the locks of certain receptor sites on certain cells. Only a slight difference between two keys makes a tremendous difference in what doors they will open. Hence, different isomers of the same compound, even though they may have the same atoms (same formula) their different shapes means they will affect different cells differently. One isomer may fit the receptors in your muscles, while another may fit the cells of an organ like the liver or thyroid, while yet another may fit only the thyroid cells and no others. In this way, different isomers usually have very different effects on our bodies even though the molecules are composed of the same set of atoms.

Isomers in Prescription Drugs

In fact, you might be interested to know that the majority of prescription drug compounds are manufactued and exist as pairs of isomers, only one of which has the beneficial properties that drug is meant to provide. The other member of the pair is usually harmful and accounts for most of the “unwanted side effects.” Prescription drugs are like this because it is impossible to manufacture only one isomer and too expensive (or impossible) to separate the two isomers. The extra isomer is never mentioned on the label of the prescription bottle nor in the description of the drug elsewhere. This deception is legally allowed by the U.S. FDA.

Another thing about labeling a bottle of pure synthetic methyl salicylate as “Birch” or “Wintergreen” is that the natural oils contain other compounds besides. It is well known in aromatherpy that essential oil compounds in a mixture don’t behave like the same compounds isolated. Hence, a potentially harmful compound as one of several other compounds in an essential oil do not behave in harmful ways but, instead manifest healing properties. Aromatherapists call this “quenching.” That is where the potentially harmful properties of a compound are quenched or suppressed when combined in a mixture with other compounds.

For example, Myrrh oil contains xylene, an extremely toxic compound by itself, but harmless and beneficial in the company of the other compounds of Myrrh. Myrrh is one of the safest of all essential oils. Those who claim that Birch or Wintergreen oils are dangerous are referring to tests made on synthetic methyl salicylate isolated and tested alone, usually on animals. If the research was with pure natural oil applied to people, they would find no danger, only benefits. These are some of the fallacies of those who claim dangers for natural Birch or Wintergreen.

Since doctors are not familiar with real Birch Oil, which is harmless and non-toxic, they have published strong warnings about using Birch or Wintergreen oil. This includes a warning in the “Merck Manual” that using either of these oils can be lethal, even if only used in a humidifier or steam diffuser with children. (The “Merck Manual” is the most widely used reference in medicine for clinical practice.) Their strong cautions and warnings regarding Birch (or Wintergreen) oils are actually about synthetic methyl salycilate, not real Birch or Wintergreen. If you are using Birch or Wintergreen from a company other than Young Living, the medical precautions against these oils are justified. But for the oils from Young Living, none of the warnings apply.

I have personally ingested capsules orally containing 20 drops of these oils (Young Living brand) with nothing but benefits and no untoward effects. They have an analgesic effect, like aspirin. Medical authorities in general do not recognize the difference between a synthetic oil and a natural therapeutic grade oil such as those from Young Living.

Can You Buy Real Birch Oil from Another Source?

If you buy another brand of Birch, you can be 99% sure that is it not the real thing, even though the label on the bottle may say that it is “natural and pure.” In the U.S. a bottle may say “natural” if the compounds it contains can also be found in nature, even though it may have been totally produced in a chemical laboratory. The bottle can also say “pure” when there may be no more than 5% of the actual product. These misrepresentations seen on many labels are legal and allowed by the U.S. government.

When a reliable and adequate source of true Birch becomes available, Young Living will, no doubt, carry it again. There is a Birch Farm in Alaska that was established a few years ago which, at some future time, may become a supplier for Young Living. There may be other such farms as well, still in the maturing early-growth stage.

In order to carry Birch oil Young Living needs not only a source that is reliable in quality, but also reliable in quantity, capable of supplying the needs of 200,000 distributors. Even if good Birch Oil would become available from one or more small growers/distillers, it would still not be possible for YL to carry it and meet the needs of so many distributors.

Birch or Wintergreen are fundamental in the performance of Raindrop Technique. When Birch oil was available from Young Living, most Raindrop Facilitators prefered Birch to Wintergreen.

Flavor Grade Birch Oil

Real Birch oil, distilled from the wood, bark, and twigs of the Birch tree (Betula alleghaniensis), is used for flavorings in root beer and pancake syrup, which is more profitable than distilling the tree for therapeutic grade essential oil. For use as a flavoring, the standards are not so high in the gathering, distilling, and producing of the oil. While a therapeutic grade Birch oil may contain 100 or more compounds, a flavor grade may contain less than 5 compounds. So long as the oil contains the compounds that contribute to the flavor it fulfills the taste test even though it may be missing most of the compounds that contribute to healing.

While trace amounts of synthetic Wintergreen or Birch used for flavoring in candies or other foods and products appear to be harmless, there is at least one reported death when synthetic versions of these oils are ingested, absorbed, or applied repeatedly over a period time. See the article entitled “Death by Bengay(R)” in the November-December 2008 issue of “The Raindrop Messenger.” All back issues of “The Raindrop Messenger,” including this one, are archived on the website, www.RaindropTraining.com.

So there is your story on Birch. Personally, I will not be using Birch Oil until Young Living carries it. High quality Wintergreen oil, which Young Living has, is equivalent to Birch in its therapeutic properties. Young Living has a good source for pure Wintergreen. Almost all the other companies out there are selling synthetic methyl salycilate as “Birch” or “Wintegreen.” Since the “Merck Manual,” the basic reference for medical practice, warns that these oils (i.e. synthetic methyl salycilate) can be lethal even when used in something as innocuous as a humidifier, I would caution you, or anyone, to avoid anything labeled as “Birch” or “Wintergreen” that is not from Young Living.

Reprinted from The Raindrop Messenger, a free eline newsletter, with permission from Dr. David Stewart. To subscribe or download back issues, visit the archives at www.RaindropTraining.com.

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Dr. Mahmoud Suhail on Frankincense

Did you know that there are studies documenting the effectiveness of therapeutic-grade essential oils vs. cancer?  Frankincense is one of the many oils that has been researched.

Watch this 13 minute video interview that we enjoyed at the recent Young Living convention.  It discusses the incredible healing power of Boswellia sacra, otherwise known as Sacred Frankincense.

Young Living exclusively has Sacred Frankincense essential oil.  If you would like to know how to order some, click HERE.

Sacred Frankincense (Boswellia sacra) Product Information Page (PDF)

Frankincense (Boswellia carterii) Product Information Page (PDF)

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What does that mean to you?  To me it means bursting with life, new ideas, having energy to accomplish our goals and purposes and feeling great doing it.

It seems that so many of us lack vitality and are searching for answers to get it back.  If you are like me, you’ve seen the havoc that relying pHARMaceuticals can cause.  Often the more we blindly accept what we are told by our doctors, the deeper we slide into feeling bad.  That’s how it was with me, anyway.

Over 20 years ago, I was diagnosed with Epstein Barr Virus aka Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.  For years I wallowed in that.  I was so relieved to know SOMETHING was wrong with me that I didn’t look for alternatives.  The solution to the problem was to take the drugs my doctor prescribed.  One numbed my emotional pain (Prozac) and the other left me so drugged I could hardly lift my head off the pillow. (Doxepin) I was physically and mentally miserable and sliding down hill.

Had I followed that course, who knows where my life would be now.  I am so glad my family and friends showed me that there were options other than what my doctor offered.

One of my friends told me about chiropractic, cleansing and homeopathics.  That helped me to a certain degree.  About the same time, my mother learned about therapeutic-grade essential oils and convinced me to order some.  My first oils were Joy and Forgiveness.  When I used the oils, I had a sense of comfort and well-being; soon the depression lifted.  I just felt better when I used my essential oils.

As I learned more about the oils and natural products, I began to replace toxic household chemicals with the non-toxic products.  I began to feel better in general.  I still had some pain issues, but my life was nothing like it was before.  Oh yeah, the oils helped with pain and were healthier than taking mega-doses of Advil and slathering on BioFreeze.  (Did you know BioFreeze has the same chemical that is in antifreeze?!)

Cleaning up my diet has helped me immensely and helped me realize that if I had paid more attention to what I was putting in my body I would have felt better before now.

Now, I am so much better than I was in the past.  Building health is a daily project, but it is doable.  If I make a choice that’s not in my highest interest today, I can choose to do better tomorrow.  I am also choosing to learn the lessons from my experiences, both good and bad.

I guess it comes down to choices…the choices we make today create our reality tomorrow.

Let’s choose Vitality!

If you would like to know more about how to use therapeutic-grade essential oils, look around this website.  If you have any questions, I am here to help!

All the best,

Melissa Boice



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