RESEARCH: Protective essential oil attenuates influenza virus infection: An in vitro study in MDCK cells

A study posted on the National Institute of Health (NIH) Website.

In the Conclusion: "The lack of toxicity and potent specific inhibition ability make the essential oil a possible antiviral drug for influenza virus proliferation control and treatment."

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2994788/pdf/1472-6882-10-69.pdf

VIDEO: Basic Science and Clinical Applications of Essential Oils

This is a wonderful recording of Dr. Paul Winterton showing some of the clinical research and applications of these aromatic oils, and why dōTERRA purity and potency is so important in therapeutic applications. The event was open to the public, but I want to acknowledge and thank doTERRA Pro for recording this.

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Hair Loss and Essential Oils

Photo of a bald guyHair Loss:

Hair thinning and hair loss is something I know a little something about. My father is completely bald, and I began to have thinning hair when I was about 20 years old. After a fair bit of frustration in only finding synthetic chemical filled creams and supplements, I wanted something more natural. Below is something that has helped me, and I hope helps you as well. I was lucky, because I know genetic predisposition to baldness is something that isn't always treatable. Here is the truth as I know it:

Alopecia, the nice scientific sounding name for hair loss and baldness happens for a variety of reasons, and since some of these reasons, like your genetic programming, cannot be helped by any external lotions or creams, nor any supplements, it would be a waste of time and money to spend a fortune on rubbing a variety of compounds into your scalp, or to fill your body with equally expensive supplements.

Age also plays its part in the balding arena and so do fevers, high stress levels, illness, thyroid problems etc.

Tricologists, people studying tricology – the science of hair growth – have used various ingredients to help hair growth along, but some have also taken note of the effect that certain essential oils can have on regenerating hair follicles to a certain extent.

Here is a blend of Essential Oils known to stimulate the growth of hair follicles.

Put 2 drops of the blend below onto your fingers and gently massage into thinning/balding area before bed.

  • 3 drops rosemary oil
  • 4 drops geranium oil
  • 4 drops lavender oil
  • 1 drop frankincense oil
  • 4 drops cypress oil
  • 2 drops cinnamon oil

 

You can find all of these Essential Oils and more in my Essential Oil store.  I live by the saying "If you wouldn't eat it, don't put it on your skin." This is especially true for Essential Oils, as they are lipophilic and easily absorb into your body through the skin.

Side Effects of Essential Oils

Cartoon of sick manSo a few weeks ago, I awoke with a fever, and blisters were breaking out all over my lips. I will try not to get too graphic, but it was painful to open my mouth to eat.  I was already experiencing seasonal allergies, so this was just icing on the cake.  Classes started in a week, and I was feeling miserable.  I decided to start taking 4 drops of OnGuard (a doTERRA Essential Oil Blend) under my tongue morning and night, and putting lavender oil on my lips before bed, as I knew it was good for chapped lips.

It only took 2 days and my fever was down, my lips were beginning to heal, and a completely unintended side effect occurred:  My allergies went away.

Usually when people speak of side effects, they are in terms of what else can go wrong, not what can go right.  The most common side effect of using Pure Certified Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils is that you get better in ways you hadn't intended.

Essential Oils are a plant's immune system, and they work the same way in humans.  They are not denatured and synthesized. Almost all of them are antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal. They usually have all the compounds that attack disease, but in a buffered way that doesn't leave you with negative side effects.

That said, there is one more important thing we need to talk about:

Detox Reactions

Many people who have had years of using over the counter and prescription medications, and have not made the wisest of nutrition choices, and perhaps have a little extra body fat may experience some detox reactions from using essential oils if you begin to take them regularly. This is your body's natural desire and attempt to rid the body of built up toxins.

Fat (adipose) cells serve several functions in the body. One of the main functions is toxic storage.  You WILL have more bodyfat if you consume or apply much synthetic chemicals, or compounds your body sees as toxic.  

Essential Oils are lipophilic (fat loving), and easily pass through cell walls in order to rid individual fat cells of the toxins they hold.  Essential oils break down synthetic and toxic compounds, right in those very cells.  Then your body has the job of eliminating that waste product.

It is this process of eliminating the waste products that can be temporarily uncomfortable.  Your body can eliminate many ways – urine, feces, and through the skin (sweat).  Once your body is done detoxing, you usually feel better than you have in a LONG time. I know that was true for me, and for most I've known who began to take them regularly both internally, topically, and using them aromatically. 

 

Prescriptions vs Essential Oils

Comparing the side effects of Essential Oils and the side effects of prescription medications is a no-brainer for me.  Many have successfully transitioned off prescription medications completely, and have better health, and a fatter pocket book because of it.

Most prescription medications are derived FROM plants, and are the denatured synthesized versions of compounds found in Essential Oils.  When extracted from their natural form, dangerous side effects can occur.  Since Essential Oils ARE the whole compounds, they are generally safer, and a more effective alternative.

So why don't doctors know this? Why isn't your doctor prescribing Lavender Oil instead of <name your favorite prescription allergy medication>? Money. You can't patent nature. You have to extract and synthesize compounds. They can't make money off it, even if it is much more effective.  ONE dose of CPTG Lavender Oil can last for up to 3 days. I personally know a lady who has used it to stop a severe anaphylactic shock from her nut allergy.

This stuff works, and because it is effective in small doses, and for multiple causes, it IS more cost effective. Feel free to ask or contact me about HOW to replace your current medicine cabinet with natural alternatives.

 

The legal speak

Of course, everything above is based on my own knowledge and opinion. Please consult your physician before making any dietary or prescription changes.

Clove Oil: Highest antioxidant known

 

Antioxidant Activity of Clove Essential Oil

Many foods and substances contain antioxidants which absorb free radicals (toxins). Scientists at Tufts University have developed a scale for the U.S. Department of Agriculture called the ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity) test. The higher the ORAC score is, the more capable that particular food, spice or herb is of destroying free radicals (antioxidant).

Essential oils have the highest ORAC scores of any known substance. According to the Essential Oils Desk Reference, 2nd ED., they are as follows:

Essential Oil (botanical name) ORAC Score

Roman Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile) 2,446
Juniper (Juniperus osteosperma) 2,517
Spearmint (Mentha spicata) 5,398
Lemongrass (Cymbopogen flexuosus) 17,765
Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus) 24,157
Cinnamon Bark (Cinnamamum verum) 103,448
Mountain Savory (Satureja montana) 113,071
Oregano (Origanum compactum) 153,007
Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) 159,590
Clove (Syzygium aromaticum) 10,786,875

These essential oils are even more potent than fruits which are promoted as powerful antioxidants, such as blueberries, ORAC Score 2,400. The last six oils on this chart are even more powerful than Chinese wolfberries, ORAC score 23,300.

Clove is the champion of all, with an ORAC score over 10 million!! That means a drop of Clove Oil contains 400 times more antioxidants per unit volume than wolfberries, the most powerful of all known fruits, and a 15ml bottle of Clove Oil has the antioxidant capacity of 40 quarts of blueberries. The benefits of breathing, applying and taking clove essential oil internally are far greater than you can imagine.

Bottle of Clove Oil

 

Clove Oil can be purchased in my doTERRA Essential Oil Shop.

Lavender: The Oil of Communication

Lavender aids verbal expression. It calms the insecurities that are felt when one risks their true thoughts and feelings. Lavender addresses a deep fear of being seen and heard. Individuals in need of Lavender hide within, blocking all forms of true self-expression. While they may even be going through the motions of outward expression, they're actually holding back because the expression is not connected to the heart or soul.

Lavender supports individuals in releasing the tension and constriction that stems from fear of expressing one's self. Due to past experiences, they may believe it is not safe to express themselves. The true Self is therefore trapped within and goes unexpressed. Strong feelings of being unlovable, unimportant, or unheard accompany this condition. The individual's fear of rejection paralyzes their true voice and traps their feelings inside.

Lavender encourages emotional honesty and insists that we speak our innermost thoughts and desires. As individuals learn to communicate their deepest thoughts and feelings, they are liberated from their self-inflicted prison. It is through open and honest communication that an individual experiences unconditional love and acceptance. Through Lavender's courageous spirit, we are free to share our true self with others.

Suggested Uses: Place 1-3 drops on throat. Inhale regularly throughout the day.

Emotions Addressed: Blocked communication, Fear of Rejection, Feeling Unseen or Unheard, Constricted

Source: Emotional Healing with Essential Oils by Daniel Macdonald

Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender Essential Oil can be purchased in my doTERRA Essential Oil Store.

Cinnamon: The Oil of Sexual Harmony

 

Cinnamon strongly supports the reproductive system and helps heal sexual issues. It assists individuals in accepting their body and embracing their physical attractiveness. Cinnamon dispels fear of rejection and nurtures healthy sexuality. It rekindles sexual energies when there has been repression, trauma, or abuse. It can also bring clarity to souls who struggle with their sexual identity.
 
Cinnamon also assists individuals in relationships where insecurities are shown by jealousy and control. It encourages the soul to let go of control and allow others to be free. Cinnamon can nurture strong relationships based on mutual love and respect.
 
Where there are other insecurities covered by pretense, façade, and pride, Cinnamon invites individuals to be honest and vulnerable, thereby allowing true intimacy to emerge.
 
Suggested Uses: Place 3-5 drops in a capsule or glass of water. Inhale regularly.
 
Emotions Addressed: Body rejection, Fear, Controlling, Jealousy, Sexual Repression