Category Archives: Essential Oil

Which Essential Oil Might Help with a Toothache?

 

Just in time for Halloween toothaches…

Anyone who has been around a teething baby knows how hard it is to see a child suffering from the pain of their teeth coming in. Options may seem limited when it comes to finding soothing relief, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t natural options available to help lessen the pain.

Clove essential oil has been used for centuries to help with toothaches (which, can sometimes even make a grown adult act like a teething baby), skin infections, digestive upsets, diarrhea, mouth sores and pains, vomiting, warts, macular degeneration, and much more.

It is also antibacterial, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and supports a healthy immune response, which is why it is one of the key ingredients in dōTERRA’s Protective Blend, On Guard.

What makes clove essential oil ideal for toothaches is its ability to help dull pain.

Clove essential oil also be very beneficiary when using to cook with. When cooking with clove essential oil, a little goes a long way, so make sure to use the toothpick technique (dip a toothpick in the oil bottle and put in food as opposed to an entire drop from the bottle).

 

 

Tips* from dōTERRA on ways to use clove essential oil:

  • Dilute 1:1 (1 drop essential oil to 1 drop carrier oil) when applying topically to help avoid skin irritation.
  • When you have a toothache, dilute 1:1 and put mixture on a cotton swab. Apply directly on the gums surrounding the infected tooth.
  • For a teething baby do the same as above but dilute even more. Test in your mouth first to see how “hot” the mixture is first.
  • Place one drop to the back of your tongue to help get rid of a tickling cough.
  • Blends well with basil, bergamot, cinnamon, clary sage, grapefruit, lavender, lemon, orange, peppermint, rose, rosemary, and ylang ylang.
  • If taken internally, try using in gel caps, or take with honey or put in a drink.
  • Put clove and wild orange essential oil in water to help control sugar urges.
Tips from some of our Facebook* fans on how they use clove essential oil:
 
  • “I used clove a lot when I was quitting smoking. It helps to numb your mouth and throat to substitute for the effects of the nicotine, and it boosts your immunity to help with the detox. It works wonders!” – Amanda Bolles Hendren
  • I use it to help my oldest with his loose teeth. Put a little on his gums and he can pull out his tooth! It’s wonderful.” Amanda Harrell
  • I use it (diluted of course) on my 18 month old’s gums. He’s teething. He cries and makes a funny face for about 30 seconds and then he forgets that his teeth are even hurting him.” -Cari Dowling
  • “I brush my teeth with one drop of clove or on guard everyday. It has taken away toothaches. I love this oil.” -Camille Thompson
  • “We love using clove oil as an immune booster. Rub a couple of drops on my kids feet before bed and it helps keep us well. At bedtime, my youngest, often hollers from his room, “mom, it’s time for Christmas feet”!! So cute and they love it, and yes, it definitely smells like Christmas. It’s my favorite oil!” -Carrie Mobley Bentz
  • I use it on my son’s thumbs to remind him not to suck on them, lol! I also use it on his teething pain if it gets bad.” -Annette Fairchild
  • “[I] use it in a marinade for ham or pork.” -Janie McDade Hawley

*These statements have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. dōTERRA products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. Pregnant or lactating women and persons with known medical conditions should consult a physician prior to the use of any dōTERRA product. The statements shared from the dōTERRA International Facebook page are the personal opinion of independent persons and do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of dōTERRA International, LLC. nor A Vibrant Me.

 

5 Element Health Makeover | Eliminate Candida NOW

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If you're reading this, more than likely you have 5 health related things that need to be dealt with that are the cornerstones of health.

1) The VAST majority of Americans are dehydrated: Drink more water.

2) If you work inside a building, you are likely Vitamin D deficient. Supplement with Vitamin D3 (high quality liquid drops work best.)

3) The majority of Americans ALSO do not breathe sufficiently. Focus on slowing down and start paying attention to your breath.

4) If you are eating a lot of starches, and sugars (The S.A.D. Standard American Diet), you more than likely have Candida issues that are manifesting as something else. Eat less starches and sugar, and more veggies and protein. (Consider doing a candida cleanse like GX Assist, followed by a good probiotic like PB Assist – These can be found at www.mydoterra.com/avibrantme/ )

5) If you were brought up in the U.S. you are more likely to have heavy metals that are toxic to your body. Do some research into the emotional/physiological effects of mercury, aluminum, and lead. Consider adding more cilantro to your diet, which can chelate mercury OUT of your system. Cilantro Essential Oil is even MORE effective at chelation. The protocol I use is 7 drops a day for 21 days. Cilantro Essential Oil (safe for internal use) can be found at www.mydoterra.com/avibrantme/

 

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The Smell of Success

 

Can certain essential oils make you smarter?

Mark Moss and Lorraine Oliver from Northumbria University had the same question. They then devised an experiment that would test if the aroma of 1,8-cineole (one of the main chemical components of rosemary) would improve brain performance and mood.

For their experiment they had 20 volunteers perform math and visual tests. Some were exposed to the rosemary aroma for 4, 6, 8, or 10 minutes while some were not exposed at all. After testing and analyzing results, they found that those in the rosemary-aroma room scored better on the test and were in a better mood than those who weren’t. They also found that participants with the higher blood levels on 1,8-cineole (those who smelt longer) had greater speed and accuracy on their test.

So, yes, just smelling rosemary essential oil could make you smarter. Now go diffuse!

Read more about the study here.

Other uses for rosemary essential oils:

  • Diffuse while working or doing homework as it can stimulate memory and open the conscious mind.
  • Use topically for muscle aches and tension.
  • Dilute with fractionated coconut oil and use on face for extremely dry skin.
  • Rub on problem areas to help treat cellulite.
  • Put a couple drops in shampoo to help with dandruff, thinning hair, and to help promote hair growth.
  • When using internally, dilute 1 drop rosemary essential oil in 1 tsp. honey or 4 oz. of beverage.
  • Blends well with basil, frankincense, lavender, peppermint, eucalyptus, and marjoram.

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

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