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Essential Oils Series – Peppermint

One of my favorite all around oils, Peppermint, is a very popular and powerful herb that has a strong, clean, fresh, minty aroma. It is one of the oldest and most highly regarded herbs for soothing digestion…not to mention a powerful aroma that many people have come to love over the years, throughout its many uses!

Jean Valnet MD studied peppermint’s supportive effect on the liver and respiratory systems. Other scientists have also researched peppermint’s role in improving taste and smell when inhaled. Dr. William N. Dember of the University of Cincinnati studied peppermint’s ability to improve concentration and mental sharpness. Alan Hirsch MD studied peppermint’s ability to directly affect the brain’s satiety center, which triggers a sensation of fullness after meals.

This powerful essential oil is often diluted before topical application. Peppermint may also be used to enhance the flavor of food and water. It is also excellent to reduce inflammation and the menthol (34-44%) and methone (12-20%) create a cooling effect. Peppermint has an approximate ORAC of 373,455 (TE/L). TE/L is expressed as micromole Trolox equivalent per liter.

Key Constituents:
Menthol — 34-44%
Menthone — 12-20%
Menthofurane — 4-9%
1.8 Cineol (Eucalyptol) — 2-5%
Pulegone — 205%
Menthyl Acetate — 4-19%

Peppermint oil is known to be anti-inflammatory, antitumoral, anti parasitic, antibacterial, antiviral, anti fungal, a gallbladder/digestive stimulant, and to have pain relieving properties.

I love to add a drop of peppermint oil to a glass of hot water or herbal tea~ there are many ways you can incorporate this oil into your life:

  • Inhale by adding a drop or two to the palms of your hands, rubbing together, and cupping over your nose & mouth for energy & mental clarity
  • Add topically to your temples or neck, or put a drop on your tongue for a burst of energy to enliven the senses!
  • Massage several drops of peppermint on to the abdomen or inhale to soothe minor stomach discomfort
  •  Add a drop to coffee to create a peppermint espresso-like flavor!
  • Add a drop to bath water for sore muscles & for relaxation
  • Place a drop on temples and one on the tongue to aid in relief of sinus pains or headache
  • Use to make your own household soaps and cleaning products
  • Add a drop to fragrance-free castile soap for a minty hand soap

How to Use: For dietary, aromatic, or topical use. When using as a supplement, dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid such as goat’s or rice milk. Possible skin sensitivity. If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Dilution recommended for both topical and internal use. Do not apply neat to a fresh wound or burn. Dilute before using on sensitive areas such as the face, neck, genital area, etc. Keep out of reach of children. Avoid using on infants and very small children due to Peppermint’s strong menthol constituents. Avoid contact with eyes, mucus membranes and fresh wounds or burns.

Field of Peppermint! – Probably smells amazing!

There are many other ways of using this specific oil, play with it and see what you come up with! As with any essential oil, if you think you may have a skin sensitivity, always test a spot on the skin before using topically or internally. Refer to the essential oil user’s guide for information on which oils are safe for internal use and which ones should be diluted or used with special care. As with any essential oil, use with care and discontinue use if you have any kind of allergic reaction.

Testimonials about Peppermint Oil from www.oil-testimonials.com:

“If I get heartburn, indigestion, queasiness, gas, or any other stomach/intestinal symptom, I take about 4 drops of peppermint oil in a small glass of water. No matter what the issue is, the peppermint makes it go away within minutes. Peppermint is also anti-viral, and this past winter when lots of people around me had the stomach flu, I took peppermint every day and didn’t get sick.”

-Cynthia Tahtinen

WI, United States

“My daughter has had migraines for years and has had poor results with traditional prescriptions to treat them. We’ve found that a drop of peppermint oil under her tongue along with an application on her neck and temples takes the headache away in short order! I also use peppermint for “everyday” kinds of headaches and it works great! No more ibuprofen for me!”

-Julie Janisse

OR, United States

For more information about this or other essential oils, give us a call at 541-344-8912 or visit us in Eugene, Or.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.

Essential Oils Series – Thieves

There are many oil blends out there which have incredible properties, but none more impressive than the subject of this post: Thieves!

This blend contains a powerful combination of oils that are known to be highly antibacterial, antiseptic, antiviral, and anti-infectious, making it a super addition to any immune-boosting regimen.

The name, Thieves, comes from research about a group of 15th-century thieves who covered themselves in essential oils to avoid contracting the bubonic plague (also called the Black plague) while robbing the bodies of the dead and the dying. The plague was said to have been so contagious that those who touched the dead or the sick were immediately affected themselves, which usually lead to death. When the thieves were apprehended in Marsailles, France 1413, they were offered more lenient punishment in exchange for revealing their secret to resisting the infection. The thieves disclosed a combination of herbs and oils they had used. These oils are the basis of the Thieves oil blend recipe.

Thieves essential oil blend contains the following oils:

Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon Bark, Rosemary, and Eucalyptus 

According to the Essential Oils Desk Reference – Fourth Edition,

“Studies conducted at Weber State University (Ogden, UT) during 1997 demonstrated its killing power against airborne microorganisms. One analysis showed a 90 percent reduction in the number of gram positive Micrococcus lutes organisms after diffusing for 12 minutes. After 20 minutes of diffusing, the kill-rate jumped to 99.3 percent. Another study against the gram negative Pseudomonas aeruginosa showed a kill rate of 99.96 percent after just 12 minutes of diffusion.”

Research conducted at Weber State University in cooperation with D. Gary Young, as well as other documented research, indicates that most viruses, fungi, and bacteria cannot live in the presence of many essential oils.  Oils high in phenols, carcacrol, thymol, and terpenes, such as those found in Thieves oil, are especially useful for this purpose.

These oils are not only beneficial when diffused, but can also be used in the home and in a variety of natural living products such as toothpaste, floss, mouthwash, hand soap, and waterless hand purifier. Young Living offers these products as alternatives to the harsh chemicals present in most cleaning and home products. If you are looking for a non-toxic way to keep your immunity high, and your body and home clean and smelling fabulous, Thieves is your blend!

One way you can use the power of this essential oil blend to boost your immune system this cold and flu season is by utilizing the Thieves lozenges in combination with Young Living’s Inner Defense supplement, which contains a combination of essential oils including Thieves blend, Oregano, Lemongrass, and Thyme.

In fact, this month Young Living is offering a special promotion featuring Thieves and other immune-boosting products. Visit our Essential Oils page to check it out! 

For more information about this incredible oil, listen to the following audio clip:

Boost Your Internal Defenses with Unequaled Products
By Doug Corrigan, Director of Training and Education

Use with care and discontinue use if you have any kind of allergic reaction.

Testimonials about Thieves Oil from www.oil-testimonials.com:

“We just love the Thieves oil blend. For colds and flu, go for Thieves. Sore throat? A drop of thieves in water, gargle and swallow. Or try Thieves spray – one spray does the trick. Thieves lozenges are great, too, especially for the little ones. Thieves cleaner is ‘my’ cleaner for everything, from cabinets and high chairs, to all bathroom fixtures, doorknobs and dishes. Thieves toothpaste is a must, and safe for the whole family.”

-Virginia Chavey

TX, United States

“I just started using Thieves again last night after I had dinner with a friend who said she was ‘coming down with something’ and had a sick co-worker. I use it during the fall and winter to help prevent colds and flu. I rub it on my gums and then touch my finger to my tongue. I also use it on my palms and bottoms of my feet. It has helped me tremendously. This weekend I’m going to order the Thieves spray cleaner for my phone and desk at work, and for the bathroom & kitchen at home.”

-Kathy Montana, Energy Worker

NY, United States

For more information about this or other essential oils, give us a call at 541-344-8912 or visit us in Eugene, Or.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.

Essential Oils Series – Lavender

Many people who are new to essential oils say things like, “But what will I ever use these for?” and “I’ve never needed essential oils before, why would I start using them now?”  With this in mind, and in order to help inform and educate people with questions such as these, as well as to re-excite those who already use and appreciate the properties of these natural plant essences, we are starting a series which will fill you in on some of the goods as to how and why essential oils work and how they can be applied to your life. Each post will focus on an individual oil or blend and how it can enhance your life both physically and mentally. Essential oils are more than just wonderful smells. While most of the oils and blends do have a pleasant aroma, there is so much more to these volatile oils than meets the eye. There is also a big difference between essential oils you purchase anywhere, which are likely to be diluted or cut with fragrances other than the oils and their essences, and 100% pure therapeutic grade essential oils.

More on that in future posts, but today I want to focus on one specific amazing oil: Lavender.

Known as the “swiss army knife” of essential oils, this beautiful plant is amazingly versatile and one of the most powerful plants for natural remedies of both physical and emotional stressors. French scientist René-Maurice Gattefossé, regarded as the Father of Aromatherapy and the one given credit for the word itself, discovered the healing virtues of the lavender plant when he burned his hand during an experiment. He is said to have stuck his hand in a tub of lavender, only to find that the burn healed very quickly and with little scarring, teaching him of the plant’s ability to promote tissue regeneration and speed wound healing.

Calming and relaxing, and known to help balance energies within the body, lavender belongs to the mint family (Lamiaceae or Labiatae). According to the Essential Oils Desk Reference (fifth edition):

“University of Miami researchers found that inhalation of lavender oil increased beta waves in the brain, suggesting heightened relaxation. It also reduced depression and improved cognitive performance (Diego, et al., 1998). A 2001 Osaka Kyoiku University study found that lavender reduced mental stress and increased alertness (Motomura, et al., 2001).” 

Lavender is not only refreshing and stimulating for the mind and body, it can also help with restful sleeping. Add a drop or two to your pillow/sheets before bed. It can also be inhaled for relaxation, just apply 1-2 drops to palms and gently rub palms together before cupping hands around nose and mouth and taking a series of deep breaths. Apply it neat (directly to the skin) to burns, cuts, and scrapes for faster healing time and lessened scarring. Apply with massage oil or carrier oil to sore muscles or other aches and pains, can also be applied neat to the skin. Apply 2-4 drops to chakras to help with energy balance, and/or to Vita Flex points. Diffuse in an essential oils diffuser.

Use with care and discontinue use if you have any kind of allergic reaction. You can also try using a blend containing lavender oil such as: Aroma Siez, Awaken, Brain Power, Dragon Time, Envision, Forgiveness, Highest Potential, M-Grain, R.C, and Trauma Life, or make your own blend. Lavender blends well with Clary Sage, Nutmeg, any citrus oil, and others.

Testimonials about Lavender Oil from www.oil-testimonials.com:

“I always carry lavender in my purse. No matter what the problem, lavender seems to help. I have arthritis and fibro, so I rub it on my painful & numb feet, any sore muscles, my thumbs, knees, shoulders, and neck. It helps for relaxation too – I put a drop under my nose or on my earlobes. For a cut or burn, lavender aids in healing (for cold sores too.) If I have any problem and am not sure what oil to use…I depend on my lavender. 
–Darlene Staples
WI, United States
“I used lavender on my sunburn and it took the pain RIGHT away. I am new to the oils so I was very surprised and excited. I diluted it in a bit of grape seed oil.” 
–Heidi Neiss
NM, United States
For more information about this or other essential oils, give us a call at 541-344-8912 or visit us in Eugene, Or.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.

Young Living Winter Harvest 2012

Happy New Year! We hope you are all having a great start to your new year and that you will take some time these next few months to come and see us!

You know those amazing oils we love to tell you about by the wonderful company, Young Living Essential Oils? Well it’s winter harvest time for them, which means fresh Pine and Balsam Fir! We wanted to share this video with you put out by the company, about the winter harvest, that you might find interesting. It’s great to see that company owner Gary Young takes such a hands on work ethic with the oils and is physically there helping to harvest the materials used in making the oils!

For more information about Young Living Essential Oils, contact us today!