We’re living in a world of rampant illness; 70% of us are are both overweight, and on at least one medication. 70%. The good news: 86% of those meds (and the money spent on them), are for Life Style Conditions. That means we could reverse or at least lessen the condition through Life Style.
Because we can control our life style; we have tremendous power to improve our immunity, our mood, our energy, and our weight with the steps we take to be healthy every single day.
Here’s the thing: good health isn’t going to fall on our heads like rain, we have to pursue it. Essential oils (EOs) are a great tool in that pursuit. Here’s how my family and I use EOs.
Mea Culpa: a couple of years ago, way after I was deeply into real whole foods, stress management, and using herbs and supplements instead of drugs, I was a total skeptic when it came to essential oils. I knew nothing about them – I’M STILL LEARNING/NOT AN EXPERT AT ALL.
I’m not a doctor, and I’m not pretending to be one. My General Practitioner probably wouldn’t use an Essential Oil if you paid him. But I do.
And I love them! EO’s are amazing!! The more I read and learn and use them, the more convinced I am that we sure veered off track when somehow we believed that pharmaceutical medications, with all their side effects and placebo effects and risks, were the only way to treat our ills.
They’re not, much of the world uses essential oils, and has for thousands of years. The Magi brought frankincense and myrrh to baby Jesus. How exceptional is that?
Is there research on them? Oh yeah! More and more regular MDs are promoting and using them; here’s both examples and resources for you to use if you’re interested in EO’s for your health.
Wintergreen Oil for pain relief: why? wintergreen oil contains compounds called “methyl salicylate”; menthyl salicylate is an integral ingredient of nearly every anti-arthritic and analgesic balm for muscle and joint pain that is currently available on the market.
From a Dr. Jon Barron newsletter: One reason for wintergreen oil’s analgesic effect is because the methyl salicylate found in the herb is a substance that is similar to aspirin. Did you know that one teaspoon (5 mL) of wintergreen oil is equivalent to approximately 7000 mg of salicylate or 21.5 adult aspirin tablets? That just might explain why it is used in high concentrations in deep liniments such as Bengay to help treat joint and muscular pain. Studies have shown, however, that it is more effective for acute rather than chronic pain.
Here’s a study from Pub Med showing methyl salicylate’s incredibly similar effects to aspirin in an anti-platelet (blood thinning) study for heart disease sufferers. Wow! Aspirin’s really rough on the stomach, how wonderful to have an alternative that’s not.
Oregano Oil: anti-bacterial/fungal/viral/parasitic. This one’s a powerhouse. From Dr. Mercola:
Carvacol and thymol, two phytochemicals in oregano, are powerful antimicrobials. Research has shown essential oils from oregano may kill the foodborne pathogen Listeria4 and the superbug MRSA (making it a useful addition to hand soaps and disinfectants).5 According to one of the researchers involved in the MRSA study:6
“We have done a few preliminary tests and have found that the essential oil from the oregano kills MRSA at a dilution 1 to 1,000. The tests show that the oil kills MRSA both as a liquid and as a vapor and its antimicrobial activity is not diminished by heating in boiling water.”
Yesterday morning I sliced my hands in 2 places cutting peaches. We were planning on spending the whole afternoon in the Shenandoah River, paddle boarding. I applied oregano oil before we left to each cut, and brought it with me in a cooler with an ice pack, so I could apply it again after we got out. The river’s full of bacteria, so I protected myself.
For more science on Oregano oil, go here, and here. That second link is to 33 Pub Med studies on Oregano oil and it’s effectiveness on everything from bacteria to candida to encouraging liver regeneration after hepatitis. Seriously!
Shelby tends to get stomach aches and nausea; ginger oil has become our #1 go to for it. We dose it 2 ways: rubbing some on her stomach, or putting a little swipe of the oil on the inside of her cheek. It’s fast and it works. Ginger chews and real ginger are fantastic also, but when you’re nauseous, it can be hard to get that stuff down.
Girlfriends, if your mom argues with you about this, tell her the rules have changed since her kids were young.
Anyway, what to do when your child has an ear ache? Garlic oil and tea tree oil. We used these last year on Shelby and they worked FAST. Check out Dr. Axe’s protocol here.
Hopefully I’ve piqued your interest, and if you’ve clicked on any of the links, you’ll see that Essential Oils aren’t woo-woo, at all. I really really encourage you to learn as much as possible about them, because I’m barely scratching the surface in this Post.
Let me wrap it up with my Skin Care Routine, which is ALL about the essential oils and other fats.
I’m 50, I went through Menopause about a year and a half ago; I spend a lot of time outside. Preface: I’m not saying this because I’m proud, I’m saying this because I’m pleased: my skin looks pretty good. I think it’s because I quit using soap and all conventional products years ago, and just started washing my face with an organic scrub once a day, and using only organic lotions. I think not slathering chemicals on my skin was a good start. But two winters ago, I began getting little lines on my lips and checks; panic sunk in. I quit the organic lotions and started using homemade coconut oil/shea butter/cocoa butter/olive oil and Essential Oils.
(Read the ingredients in Clinique Dramatic Difference Moisturizer here. It’s gross.)
The lines REVERSED. REALLY!! I’m not saying I have the skin of a 20 something ( I live with three 20-somethings, they have a freshness…) but I don’t have (big/many) wrinkles yet! ( I also added way more fat to my diet, and gelatin/collagen – critical to skin formation.)
What I use after my homemade lotion: Rose Hip Serum, Clary Sage, Geranium Oil, and Frankincense. I use the serum every night, but the oils I rotate nightly. I’ve also used Carrot oil, and Myrrh. I’ll probably change this up as I continue to age, and learn more. But right now, it’s totally working for me. If you want to read more about skin and EO’s, check here, and here, and here.
Again, I want to say I’m just scratching the surface, but Essential Oils are so fun and effective and – for myself and my girls – addicting! I’ve made sure all my daughters have their own Essential Oil stockpiles for both home, school, and travel, and that they know how to use them. The more we learn and use them, the more we want to learn and use them.
What brand do I recommend? A bunch. I started with DoTerra, which along with Young Living are the two biggest names in EO’s. However, they’re not the only names. I buy from my local health food store, Natural Market, whom I trust to examine their vendors authenticity; but I have other brands I trust also. Right now, Plant Guru is one of my favs.
Take your health into your own hands! We spend more money on our health through medications and doctors and surgery’s and procedures THAN ANY COUNTRY IN THE WORLD, AND YET WE’RE THE SICKEST AND THE FATTEST – IN. THE. WORLD.
To me, that means it’s time for a change. Besides, who doesn’t want to look and feel better?