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Essential Oils Kill Bacteria by Dr Steuer

Two simple plant-based essential oils have the ability to break-up and kill certain bacteria.

Bacteria have the ability to change their genetic makeup overtime, for their own self preservation, they have their own defense mechanism. The result is that, once very useful antibacterial medications are no longer effective.

Dr. Steuer explains in this video that by combining melaleuca (tea tree) and oregano creates a very effective anti-bacterial solution.

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Heal Sunburn with Essential Oils

With the summer season in full swing, now is the time to combat sunburn and restore healthy skin. Essential oils, known for their anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties, can be used to soothe redness, burning, and blistering that come as a result of being overexposed to the sun.

Sunburn occurs when one’s skin is overexposed to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun or an artificial light source, like a tanning bed. Each person reacts differently—some with minor redness, others with more severe blisters or peeling of the skin—so it is important to take necessary precautions both before and after sun exposure.

That being said, if one’s skin has burned, prompt treatment can decrease skin damage and speed up the healing process. There are various essential oils, formulas, and sprays that are particularly useful for the two-part experience of sunburn: relieving pain and healing damaged skin. The following options can serve as a guide.

Relieve Pain
Tea tree oil (Melaleuca oil)
Excellent for post-sun relief, this essential oil comes from the wild tea tree bush native to Australia and New Zealand. Filled with over 98 compounds, and usually clear to pale golden in color, tea tree oil rejuvenates dehydrated skin and alleviates stress with it’s pleasant, camphor-like scent. The cooling properties of tea tree oil are akin to mint and are refreshing in cases of sunburn.

Heal Damaged Skin
Lavender oil
A member of the mint family, lavender’s anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, anti-fungal, and antibacterial properties work to quickly heal damaged skin. Lavender essential oil contains aromatic molecules called esters which work as a tonic for irritated skin cells. Lavender oil increases circulation, prevents blistering, and heals skin so that scars and pain are minimized. For a quick home remedy, you can even make your own sunburn spray using lavender oil.

Homemade Sunburn Spray
Ingredients:
– 1/2 cup water
– 2 tablespoons pure aloe vera gel
– 10 drops pure lavender essential oil
– 10 drops pure peppermint essential oil
– A 4 oz. (or larger) spray bottle

Directions:
Mix ingredients together well and pour into a spray bottle. Spray onto skin, allowing the spray to dry. Re-apply as often as needed.

While using essential oils to treat sunburn, keep in mind that they are extremely concentrated and have the potential to burn or irritate skin when used alone. Utilize a carrier oil—an oil derived from the fat in plants, usually from the seed, nut, or kernel—to use as a base. Some common carrier oils are olive oil, coconut oil, grape seed oil, jojoba oil, and safflower oil. Most essential oils and carrier oils can be bought in health stores or online.

Lastly, while essential oils are useful, preventing sunburn is the easiest way to avoid pain and skin damage. Use sunscreen before and during sun exposure, and cover susceptible areas with clothing.

Written by Nicole Kagan

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  • 1. Snyder, R. (n.d.). Natural Remedies for Sunburn. WholesomeOne. Retrieved May 21, 2014, from https://wholesomeone.com/condition/sunburn-natural-treatments
  • Tea tree oil. (2014, December 6). Wikipedia. Retrieved June 14, 2014, from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tea_tree_oil
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  • What are Carrier Oils?. (n.d.). What are Carrier Oils?. Retrieved May 21, 2014, from http://www.aromaweb.com/articles/whatcarr.asp
  • 20 Great Uses for Tea Tree Oil. (2011, June 26). Care2. Retrieved June 14, 2014, from http://www.care2.com/greenliving/20-great-uses-for-tea-tree-oil.html#ixzz34cTHRbhT

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How Essential Oils Heal

As essential oils grow in popularity, many people want to know more about their benefits and healing properties. We spoke with Scott Johnson at Young Living Essential Oils last week and asked him a few questions about how these fragrant and powerful oils work.

According to Johnson, PhD and director of Global Education and U.S. Sales at Young Living, “one of the things that makes essential oils so special is their ability to rapidly absorb into the human body.” The reason for this is that essential oils are fat-soluble nutrients, so they are attracted to the lipid (fat) membranes that surround our cells. “They penetrate our cell membranes, delivering nutrients to various cells and tissues to support health,” explains Johnson. Compounds of essential oils can be detected in the blood within minutes if applied topically on the skin.

Furthermore, essential oils can be used in a variety of ways, both internally and externally, and they have unique healing properties. If you’re using an essential oil to treat sore muscles, for example, it might be best to apply the oil topically. If you want to cleanse your body, however, you might take the essential oil internally. “It all depends on what you’re trying to accomplish,” affirms Johnson.

Natural essential oils are made through a unique distillation process that involves extracting oil from plant material or resin. There are several methods—essential oil can be steam-distilled, hydro-distilled with the use of water, or cold-pressed with the aid of citrus oil that comes from the rind of the fruit.

Because essential oils are potent, rapid, and very volatile, people with certain conditions—like pregnancy, epilepsy or fever—must be especially cautious while using them. If you’re pregnant, stay away from oils that have phytoestrogens (like anise, clary sage, fennel, and mugwort), as these may stimulate uterine contractions. Also keep in mind that some oils (bergamot and citrus oils, for example) are photosynthesizing, so if you go into the sun with them they may discolor skin or create depigmentation.

That being said, essential oils are generally very safe to use. Indeed, the safety and natural benefits of essential oils were qualities that led visionary founder Dr. Gary Young to the creation of Young Living in 1993. A pioneer in essential oil study and production, Dr. Young made essential oils more readily available to people through a wholesale business model. He also helped spread awareness about the health benefits of each essential oil, and established Young Living’s five-step Seed to Seal process—“seed,” “cultivate,” “distill,” “test,” and “seal.” This process ensures the purity of each essential oil and serves as the foundation for Young Living’s distribution of essential oil around the world today.

Written by Nicole Kagan

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  • How do I choose and use essential oils?(2013, July 16).
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Toxin-Free Lice Remedies are Safer and More Effective

Louse In The House!

When my kindergartener was sent home from school with lice, I did what most Moms do – freaked out. I went into the drug store, purchased the medicated lice shampoo and the furniture sprays filled with neurotoxins, followed the directions on the boxes, and felt completely confident that these tiny parasites would be annihilated. Unfortunately, despite my best efforts, the treatment did not work. Soon, all three of my girls had heads full of lice and I did too!

Freak out number two: This time, I called the pediatrician and received a prescription for an even stronger lice shampoo. We all treated our hair with something that smelled like gasoline and burned like acid. I did the treatments out on our deck because the fumes were choking us. My young children, ages 6, 5, and 3 at the time, were crying, eyes bloodshot, coughing and spitting from the toxic fumes.

Lessons From The Trenches Of Chemical Warfare

Lice were dropping out of their hair, but I worried that whatever was in that stuff was being absorbed into their bloodstream through their scalp and breathed into their tiny lungs. Furthermore, this was the third chemical treatment I had used on my young children in a short period of time and despite my doctor’s advice, I was feeling increasingly uncomfortable with these methods. Furthermore, it wasn’t even working! I was so emotionally and physically exhausted from months and months of ineffective treatments and almost $500 in the hole from all of the expensive products.

I began researching non-toxic, natural remedies to treat lice and was appalled to discover that mainstream products contained ingredients categorized as pesticides, nerve poisons, and carcinogens. Furthermore, studies have shown that the over-use of these toxins create a breed of “super lice,” which I believed our family had. No amount of poison can destroy them!

Non-Toxic Lice Solutions

It’s 99% about the combing. No matter what lice treatment option you use, the most important tool in eradicating lice is the COMB. Invest in a good lice comb from the drug store. I love the Rid RIDvantage, red handled comb with metal teeth which cost about $10.00.

It’s 100% about the tenacity and patience. It seems easier to douse a head with chemicals, do one comb through then repeat the treatment as instructed 10-14 days later. Truthfully, a bit of elbow grease, a ton of patience, and good follow-through is all it takes to rid your household of lice without exposure to overly expensive pesticides, toxins, and nerve agents.

Basic Steps To Non-Chemical Lice Treatment

  • Step 1: Wash hair. There are many suggestions for what to wash the hair with but the idea is to get the lice sedate enough so you can comb them out. When they are submerged in water they go into a dormant state which allows you to better “catch” them when you comb.
  • Step 2: Condition with a heavy conditioner. I use Suave coconut scented. This allows the teeth of your fine tooth lice comb to glide through the hair. Conditioning also helps loosen up the “glue” of the lice egg on the hair shaft allowing easier removal.
  • Step 3: Combing. With hair only slightly towel dried, prepare your “combing station” with a small container of hot water, a washcloth or napkin, lots of hair clips and your good lice comb. Divide hair into small sections. Comb through each section of hair multiple times at multiple angles with the fine side of the comb. Be very methodical and deliberate. Gently scrape the comb along the scalp (where the new eggs are laid) and follow through down to the ends of the hair shaft. Dip the comb frequently into a container filled with water and/or wipe comb on a napkin. Even if you don’t think the comb is working, you will be amazed to see little tiny black things floating in the water or on the napkin. These little black dots will be either eggs or tiny bodies of the newly hatched nymphs. The grown lice are about the size of a sesame seed and light brown in color while nymphs (babies) are half the size of a poppy seed and appear black. You will likely have to pick many eggs out by hand, but the comb is best for the nymphs which are the new generation of egg-layers, the ones that bite and make your head itch, and can never seen in the actual hair with the naked eye.
  • Step 4: Blow dry hair on the highest heat setting when finished combing. If you own a flat iron, section hair and flat iron. Any eggs you miss with the comb and/or with hand picking will hopefully be burned with the high heat.
  • Step 5: Rub a lice-deterring oil into the hair, such as tea tree oil or coconut oil. Longer hair should be kept up in a tight braid. Read labels carefully as many lice sprays contain toxins.

Repeat this entire process every day for 10 days. After the tenth day, it is advisable to go through the five steps about a week later and once a month preventatively afterwards, especially following a sleep-over or other activity where chance of exposure might be high.

During the 10-day treatment, launder all clothing, bedsheets and towels in hot water and dry on high heat. Vacuum all couches, mattresses and car seats, bag up those plush items that cannot be washed and store them for two weeks. Boil or freeze hairbrushes after each use. Change sheets and pillowcases each night during the 10-day treatment.

It certainly is easier to use mainstream lice products, but not necessarily safer for our kids, less expensive, or (sometimes) even as effective.

With some tenacity and lots of commitment I promise you can rid your family of lice safely and naturally.

Written by Alicia DiFabio, Psy.D.

Alicia DiFabio, Psy.D. is a freelance writer with a doctorate in psychology. Her personal essays and parenting articles have appeared in various newspapers and magazines. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and four girls, one of whom has extensive special needs. She can be found writing about her adventures in parenting at her blog, Lost In Holland

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Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint essential oil is a powerful antiseptic oil and is used to destroy bacteria, viruses, and parasites found in the digestive tract.

It also helps to alleviate sinus and lung congestion, irritable-bowel syndrome and the itching associated with ringworm, herpes, scabies, and poison ivy.

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Respiratory Essential Oil

Respiratory essential oils are commonly a blend of myrtle, spruce, peppermint, pine, lavender, marjoram oils and varieties of eucalyptus oil.

The intent is to relieve congestion, coughing, and difficult breathing.

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Lemon Essential Oil

Lemon essential oil is derived from a lemon peel, is antiseptic and antioxidant.

Use it to treat viral and bacterial infections, aid with digestion issues, and boost immunity.

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Thieves Essential Oil

Thieves essential oil is a blend of Clove, Cinnamon Leaf, Rosemary, Lemon and Eucalyptus.

Mix thieves and purified water into spray bottle to kill bacteria and harmful germs.

By spraying in front of the A/C unit, the mixture travels through the filter onto bed covers, sheets, pillowcases and bathroom counters.

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Essential Oils for Managing Emotions

This guide offers ideas for how to use aromatherapy and essential oil treatment for addressing different emotional states. It was originally produced and found on the Holland & Barrett website.

Essential Oils for Managing Emotions


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Remove Makeup with The Oil Cleansing Method

Rachael Pontillo speaks often about her battle with acne when she was younger. Clearly (no pun), she’d won the battle and by using natural products.

In this video posted on her website, HolisticallyHaute.com, she details two common myths when it comes to facial oil cleansing. She also walks through the process of removing her own makeup using jojoba oil.

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Simple Lavender Oil Treatments for Eczema

If you suffer from eczema and are sick of taking medication that only provides short-lived relief, lavender oil may be a new option for you. As an alternative to conventional treatments that merely suppress symptoms, lavender oil can be used as an all-around restorative agent.

The oil’s antiseptic, antibacterial, and anti-fungal properties benefit mild cases of eczema (atopic dermatitis), as well as create a sense of stability for balanced skin. Lavender oil has been valued for hundreds of years as a natural remedy for skin conditions, as it brings circulation to skin cells that suffer from irritants and stress. It is especially rich in aromatic molecules called esters, which are antispasmodic, tonic, and pacifying. Its cicatrizant properties, which assist restoration through formation of scar tissue, help heal all kinds of wounds and burns. It is a powerful anti-inflammatory for the skin and was even used as an antibacterial in hospitals during World War I.

Lavender oil is effective at soothing eczema and the variety of symptoms that accompany it. While the most common sign of eczema is an itchy rash, eczema sufferers also exhibit bumps, blisters, redness, scaling, and abnormal pigmentation. Doctors usually treat these symptoms with prescription creams that contain steroids and antibiotics. They also recommend antihistamines, immunosuppressants, hydrocortisone, immunomodulators, prescription-strength moisturizers, corticocosteroids, and ultraviolet light therapy to patients who need more support.

While pharmaceutical treatments are helpful, they only suppress symptoms and do not heal the root of the problem. As a result, patients tend to rely on medication for symptom alleviation.

Lavender oil can provide a broader spectrum of relief to eczema sufferers. Unlike the common antibiotic and steroid creams that can be addictive for people with eczema, lavender oil addresses the skin from the inside out. Lavender oil gently eases irritation, works to promote a healthy balance of nutrients on the skin, and acts as an effective stress-reducer. This powerful healing property of lavender oil is due to the aromatic compounds that enter into the bloodstream and travel to the limbic system, the part of the brain that is often called “the emotional brain.” Lavender oil’s treatment of stress is especially vital as stress is one of the primary causes of eczema skin flare-ups.

For a simple eczema treatment, make a homemade spray following three simple steps.

  1. Add 10 drops of essential oil to one cup of water (distilled or tap water work fine).
  2. Pour the mixture into a spray bottle and close tightly.
  3. Shake well and spray on affected areas.

Or make lotion supplemented with lavender oil.

  1. Buy a fragrance free lotion containing Shea butter or vitamin E (Burt’s Bees Fragrance Free Shea Butter & Vitamin E Body Lotion works well).
  2. Add 10-15 drops of lavender oil to the container.
  3. Mix well with a spoon.
  4. Rub lotion into the skin gently.

In addition, you can also make a vegetable oil-based treatment.

  1. Purchase a nut or vegetable oil (coconut or sesame oil, for example) to use as a base.
  2. Add 15-20 drops of lavender oil to the container.
  3. Shake well and use the mixture topically on eczema when needed.

While you could also apply pure essential oil in ‘neat form’ directly to small affected areas without dilution, this may be too harsh for skin due to the oil’s strength and purity. Start with one of the techniques that combines lavender oil with a water or oil-based substance, and see how skin reacts from there.

Keep in mind, too, that lavender oil should be avoided for people who are pregnant, have epilepsy, or a fever. Some essential oils contain miniscule amounts of neurotoxins, which may have a convulsant effect. Because essential oils are potent and highly concentrated, they can have a significant impact on a system prone to sensitivity. As always, be sure to consult your physician before use.

Lavender oil’s multifaceted healing properties—whether antispasmodic, antibacterial, or anti-fungal—can be used to supplement existing eczema treatments. Lavender oil allows skin to restore, renew, and heal in a natural and gradual way.

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  • Lavender uses. (n.d.). Retrieved from www.netherfield.co.nz/lavender-uses.php
  • The Franklin Institute Resources for Science Learning (2004). The Human Brain-Stress. www.fi.edu/learn/brain/stress.html

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History and Use of Essential Oils

Essential oils are liquids that are generally distilled by steam or water from the leaves, stems, flowers, barks, or roots of a plant. Once extracted, the oils can be used for skin treatment, mood enhancement and other health benefits.

The infographic found at BulkApothecary.com displays a history, the different types and various uses.

History and Use of Essential Oils