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Frankincense Oil: Salvation for the Del Duca Family

When many people hear the word frankincense they think of the Three Wise Men and their gift for baby Jesus. For Tracy Del Duca and her 9-year-old son Sebastian, however, frankincense oil brings to mind a miracle of a different kind.

“Essential oils have completely changed our lives,” says Tracy. And if anyone should know about life changing events, it’s the Del Ducas.

The youngest of five children, Sebastian was only 22 months old when he snuck through a hole in the fence at a church softball game. Trapped on the inside Tracy watched in horror as he headed toward the street and into the path of an oncoming car. Tracy screamed out to alert the driver but the elderly woman became flustered and hit the gas instead of the brake. Little Sebastian was thrown about 80 feet.

His injuries were extensive. His heart stopped at the scene but a paramedic got it re-started. Doctors determined almost every bone in his body was broken and his head was too swollen to insert a shunt. Still he remained alive and so too did the family’s hope.

After months of Sebastian in a coma, the doctors told the Del Ducas there was nothing more they could do and they essentially sent him home to die. Tracy did not give up, however. Instead she got busy.

“We did a bunch of research into all these alternative health practices and every time we’d bring something to the doctors they’d laugh at us and tell us it was futile,” she remembers. “But once they had absolutely nothing else they could do for him it gave us carte blanche to look into all these alternative therapies we found—and we found many of them to be very beneficial.”

With the help of a chiropractic neurologist, the Del Ducas began weaning Sebastian off all of the drugs. He had been in a coma for about two years but as the medications worked their way out of his system something miraculous happened. He woke up.

Not surprisingly Sebastian still has health challenges. One recurring problem is seizures that can strike at any time. Over the years there have been times of less seizures and times of more. At one point after a bout of encephalitis he wound up back in the hospital and back on anti-seizure meds which put him into another coma.

Again the Del Ducas weaned him off the drugs and had some luck keeping the seizures at bay with various alternative treatments. However, within the last seven months the seizures have returned. On average Sebastian suffers three to four a month but sometimes they can be as frequent as several in a day. Given their past experiences, the Del Ducas felt they had to find an alternative to the traditional anti-seizure meds.

A friend told Tracy about a YouTube video of a family who used an essential oil containing frankincense to control their daughter’s seizures. The next time Sebastian had a seizure Tracy grabbed the frankincense, put a drop on his head and a drop on each toe and after two seconds the seizure stopped. Ditto the following seizure.

“It’s uncanny. There are many things we do that we know help with seizures but this is just amazing,” she says. “It’s gotten to the point I have a school teacher who comes to the house and once in a while takes him to the library and she won’t go anywhere without frankincense oil in her pocket because she has seen what it does.”

Tracy is a convert and encourages anyone wanting to learn about frankincense and other essential oils to do their homework. As a place to begin she recommends several books on essential oils by Dr. Gary Young along with his website Young Living.

“To have something like this is huge,” Tracy says. “I can’t begin to tell you how much it has enhanced our lives.”

Kristen Stewart is a freelance writer specializing in health, nutrition, parenting and lifestyle topics. To learn more, visit her website at www.kristenestewart.com.


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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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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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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