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Plants are the main source of essential oils. Humans were created with plants. Our physical makeup is based on the same organic molecules. We’re subject to similar environmental stressors, the only difference is that plants are stationary, and can’t walk away from insects, and things that harm them.

It’s therefore no surprise that the chemicals developed by plants for protection and environmental adaptation are powerful agents. Those agents also work within the human body, too. Essential oils change, and adapt. They morph into whatever chemical cocktail will best support the plant’s survival. It is this adaptiveness that has caught the interest of scientists and medical professionals. A plant fights hard for survival; and we benefit from that fight by using essential oils.

Disease-inducing organisms are a major threat to plants, inducing dozens of different varieties of disease. Fungal, bacterial, and viral infections wipe out about a third of domesticated crops annually, and plants in nature are no safer. Additionally, there is widespread plant destruction caused by herbivores and insects. Luckily, secondary metabolites provide plants with innate defense mechanisms to protect them against these destructive predators.

Plants have a sophisticated means of responding to attacks by herbivores and disease-causing organisms. When being attacked by an herbivore, a system called the Induced Resistance (IR) pathway is activated. This pathway causes the secretion of compounds that work to kill the microbes, heal wounds, and repair damaged tissues. Many of these protective compounds are essential oils.

 

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iTovi – A great tool for the trainer

The @iToviscanner is a great tool for trainers who want to recommend essential oils, and supplements to their customers. A simple body scan can determine what essential oils and supplements are needed before and after a workout.

Through scientific technology and a patented algorithm, the pocket-sized iTOVi scanner provides a personalized recommendation of supplements and oils. Our scanner does not treat, cure, or diagnose any medical conditions, but rather focuses on personalizing recommendations of the best natural supplements and oils that the user responds to most.

Since every individual’s biological composition is unique, there is no single supplement or oil that works best for everyone. A scan from an iTOVi scanner may interpret what your body reacts to and suggests/recommends products that may improve overall health.

Lack of sleep, sickness, stress, and other health issues are only a few of the handful of factors that can prevent our bodies from reaching optimal equilibrium. Through the help of the iTOVi scanner, we can communicate better with our bodies to achieve this balance by knowing what supplements they respond to most.

The personalized results from a scan can help provide an encouraging roadmap to begin to achieve your body’s optimal equilibrium. It does this by sending small electrical currents through the body then measures the vibrational frequencies found within the body and compares them to frequencies contained in supplements, oils, and vitamins.

Once the scan ends, the frequencies are recorded, analyzed, and compiled into a personalized iTOVi report. The iTOVi mobile app will then recommend the oils and supplements that your body had the best reactionary response to.

iTovi’s Mission is to provide customers with the very best innovative tool for their business and/or personal wellness. As they continue to research and develop the iTOVi scanner and the platform, they do so primarily with customers’ health and wellness in mind.

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Essential Oils and Exercise

From the outset trainers have been anxious to learn about the safety and benefits of essential oils, knowing that when they can pass along the benefits of a powerful, natural product to their athletes it makes a real difference. Over time, trainers’ confidence in essential oils has grown as they have used the products themselves and seen the performance of their athletes improve. The doTERRA Athletes Kit is great for pre and post workouts.

Whatever sport you participate in, trainers recommend using different oils in both pre and post-workouts.

  • Before any workout or therapy use Deep Blue Rub, and then reapply post workout.
  • An AromaTouch® Hand Technique treatment before or after an event can help relieve tension.
  • Pre-workout some runners like to use Peppermint or doTERRA Breathe essential oil for a feeling of clear airways. Apply four to five drops to the chest five minutes before exercise or an event.
  • Post workout, apply Lemongrass to calves.
  • Also try White Fir, Wintergreen, and Frankincense essential oils during post workout for muscle tension.

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Is it Safe to Ingest Essential Oils?

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Contributed by Dr. Joshua Yorgason, MD  – Otolaryngologist (Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeon), Member of doTERRA Medical Advisory Board

Each type of oil contains a mixture of natural chemical compounds unique to that species of plant and to the environment in which the plant is grown. For thousands of years, humans have ingested plants in the form of food as well as plant parts and extracts as herbal health products and teas from leaves and flowers, which contain essential oils.

One could argue that it should also be safe to ingest essential oils in small quantities, just as we have been doing when ingesting plants containing essential oils. Because they are produced naturally by plants, essential oils are found in naturally balanced mixtures. Then why is there an ongoing concern about the internal use of essential oils? Internal use can not only be very effective, but is also safe. Oils first have an effect on local tissues.

The local effect may be felt more strongly when applied internally compared to when applied to the skin because the nerves in the mucosa are closer to the surface, often more numerous, and can be more easily stimulated compared to the nerves in the skin. Although the skin is thicker and seems to be less fragile than the mucous membranes, the reality is that similar to the skin the mucosa has many features that are protective, and therefore conducive to the use of essential oils.

Like skin, the mucosa has many layers designed to protect the body against disease and toxic exposures. And similar to skin, the mucosa has an ability to constantly restore itself and to regenerate after harmful exposures, such as trauma from teeth or heat from foods that can cause ulceration.

The mucosa heals an open sore very quickly, so it can resume its protective function. The mucosa also has thousands of mucous glands that secrete mucous to create a protective film over the tissues. The mucous is continually being produced and continually migrating as the cilia beat, limiting any local exposure.

When essential oils contact the mucosa, they are absorbed to some degree at the initial point of contact, but much of the oil will be continually diluted by the mucous. Rapid absorption and constant dilution allow the oils to have a dramatic yet temporary effect, which explains why any sensation you have in the mouth or throat from essential oils taken internally is temporary. Because the mucosa is designed to be protective, essential oils can be safely used internally.

The premise of all of these discussions is that essential oils could be harmful when taken internally. However, studies suggest just the opposite. Essential oils may actually be protective to the mucosa. Many studies show that essential oils can have a positive effect when there is a problem with the stomach’s mucous membranes.* For example, limonene, found in citrus oils, was shown to help protect the stomach mucosa in a preclinical study.(3) This protective effect was shown without affecting normal stomach acid secretion, gastrin enzyme secretion, or antioxidant glutathione production.(3) Many other studies have also demonstrated similar effects.* (1–6)

Avoiding hot oils that may be irritating to the mucous membranes, using small single use amounts, or using less than the maximum daily amounts recommended, are all safe practices that can help us have confidence in using essential oils internally. If we are using the oils for a local effect, such as to soothe the mouth and throat, then the oils can be appropriately diluted. Internal use of essential oils may be the best method to help improve function of the gut and improve digestion, because the oils can get to the area of need.

Taking essential oils internally may be a very effective method to get the oils to be absorbed into the body to promote health and wellness, for an overall soothing effect on the body, and for a calming effect on mood. Using the appropriate amount of oils in Veggie Caps or prepackaged in the appropriate amounts in softgels can be an effective way to take essential oils internally so that they can be maximally absorbed by the gut for a whole body effect.

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Autumn Aroma

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The weather in New England never ceased to amaze me when I lived there. It could go from a sizzling summer day to full-on autumn in the blink of an eye.  That “autumn state of mind” is what I miss most about Boston. That 60s and below chill in the air, those bright gorgeous oranges, golds, yellows and reds against a blue flawless sky, and the smell of fallen leaves is what I miss most. When I first moved to California, my college room-mate sent me pressed leaves from Connecticut. She’ll never know how much that meant to me!

Autumn is my favorite season. Here in California we don’t pack away the flip-flops and flimsy summer outfits until almost November. We continue to have warm days, but despite the lack of fall pizzazz here in Southern California, the Fall soon brings cool nights, and morning fog.  Autumn is a time for high school and Monday Night Football. NBA Basketball creeps its way into our home at the end of October. The days grow shorter and the nights are longer. Somehow this “autumn state of mind” prepares my body to long for quiet indoor days, curled up with a hot mug in hand, reading by the fire. Autumn brings cornucopia foods to the table. Fresh squash and yams, apples, pears and cranberries. Stews, Chilies, and roasts soon fill up the house with warmth and succulent aroma.

Kick off the Fall season by filling your home with the aromatic benefits of essential oils. Diffuse clove, rosemary and orange essential oil. Clove provides anti-bacterial properties, while Rosemary promotes clear thinking, and Orange burns toxins in your body.

 

Caring for Your Essential Oils

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Now that you have your essential oils, and are beginning to use them regularly, it’s important that you store them properly. Although essential oils do not become rancid, they do oxidize, deteriorate and lose their beneficial therapeutic properties over time. Oils such as citrus oils will oxidize and begin to lose their aroma and therapeutic properties in as little as six months, especially if they are kept in the heat. The aroma of essential oils such as Patchouli and Sandalwood mature with age. Make sure to store your oils in amber or cobalt blue bottles. All essential oils should be stored in a cool dark place. Value your essential oils, they support you and your family’s health, and should become an essential part of your lifestyle.

Frankincense

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Ahhh Christmas. Its the time of year for giving, and a significant tradition that we as Christians hold dear to our hearts each year as we celebrate the birth of Jesus.

The Wise men traveled a great distance from the East to bring gifts to the Baby Jesus. This Christ child must have been pretty important. We don’t know much about the wise men, we’re not even sure how many there were. Jesus was well over a year by the time they arrived.

Matthew 2:11 NIV
[11] On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.

Why bring such precious and valuable gifts to a baby? The wise men thought they were going to see a King, so they brought gifts of royalty, they did not know the savior of mankind would be a child. “He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David” (Luke 1:32).

One of the precious gifts they bought from afar was Frankincense. It is considered the holy oil. The gift of frankincense given to the Christ Child symbolized His holiness. His willingness to freely and wholly give Himself up as a sacrifice for our sins.

Frankincense is the gum or resin from the Boswellia tree. It was a very expensive substance because it was collected in remote parts of Arabia, North Africa, and India. Today Frankincense essential oil is obtained by steam distillation of the dry resin. Frankincense has a lemony, musky odor, and is used to help arthritis, asthma, depression, memory, inflammation, and skin disorders. Some studies suggest Frankincense may have anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties.

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Frankincense Essential Oil Regimen

I love the aroma of Frankincense oil. It’s an essential oil used for many health issues. I use Frankincense to remove several skin tags that I have on my neck. I applied just a small amount of Frankincense oil on my neck each day for about a month. The skin tags are gone.

What is a skin tag?

Skin tags are common, acquired benign skin growths that look like a small, soft balloons of hanging skin. Skin tags are harmless growths that can vary in number from one to hundreds. Males and females are equally prone to developing skin tags. They happen to be hereditary in my family. The medical name for skin tag is acrochordon.

Skin tags are bits of flesh-colored or darkly pigmented tissue that project from the surrounding skin from a small, narrow stalk (pedunculated). Some people call these growths “skin tabs.”

Early on, skin tags may be as small as a flattened pinhead-sized bump. While most tags typically are small (2 mm-5 mm in diameter) at approximately one-third to one-half the size of a pinky

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Skin tag facts

  • Skin tags are very common but harmless small, soft skin growths.
  • Skin tags tend to occur on the eyelids, neck, armpits, groin folds, and under breasts.
  • One person may have anywhere from one to over 100 skin tags.
  • Almost everyone will develop a skin tag at some point in their life.
  • Middle-aged, adults are most prone to skin tags.
  • Removing a skin tag does not cause more to grow.
  • Some people are just more prone to forming skin tags.
  • Treatments include freezing, tying off with a thread or suture, or cutting off the skin tag.

(http://www.medicinenet.com/skin_tag/page2.htm)

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