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So I haven’t done an oils primer in a bit and I wanted to get back on track with the series. Purification is an oil that we use here regularly for different things, but nearly always for cleaning out wounds and preventing infection.

Purification is a blend of oils, including: Citronella (Cymbopogon nardus), lemongrass (Cymbopogon flexuosus), rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), Melaleuca (Melaleuca alternifolia), lavandin (Lavandula x hybrida), and myrtle (Myrtus communis).  It’s got a fresh scent that is lemon-y and clean (the latter part is Young Living - Purification Essential Oil - 15 mllikely from the Melaleuca).

I’ve used this oil when I’ve hit my fingernail and separated it from the nail bed (ouch!) – no amount of any sort of anti-microbial agent is easy to get under the nail, but oils drip nicely in to that tender area.  Mark has used it on a cotton swab in his ear when it’s bothering him – it lessens his pain and works to insure that any material which might be the root of the pain is cleaned out.  A friend of mine used it to remove the sting and pain from a bee sting for her son – combining Lavender and Purification rapidly took care of all symptoms from the bee sting.

Purification also works as an insect repellent – if you dilute several drops of oil in a small bottle of spray water, you can use it like a traditional bug repellant, without the worry of chemicals or propellants in a can.

If you add a few drops of Purification to your shoes, you’ll neutralize shoe odors (especially useful if you have tween and teen aged boys!).  If you include Purification in your wash water, your laundry will be fresher and any odors in your machine will be reduced.

You can also diffuse Purification to cleanse the air of odors, including things like “wet dog smell,” and remove impurities from the air you’re breathing.

Purification is a useful tool in our essential oils arsenal, and when paired with Thieves oil, we’re protected from most microbial concerns that would otherwise require medical or chemical intervention.  If you’re interested in purchasing Purification, you can drop me a note if you’re local and I can tack it on my monthly order; if you’re not local and want to order it, I can easily set you up as a customer of Young Living yourself.  The retail price is $23.36 for a 15ml bottle; if you’re tacking on to my order, you’ll save 20% on the retail price. There is no shipping, but there is tax added on to the price of the oil(s).

Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) is one of those scents I always hated.  After talking to different people, I figured it was either Love Young Living - Lavender Essential Oil - 15 mlLavender, Hate Lilacs, or Love Lilacs, Hate Lavender.  Lilac is still one of my favourite scents and I’m going to miss the sweet purple blooms this spring, but I’ve found something interesting:  I don’t hate lavender anymore.

When my starter kit (Everyday Oils) came with not one, but TWO bottles of lavender oil in it, I thought, “Well *this* will last us a long time….”  I used it sparingly, and mostly on Brendan (to help him relax before bed).  But what I discovered was that Young Living’s lavender EO is different than the lavender scented “stuff” I’d smelled in the past.  The artificial (or less-than-top-quality) products with lavender oil I’d used in the past had a musky, off-scent to it that was disagreeable to me.  This lavender is far “cleaner” and its scent is actually pleasant, not one that I try to avoid.

So what does lavender EO do?  Most people know it for a calming, help-you-sleep benefit, but we use it on mosquito bites (yes, even in the desert, there are a few flying around) with spectacular success, on cuts and scrapes, on cotton balls for earaches and ear infections, and to reduce stress.

Lavender is well-known as a burn-healer; Rene Gattefossé was a French scientist who was badly burned in a laboratory explosion and tested lavender oil to see how it healed his burns.  Miraculously, it did just that.  In ancient Greece, a physician/botanist/pharmacologist named Pedanius Dioscorides extolled the medicinal benefits of lavender oil, and Romans used it in baths and to deter insects. Shakespeare even wrote about lavender in The Winter’s Tale and included a recipe in the play for lavender tea.  It’s been around for centuries and used medicinally for equally as long.

Japanese researchers have found what they believe to be a link between lowered serum cholesterol and improved coronary blood flow in men who have been exposed to lavender as an aromatherapy treatment, suggesting that one’s coronary health can benefit from the relaxation induced by lavender.

The science behind these ancient oils really fascinates me – in some ways, I think we’ve almost come to the end of ourselves with our over-dependence on laboratory-created supplements and medications, which bleeds over in to an interest in a back-to-basics, more natural way of caring for our bodies. The fact that scientists are still studying lavender and its benefits amuses me, but empirical evidence that backs up what history has known for ages is always good, I suppose.  :)

Lavender oil is one of the less-expensive oils in our arsenal of essential oils; a 15ml bottle is $27.30 (plus tax), and local customers are welcomed to contact me to tack on to my order for a savings of 20%.  Our two little 5ml bottles of lavender are almost gone, and as much as we use it now, we’re due a larger bottle.  I never would’ve thought that I’d use lavender like I do, but I’m delighted to have such a potent and useful EO in our home.

My first introduction to Thieves oil was one of wrinkling my nose.  The oil was strongly scented and honestly, I wasn’t terribly sure that I wanted an oil with such a negative name and connotation.  What I didn’t know was the tale behind the name and how incredibly effective this proprietary blend of oil is.

Thieves is a blend of cinnamon, clove, lemon, rosemary, and eucalyptus oils, and has been shown to be 99%+ effective against pathogens like flu, colds, and even black mold.Young Living - Thieves Essential Oil - 15 ml

The name comes from the legend of the 4 French thieves …

During the time of the Black Plague in the 1300s, people were afraid to even enter the home of one who had died of the plague.  Known as Black Death, the causes were unknown, but the survival rate was dismal enough that no one wanted to risk exposure.  Four thieves, who were apprentices in apothecaries, combined five aromatics and put it on themselves.  They then went around Paris and robbed bodies of gold, possessions, etc., entering homes of those who had known to die from the Black Death.  Upon the apprehension of the thieves, the magistrate was amazed and impressed and offered the men a lighter sentence in exchange for the information on how they avoided contracting the disease.  The men complied, and this is where the proprietary blend comes from today.

Nowadays we know the Bubonic Plague came from fleas on rats, but at that time, it was thought to be just about anything, including spiritual in nature.  These aromatics in combination not only ward off fleas and the Black Plague, but also flu and cold germs, black mold, and other airborne and surface contaminants and pathogens.

We use Thieves both in cleaner format (Young Living has created a line of products based on the Thieves blend) and on our feet.  It might sound strange to put an essential oil on your feet, but every single part of your body is represented in the different meridians on your feet.  Acupuncture & reflexology practitioners have known this for thousands of years, but we in the western world have only recently gotten on board with this information.  Your sinuses are represented on your feet at your toes – the tops of the toes and a corresponding band around the bottom of the toe.  We put Thieves on our toes on a regular basis in order to boost and support our natural immunity.  When we’re sick, we’ll put it on our feet more than once a day and have healed from colds much more quickly than we have in the past.  We also diffuse the oil in a cool-air diffuser and breathe in its benefits as well as use the waterless hand-cleaner with Thieves and the household cleaner.

A friend of mine reports fighting black mold in her home and following all the instructions for ridding your home of the stuff – and failing miserably.  In desperation, her husband used the Thieves cleaner when chlorine bleach failed to prevent the mold’s regrowth and found it worked beautifully.  We don’t have a mold problem here in Arizona (it’s a tad too dry for that), but if we ever did, I’d be whipping out the Thieves cleaner to kill it and make sure it didn’t return.  And the best part of all of this?  There are no antibiotics, harsh chemicals, or anything else that makes me queasy about using it with my family.

Thieves oil retails for $41.78 for the 15ml bottle, but if you are local and tag on to my order, you can save 20% on the price.  If you’re not local and would like to become a customer, shoot me an email.  I’m happy to help you get set up.  As always, there’s no pressure at any level – just sharing what I’ve learned with you.  :)

Oil of oregano (Origanum vulgare) is a strong (sometimes called “hot”) oil with strong medicinal purposes.  You’ll find oregano oil in many natural spray cleaners and sprays that will kill germs like Lysol™ will – because of its antiviral and antibacterial properties.

I’ve known about oil of oregano for a few years, but only second-hand.  My mom has a cousin whose wife takes two drops of oil of oregano as a prophylactic every day – she drops it in to a veggie-capsule and downs it that way.  It’s specific to her particular life and health, but I logged that information in my brain and filed it away for future use.  :)

Fast forward to getting involved substantially in essential oils:  I knew that I wanted oil of oregano on hand for any infection or illness we might encounter.  You see, we’re investing in oils as part of our healthcare regimen.  Our insurance stinks – all except the HSA-part – and our deductible is so high that it’s in our best interest to stay healthy.  Well-visits are covered, but if there’s anything that goes on the coding sheet at the doctor’s office other than a well-check (in other words, anything discovered during the well-visit that needs attention), we get to pay ALL of the costs of that visit and the insurance pays nothing. It’s good to be attentive and ask questions about the coding, as well as talking to the physician about the care you’re receiving, but honestly – if we can take care of ourselves here and not risk paying on our deductible… it’s more than worth our investment in essential oils.

The oregano oil is very vibrant and strong and can be used topically and internally, although cutting the oil’s heat with a carrier oil (I like olive oil or coconut oil) is strongly recommended.

Mark brought home some crud last month that threatened to take us all out – but I was the last one standing.  I rubbed Thieves and peppermint oils on my feet religiously and made sure that my D3 dosage was above-normal.  I woke up on a Sunday morning, knowing that I had to speak and serve in kid’s ministry that morning, but feeling like a chipmunk.  My lymph glands in my neck were all lumpy and swollen and it hurt to swallow – not a good sign of things to come.  I left the bedroom and started reading up on a therapeutic dose of oil of oregano to kick whatever was bugging me and found that most people drip it in to an empty veggie or glycerin capsule and swallow it.  I had cinnamon capsules, but I couldn’t open them and exchange the cinnamon for the oil, so I decided that dripping it in a glass of raw milk and chugging it was the next best thing.  I’d never taken it before and reasoned, “How bad can it be?”

I soon found out.  Methodologically speaking, it was a great option – the milk cuts the heat of the oil in the stomach.  But HOLY COW IT WAS STRONG!  My throat was raw, so it stung after chugging the cup, and I’ve never before (or since) eaten an entire Cutie tangerine in two bites.  But the wild thing was that within ONE HOUR, my glands were back to normal.  My throat had ceased to hurt, and although I still has drainage from my sinuses that was bothering me, I felt perfectly well to go to church and talk.

It’s dramatic – and that afternoon, Mark & I ran to a health food store and picked up glycerin capsules.  I dripped oil of oregano in them along with about 12 drops of olive oil and handed them out to everyone the next day, and doggone if that bug didn’t pack up & get out of Dodge.  I did drip a bit on the top of a finger while filling the capsules – and it itched for several hours, so I’m careful now to either wear gloves or make sure that I also drip a carrier oil on my hand where the oil of oregano has been.  It’s stern stuff.

Young Living’s oil of oregano is $36.51 per 15ml for a straight retail purchase, or 24% less if you’d like to purchase it through me.  As always, there is ZERO pressure – but if you’re interested in using it, there are discounted options for ordering.  It’s a fantastic oil with a broad spectrum of uses, and I won’t be without it, especially during cold & flu season.

I’m starting something new here at A Mother’s Heart – partly for you and partly for me.  As we’ve forayed away from traditional medicine and in to more natural remedies, we’ve had pretty darned good success.  And because I’m one who would rather write than talk (yeah, I almost never meet the “number of words a woman speaks” by the end of the day [unless I’m on the phone with Elizabeth]), it seems good to write down what I’ve learned and continue to learn.

By way of disclosure, I am a Young Living distributor, but I don’t *do* anything with that, except order oils for our family at a discounted rate.  If you’re local, I’m happy to order oils for you and share the benefit of my discount, but I’m never going to pressure anyone in to becoming a distributor or signing up.  Ever.  I’ve done the MLM-thing before and it didn’t end well – and I like these oils too much to spoil it for myself.  😉

Peppermint oil (mentha piperita) is one of the first oils I tried – I’ve officially given one of my two bottles away and replenished the supply so  that we have it on hand when we need it.  YL’s Peppermint is very strong, and its medicinal value is high in our home.  We use it to cure headaches, to stimulate our minds (alertness), to relieve sinus pressure and pain, and (for me, especially) to release earache pressure.  We’ve learned to not rub it in our eyes or get it too close to our eyes (because they water at its strength), but it’s one of the first oils we reach for if we feel “off.”

It’s hard to describe what the sensation of the Peppermint oil is, but I assure you, it’s FAR more than the old York Peppermint Patty commercials used to talk about – it’s fresh, cold, and very, very minty.  When applied topically to the temples, forehead, or sinus areas, you can feel it “sinking in” as it were and relieving the congestion and pressure.  Mark had a headache for hours a month or so ago and nothing got rid of it.  I encouraged him to put some peppermint oil on his temples and the back of his neck – and within a 10 minute time frame, his hours-long-headache was GONE.

I’ve also moistened a small part of a cotton ball with it and then placed the i0 where my sinus cavities are, especially right before going to sleep.  The sinus pressure is alleviated and I sleep very soundly after application of the oil.

We have yet to use it for digestive issues, but it can be taken internally (a few drops in a glass of water or in an empty capsule) or applied topically to an area of the abdomen with digestive discomfort and the pain is gone quickly.  One of my friends used it (topically) on her baby who had terrible acid reflux for about a week and after that, there was no more acid reflux and no more need for acid-reducing medication.  Pretty impressive!

Because the FDA is what it is, Young Living and any other natural distributor of essential oils cannot make health claims about their products – they must rely on the testimonials of individuals to spread the word.  So when you go to a website to look at oils, be aware that these stories cannot legally be conveyed, else they risk prosecution by the FDA.  There are many sites around the web that talk about the benefits and uses of essential oils, and if you ever have a question, feel free to shoot me an email.  I’ll research the answer and get back to you.

Look for more installments in this series in weeks to come

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