Throwback Thursday: Why we Named our Daughter Tiger

When you name your firstborn something like Tiger you should prepare yourself to answer the question, “where did that come from?”

I totally get it. It’s a pretty wild name. (no pun intended)

Like most free-spirited types, I tend to make emotional decisions pretty fast. Feel first, think second- I guess that’s just the way I was built.

When I say “feel” I don’t mean irrational, 100% emotion based decision making. What I mean is being led by spiritual, guttural pulls. Something very primitive or even instinctual.

When I discovered I was pregnant, I knew she was a girl, and I knew we would call her Tiger.

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I’ve had over a year and a half to think over my “why.” To get a feel for who she is becoming, and what we had imparted to her by calling her “Tiger.” After all, a name is significant. It’s the entire identity of that human summed in to a single word, and one that they will answer to every day, from birth till passing.

Age aside, my daughter is brave, charming, intellectual, and above all, strong.

In American culture, a “strong name” is almost always associated with manliness.

The name Tiger is strong, brave, and fierce, which are all adjectives associated mainly with masculinity. At the same time it also has a feminine edge- something almost mystical and very beautiful.

Her name has taught me that all those “masculine” sounding adjectives are not 100% conflicting with feminine energy.

The feminine qualities of submission and respect are often viewed by our culture in a very negative light. For a long time I thought those qualities were distasteful in a woman, because I believed they somehow conflicted with equality or were simply invented by men to control women. This mindset had me identifying with mainly masculine energy and an inability to “let go,” or trust.

Submission & respect are strong words. To accomplish either of these it takes a complete acceptance of self and an awareness that their is unbelievable power in honor and in putting someone else first.

I believe this is why the modern feminist movement is so profoundly masculine, and has lost the instinct to nurture almost entirely. They value self more than anything (or anyone) else- puffing themselves up and commanding power in a very demeaning way (to both themselves, and the opposite sex).

Until a woman can identify with her feminine energy she will have constant battles in her relationships (often with weak or broken men who don’t feel content because they cannot fully identify in their own role!), an inability to “let go” of her control, a lack of self love (leading to the inability to truly believe anyone else can really love her), and a lifestyle of anxiousness, panic, distrust, and frustration.

Tiger’s name symbolizes everything I wish to pass on to her, and to teach her to be. A self-aware individual. Fully embodying what it means to embrace the feminine spirit in a very powerful way.

Water Fasting, Cancer, and Frankincense.

I did a 5 day water fast in the month of July. It was life-changing, healing, renewing, and something I will now commit to on an annual basis. This is also the protocol I would follow to rid my body of cancer, if I ever became sick.

My PERSONAL protocol. I’m not a doctor, and I’m not YOUR doctor.

Why is detoxing important?

We are the first generations of humans living in such high levels of pollution, radiation, injecting ourselves with heavy metals, and consuming such toxic foreign junk that our bodies just can’t keep up…it’s a chemical reaction. Our bodies cell receptor sites become clogged, which effects and limits the function of the entire body system.

Here’s what you should know about cleansing-

There are liver detoxes, intestinal cleanses, cellular detoxes, and many, many, many other types of cleanses, detoxes, and fasts. If you are suffering from any kind of dis ease in the body, it could be your body telling you it’s time for a reset.

Our body naturally forces us to fast on it’s own when it’s too sick to heal. Our body will become feverish, forcing us to drink lots of water, sweat, and often go short periods without eating.

You may need a cellular detox if….

You live in the city & your body absorbs high levels of pollution.

If you are inhaling anything synthetic with a smell.

If you eat lot’s of sugar and processed foods.

If you use chemically bath products. …All of these common toxins clog your body’s “pores” or filters. Your liver is not the only filter in your body. Every cell is protected by filters which can become clogged over time due to our increasingly unnatural and harmful environments.

The experts I’ve heard on the subject suggest cleansing every 6 months for best results and optimal vitality.

Cellular detox was my main focus for the water fast, but I also incorporated an intestinal cleanse for the sake of cleanliness. Your cells cannot function at 100% when your body is filled with garbage.

The next time I do a water fast (post pregnancy & breastfeeding) I will keep a journal. I wish I had this last time around…I highly recommend keeping a journal or written record of your journey!

My experiences:

The first few days were very emotional (a flood of chemicals are being pushed from the body during detox…even light detox like massage therapy with do this)! Despite my emotions being a little off, my head was strangely “sober” and clear.

Essential oils also didn’t take as long to effect my pineal gland. I would apply meditation and grounding oils like Young Living Frankincense and Northern Lights Blue Spruce to my forehead and have enlightening thoughts, experiences, or increased spiritual awareness almost instantly.

My body wasn’t as fatigued as I was expecting. I drank tons of water & supplemented with minerals and antioxidants so my body wasn’t under nourished. I didn’t ever feel like I was dying or super low on energy (I even went sailing on my fourth day!)

When I got over the initial “hunger pains” on the first day I understood those cravings were simply force of habit. My body didn’t need food right away. That realization was what carried me through the next 4 days almost hunger-free.

My sweat was “clean,” and b.o. was non existent after day 5. Your sweat will only smell bad if your body is being stuffed with chemicals, unclean, & dead foods, offsetting your pH. I had no more need for deodorant.

Keep in mind:

Detox isn’t pretty. If you follow my lead, you will be eliminating waste from your cells through your skin, bowels, and sweat. If you are ingesting Young Living oils like I did, don’t use products on your skin filled with synthetics. Your skin will be working to push all that out. Sometimes that looks like acne, a rash, or even pus. It can be uncomfortable at first, but if you keep going your skin will thank you once it’s pushed out everything it needs to. There is a lot of poop involved. I was kind of amazed at how many bowel movements I had on a daily basis, even though I had eaten nothing.

My water fast protocol (this part is super detailed for any of you who may want to try it too!):

Start slow! I began by cutting all processed foods and sugar…then a couple days later I began an exclusively plant based diet (mainly juices and smoothies). I also got my body ready by drinking a gallon of water every day. This entire “lead up” lasted almost a week.

The night before I began Day one, I prepped my Young Living frankincense resin.

Important: I only endorse Young Living resin. Young Living is the only known oil distributor to have a long standing relationship with Oman Frankincense farmers in the middle east. Their superior production standards guarantee a therapeutic product that is more than just aromatic grade. Most of what is sold in the U.S. is synthetic or “perfume grade,” which is only suitable to burn like incense. Young Living’s is medical grade.

The resin can be steeped like a tea and left overnight in a large glass container. I started by only using a small handful of resin & a third of my gallon water for the next day. Frankincense is an excellent cell cleaner. It contains properties which erase mis written DNA and restore it. Don’t believe me? Search “terpenes and cancer” or “frankincense and cancer” on PubMed.

Do *not* steep your entire gallon on Day 1. Your body will absolutely freak out. Detox is a slow process. I used 1/3 of my gallon for two days, then by day 3 was up to a half of my gallon. Day 4 & 5 I used nearly my whole gallon.

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(This is what the Frankincense resin looks like)

Whole Foods has these awesome glass gallon jugs. I recommend one of those regardless of your intention to use essential oils or frankincense tea in your gallon…petrochemicals and cleaning don’t mix. Don’t ever drink from plastic if you are shooting for cellular detox. Don’t ever drink from plastic period.

I also recommend a superior water filter. I bought a Burke before I started this process because the charcoal filter is the best on the market. You can pour red dye into the top container & the finished product is completely clear, clean water. In the event of a crisis where clean water may be unavailable, the Burke will even filter stagnant pond water, so it’s great for any SHTF scenario.

I kept 4 oz of Ningxia Red in my daily routine (Young Livings’ super antioxidant, oil infused juice). The Ningxia Wolfberry is like magic for the immune and circulatory system (more on this to follow).

During the day I added a drop of lemon eo to every glass of water I drank from my gallon jug. I even squeezed a few fresh lemons in my gallon on top of the eo! Lemon is essential to any cleanse because of it’s unique detoxing and cleansing properties.

Lemon…

Kills bacteria (all foods are covered in bacteria. Even organic foods have bacteria, which are considered pre biotic, or beneficial to the gut. Synthetic foods like canned chips or candy also contain bacteria which will kill good gut flora and continue to reproduce causing all kinds of problems)

Flushes the body of petrochemicals (don’t ever add it to plastic bottles for drinking! It will break down the plastic into your drinking water).

Cleanses the liver!

Is Alkaline, so it also maintains your body’s ph. (most people think of lemon as acidic…it’s actually Anionic, meaning it contains a higher number of negative ions than positive. Anionic foods act like stomach acid, saliva, and bile. Lemon pretty much mirrors the work of digestive fluids, making it an excellent colon cleanser.) Lemon EO is a super high concentration of all lemons beneficial properties.

To start my morning I would take 6 tablets of raw spirulina for nutrients and energy, & Young Living’s Mineral Essence (an easily absorbable form of minerals and trace minerals infused with essential oils and royal jelly)

Day 3 is when I took things to the next level. I’m sure you’ve heard of opening up and cleansing the skin with very very distilled vodka. Essentially, small amounts of Vodka will do the same thing to your insides! When I finished all my water for the day (around 5 or 6) I mixed a few tablespoons of diatomaceous earth (in powder form) in a shot of 5x distilled vodka (from glass, remember no plastic!) After I took my shot I immediately began my yoga practice to get the diatomaceous earth moving around! Diatomaceous earth feels very much like baking soda, maybe even a little finer. It is mineral rich, and 89% silica (straight cell food!) Microscopically, it has sharp edges which kills parasites upon contact. It also scrubs the intestinal walls and cuts up any parasites present in the digestive tract. As it passes through, it attracts and absorbs pathogens like bacteria, viruses, protozoa, and fungi, as well as heavy metals and pesticides.

After my yoga I made a mixture with around a cup of vodka, a few tablespoons of living silica, and minerals, which I poured on a clean rag & brushed over my skin to open up my pores topically. This was a full body cleansing. I made a fist with the rag, poured on the mixture, and pretty roughly cleaned my skin in circular motions. The skin on the body is not like face skin, so you can be a little rougher than you would be when cleaning your face skin. After the cleaning mixture I used a dropper of fulvic acid and coconut oil to draw out any impurities which were brought to the surface using a simple gua sha (ancient skin scraping) tool.

Here’s a great video by naturopath Dr. Czar demonstrating this process! The video is real…that black sludge came out of my skin too, just like the video! It was gross, but it’s out!

To finish up my fast I began taking Life5 (an essential oil infused probiotic with a huge strand variety of healthy bacteria cultures) to nurture healthy gut bacteria. The oils make the probiotic more readily available to your cells.

I didn’t jump right back in to solid foods right off the bat. If fasting from all food please be extremely careful not to tear your stomach! Bone broth is an excellent way to finish up a cleanse or fast because it’s packed with nutrients, it’s filling, & it’s also easy for your body to process and digest. Cooked veggies are also easier to digest than raw veggies, so I recommend making a yummy veggie soup! Remember, no meat or anything that would be hard on the stomach…you really don’t want to tear it!

Modifications: If I were doing this to clean my body of cancer, I would up the frankincense intake. I would ingest several vegetable capsules of Frankincense eo daily, on top of the resin tea. I would also up the anti-oxidant (Ningxia Red juice) intake.

Why Ninxia Red?

Antioxidants permeate cell walls and attack free radicals before they damage the DNA of the cell nucleus. They are crucial to fighting dis-ease.

The main constituent of the wolfberry is Lycium Barbarum Polysaccharide (LBP), and according to studies in China, LBP helps cancer patients rebuild their white blood cell count, enhancing phagocytes and the activity of natural killer cells, which bind to cancerous cells, as well as improving major classes of T-cells.

Acetone extract from the Ninxia Wolfberry inhibits gene mutation. Some scientists say the fruit is a good supplement to prevent liver cancer. Also, studies show objective regression of cancer in patients with malignant melanoma, renal cell carcinoma, colorectal cancer, lung cancer, and others.

Remember, I’m not a doctor, and I’m not YOUR doctor. This is simply what I do for cancer prevention. I hope this was helpful!

How to Research Essential Oils

how to researchessentail oils-2When people see me using essential oils on Tiger (my one and a half year old), I am often thrown a few weird looks or approached by some brave or outgoing individual whose interest was sparked. Often, I get “what are those,” or “is that like, one of those essential oil things?” One comment I hear pretty frequently is “My friend uses those on her baby and loves them, but when I googled it there was too much conflicting info for me to feel comfortable using them.” Essential oils are a very broad topic, and there are many concerned mothers and opinionated aromatherapists raging their views all over the internet, so who should you trust?

No one. Trust no one.

Always research & always come to your own conclusions. It’s important to never accept someone’s view for truth simply because they seem qualified or because it’s convenient. Knowing why you believe what you believe (having an informed opinion) is essential to being a self-aware human.

This is a blog of my compiled research & what led me to my own convictions regarding:

oils during pregnancy & labor, general essential oil safety, essential oils and children under 3, and ingesting essential oils.

A few basic guidelines for personal research:

What was the number one rule for citing your sources for papers in grade school? No wikipedia or other “unreliable sources.” If you really want to have enough information to decide for yourself, you must crack open a few books.

This can be a bit tricky since essential oils are a new subject to the Western world. A little digging is required.

Don’t always discriminate sources based on the title the author holds. Education and our modern school system do not always go hand in hand. I can read all the literature on nutrition that’s recommended on a certification reading list and become very knowledgeable on the subject without paying for a piece of paper saying “I’m good at this, you can trust me.” Who are the ones writing the textbooks and pioneering the field? Inventors, creators, and observers, many of whom began the research in the particular field that others are becoming certified in.

The four areas of essential oil study are History, Chemistry, Modern use, & Medical Research. Let’s dig in!

History

Most of my history research came from the internet via aromatherapy institutes, books on the reading lists from the institutes, and online courses. Of course, direct access to ancient writings such as the Egyptian Ebers Papyrus is not very helpful to you or I, unless you happen to be fluent in German, so we need to refer to the scholars who broke it down.

This article has great references to ancient Egyptian, Indian, and Traditional Chinese writings on essential oils and other historic references.

This article has a world timeline of essential oil references including ancient application technique, the invention of steam distillation (our modern and more efficient way of processing an oil),  and the “come back” of essential oils in modern France years before it’s introduction to the US.

One of the biggest essential oil myths is that the oils referenced in the bible were fatty oils such as olive or palm. This is simply un-true. Ancient archeology uncovered a distiller in Pakistan 6500 years old. In Egypt, 350 liters of essential oils were found in King Tut’s tomb, and there are over 200 references to essential oils – frankincense, myrrh, hyssop in the bible.

The History of synthetics plays a huge role in purity and production of essential oils in the west! During the early 50’s essential oils had an “awakening” in the US. Both essential oils and synthetic chemicals came in to play around the same time.

…starting when chemists discovered they could make molecules in the 1870’s. When synthetics are introduced things got interesting. By 1942 (WWII) international trade shut down and synthetics “caught on” because it was cheaper to produce synthetic chemicals than the real deal. Since international trade was banned and the majority of essential oils were produced internationally, oils became unavailable and were substituted with “fragrance,” 90% of which was produced by Procter & Gamble. Nearly all preserving, fragrance, and flavor became synthetic. In 1960 the eo market almost died, but 1985 was the turning point. Today 90% of distilleries from Egypt, France, etc. are gone due to lack of interest in family farming.

I have yet to find a publication connecting the dots between the history of synthetics and the introduction of essential oils to the western world, but when you research one or the other & combine the timelines for yourself it really puts the western view of essential oils in to persepective. 

Many chemistry textbooks dive in to the history of synthetics, but the Age of Molecule by Nina Hall is a great ebook referencing the 19th and 20th century synthetics impact on the West. She is not holistic and this resource does not contain a lick of alternative medicine or essential oil knowledge.

In your research you will find that EO’s were pioneered in the US only very recently, and Gary Young of Young Living was the large-scale pioneer, bringing the essential oil knowledge of other cultures to the West through years of traveling, research, study, and personal analysis. 

Chemistry

Learn about the thousands of different constituents of an essential oil and what each constituent does. Plant chemistry is important because without it no one can tell the difference between therapeutic grade oil and perfume grade. Which is why it’s important to seek out oils from distilleries/distributors who have a history in knowing plant science, not just marketing. 

Do not be fooled by the propaganda from new oil producers. There is a difference between a therapeutic grade oil and a therapeutic grade claim, and there is a therapeutic standard. If a distillery isn’t growing their own crops, using pesticide free protection, fluoride free water, and using a non invasive technique to distill the oil, the medical constituents in each individual plant will mutate. This text in Life Science publishers’ Pocket Reference put’s this into perspective: “Even though an oil may be labeled “basil” and come from Ocimum basilicum, it can have widely different therapeutic actions depending on its chemistry. Basil high in linalool or fenchol is used for its antiseptic properties; however basil high in methyl chavicol is more anti inflammatory than antiseptic.” The distillation & extraction process is unique to each different plant & will have dramatic effects on their chemistry and medicinal action. 

A breakdown of how Young Living set the standard for growing, distilling, and producing our therapeutic grade oil can be found on the “Seed to Seal” website.

A good place to start on becoming more familiar with a plants molecules and bioactive compounds is the textbook Phytochemical Dictionary: A Handbook of Bioactive Compounds from Plants, Second Edition.  

My favorite book by far on the Chemistry of Oils and how they act in our bodies is Chemistry of Essential Oils Made Simple by Dr. David Stuart

The knowledge I gained from plant chemistry was all it took for me to realize where my oil come from mattered. I choose Young Living because they are the only company who can say they own every farm their oils come from and allows anyone (even non members) to explore their farms. No pesticides, no fluoride water, no hybrid seed, no mineral deficient or over used soil. This company was founded by a naturopath doctor who has devoted his entire life to studying plant compounds and molecules and how to properly distill each individual plant to keep those compounds intact in its oil. If a company is “certifying” their own oils themselves based on criteria that they set, not some outside regulator or standard, you can bet those aren’t what you want. An oil can be aromatically pleasing, but have no therapeutic value. In the US an “essential oil” only has to contain 3% pure essential oil to be considered marketable. Most oils produced in the US are synthetic.

Modern use (philosophical differences)-

It’s important to know the philosophical differences between the various methods of application. (Inhalation, topical use, and ingestion)

The Aromatherapy Global Online Research Archives explains these differences well while busting some common toxicity myths.

While studying these philosophical differences, keep in mind that most regions have more respect for ancient and traditional medicines than our western culture. Some of these regions (from non-westernized European countries like New Zeland to rural villages in Asia) are actually healthier than the majority of westerners by leaps and bounds. The infant mortality rate is a huge indicator of the socio-economic well-being and public health conditions of any country. Nutrition, cleanliness, and overall health (eczema, gluten intolerance, allergies, digestion problems, depression, anxiety, ADD, diabetes, heart problems, nerve issues, etc.) are also huge indicators. 

Another important detail to research is how these regions view detox. Common skin reactions to plants like rashes or pus cause fear mongering among aromatherapists and western doctors, on the contrary, these reactions are simply viewed as “detox” symptoms by holistic practitioners. 

Your body has filters on a cellular level. Just like a skin pore, they can become clogged & need to be cleaned. Dirty cell receptor sites (“pores”) will fill with foreign chemicals from bath products, pharmaceuticals, synthetic food, and city pollution. The body will naturally start to dispose of these toxins or “push them out” when the poisoning is stopped via sweat, bowel movements, “skin irritations” like pus or acne. That’s how fever works; the body naturally decides it’s had an overload, so it’s time to sweat. Most doctors now understand the importance of letting the body experience a low grade fever without intervention. Even though detox is a natural process, because there is plenty of cemented junk which has accumulated over time, your body may need a little push (essential oils are a great way to help your body with this natural process because they contain compounds which clean cell receptor sites). Clean by Dr. Junger is a great place to start your detox research. 

Many medical practitioners will advise patients to stop using an oil or plant product if a skin irritation occurs. This is viewing plant medicine the same as synthetic medicine, which I believe is a mistake. Again, this western view of comparing plant medicine to synthetics only reflects the history I mentioned earlier; oils were introduced to the West during the time when science began to “replace” natural with synthetic, believing synthetic to be superior. Going back to chemistry and becoming familiar with constituents- Monoterpenes like carvacrol, thymol, eugenol can cause skin irritations because they permeate the skin quickly. Slow it down with a fatty oil. Just because an oil may burn doesn’t make it toxic. People with fair or damaged skin, vascular issues, or small veins are more prone to skin irritations. No body is the same.

I would also encourage you to read any study which makes claim to disprove eo safety with a critical mind. Look for what kind of oil was used (synthetic vs organic), look for what the eo was tested on (almost always lab rats…some breeds commonly used as lab-rats have DNA issues in their genetics and are already highly prone to disease). What was it fed (genetically modified fruit, hybridized grains or wheat, soy)? Also consider amounts and proportions the animal was exposed to or injected with (anything is dangerous in large doses, even carrots or apples).

There are also plenty of aromatherapy institutions who support more methods of use than inhalation. Here are a few:

NYU Medical Center 

University of Minnesota 

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

University of Maryland 

When I realized the FDA isn’t shutting down oil companies I  further steered in the direction that essential oils are generally safe. In fact, Young Living oils made the FDA’s GRAS list (generally regarded as safe for consumption). It is a fact that the pharmaceutical companies are taking a hit as the demand for natural and holistic remedies increase, so it would only make sense that the FDA would jump on any reason to lock up essential oils and throw away the key. If infants were dying from oil exposure, oils were causing asthma attacks, or even death, the FDA would be shutting these companies down in a heartbeat like they do other supplemental companies and cannabis oil producers like Rick Simpson.

Medical Research

My all time favorite resource is the online medical journal PubMed.com. This journal is widely known and respected in the science and medical community, and easily accessible. This source can be used to find studies on essential oils for specific health ailments. Sometimes the results/conclusions are hard to understand without a medical background, but they are often followed by shorter summaries which are easier to grasp. Try searching for terms like “cancer,” and “frankincense oil,” or “frankincense oil and cancer.” Mix it up. (Hint: if you are uncomfortable with using essential oil or alternative medicine without your doctors consent, bring her a pile of your PubMed studies & ask her what she thinks!)

Other helpful sites:

Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy

National Center for Biotechnology Information

Association for the International Research of Aromatic Science and Education

I don’t discredit personal testimony. I believe the FDA has made it illegal to easily share essential oil testimony simply because it hurts pharmaceutical profits. Should bold claims be made by wholesale representatives such as “this will cure your cancer!” be legal? Probably not. However even as a wholesale representative of an essential oil company who profits from personal oil sales, I should absolutely have the freedom to say an essential oil cured my own cancer, if it did. That being said I take personal testimony’s for what they are- not medical advice, not instruction, just what an individual knows to be true for themselves.

For testimonies I love YLsearch.com.

I referenced Dr. David Stewart’s book Chemistry of Essential Oils, but left out his informational website, which is also filled with oily sciencey goodness.

Other Personal research…

The Missing Link by Gary Young

Introduction to Essential Oil Chemistry by Peter Minke PhD

Anti-microbial studies…

Comparison of 13 essential oils

Lemongrass, Eucalyptus and Tea Tree Oil

Mold

Multi-resistant strains +  Multi-resistant strains

Thieves

Thyme

Thyme and yeast

Cancer Studies…

Monoterpines + Prevention

Colon

Monoterpenes D-Limonene and Perillyl Alcohol

Studies in the works: Hsueh-Kung Lin We followed up on patients taking high dose frankincense oil for their end stages cancer. Although their cancers at this stage were not “reversible”, their blood markers for monitoring liver and kidney functions remained within normal ranges after 3-5 months of oral ingestion. These data will become available once we can reverse end stages cancers. March 2, 2014 at 9:25pm

Ulcer Studies…

Ulcers + Oregano oil

ADHD Studies…

Vetiver + ADHD

Anxiety Studies…

Bergamot + Anxiety

Diabetes Studies…

Neuropathy

Studies in the works: Hsueh-Kung Lin By the way, we are following patients taking “high” doses of Ocotea and Copaiba essential oils for their blood markers. These patients are taking between 50-80 drops a day, and will go for 6 months. These data will become available once these case studies are completed. March 2, 2014 at 9:27pm

Hsueh-Kung Lin We are planning to have continued 9-month octoea ingestion without interruption. The patient is out of all medications at this point. If the 6th month results are good, we will go ahead to publish the results, along with blood markers for liver and kidney functions. Our current plan is to have the patient to take another 3 months, and go off Ocotea. We would like to see whether patient’s glucose and A1c can remain normal without medications and Ocotea. If we can maintain normal ranges for these parameters, we will publish another follow up paper at 18 months following Ocotea ingestion, along with blood markers. At this point, we got a good result at 3-month, and are waiting for the 6th month results. We will report the case study and provide the dosing schedule to everyone, hopefully after a 6-month follow up. March 3, 2014 at 7:12pm

Conclusion? I hope this has helped you decide what is right for you and your family. We love our Young Living oils & came to our own conclusion that they were not only a great alternative to common household and beauty chemicals, but also an incredible source of wellness, vitality, and “cell food.” We have never been healthier. If you’d like your own collection of oils  I recommend Young Living’s Premium Starter Kit! It’s an amazing offer just for newbies that comes with 10 of our most commonly used “every day oils,” a home diffuser for aromatherapy, and a lifetime wholesale membership. This link will walk you through it.

P.S. When you join my team be expecting a welcome phone call from me & a little something something in the mail to help you break in your new collection.

Disclaimer I do sell young living, but I do not make any claims that my product may treat, cure, or prevent any specific health issues.

What is “Cell Food?”

Not my work- but David Stewart is BRILLIANT! I highly recommend his book Chemistry of Essential Oils Made Simple: God’s Love Manifest in Molecules.

THE BLOOD-BRAIN BARRIER By David Stewart, Ph.D.,R.A.

“It was thought for years that the interstitial tissues of the brain served as a barrier to keep damaging substances from reaching the neurons of the brain and the cerebrospinal fluid. Instead of a barrier, it would be more accurate to consider it as a sieve or filter through which only molecules of a certain size or smaller can pass.

Most of the molecules of the substances used in chemotherapy are too large to pass through the blood-brain filter, which is why doctors say that chemotherapy doesn’t work on brain cancer. Some of the smaller molecules get through, but not the whole suite of drugs intended.

Doctors don’t know for sure, but it seems that in order to cross the blood-brain barrier, only molecules less than 800-1000 atomic mass units (amu) in molecular weight can get through. Lipid solubility seems to be another factor which facilitates passing through the blood-brain barrier. Water soluble molecules don’t usually penetrate into brain tissue, even when very small. The molecules of essential oils are all not only small, but lipid soluble as well.

In fact, when it comes to essential oils, small molecules (less than 500 amu) are what they are made of. That is why they are aromatic. The only way for something to be aromatic is for the molecules to be so small that they readily leap into the air so they can enter our noses and be detected as odor and smell.

That is why oils for cooking or massage, such as corn, peanut, sesame seed, safflower, walnut, almond, canola, olive and other oils pressed from seeds are not aromatic. Sure, they have a smell, but you can’t smell them across the room in minutes as one can when you open a bottle of peppermint, hyssop, or cinnamon oil. Essential oils of every species cross the blood-brain barrier.

This makes them uniquely able to address disease, not only from a physical level, but from a more basic and fundamental level-that of the emotions which are often the root cause of physical illness.

A QUICK COURSE IN CHEMISTRY
Because of the tiny molecular structure of the components of an essential oil, they are extremely concentrated. One drop contains approximately 40 million-trillion molecules. Numerically that is a 4 with 19 zeros after it: 40,000,000,000,000,000,000. We have 100 trillion cells in our bodies, and that’s a lot. But one drop of essential oil contains enough molecules to cover every cell in our bodies with 40,000 molecules. Considering that it only takes one molecule of the right kind to open a receptor site and communicate with the DNA to alter cellular function, you can see why even inhaling a small amount of oil vapor can have profound effects on the body, brain, and emotions. Sometimes too many oil molecules overload the receptor sites, and they freeze up without responding at all, when a smaller amount would have been just right. This is why we say that when using oils, “sometimes less is better.” Sometimes more is better, too. Knowing the difference is the art of aromatherapy.

Essential oils are mixtures of dozens, even hundreds, of constituents, all of which are composed of carbon and hydrogen and sometimes oxygen. All essential oils are principally composed of a class of organic compounds built of “isoprene units.”

An isoprene unit is a set of five connected carbon atoms with eight hydrogens attached. Their molecular weight is only 68 amu, which is very small, indeed. Molecules built of isoprene units are all classified as “terpenes.” Terpenes are what make essential oils unique in the world of natural substances.

PHENYLPROPANOIDS are compounds of carbon-ring molecules incorporating one isoprene unit. They are also called hemiterpenes. There are dozens of varieties of phenylpropanoids. They are found in Clove (90%), Cassia (80%), Basil (75%), Cinnamon (73%), Oregano (60%), Anise (50%), Peppermint (25%). While they can create conditions where unfriendly viruses and bacteria cannot live, the most important function performed by phenylpropanoids is that they clean the receptor sites on the cells. Without clean receptor sites, cells cannot communicate, and the body malfunctions, resulting in sickness.

MONOTERPENES are compounds of two isoprene units, which is ten carbon atoms and sixteen hydrogen atoms per molecule- molecular weight 136 amu. There are an estimated 2,000 varieties of monoterpenes. Monoterpenes are found in most essential oils: Galbanum (80%), Angelica (73%), Hyssop ((70%), Rose of Sharon (54%), Peppermint (45%), Juniper (42%), Frankincense (40%), Spruce (38%), Pine (30%), Cypress (28%), and Myrtle (25%). While offering a variety of healing properties, the most important ability of the monoterpenes is that they can reprogram miswritten information in the cellular memory. With improper coding in the DNA, cells malfunction and diseases result, including lethal ones such as cancer.

SESQUITERPENES are compounds of three isoprene units, which is fifteen carbons and twenty-four hydrogens per molecule-molecular weight 204 amu. There are more than 10,000 kinds of sesquiterpenes. Sesquiterpenes are the principal constituents of Cedarwood (98%), Vetiver (97%), Spikenard (93%), Sandalwood (Aloes) 90%, Black Pepper (74%), Patchouli (71%), Myrrh (62%), and Ginger (59%). They are also found in Galbanum, Onycha, and Frankincense (8%). Sesquiterpene molecules deliver oxygen molecules to cells, like hemoglobin does in the blood. Sesquiterpenes can also erase or deprogram miswritten codes in the DNA. Sesquiterpenes are thought to be especially effective in fighting cancer because the root problem with a cancer cell is that it contains misinformation, and sesquiterpenes can erase that garbled information. At the same time the oxygen carried by sesquiterpene molecules creates an environment where cancer cells can’t reproduce. Hence, sesquiterpenes deliver cancer cells a double punch-one that disables their coded misbehavior and a second that stops their growth. The American Medical Association (AMA) has said that if they could find an agent that would pass the blood-brain barrier, they would be able to find cures for ailments such as Lou Gehrig’s disease, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease. Such agents already exist and have been available since Biblical times. The agents, of course, are essential oils-particularly those containing the brain oxygenating molecules of sesquiterpenes.

THE TRIPLE WHAMMY

The big triple punch combination of “PMS” (Phenylpropanoids, Monoterpenes, and Sesquiterpenes) found in essential oils is very powerful in addressing many illnesses, injuries, and disease conditions. That is because this combination offers the following:

First, you clean the receptor sites allowing the proper transfer of hormones, peptides, neurotransmitters, steroids, and other intracellular messengers. (The Phenylpropanoids do that.)

Second, you deprogram or erase the wrong information from cellular memory stored in the DNA. (The Sesquiterpenes take care of that.)

Third, you reprogram the cells with the correct information so they can function properly. (The Monoterpenes do this.)

These three classes of chemical components are why essential oils can sometimes affect a healing that is nearly instant and also permanent. What they simply do is to restore the body back to its natural state of balance and health. While a specific oil may have one or two of these three classes of compounds as its predominant chemistry, all the Biblical oils contain some of all of them. This is one secret to their amazing healing abilities.

So there you have it in a nutshell: The way the blood-brain barrier works and the biochemistry of one of the ways essential oils can help achieve a healing.”

Defense Up

MyMorning oilRoutine*I found The Guardian‘s report on Australia’s new and improved flu shot pretty boring and predictable. The numbers are up to 93,000 this year from 65,000 in 2014, yet there are an outstanding record of flu cases which are even causing a delay in manufacturing due to the “bad flu season in the norther hemisphere” and an apparent need to update two of the three influenza strains.

Stop getting the flu shot.

It doesn’t work.

The mercury alone is a sure fire way to stop your immune system from functioning at 100%.

The best way to prevent the flue is to keep your body healthy. It’s a little more involved than running to Walgreens to get the shot (vaccines satisfy our minds trained to thrive on instant gratification), but in the long run your body will thank you.

I’m not a doctor.  I’m not claiming to cure, prevent, diagnose, or treat. However, I can tell you that I haven’t had the flu in two years since I’ve changed my lifestyle and adopted this protocol. This is coming from the girl who was home schooled and still managed to catch the flu every year. Go figure. 

1. Eat raw organic vegetables every day. Every. Day. A rainbow guys…at least three different colors. You can do it! If you’re looking to start a journey on eating to LIVE and not living to eat, I recommend this gem.

2. Drink a gallon of clean water every day. This will be more or less for some. The recommended amount for the individual  is 1/2 of your body weight in Oz. I’m so in love with our Berkey water filter. The actual charcoal filter pieces seem completely solid and the pores are almost invisible to the naked eye. Berkey actually recommends dropping red dye in the tank to test the filter initially. In a shtf scinario you could even pour pond or creek water in this baby and Voilà! Fresh drinking water!

3. Feed your cells. My favorite way to do this is Young Living essential oils and bio available living silica!

3. Avoid added sugar like it’s the PLAGUE. Sugar is so so so damaging to your immune system. Just eating some cake, cookies, candy, drinking a soda or fruit juice will reduce the white blood cell’s ability to absorb and destroy viruses and bacteria by 75%. Don’t believe me?

4. My favorite minerals! Take them because they matter. Our foods are mineral deficient because of modern farming. We kind of need these to survive. I love these because they actually have a potent electric frequency…if you probe it and connect a light bulb it will actually provide a strong enough current to light the bulb!

5. Keep up on your vitamin C intake. These are what we take.

6. Stock up on Zinc (the US and Canadian governments have made it impossible to purchase organic zinc, so a synthetic version will have to do. Thanks government!) Zinc is a trace element essential for T cells and other immune cells to function properly.

7. Oils, oils, oils!!! They are so good for improving immune function! I take a drop of thieves in my tea every morning (anti viral and anti bacterial) and 2-3 drops of lemon eo in my water throughout the day. Lemon is also highly anti viral, anti bacterial, and anti oxidant (packed with d-limonene) and amazing for the immune system.

8. Probiotics. They do a bang-up job at helping you digest your food folks! New research from Harvard Medical School says “good” bacteria is essential to your immune function. This is what we take.

8. Don’t drink alcohol…it’s poison. Don’t smoke…it’s poison. Purge the “smell good chemicals” like dryer sheets, room spray, toxic household cleaners, and Scentsy…they’re poison.

9. Exercise, exercise, exercise. I’m preaching to myself here too y’all. Don’t like running? Try light yoga or stretching. Don’t like yoga? Try pilates! Kickboxing! Zumba! Hip Hop! Pole Dancing! P90x! Ya got options, so move yo’ body.

If you’d like to order Mineral Essence, Super C chewables, Thieves eo, Lemon eo, or Life 5 probiotic, you can order them here. You will have the option of registering as a retail customer or wholesale member. I recommend the retail customer route if you are just interested in the two oils and few supplements, but if you’d like the package deal (diffuser, 10 everyday oils, and lifetime membership) wholesale is the best way to go! 

If you have any questions feel free to give me a call during my business hours. M-F 8am-6pm  936-203-1366

Stay healthy friends!

Cypress oil voodoo

Lately guys, my skin has been GROSS. Like really, really gross. If you have seen me in the last month, you already know this & I hope I didn’t break your face. I’ve detoxed, I juice, I work out regularly, I’ve been eating clean for a few months now, & I still have horrible acne. I’ve used every essential oil in my collection that’s known for helping acne or irritated skin…lavender, lemongrass, jasmine, rose, etc. Nothing has helped. If anything, it’s gotten worse. The acne on my face is ten times worse than when I hit puberty. It has kept me from wearing make up, going out, socializing, and feeling confident or pretty.

Yesterday, I laid Tiger down for a nap, threw some mask concoction together to put on my face, looked at myself in the bathroom mirror, & completely lost it. In that moment, I had completely let go of any hope I had of ever achieving radiant skin again, so I let myself have a big, ugly cry sesh. When I got off the bathroom floor and went to wash my hands before touching my face again (in hopes of preventing growth of some new bacteria colony that might decide to wreak havoc on some small, unclaimed patch of clear skin that’s been spared on my face), I looked in the mirror and heard “Cypress.”

It hadn’t occurred to me as I was wallowing in a giant puddle of “poor me” that maybe God would guide me in finding healing for my skin. Sometimes I worry about asking for trivial things & I think I should only bring the big stuff to Him in prayer, but that’s pretty silly. I’m beginning to understand more about each part of God (Father, Son, Spirit), and I’m beginning to understand that the Spirit is a gift to us. He is supposed to be our closest friend. The one who we go to when we’re in pain, hurting, need, and also who we go to when we rejoice! We don’t omit the small “trivial” things in conversation with our best friend, so why should we feel like some things are too small to bother Him with? He’s not bothered. He enjoys our friendship & every detail of our lives.

I have never used Cypress for anything outside of a Raindrop massage, so aside from its beneficial properties involving circulation, I really had no idea what it would do for my skin. I brushed off the urge to research right away, because I wanted to step out in faith first. I wanted to show Him that I didn’t need confirmation from Google.

If He said cypress would help my skin, cypress would help my skin.

So, I washed my face, added cypress to some boiling water and let the steam from the pot coat my skin, toned with an ice cube, patted my face dry, then took a small amount of jojoba oil in my palm and mixed it with 3 drops of Cypress essential oil & massaged it onto my skin.

jojoba oil

 

(Most of the time coconut oil is my choice of fatty oil to dilute with, but when I’m putting oil on my face I like to use Jojoba oil as it is similar to the sebum our skin naturally secretes)

I kept applying throughout the day & lo & behold! My face was actually a LOT better this morning. I was excited to find in my essential oil pocket reference that Cypress is actually a preferred oil for complexion. The word Cypress comes from a Greek word “sempervivens” meaning “live forever.” It tightens pores, reduces wrinkles, and gives skin that elasticity we so desire (elasticity is what models & actresses like Marilyn Monroe are trying to obtain by drinking raw eggs daily). In just 24 hours, I’ve seen uh-mazing results in my skin and complexion!

I know what you’re thinking “Cool story, bro” and “this has nothing to do with me”, right? Wrong.

Remember what I said about trying tons of essential oils on my face with no results? There is an important lesson to be learned here.

Everyone has a different chemical make-up. Your body chemistry is not the same as mine. Essential Oils, herbs, tinctures, none of it will affect me the exact same way that it effects you.

It all boils down to how essential oils work:

The properties in the essence of these plants (anti-inflammatory properties, antibacterial properties, etc) work to bring balance to your body. Since oils address the cause of disease at a cellular level, (unlike medication, which only treats the symptoms) and since your cells cannot be compared to my cells, what works for me may not work for you. We have hugely different diets, exercise schedules, toxin exposures, environments, sleep cycles, DNA, etc. Therefore, an oil that brings healing to me, may not bring healing to you.

What I’m saying is, since your case of dis-ease is different than my case of dis-ease (whatever that case may be), the oils that I have success with in certain areas may not work for you in the same areas! I may have acne because of a hormone imbalance, you may have acne due to toxicity from years of toxic makeup clogging your pores.

This is what makes natural medicine less convenient than over the counter junk or prescription drugs. When you start in the direction of holistic medicine, using oils to heal your body becomes somewhat of a guessing game. Don’t get me wrong, most of those guesses are very well educated because we know exactly what components are in Young Living oils & what they do (which is a claim that no other oil company can claim & is also what makes Young Living oils 100% therapeutic grade), but sometimes our first few tries yield little to no result. On this essential oil journey you will become very familiar with yourself. Being in tune with your body is an important key to self healing. The process of becoming one in soul, mind, and body is exhilarating and empowering, but can be tedious when you are just starting to figure it all out.

What ever form of dis-ease your body is feeling, know that it is simply your body sending you a message. Sometimes decoding this massage takes a little longer than we’d like, but just know that you are doing the right and best thing for your body, even though you may not be getting instant results.

P.S. That ^ is why Young Living is set as a MLM business. We are MLM so that the focus is on education, learning, and sharing information, which works better when it’s one on one, individual to individual. If you are ready to invest in some Young Living essential oils, whomever you sign up under will be a little farther along on this journey than you, and that works well to your own benefit! Don’t know what oils to use? Call the person who got you started! That is what they are there for. If you don’t have a basic oil collection, but would like one, follow this link and join my group:

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“Until man duplicates a blade of grass, Nature can laugh at his so-called ‘scientific’ knowledge. Remedies from chemicals will never stand in favor with the products of nature, the living cell of the plant, the final result of the rays of the Sun, the Mother of all life” -Thomas Edison