My dad is a tough nut on the oil stuff. He’s personally experienced amazing things with the oils and some of the supplements (he won’t leave the house without his Alkalime). He’s amazed by how much diffusing Lavender helps his sinuses which in turn allow him to get a good night’s sleep. (Duh, Dad! Lavender is good for everything!) Still, the man is a science guy through and through – if there isn’t a scientific paper written about something, then it’s not real in his mind. But…. he must be open to the “non-scientific” stuff at least a little bit…he let’s Mom and me put oils on him all the time.
Tonight they were over for my mom’s birthday dinner and afterwards I thought I’d do NAT or Neuro Auricular Technique on Dad. I’d been thinking about this for a while… what took me so long? This technique is so calming to the nervous system. I guessed it could help my dad feel better too.
So- thankfully, I had all of the oils on hand: Frankincense, Valerian, Vetiver, Cedarwood, Sandalwood, Roman Chamomile. I also added Sacred Frankincense because I remember at a YL Convention hearing about how important Sacred Frankincense was to the brain.
I sat Dad down backwards in my kitchen chair with a pillow to cushion and put the first oil Frankincense on his occipital ridge and down his spine to about T3. Then I took my glass dropper from one of my glass dropper bottles and used it as the “tool” to stimulate the locus ceruleus and along the occipital ridge. Then started on either side of each vertebrae working up to locus ceruleus. Then in between each vertebrae. I then applied the next oil. Was I doing it perfectly? I hope so. I was following instructions.
HERE ARE THE RESULTS:
Everything calmed down!
After doing the NAT I had Dad put Regenelone cream on his “bad knee” that hurt him occasionally after exercise, so we might have talked about 5-10 minutes before I said “Hey Dad, let me see your hands.” He held them out and…… all was calm!!!!!!! We could see a very, very, very slight agitation but I think most older folks have a little bit of that. Both hands were basically still when he held them out. This amazed me because I watched him trying to eat his dinner tonight with a “bouncing” fork. I was amazed. Tickled. Not surprised, YL delivers.
I showed Mom – she was dumbfounded. We are all wondering how long it will last. I sent Mom home with some oils, she has some oils and will order the rest. I’ve asked her to take a video of “before” and then “after” so we can try to track how it works. I guess maybe I have a few of Dad’s “science genes” .
I should tell you all, my dad, the “science guy” let his neurologist put him on Azilect (which made him horribly nauseated after the first dose) but he had adverse reactions to that drug so stopped it after the first day – that was several months ago. I won’t step on my soap box, but many of you know how I feel about how our seniors are on poly-pharmaceuticals. Western medicine has a pill for everything for the older folks. I’m not a fan of how little analysis goes into prescribing. So in his eyes, he had no options left to offer good support to his neurological system.
To have an unsupported neurological system sucks. No doubt about that.
The NAT was developed by D. Gary Young in the Ecuador clinic in 2007, I have heard it was developed with neurological issues in mind.
The purpose of the Neuro-Auricular Technique (NAT) is to jump-start and reconnect all of the synapses of the brain and upper spine, particularly in the locus ceruleus and vagal ganglia. The locus ceruleus or medulla is also the portal through which the vital life energy flows into your body. The vagus nerve regulates heartbeat, is involved in release of tears, controls digestion and peristalsis, production of hormones, control of sphincter muscles, ovarian and uterine function, prostate function, and sexual response.
NAT focuses on the occipital ridge, particularly the medulla (center depression at base of skull) and along the 7 vertebra of the spine between the skull and shoulders that comprise the neck)
NAT helps to make sure this vital nerve junction is fully functioning along with the rest of the brain.
THE OILS USED: Frankincense is mostly monoterpenes for balancing and reprogramming. Valerian, Vetiver, Cedarwood, and Sandalwood are all mostly sesquiterpenes for oxygenating the brain and ganglia and to delete misinformation at the level of cellular DNA. Roman Chamomile is mostly esters for emotional release.
All I can say is, THANK YOU Dr. Young for these pure oils! It WORKED!
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Sleep, critical to our health!
Can’t lose weight? Have hypertension? Have brain fog? Trouble recalling things? Cranky? Catching colds all the time? Hormones unbalanced?
It’s possible that not getting enough sleep may be one of the contributing factors. I wouldn’t dare simplify these things and say that getting more sleep will solve all of your health problems, however, it sure may be a prominent piece in your health puzzle.
The article from Harvard Women’s Health Watch : http://www.health.harvard.edu/press_releases/importance_of_sleep_and_health is about the importance of sleep and how it relates directly to your health. In a survey they found that more people are sleeping less than 6 hours a night. I don’t know about you, but for me, that amount of sleep would definitely have a negative impact on my personality. I would be forgetful and cranky on that amount of sleep. They also found that 75% of us have some type of difficulty with sleep a few times a week. You will see below that there are a lot of things that the body does while we sleep to repair and prepare. If you skimp on this step, the body is going to act like a system that has been short-changed.
Here are the ways that lack of sleep can effect your health:
There may be many reasons why you are not sleeping. Would you like to explore some options that won’t leave you feeling “drugged” the next morning? Young Living offers a variety of oils and supplements to help with sleep. Since every human body is different and this shouldn’t be a cookie cutter approach, you might have to try a few things until you find what your body responds to the best.
Sleep Essence: a vegetarian gel cap with 4 powerful esential oils that have unique sleep enhancing properties. Lavender (soothing, balancing, calming), Vetiver (anxiety, depression, stress), Valerian ( calming to nervous system), Tangerine (calming, helps decongest lymphatic system), Ruta (well know for sedative, antispasmodic properties), Melatonin (1.5 mg- well known sleep aid). Take 1-2 softgel caps 30-60 minutes before going to bed. My husband who travels internationally quite a bit, swears by Sleep Essence!!!
RutaVaLa: This oil blend is one of the best if you are locked in “fight or flight” with your nervous system (aka. really, really stressed out). Lavender, Valerian, Ruta (interesting historical point, it was an herb that was tithed in biblical times). Apply this to your shoulders, brain stem, bottom of big toes before bedtime or any time you need to soothe your nerves. I use this nightly, 1 drop on my finger that I “wipe” under my tongue. It really helps to turn my brain off from the day’s stress and endless list of “to do’s”. It’s not delicious, but boy does it help to keep me balanced. It comes in a bottle or as a roll-on.
OILS: There are so many options but here are a few of my favorites for inducing sleep
Stress Away (have read stories that if you pop off roller ball and ingest several drops it helps with panic attacks)
Peace & Calming (helps get kids to sleep and calms dogs)
Lavender (swiss army knife of oils, burns, cuts, stress, sleep, allergies, muscles, scars)
Valerian (relaxes the body, great for sleep)
Vetiver (my friend’s horse loves this oil and gets really relaxed with sleepy looking eyes when she smells this oil)
Tranquil roll-on (also great for a rash or eczema)
*** apply the oils to the back of neck (brainstem), bottoms of feet and to shoulders, be sure to deeply breath in the oils from your hands so that your brain gets the signal that it’s time to be calm and serene***
Diffusing an oil: This is something that I discuss frequently. Having a diffuser in the bedroom can be such a powerful way help with health issues. If you are feeling stressed and diffuse a calming/soothing oil overnight, your body will thank you. If you are struggling with a cold or flu or seasonal allergies, you might diffuse an oil that has properties that can fight bugs or support your immune system. The Young Living diffusers put the oils into the air in micro mists that don’t weigh much so they hang out in the air a long time. You breath this in and the benefits are immediate.
Immupro: a chewable tablet with melatonin and minerals and polysaccharide complexes to help restore natural sleep rhythms and eliminate insomnia. The bonus is that it can also be used during cold and flu season to help with immunity because it has orgaanic reishi, maitake and Agaricas blazei mushrooms which have been documented to have significant immune boosting effects.
MegaCal: high powered calcium and essential mineral complex with a 1:1 ratio of calcium and magnesium and also has zinc, manganese, copper formulated to avoid mineral interactions and competition. Chronic insomnia can be a result of a magnesium deficiency. Take 1 hour after meals.
Mineral Essence: a balanced ionic liquid mineral complex with more than 60 different minerals. There are several trace minerals, including calcium and magnesium, both known to help with sleep by helping to calm the central nervous system. This also a great thing to help prevent heatstroke in the summertime. Many illnesses can be traced back to some type of mineral deficiency.
I don’t think that I need to state the obvious about caffeine intake and sleep.
Stress is everywhere in our lives. We can’t always avoid it. It can have a horrible impact on our health, especially our sleep.
Be kind to yourself. Invest in your health. You only get one body this lifetime. You don’t have to become a master of herbs to use natural alternatives. I can show you some great resources to have on hand for a quick “look- up” for most health issues.
So, for your memory, your mood, your heart and your overall immunity, don’t you think it would be worth it to try something that just might be a perfect fit for you?
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