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A cracked tooth and oils for pain

A cracked tooth and oils for pain

If you’ve ever experienced a cracked tooth, you know the electrical jolt and pain that goes along with it when you eat or drink hot or cold foods. As far as I’m concerned, it would be less painful to stick a fork directly into an electrical outlet. (not that I’ve tried it)

Thieves oil blend is a great oil to use on dental issues for infection and pain. The clove oil is a powerful antioxidant and has eugenol which has been used for a very long time in dentistry for pain. It pretty much numbs the area in seconds. The Cinnamon bark, Eucalyptus radiata, Lemon and Rosemary offer excellent immune protection  by creating a hostile environment for bacteria. Why didn’t I just stick with Thieves?

It was perfect until I added Wintergreen. Wintergreen is highly anti-inflammatory, an analgesic/anesthetic (helps with pain) and helps with muscle/nerve pain. Sounded like the perfect oil for my situation. Except Wintergreen can bring a cooling sensation. That was most definitely NOT what I needed with a cracked tooth. Cold = ouch.

Now I was in a different kind of pain that was pulsing and radiating beyond that tooth. So I looked it up in the oils reference guide. It suggested Roman chamomile. Which I didn’t have… but I did have Tranquil Roll- On which does have Roman chamomile oil. So I rubbed that on my gums.(not delicious by the way) Better, but not pain free yet. Still throbbing. It was like I had woken up a sleeping dragon with the Wintergreen! It was at bedtime and I knew sleep wasn’t going to happen if I was in this kind of pain.

I’m out of ideas at this point so I thought I’d call one of my oily friends who might have better suggestions (Candace Hoke). Candace has written an excellent book called Escent-Oil Balance Manual with “discussions, charts and illustrations to give an essential oil user or student a better understanding of any physical, mental, emotional or spiritual body’s response to therapeutic grade essential oil applications to a specific point on its body.  It does not matter if a body has 2 legs, 4 legs or none.  Nor does it matter if a body has hands, paws, claws or hooves.” (so, good for humans and animals). Thanks to Candace’s wisdom, my dog Buddy went from paralyzed to walking again.

I knew Candace would ask me “Did y’all look in the book?” Um. Nope. So I looked in her book. I looked up toothache and I ruled out which points didn’t apply to my situation. Then I found L i 4 (large intestine 4). It’s on the hand where the thumb and fingers meet (just above that webbed area).

Apply an oil to this point for pain (NOT for pregnant women!)

So I applied a drop of Peppermint (because it was on my desk in front of me and I know Peppermint is a good oil to drive other oils in) to the L i 4 point on my hand and I pressed (strong pressure) on it while taking nice deep breaths.

The pain melted away immediately. I could not believe it! It was a miracle! I never ended up calling Candace. I got what I needed (her wisdom) from her book.

So the lesson my oily friends is…

  1. It is helpful to know the properties of oils before you apply them.
  2. Combining modalities can be where real magic happens. (Aromatherapy + Energy medicine)
  3. Being aware of accupressure/accupuncture points can be extremely helpful in tough situations.
  4. There are many resources out there to use to give ourselves excellent care. Use the resources!
  5. Thieves and Clove oils are excellent for any dental pain. They definitely worked.

Other pain recipe I used:

“Morphine Bomb”

  • 5 drops Idaho Balsam Fir
  • 5 drops Frankincense
  • 5 drops Copaiba

I put this into a gel capsule and ingested it. It was phenomenal for managing the pain as I was waiting for my dental appointment. This combination definitely works.

I am just so grateful to have these natural remedies that work VERY quickly. Work consistently. No side effects (except maybe the cooling effect from Wintergreen… but on joints and muscles that could be a really good thing). I haven’t had aspirin, acetaminophen or ibuprofen in my home in 8 years… don’t need them.

If you would like to know how to get Thieves oil blend go HERE.

If you would like to know more about how essential oils can empower you to create a healthier lifestyle for your family,

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Our sense of smell

Our sense of smell is  the most fascinating of our 5 senses.

It is a hot topic in scientific research, Linda Buck won a Nobel prize for her research and discovery about our sense of smell. She discovered we can recognize about 10,ooo different odors. That’s a LOT! This subject has been researched to see if aroma affects everything from our moods, emotions, memories, ability to concentrate and physiological responses such as heart rate, brain waves and even (no giggling) penile blood flow. So the impact of what we smell can affect us in a variety of ways. 

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OUR SENSE OF SMELL – the HOW: 

Our sense of smell is how we “map” and interact and communicate with our world. Behind the nose sits a patch of neuron receptors that each have their own DNA able to recognize different smells. In order for something to make it to this area in the nose it has to be a very light weight “volatile” (easy to evaporate) molecule  that floats in the air. Think of when you peel an orange, you release those volatile molecules from the orange (orange oil) into the air and because they are light (in molecular weight) they float there for a while. Someone coming into the room after you have peeled the orange will be able to detect the orange smell. 

Women tend to smell more accurately than men. Women who are ovulating are sensitive to male pheremones. Women are more likely than men to feel ill from common environmental chemicals like paint or (synthetic) perfume. Women who are pregnant often talk about how their sense of smell is heightened and that certain aromas can be overpowering to them. 

EMOTIONS: 

The right and left hemisphere of the brain come into play with our sense of smell. The left side is where more positive emotions are processed. Negative emotions are often processed by the right hemisphere of the brain.  When we smell an aroma on others it will affect what we think of them. Some studies have found that an “average looking” person will be thought of more favorably if someone thinks they “smell good” . 

By the time we are able to consciously name a scent it has already hit the limbic system and triggered a deep seated emotional response. 

05angier02_600 TO LIKE OR NOT LIKE: 

Whether we like a scent or not is absolutely a personal thing. It is dependent on specific memories and associations. Research shows that our like or dislike of an aroma will be based 100% on our emotional associations we have with that aroma. Sometimes, we may not be aware of this because it could have been something stored on a cellular level years ago. 

I personally think Valerian smells like dirty socks. My friend Jennifer doesn’t agree, she thinks it’s not bad at all. We both appreciate the fact that Valerian is fantastic for helping with sleep and calming nerves. I’m willing to use it, but prefer to do so internally or cover it up with an aroma I like over the top. 

I have heard that if you are repelled by an oil, that’s the one you need. I have also heard that if you are attracted to an oil, it’s the one you need. I haven’t heard  an expert weigh in on this topic yet, so if you know how to explain this phenomena, please comment below!

SHY PEOPLE: 

According to the Smell Report, people who are introverted or shy may be more sensitive to smell than extroverted/sociable people. The theory, based on something called a ” olfactory survival reflex” suggests that shy people become shy because their super sense of smell transmits primeval danger signals  - this makes them feel more vulnerable. ….. It’s an interesting theory. 

So could that mean that Valor blend aroma is a set of aromas that are comforting and soothing since many report that it helps with anxiety and builds confidence? 

stressUSING ESSENTIAL OILS FOR AROMATIC BENEFITS:

Trauma: This is a great tool for  moms (and teachers). When a kid gets hurt or is very upset, they can smell an aroma such as Lavender, Valor, Orange, Lemon, Peace & Calming, Tranquil, Stress Away, Trauma Life and Frankincense to help calm the nerves. I’ve simply put several drops of Peace & Calming on my son’s spine when he was inconsolable and it helped him to calm down. 

Stress & Fatigue: One study showed that inhaling Lavender when taking a break from stressful or tedious work has the effect of improving work performance after this type of  “aroma” break. Peppermint and other stimulating aromas such as R.C.. Breathe Again, Lemon, Orange, Clarity, Thieves, Purification , Lavender are oils to inhale when you take a break from a tedious task, especially in the afternoon. Personally I find a drop of Peppermint and or Lemon in a shot of NingXia Red juice is an effective caffeine free pick-me-up in the late afternoon. 

Blood Pressure: A study in Korea found that inhaling essential oils can improve blood pressure and stress response. Some oils that are widely reported in the Young Living community to help are: Lavender, Marjoram, Ylang Ylang, Cypress, Aroma Life, Peace & Calming, Citrus Fresh and Humility. 

There are so few alternative remedies that can address both our emotional and our physical health at the same time. Aromatherapy with essential oils can. 

All of you who follow me know that I refuse to use a low quality oil when it comes to my family’s health. I will only trust my family’s health to Young Living oils. I know that I can verify that they are true essential oils plus they have consistently worked for my family’s health concerns for 7 years. 

If you want to order oils for your emotional, spiritual, physical health, click HERE. 

 

Support your neurological system with essential oils

 

tremorsAbout a year ago, my dad, a retired MD felt like he needed to get checked out by a neurologist.The news wasn’t so great.

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.

Occipital_ridgeI 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” .

WHAT IF….?

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.

frankincenseWHAT IS NAT?

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 DNARoman Chamomile is mostly esters for emotional release.

All I can say is, THANK YOU Dr. Young for these pure oils! It WORKED!

To order oils, CLICK HERE.

 

Oils help with sleep

 

Remember when you slept well? Sleep Essence, Immupro, RutaVaLa, Peace & Calming, Frankincense, Lavender are just a few that might help.

 Insomnia is not something you have to learn to live with. Nor are side effects from sleep aids. Essential oils are very effective tools to use to help relax the body so that you can sleep. Naturally. Every night. 

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:

  1. Learning and memory: When we sleep we store new information, this happens in a process called “memory consolidation”. They know from studies that people who sleep after learning new tasks do better on tests later.
  2. Metabolism and weight: “Chronic sleep deprivation may cause weight gain by affecting the way our bodies process and store carbohydrates, and by altering levels of hormones that affect our appetite”.
  3. Safety: If you aren’t sleeping well, you are more likely to get sleepy or fall asleep during the daytime. It’s obvious that this could cause some serious mistakes “such as medical errors, air traffic mishaps, and road accidents. Have you ever been so tired that you don’t remember the drive to somewhere?
  4. Mood: Irritable. Impatient. Can’t concentrate. Moody. Too tired to do the things that might help you to get back on track with sleep, such as exercise. 
  5. Cardiovascular health: “Serious sleep disorders have been linked to hypertension, increased stress hormone levels, and irregular heartbeat.” Just as important as a “clean” diet.
  6. Disease: Sleep deprivation alters immune function, including the activity of the body’s killer cells. Keeping up with sleep may also help fight cancer. Good sleep = better health. 

Your Options:

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)

Roman Chamomile

Orange

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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