By Thomas Doyle
Essential oils are GREAT!!! They can be used to help with a wide variety of ailments and household issues. Essential oils have powerful therapeutic properties, and despite the critics, there are lots of scientific studies to back it up. However, a WARNING is in order. Essential oils are concentrated solutions of natural occurring chemicals. As such they are only safe when used properly. They have a wide range of benefits include health, beauty, cleaning insect control and more. There is a reason they are popular.
Because they are concentrated solutions of chemicals there are RISKS. A single drop of essential oil has the same amount of chemicals as many cups of herbal tea from the same plant. For example, did you know that it takes?
First- Some Basic Rules
How to dilute your essential oil.
Please consult with an aromatherapist, Master Herbalist or medical professional before using essential oils on children under two years of age. Hot oils such as Cinnamon, Clove Bud, and Oregano should be diluted to 0.5%, and should not be used on children under ten years of age.
THESE SUGGESTED RANGES ARE NOT RECOMMENDED DOSAGE.
Patch test: For first time use of an essential oil, a safe practice is to place a drop of diluted essential oil to a small area of skin such as the inside elbow. After application, be aware of adverse reactions for the first 24 hours. Possible reactions include skin irritation, headache, nausea, respiratory complaints or dizziness.
Some Essential Oils Increase photosensitivity
Certain oils can make your skin more sensitive to the sun, which can set you up for a sunburn, even with just minor exposure. Never apply any of these essential oils to your skin if you are going to be exposed to the sun or to UV rays. They do not promote tanning. Instead they are likely to cause pain, blistering, swelling and irreparable damage to your skin. If you have used any of those oils on your skin, wait a minimum of four hours after applying before being exposed to the sun. Here is a list of these oils
4. Pregnant or Nursing
Everyone knows that while pregnant or nursing you should be careful about what you eat and do. Essential oils can affect hormones, gut bacteria and other aspects of health and extreme care should be used when taking them while pregnant or nursing. There is evidence that essential oils can cross the placenta and get to the baby. The effects of essential oils can be compounded in utero. I’m not saying they should not be used during pregnancy, but that extreme care should be taken and research done first. During pregnancy and nursing I recommend using essential oils for aromatherapy and highly diluted use of approved essential oils for topical application.
Many oils are considered safe during pregnancy, especially after the first trimester. A good rule is to always check with a professional and use caution with any herbs used during pregnancy.
The National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA), recommends that pregnant women avoid the following essential oils:
If you’re nursing, you may want to avoid peppermint essential oil as it can decrease milk supply. On the other hand, if you’re in the process of weaning, it can be helpful when used topically on the breasts.
Potential Medication Interactions
If you take a prescription drug, it’s important to find out if the essential oil you plan to use may interfere with it. If you’re uncertain about whether to use the oil with a medication you’re taking, don’t use it. Individuals with liver disease, renal disease, a compromised immune system, or those taking multiple medications, should consult with a qualified, professional before using essential oils. Here are some common herbs/essential oils and the medications they interfere with.
There are many more so do your homework
Children or babies
Never, Never treat children as an adult. This includes treatment with essential oil, herbs and tinctures. Children are smaller, have much thinner, more delicate skin are in the process of still growing. They tend to be more sensitive to essential oils. Most experts recommend that the oils should be diluted at least two times more than an adult.
Generally, oils such as orange, lemon, lavender, chamomile and frankincense are considered safe for use on children when diluted, although it’s still advisable to check with a professional first, and then perform a skin test. There are also certain oils that should never be used around a young child or baby, like wintergreen, eucalyptus, rosemary and peppermint. Those oils contain compounds that can actually slow breathing, or even stop it in those who have respiratory problems. Additionally, you should always treat essential oils like you would any type of medicine, and keep them out of reach of children – oils like wintergreen can be fatal if swallowed.
More is not better!
The biggest mistake one can make with essential oils and other herbal medicines is using too much and or using it too often. Treat essential oils like you would a medication and, be sure to consult an expert. In many cases the actions of essential oils and herbal medicines, can change dramatically dependent upon the dose taken. And just because you can’t smell it anymore does not mean it’s not still in your system.
Essential Oil Quality
To really benefit from essential oils, it is imperative to use oils that are 100% free from adulterants, additives and extenders. Oh, and one last note, there is no such thing as therapeutic grade. Essential oils are either pure or adulterated. The amount of specific chemicals in an essential oil can vary dependent upon the plants used. Environment, weather, stressors, soil make up and many other factors can cause variation in essential oil make up.
Bearberry Essentials carries 30 different essential oils, and we custom blend 8 for special purposes. We also take orders and will blend to specific to your needs. If at any time you have a question about using essential oils, herbs or tinctues please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
By Thomas Doyle
Essiac tea is said to have been an ancient recipe made by the Ojibwe tribes of Native Americans who populate areas of Canada and the northern United States. It was referred to as the “Ojibwa Tea of Life.” This tea was first made popular by Rene Caisse and Nurse in Canada.
Rene Caisse used essiac to treat thousands of people throughout her life. She first learned about the tea in 1922 during a conversation with a patient, an older English woman. Rene noticed a scar on her breast. The woman told Rene about her trip from England to northern Ontario, and how she had developed swelling and pain in her breast during that time. An old native medicine man had told her that she had cancer, and that he could heal her. She decided to seek medical attention and, after traveling to southern Ontario, the old English woman was diagnosed with advanced cancer. The doctors suggested that her breast be removed completely, but the cost of the procedure was more than she could afford. Instead she decided to try the medicine man’s remedy Upon reaching the mining camp, the English woman sought out the consultation of the medicine man and began taking the medicine as a treatment for her cancer. Rene, entranced by the story, wrote down the names of the plants and herbs used in the medicine, and kept them for herself to help if she ever developed cancer in future.
recovered completely and lived 18 more years. To date there are Thousands of patient testimonials testifying of the healing ability of Essiac Tea. This herbal remedy can now be found in health stores all over the US and Canada and is a popular product sold in online markets.
There are four primary herbs that make Essiac tea so effective. These herbs help to destroy overgrowth of bad bacteria, viruses and parasites, and detoxify the colon, liver and kidneys. These major herbs include:
The Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Reports that Essiac demonstrated antioxidant and cytotoxic properties in vitro, but stimulated growth of human breast cancer cells both via estrogen receptor (ER)-dependent and ER-independent pathways. Similarly, studies of its antiproliferative effects on prostate cancer cells yielded conflicting data. Remission of hormone-refractory prostate cancer was reported in a patient, but a retrospective study of breast cancer patients found that Essiac did not improve quality of life or mood . Despite unsubstantiated claims, Essiac remains a popular anticancer therapy today.
The anticancer effects of arctigenin a component of burdock root in Essiac tea have also been reported in various human cancer cell lines, in which arctigenin induced apoptosis mainly via the mitochondrial pathway and cell cycle arrest. Reports of G0/G1 arrest in lung and bladder cancer cells, but G2/M arrest in colon cancer cells, suggest that arctigenin exerts differential effects at the molecular level in different cell types (Thressi Maxwell, 2018).
A 2007 Canadian study conducted in a lab with no human test subjects revealed Essiac contains more antioxidant properties than red wine or green tea. No antibacterial effects were observed, but Essiac did stimulate several immune system cells and enzymes (Whitmer, 2015).
All human clinical trials were either stopped by government authorities or kept hidden from the public (Whitmer, 2015).
Dr. Ralph Moss was appointed to the Cancer Advisory Panel that evaluates alternative cancer therapies for the government. On his original web site and in his book CANCER THERAPY, Dr. Moss pointed out that each of the herbs in Essiac has been scientifically shown to contain anticancer substances.
“I was diagnosed with level 3 melanoma cancer in 1995. It metastasized to a gland in my forearm. It was confirmed at UCI Cancer clinic. Well, I was told that it was not a good thing, and that I need to prepare for a battle.” (Thomas Smith - Jan. 18th 2015)
“I started a Essiac tea regiment. In Four weeks the tumor in my arm disappeared and became a scar ball. My immune system identified the cancer and killed it. I know this because when the doctors went in to remove the tumor and opened up the spot on my arm – this is what they found. I have been cancer free for almost twenty years now. Go figure…. (opn4bzns - Nov. 17th 2013).
“March 2013 my wife was told she had cancer of the colon that had spread to her liver that showed 8 tumors. Her cancer markers, a cancer test of the blood, was over 2200…normal is under 5. She started chemo immediately and I started her on Essiac Tea…3 ounces 3 times a day. The Pet Scan taken in October 2013 showed the cancer in the colon was not even showing up on the scan any more…Doctor said it was asleep whatever that means. Only 1 tumor was found on the liver…7 are gone. Her cancer marker went from 2200 to 2.5 which is in the normal range. Doctor said in the beginning they can’t cure her cancer…just maybe prolong her life. Was it the Chemo or the Essiac that bought this wonderful change?…I don’t know, but her doctor is amazed at her progress, so we are going to continue the Essiac. Good luck to all of you out there.” (Wendy Johnson - via Facebook Mar. 31 2013).
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