Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Culinary Uses of Essential Oils

My mentor Karen Thompson shared this information with me about the culinary uses of essential oils.

Most people don’t even realize you can use essential oils in preparing delicious foods and meals in the kitchen. A lot of people are afraid or have been told not to ingest essential oils. The truth of the matter is that most major food industries use essential oils as an economic way to add flavor to a variety of foods. Essential oils are used to add flavors back that processing can take out of foods.
Essential oils that are pure grade can safely be used in all you foods and recipes. Young Living oils have been considered as safe by the FDA.
The fact that the chemical structure of essential oils is similar to that of human tissue makes the compounds compatible with human protein so the body absorbs and utilizes them easily and quickly feeding the body with needed nutrients.

Using Essential Oils in your everyday foods can be a beneficial and rewarding experience! It is an inexpensive, fun delightful way to add pizzazz to any dish...including yourself!

Using E.O. adds extra nutrition – Because E.O. are concentrated they are more potent and have higher therapeutic qualities than the plants from which they were derived. 
Using E.O. while preparing meals is a therapeutic experience- E.O. purifies the body, enhances the immune system, generates endorphins (mood elevators), both in preparing and eating the food.
Using E.O. is a natural preservative – Oils can protect your foods and keep it fresh longer. 
Using E.O. is like having fresh herbs available all year- E.O. are live food. 
Using E.O. can save you money- use instead of buying whole lemons, oranges, or expensive herbs and spices that spoil or go outdated. One or two drops will give you the same amount of flavor and more nutritional value. 
Using E.O. can give meals a wonderful aroma and flavor- Our sensory system has tremendous connection to what we smell. Without aroma our foods would be tasteless and bland
Using E.O. is a simple way to add flavor and nutrition without adding extra calories or ingredients- E.O. are very concentrated, for example one drop of peppermint E.O. is equal to 26 cups of peppermint tea.

Basic Tips for Using Essential Oils in Food 

  • It is very important to use pure grade unadulterated E.O.
  • E.O. are very potent.  Add a little bit at a time.  You can always add more later.
  • Drop E.O. over a spoon first, to prevent too much ruining your food.
  •  For milder flavor dilute E.O. with another substance such as butter, olive oil, agave, rice milk, water etc.  Usually about 1 to 2 drops to ¼ cup liquid. Then just use a tbl. or so in your recipe.
  • Sometimes just dipping toothpick in E.O and stirring it in is enough for sauces, dips, dressings, and drinks. If you want to keep the taste vibrant and strong add E.O. to foods toward the end. For more subtle flavor use in beginning process.
  • E.O.’s are like fresh herbs, to keep freshness, flavor, and nutritional value do not heat past 160 degrees.
  • Using a microwave oven destroys the nutrition and alters the frequency if the E.O.
  • Keep a box of your favorite culinary oils in the kitchen so they will be handy when you need them.
  •  E.O. can replace any of your fresh or dried herbs and spices and they have longer shelf life.
  • About 1 drop of E.O replaces one tsp. Of the same spice or herb in recipes.
  • Don’t be afraid to experiment with all the E.O. even the blends and emotional oils can be used in a recipe.
Jean Dukes shares the following recipes for adding to water.
“These are my water blends that I use whenever I drink water. I love the refreshing taste of the summer blend and the warming quality of the winter blend.
Summer Blend
Combine equal amounts of:
Mix all the oils together in an empty glass bottle, and then use 3–4 drops of the mixture per quart of water.
Winter Blend
Combine equal amounts of:
Mix all the oils together in an empty glass bottle, and then use 1–2 drops of the mixture per quart of water.”
—Jean Dukes

Don’t expect the same results unless you are using Young Living Therapeutic Grade essential oils and supplements. Also, each person is different so you may not get the same results that others have. If this is the case for you, try another Young Living oil or supplement that might work better for your circumstances. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The products mentioned in this blog are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Foot Zone Class in Middleton!

I’m excited to announce an evening Foot Zone Class in Middleton!  

The Foot Zone is similar to reflexology, only it emphasizes the treatment of the foot in its entirety, instead of just specific points.  It affects blood circulation, lymph circulation, digestion, elimination, autonomic nerve function, and hormone balance.

The purpose of this class is to give family members healthcare tools that they can use to help themselves, their spouse, children and friends.  It is not intended as a professional class, or to be used in a clinical setting without further training.

In this class you will:
  • Learn over 120 reflex points on the feet with professional charts of each point
  • Learn how emotions play a role in physical health
  • Learn how to recognize, release and replace negative feelings with positive ones using a Christian perspective
  • Learn how to incorporate essential oils with the Foot Zone
  • Learn how diet and nutrition play a role in health or dis-ease
  • Learn what your own body needs from a Zyto Compass Bio-Survey
This is a two hour class that will be taught on Thursdays from 7:00 – 9:00 pm for nine weeks starting on 3 January, 2013.  This is a total of 18 hours of instruction and discussion.

  • Date:  Every Thursday starting 3 Jan, 2013 to 14 March, 2013.  (We will skip 14 Feb and 21 Feb).
  • Time:  7:00 – 9:00 pm
  • Place: Contact me for location

Cost:    Early Registration $149
            Late Registration (after 5 Dec, 2012) $199
            $30 of the registration fee is non-refundable

Suggested reading before first class:

  • First two chapters of Feelings Buried Alive Never Die, by Karol Truman, and
  • Habit 1, "Be Proactive", in The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen R. Covey.

Materials to Bring:

  • Two 1” Binders
  • Sheet protectors (about 40)
  • Paper and pen for taking notes.

 For those who have already taken the class, you are welcome to come and sit in and participate without charge!

Enrollment in each class is limited to 8 people.

If you are interested in taking the class, please email for a registration form.  If you would like to email me the form, I can take a credit/debit card payment over the phone, or you can pay on this blog by clicking the Pay/Donate buttons for either Dwolla or PayPal.  If you want to pay with your own debit/credit card, choose PayPal.

I also teach classes on Raindrop Technique and Vitaflex Technique.  Each of these is a four hour long class (on just one day), and the cost is $40. There are two students in each class, and can be scheduled by emailing me or making an appointment on this blog (see blue Appointment box on the right).

If you would like a class scheduled at another time, please give me feedback as to when would be good for you.  I am open to teaching a class during the day if there is enough interest.  I am also open to traveling as long as traveling expenses are covered by participants.  (Hawaii, anyone??)  In addition, we can do four hour classes instead of two hour classes for a more compact time if desired.  I'm flexible!

Feel free to forward this invitation to friends and family.

Thank you and I look forward to seeing you in class!

Lorena Holmstead

*Please talk to me about financing or trades for this class if needed.  I want this class to be available to all who want to take it.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Essential Oils: Essential for Preparedness

 Why do I need essential oils for emergency preparedness?

  • Essential oils have no shelf-life.  As long as they are stored properly (no heat and no UV rays), a properly distilled essential oil will last indefinitely.
  • Essential oils are potent.  One drop of peppermint oil is equal to 20 cups of peppermint tea!  This eliminates much of the need for bulky herbs or supplements.
  • Essential oils are good for more than one ailment.  Since oils help the body seek homeostasis, the same oil is good for both deficient and excess conditions.  
  • Essential oils work quickly.  Oils can be applied directly to the skin, where they absorb almost instantly into the cells, the tissues and the capillaries.  Once you apply an essential oil, the compounds in the oil will be in every cell in the body within 3-20 minutes.
  • Essential oils are safe.  Since essential oils are made up entirely of natural compounds that the body recognizes, you cannot overdose or cross-medicate.  And since they do not have long-chain proteins, the do not cause allergic reactions. 
  • Essential oils are wonderful for anxiety.  During a disaster, anxiety is one area where people are least prepared.  Since essential oils are highly aromatic, the compounds in the oils go directly to the limbic system of the brain, the seat of emotion, which aids in handling deep emotional trauma or anxiety.  They also aid in relieving irritability and despondency.
  • Essential oils are portable.  One small kit in a 72-hour kit covers a wide range of ailments.
  • Essential oils are effective.  Instead of covering up symptoms only, essential oils have been known to heal tissue from the inside out.  Visit for thousands of testimonials about the effectiveness of essential oils.

Ten Essential Oils for Emergency Kits
  • Lavender:  A comforting and calming scent, it is a key ingredient in skin care products.
  • Peppermint:  Supports gastrointestinal system discomfort, promotes healthy bowel function, enhances healthy gut function, maintains efficiency of the digestive tract, may support performance during exercise. 
  • Lemon:  Includes the naturally occurring constituent limonene, enhances the flavor of food and water.
  • Frankincense:  Includes the naturally occurring constituent alpha-pinene, diffuse during meditation for grounding and purpose, may help smooth out the appearance of healthy-looking skin.
  • Melaleuca Alternifolia:  Helps maintain healthy-looking hair and scalp, reduces the appearance of blemishes, apply to feet and toenails when needed.
  • Joy:  This beautiful blend harmonizes and has a joyful aroma.
  • Stress Away:  One of the best-smelling blends!  Calming in stressful situations.
  • Purification:  Freshens air and eliminates odors, includes the naturally occurring compounds of cineol, neral, and geranial.
  • Pan-Away:  apply topically after exercise, a best-selling blend
  • Thieves:  Supports healthy immune function, contains Eucalyptus Radiata, which may support a healthy respiratory system when taken as a dietary supplement.
The oils listed here are available in the Everyday Oils Kit from Young Living Essential Oils.  To order this kit, click on the "How do I order" tab at the top of the blog.
And I have to add one other oil that is a must-have in my Emergency Kit:
  • Valor:  An uplifting, empowering blend.

Don’t expect the same results unless you are using Young Living Therapeutic Grade essential oils and supplements. Also, each person is different so you may not get the same results that others have. If this is the case for you, try another Young Living oil or supplement that might work better for your circumstances.

Essential oil testimonials are an effective way of learning and sharing. With this knowledge, we can take control of our own personal health. However, we are required by law to state that these statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The products mentioned in this blog are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Supporting a Healthy Respiratory System

We've had a doozy of a time these past few weeks getting my son over a cough that he's had.  Much to my chagrin, just when I was posting about the wonders of diffusers, using the diffuser with my son was all of a sudden not working!  In addition to the diffuser, I started giving him Inner Defense in the morning and Life 5 at night, along with 1-2 ounces of NingXia red a day, and still running the diffuser at night.

But his cough persisted.

However, yesterday morning when I ran him on the Compass again, I finally felt like I was getting somewhere.  His report said he needed ImmuPro, Thyromin, Thieves Oil Blend, Super C Tablets, and Thieves Soft Lozenges.

OK - now I could see a more consistent picture, and why he wasn't gettintg better.

So first of all, the ImmuPro indicated that he needed help building up his immune system.  ImmuPro is a chewable that tastes good, and has polysaccharides in it that build up the immune system, as well as melatonin to aid in sleep.

And then - of course - Thyromin!  This is a supplement that Young Living has that supports the thyroid gland.  When the thyroid is out of balance, a lot of other things start happening in the body that are often misdiagnosed, which causes the wrong symptoms to be treated.  The thyroid runs the immune system, and if the thyroid has broken down, this causes a breakdown in the immune system.

I have seen this A LOT, as I've run people on the Compass that don't seem to be getting better, that their thyroid needs support. 

I found two more interesting things when I did a Foot Zone on him yesterday afternoon.  When I got to the kidney point on his right foot, it was very tender.  Hmmm.  While this point is normally tender on most people, his was noticeably so.  That reminded me that Juniper had come up on his Compass twice, about ten days ago.  Juniper is nourishing to the kidneys.  So I worked the Foot Zone points for the kidney really well on both feet, and then added Juniper right onto those points.

Interestingly enough, on the same Compass Report that the Juniper had shown up, Spearmint was there as well.  Spearmint has been known to be very supportive of the thyroid.  So there they were again - the kidney and the thyroid.  I had put those oils on my son right at the time, but I guess I was not consistent enough.  They didn't seem at all related to the lung problem, which is why I had run him on the Compass in the first place, so I was casual in the application.  Now I know differently!

As a side note, I also noticed that one of the heart points was tender on his feet also.  This made sense to me, because the thyroid controls the heart, so if the thyroid is low, the heart will be struggling also.  Much to my surprise, last night when I was reading Health news on Yahoo!, I found this related information:

A study of elderly patients in Rotterdam in the Netherlands found that having weak kidneys, even without full-blown kidney disease, can put you at a significantly higher risk for heart attack.
Another study of 10,000 men found that those with chronic kidney disease had a two-fold greater risk of heart attack than those who didn’t.1

This reminded me of the interaction between the Chinese Five Elements.  These are the major organs that correspond with the elements:

Water = Kidney/Urinary Bladder
Wood = Liver/Gallbladder
Fire = Heart/Small Intestine
Earth = Spleen/Stomach
Metal = Lung/Large Intestine

There is a ke sequence, which is a restraining or controlling sequence (as opposed to the sheng sequence, which is nournishing) that involves the Kidney, the Heart and the Lungs

Water controls Fire (the Kidney restrains or controls the Heart), and Fire controls Metal (the Heart restrains or controls the Lungs).  Diseases of excess often migrate from one Organ Network to another along the ke sequence.  That is, a disharmony in the Kidney may afflict the Heart, and then the Heart passes it on to the Lungs.2

I'm not sure if this happened in Peter's case or not, but it is interesting to see these particular organs connected in this way!  The other thing I'm not sure of is how the thyroid plays into these elements, but I do know that the thyroid has a direct effect on the heart.  If anyone knows more or wants to clarify, please comment!

As far as practical results, as I already said, I did the Foot Zone on my son yesterday afternoon, which by itself has a therapeutic effect.  I added in Juniper on his kidneys, Myrtle and Spearmint on his Thyroid, and Thieves on the Thymus (both on the points on the feet and the skin over the actual organs), and applied these oils several more times in the day.  I ran the diffuser last night with Raven in it.

Result:  This morning he was up early, horseback riding with his brother who has returned from college for the weekend, and he played great in his soccer game today.  I haven't heard him cough once today, which is the first time in probably 2 weeks.  When I asked him tonight how he felt, he said he was coughing this afternoon, but that's because he was doing a lot of stuff, meaning a lot of physical activity.  So, this is only the result from one day, but it's enough of a change to make me want to blog about it!  :)

Conclusion:  When someone has a cough that keeps on hanging on, don't discount the need to support the thyroid and the kidneys!  As you do, the heart and the lungs will function better.  Wow - who knew?

2 Beinfield and Korngold, Between Heaven and Earth, A Guide to Chinese Medicine, Ballantine Books, 1991, p 98.

Don’t expect the same results unless you are using Young Living Therapeutic Grade essential oils and supplements. Also, each person is different so you may not get the same results that others have. If this is the case for you, try another Young Living oil or supplement that might work better for your circumstances.

Essential oil testimonials are an effective way of learning and sharing. With this knowledge, we can take control of our own personal health. However, we are required by law to state that these statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The products mentioned in this blog are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Diffusers and the Respiratory System

At this time of year, when the respiratory system needs support, I especially love my diffuser.

Young Living's Home Diffuser has an ultrasonic plate in it that vibrates, breaking up the oil compounds a million times smaller than they already are.  Because the oil compounds are so small, they are easily carried by the air currents throughout the room, and then all through the house.  This diffuser combines a humidifier, air purifier, atomizer, and aromatherapy diffuser into one product that safely releases essential oils into the air to eliminate odors and create a spa-like atmosphere.

I personally feel like I could just take up my bottle of RC and kiss it!  Ha ha!  I know that sounds just nerdy, but it's true!  I love the smell of RC.  There is a medicinal component to it, but as my friend said today, whom I introduced RC to for the first time, "Oh yeah, that smells good, like it would really help." The oils in RC are eucalyptus globulus, eucalyptus radiata, eucalyptus citrodora, myrtle, spruce, peppermint, pine, lavender, marjoram, and cypress.

Raven is also a wonderful blend to support the  respiratory system.  It contains ravintsara, wintergreen, eucalyptus radiata, lemon and peppermint.  Raven and RC are best used alternately.   For example, use RC on one application and on the next, use Raven, and back and forth. 

Both RC and Raven are found in Young Living's Golden Touch 1 Kit, which is the Kit that I recommend that all users buy after the Everyday Nine Kit.

I highly recommend this diffuser for everyone!  Diffusers allow these essential oil compounds, to be carried to all the surfaces of your home.  Some might wonder if this will create a coat of "greasy oil" all over the home, and the answer to that is that essential oils are not "greasy" like vegetables oils are, so that does not happen.  Instead, your home is covered with microscopic compounds that support the immune system.

I also love diffusers for when we have big gatherings.  I diffuse Thieves throughout the event, because I know this supports healthy immune systems.

I have also found that with some people, diffusing works better than putting it on the skin.  The theory behind that is that the molecules are so small, and the surface area applied is so much greater, that the body absorbs the diffused oil better.  My husband is one of these people!  I have found over and over with him that we get better results with diffused oils than ones on the skin.

In short, I hope a diffuser is in your plans!

* This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Peace & Calming and Peppermint

This great information is from my upline Shauna Dastrup. 

Young Living’s Doug Corrigan and Karen Boren are product specialists, sharing information that will teach us the many ways Essential Oils can enrich our lives.

A distributor takes a moment
to relax and recharge with
Peace & Calming at a
Convention Product Expo.

DOUG: Essential Oils can cause an emotional response, so when we smell any of the single oils or blends, we will likely have some kind of an emotional response, and for the most part, essential oils are tailor-made to really boost our emotions and help us to manage our stress and anxiety. What is the research telling us about what these oils do, specifically in the area of emotions and stress?

KAREN: We talked earlier about a study that shows how the scents of Lavender and Orange diffused in a dental office actually calmed people down before their dental work was done.

DOUG: When I think of Orange, I think of what a great blend we are going to talk about today—Peace and Calming, which has a couple of citrus oils, Tangerine and Orange. It’s a blend that we use a lot in our house. What I love is that it has a combination of a couple of other more base-note type oils that are mixed with the citrus oils of Tangerine and Orange, from which we get a lot of the uplifting type of scent but not uplifting to the point where it causes us to feel anxious. Quite the opposite, it’s uplifting to where we are calm and feel that our minds are clearer.

KAREN: I have a friend who witnessed a child having a “meltdown” on a plane and very quickly asked the mother if some oil could be applied to the child’s feet. The mother at that point was certainly willing—I think she would have done anything! So she accepted having Peace & Calming put on the little one’s feet, and the child settled down and was peaceful for the rest of the flight.

DOUG: I know that on long road trips or anytime we’re in close quarters with the kids, Peace & Calming is something that we’re constantly diffusing, rubbing on the soles of their feet, and seeing that we get great results. I think some of that response is due to the citrus, but the other part of that response is because of the Ylang Ylang. What are some of the interesting studies with ylang ylang, Patchouli, Blue Tansy, and other oils found in Peace & Calming?

KAREN: In the interest of time, I’ll just share one study in the journal Planta Medica, where they found that volunteers who applied Ylang Ylang essential oil to the skin were calmer and more relaxed than those who were in the control group. But there was also an increase in attentiveness and alertness. The study said that the effects could be characterized as “harmonization.” The people were calm but alert and not sedated. Gary Young has truly captured Peace & Calming in a bottle!

***Peace & Calming® is a gentle, fragrant blend. When diffused, it helps calm tensions and uplifts the spirit, promoting relaxation and a deep sense of peace. When massaged on the bottoms of the feet, it can be a wonderful prelude to a peaceful night's rest. Peace & Calming may be especially calming and comforting to young children after an overactive and stressful day.***


Refreshing Peppermint oil is helpful for
increasing mental clarity and for easing
digestive disorders.

DOUG: Karen, will you explain how Peppermint impacts us topically and aromatically?

KAREN: Peppermint is such a fabulous oil. I use it for a number of things. But I was really excited to read one of the studies on Peppermint, to learn about the increased mental clarity that it gave people. It significantly helped women who were proofreaders so that they were able to spot misspellings. (Interestingly, Lavender was the scent that produced the greatest effects for proofreading in males.) Peppermint also improved performance for participants during typing, memorization, and alphabetizing tests.

DOUG: Karen, how does Peppermint impact us topically—especially with its powerful phytochemical menthol?

KAREN: Peppermint is multifaceted. Anyone who gets to that certain age where joints start creaking a bit will find that that Peppermint on the knees is just bliss! I love Balsam Fir for that as well but Peppermint is really the one that has worked on my knees. I think this is a key point for people to know, that oils impact us all a little bit differently. We need to find the ones that work best for us, and like you, I’ve experimented and found out which ones are helpful for me and my body chemistry.

* This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils

 Oh, I want this this book!!  I read Kurt Schnaubelt's book, Advanced Aromatherapy, and really enjoyed it.  Now Life Science Publishing has just come out with this new book with special pricing.  I love the title of it - The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils - because I really do believe that essential oils have an intelligence, and that they follow the intent of the person putting them on.  That's far out stuff, I know, but if you study quantum physics, you find that electromagnetic energy behaves as a wave or as a particle, depending on the intent of the observer, as discovered in the 1980's by scientists working independently in Germany and the United States in the "Double Slit, Delayed Choice" experiments.David Stewart says, "We know that essential oils amplify intent--the intent of the person applying the oils as well as the intent of the person receiving the oils."2  He also says, "Chemistry determines what is possible.  Quantum physics determines which possibilities actually happen.  Our thoughts won't change the chemistry of an oil; that is fixed before we apply the oil.  But our thoughts can determine which aspects of the chemistry will work in our bodies; that is determined at the time of anointing and afterwards."3 In addition, I believe the intelligence comes from the bestowal of life by an all-wise Creator.  Essential oils are "alive," in sharp contrast to synthetic pharmaceutical drugs.

In all the reading I've been doing, it is really interesting to see the merging of right-brained energy workers with left-brained physicists when it gets down to the level of quantum physics, where they have common ground.

In her book Molecules of Emotion, Candace Pert puts it this way, "I often find myself addressing very mixed audiences.  Depending on the nature of my host's organization, the crowd is either weighted toward mainstream professional--doctors, nurses, and scientific researchers--or toward alternative practitioners- chiropractors, energy healers, massage therapists, and other curious participants--but frequently includes members from both camps in a blend that can best be described as the Establishment meets the New Paradigm."  She describes the clothes too, which I thought so descriptive, "When I...glance around at one of these mixed crowds, I notice first that, in marked contrast to the more scientific gatherings, there are usually large numbers of women present.  It still surprises me to see so many of them, dressed beautifully in their flowing California-style robes of many colors.  I am always stunned by the many shades of purple in their dress, more shades than I ever knew existed!"  And then she describes the doctors, "The men sit erect in their well-tailored dark suits and crisp white shirts, while nearby their female counterparts look officiously around, checking the room for the faces of their colleagues."Personally, I think I would be comfortable in both camps, although I might prefer the more comfortable flowing robes.  :)

Flowing purple robes are a marked contrast to well-tailored dark suits, and yet they come to hear the latest on the same thing - quantum physics - which is where the answers lie for how essential oils can have "intelligence" and work according to a person's intent.  And this leads me back to the fact that I am very excited to get my hands on this book!

P.S.  For a detailed and easily understood discussion of quantum physics and related topics, see  Transcendental Physics, by Edward R. Close available at or by calling EJC Publications at 877-756-6753.  For how Quantum Physics relates to essential oils, Dr. David Stewart published a small 20 page pamphlet.  It is listed in the footnotes, but it can also be found published online here.  I highly recommend this essay by Dr. Stewart - it's fascinating, and will change your way of thinking when you put on an essential oil!

1 Stewart, Quantum Physics, Essential Oils & The Mind-Body Connection, Sound Concepts, 2008, p. 5.
2 Ibid., p. 11
3 Ibid., p. 13
4 Pert, Molecules of Emotion, Kindle edition.