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.

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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!

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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.