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: It seems that 20 percent of the U.S. population has some kind of acid reflux problem at least once a week. And there are 14.5 million people with ulcers and 3.7 million with gastritis. Peppermint again comes to the rescue. When we take it internally, what happens?

KAREN: One study that we’ve discussed was done at a medical college in Bombay. They found that if people who have dyspepsia (stomachache) from eating too much were given Peppermint oil, it would accelerate the gastric emptying rate. Peppermint helped the digestive tract move food through so that the people were comfortable again.

DOUG: Peppermint stops cramping and as a part of a natural cleansing program, it acts two ways. It is antispasmodic, stopping that wrenching feeling of spasms, and it takes care of that bloating and gassy feeling. Peppermint is maybe nature’s top carminative next to Ginger. It’s antigas and actually quiets things, dispels gas, and neutralizes it. One thing that keeps occurring to me is that as we are seeking natural solutions, the mainstream’s solution is causing more trouble than it is helping. With digestive problems, they are going at it backwards, trying to block some natural processes in the body.

KAREN: Peppermint is a great, natural solution for stomach upsets. Proton pump inhibitors (as advertised on television) that stop the production of stomach acid have an unexpected adverse effect: pneumonia. A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed that of 500,000 Dutch patients surveyed, those taking acid-suppressing drugs had four times the incidence of pneumonia as those who did not take the drugs. Stomach acid kills swallowed germs in addition to digesting your food.

Peppermint essential oil is pure bliss
on aching joints and it is helpful for
easing headache discomfort.

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.

DOUG: But don’t forget headaches! When I have a headache, I see a great response to the headache pain from Lavender and Peppermint . This is a really great yin and yang combination. If you’re not sure where that headache is really originating from, try a little bit of both lavender and peppermint and, from what I’ve experienced with the problem, it will resolve itself.

KAREN: A North Carolina doctor read a German study where peppermint was applied for tension-type headaches. The randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind study showed that just 10 percent peppermint oil applied locally was effective against the headache just like 1000 mg of acetaminophen. The doctor decided to try it the next time he had a headache. He bought a small bottle of peppermint oil in the baking section of his grocery store, applied it, and within 15 minutes his headache was gone. Imagine how Young Living’s Therapeutic Grade Peppermint Oil would have acted on that headache.

***Peppermint (Mentha piperita) has a strong, clean, fresh, minty aroma. One of the oldest and most highly regarded herbs for soothing digestion, it may also restore digestive efficiency.* Jean Valnet MD studied peppermint's supportive effect on the liver and respiratory systems. Other scientists have also researched peppermint's role in improving taste and smell when inhaled. Dr. William N. Dember of the University of Cincinnati studied peppermint's ability to improve concentration and mental sharpness. Alan Hirsch MD studied peppermint's ability to directly affect the brain's satiety center, which triggers a sensation of fullness after meals. This powerful essential oil is often diluted before topical application. Peppermint may also be used to enhance the flavor of food and water. ***

* 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.

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