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Essential Oils as Healing Modality

Karen Parker on EOs and AromaTherapy
she has spent 35 years studying herbal medicine
was cosmetologist, did color-->chemical sensitivity and asthma worsened
now studying Chinese medicine at NCNM
went into EO industry
currently Oregon rep for Simplers http://www.simplers.com/
can't tolerate all EOs
teaches advanced classes outside NCNM
offering class in Nov or Dec at Watershed clinic

What are EOs?
not just pretty smells
mental and physical effects

HOW IT WORKS
How the nose works when you inhale a molecule of scent
olfactory bulb is only part of brain outside BBB
cilia extend from bulb to nasal mucosa
scent-->mucosa-->bulb-->limbic system of brain-->hypothalamus (endocrine)
to smell is to "touch your brain"
JASMINE: called a euphoric-->endorphin release

TOPICAL APPLICATIONS
transdermal absorption
size under 500 daltons crosses skin easily (all EOs)
garlic rub on feet-->breath out aromatics
hormonal actions? not studied, all speculative
1st 5 ingredients in J&J shampoo are known carcinogens
absorption through skin is higher if skin is well moisturized
applied via massage, EOs in base oil which is not absorbed (800 daltons +)
treatment customizable to condition of the day
for immune support, TEA TREE, EUCALYPTUS, LAVENDAR applied then dry skin brushing
these three are neutral, non-irritating
she recommends skin testing on elbows before
she recommends diluting in base oil for most applications
all EOs but one are antimicrobial
some EOs can't go straight on skin, too aggressive
lower GI prob: topical
deep lung infx with catarrh: inhalation doesn't work so:
apply to bottom of L foot so it gets to lungs before liver (??)
for migraines: two oils, one that vasodilates, one that vasoconstricts
lavendar and peppermint (rave reviews on this product)
to create mixture: 1 drop peppermint then add lavendar dropwise until you can smell both

INTERNAL USE
internal use not approved in US
has been used here for upper GI issues
MDs in France use EOs to shrink tumors, by injection
big doses used there
ANISE
PEPPERMINT
CORIANDER
BASIL
TARRAGON for hiccups, debilitating (one drop on tongue)

REGULATION
as cosmetics
by FDA, poorly done
rose water used in cooking, also as toner, can't use toner for cooking or vv

HELIPRISM for blood moving, avoid bruising

PEPPERMINT: mover, cooling

CIs
1) resp conditions, must test oil before use
open bottle at some distance, waft odor their way
"if you can get it all the way to their nose they can probably tolerate it"
2) siezure disorders, epilepsy may be triggered
3) pregnancy (she used to say no EO's except lavendar)(many EOs stimulate uterus, could cause AB)(now she uses ginger EO in preg for nausea or hyperemesis)

TUMANU OIL STORY
she took a whiff & had asthma attack
sudden recover of lost memory of intubation, oil smelled like anesthesia
she had no prior memory of this experience

LAVENDAR is most pop EO there is, monoterpene ester, "as neutral as it could be"
(estrogenic?: she says balancing: news on gynecomastia in boys, study in Denver, poor study)
don't buy EOs thru brokers
they stretch natural lavendar oil by adding synthetic 1,8 sinniol (sp?)
gas chromatography used to test oil for activity can't tell this additive
Gras region in France produces most lavendar
100,000L produced in a year

BLACK SPRUCE
for adrenal fatigue, pump them up

SKIN IRRITANTS
BERGAMOT and some citrus oils cause dark gray/brown marks on skin that stay: sun sensitizing
best used at night
most citrus sedating, good synergism with other sleep aids

BABIES, ELDERLY, DEFICIENCY STATES
she doesn't use EOs
uses hydrosols instead

CHILDREN
EUCALYPTUS GLOBULUS used in adults to break up mucus
she uses species RADIATA
RED MANDARINE instead of SWEET ORANGE
use milder oils for kids

BASE OILS
always dilute, more important in beginning when you are learning the oils
easy to make custom blends using base oil
sesame oil high in vit E
grapeseed oil very light wt, readily absorbed
jojoba oil best carrier, liquid wax stops oils from turning rancid

LEMON BALM good oil to distill at home, highly volatile and one of the better yield plants
1mL = 30 drops
works best at 1/100 dilution with base oil
calming effect

TOP 10 OILS IN HER FIRST AID KIT
address the most sx
she carries it around in a small bag
passing oils around and small dish of coffee for clearing olfatory palate

1) LAVENDAR most popular, safe, balanced, neutral, ester, balancing
for sleep only works in 50%, for the brain racers
for sluggish low energy person, kapha people, yin predominance, it brings E up
from Latin lavare "to wash"
effective vs bugs
for nervous issues, headache, migraine (vasoconstricting)
Tibetans put it in butter
for burns
immune combo: with tea tree and eucalyptus
recent research on constituents, extracts work vs tumors esp breast ca
balances chol and blood sugar
slows hair loss (alopecia areata)
unifying herb in formulas

2) GERMAN CHAMOMILE (Matricaria reutita)
chemotyping = chem constituents depend on plant growth location, season, exposure
3 types of chamomile: Moroccan blue (Tanacetum annuum), German (also blue), Roman
Roman is not anti-inflammatory, and is not blue, as antispasmodic, bronchospasm
German costs 3x Moroccan, is slightly less potent
"blue heals red"
anti-inflam
anti-allergenic (combine with Roman chamomile, Anthemis nobilis)
digestive (tea also works)

3) TEA TREE (Melaleuca alternifolia)
antibacterial
antifungal** best use, for tinea pedis, cruris, nail fungus with contact
for dandruff, candida, diaper rash cream
lots of crummy stuff out there, wrong plant parts used
"medicine chest in a bottle" (Aus indigenous peeps)

4) PEPPERMINT
a favorite of hers
digestive, used to use a lot internally for GI issues, OK in capsules
travel, for flying, puts it on air vent in airplane as airborn bactericidal
people not so offended by this odor (lavendar not so well tolerated)
motion sickness/nausea esp if excess heat
hot flashes: drops in cold water, soak, wring, put on neck
decongestant: combined with pine and eucalyptus

5) EUCALYPTUS (E. GLOBULUS, E RADIATA)
colds and catarrh: decongestant inhalation
bactericidal: air sprays, inhalation
viricidal**best: combine with Ravensara
combine 1 drop per TBS Manuka honey for throat formula
flu and bronchitis
chicken pox: combine with Chamomile, Ravensara, Lavendar
Pain: local pain of shingles
vermifuge
for hyperglycemia
for UTI's (in tea, also)
aboriginal use: leaves as dressing for wounds
DROP DOSES ONLY: NEUROTOXIC

6) RAVENSARA AROMATICA aka Ravintsara, Ravintsare
antiviral**
immune stimulating
same family as Eucalyptus, contains ketones: NEUROTOXIC
combine 1 drop per TBS Manuka honey for throat formula

7) THYME THYMOL
must dilute DILUTE ONLY
pectoral: break up catarrh
digestive
many conventional tx
antibacterial
antifungal, for nails
combine with INULA and HYSSOP DECUMBENS (toxic, abortifacient)

8) HELICHRYSUM ANGUSTIFOLIUM
aka immortelle, everlasting
used extensively in skin care
best blood mover in repertory (she thinks even better than cinnamon, too irritatg)
regenerative, vulnerary, cicatrisant
bruises
reduce dark circles under eyes by helping blood move through capillaries
addictions, help mind release drug of choice
while body detoxing, esp for nicotene but also for alcohol
RA formula: combined with lavendar and yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
combine with sage for scars, will reduce keloids
anti-inflam

9) ROSE GERANIUM (PELARGONIUM ODORANTISSIMUM)
skin care
anti-fungal (NOT antimicrobial)
add to yogurt for vaginal aapplication
nervous disorders esp hormonal (balance female hormones, antispasmodic, for PMS)
#1 female EO
antimycotic: candida
hemostatic
female hormone imbalance: combine with Clary Sage
pancreas stimulant: use with caution in DM,
combine with Black Spruce (Picea mariana)

10) LEMON (CITRUS)
antiseptic for surfaces
antibacterial
antiviral
antifungal
immune stimuulator
stims liver and lymph
venous tonic
for lymph congestion, also bay laurel

SANDALWOOD
she doesn't use
environmental issue
Indian forests are gone
now growing in Aus, it's different, not as effective
one of the oldest, along with frankincense, mostly for spiritual purposes
excellent skin oil

ROSEWOOD
also not use dt environmental
wood oils are wasteful because oil taken from heart wood
rosewood on the verge of endangerment
has same properties as rose geranium so she uses that

AVOIDING HYPERSENSITIVITY TO OILS
AMMI VISNAGA
she's sensitive and has been since the day she met it
mostly used internally in capsules
she doesn't know how to avoid sensitivity
advises be cautious about purity, sources

PHOTOSENSITIZING
citrus and bergamot
may leave permanent grayish spot on skin if exposed to sun while oil is on

BOOKS

CLINICAL AROMATHERAPY: EOS IN PRACTICE
2nd Ed, Jane Buckle
this book only on scientifically researched oils and applications

AROMATHERAPY: A COMPLETE GUIDE TO THE HEALING ART
Kathi Keville & Mindy Green
this is her favorite overall guidebook
organized by oil, tells something about each one

ADVANCED AROMATHERAPY: THE SCIENCE OF EO THERAPY
Kurt Schnaubelt, PhD
this book covers chemical constituents of each oil
good list of photosensitizing oils

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