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Geranium Essential Oil

Young Living Essential Oils was mentioned in the December/January 2008 issue of Domino magazine, a style magazine centered on the home. In this current issue, Joshua Onysko, founder and alchemist of Pangea Organics body-care, mentions Young Living’s geranium essential oil as “one of the top eco-centric ways to look and feel fabulous in 2008.”

When used as a calming scrub, Onysko says, “The best essential oil by far is geranium. The scent, sweet and pungent, goes right to the frontal lobe, relieving tension and anxiety. The oil also helps speed up the reproduction of skin cells—a few drops mixed into a cup of sea salt and jojoba oil is a rejuvenating body polish.”

geranium essential oilMore about geranium:
Geranium has a penetrating sweet floral scent. It is restorative and relaxing with a strong strengthening effect while soothing to the mind and body. It has antiseptic properties and is widely used in skin care because of its ability to restore balance to oily or dry hair and skin. It is helpful for skin conditions and is gentle enough for sensitive skin.

Geranium can be used for inflammation with its mild, soothing effect. The action on the nervous system is pronounced, being a sedative with uplifting characteristics.

Nerve pain study
In a study published in The American Journal of Medicine, researchers divided 30 adults suffering Post Herpetic Neuralgia (the pain that lingers after a case of shingles) into four groups. One group received topical treatments of geranium oil, while two groups received a mix of geranium oil and mineral oil (at ratios of 1 to 1 and 1 to 10), and a fourth group received only mineral oil.

All of the subjects who received any amount of geranium oil reported pain reduction, and those who received treatments containing 100 percent geranium oil experienced the greatest pain relief. The placebo group reported little or no relief. Some subjects experienced a slight irritation from the geranium oil, but these irritations subsided within an hour or so.

Help for pets:
Effective as an insecticide due to its terpene content, Geranium is also used to repel ticks, fleas and mosquitoes from humans and animals alike. Many old herbalist books mention Geranium as being an excellent tick repellent. It can be used by putting the oil on the dog’s collar every week or added to the rinse when bathing. The most effective way to use it is in a spritzer bottle that you can spray on and rub in several times a week. Check with your vet before using essential oils on cats.

Get your own bottle of Therapeutic Grade Geranium Essential oil with a 24% discount off retail.

Note: Information provided here is for EDUCATION PURPOSES ONLY and is in NO WAY intended to replace proper medical advice.  IT IS NOT for diagnostic or prescriptive use or to be construed as instruction on how to cure or treat any condition, illness or disease. Every individual is different, thus what may work for one may not work for another person.  Consult with the professional health authorities of your choice. Remember, taking responsibility for your health is your own personal decision: do your research and choose wisely.  We commend you!

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Basil Essential Oil study on ear infections

basil-essential-oilHere’s a recent study that indicates Basil essential oil can be helpful for ear infections. Of course we NEVER put oils directly into the ear!! but if you put a few drops on a cotton ball and rest the cotton ball on the ear, the aromatic vapors will gently work into the ear and do their wonderful healing. Grapefruit oil is also helpful for ear issues. Do the cotton ball thing, and also rub a drop of the oil on the mastoid process and around the outer ear. (Extra benefit: basil oil and the citrus oils also have relaxing qualities. So if you have a little one (or one who’s not so little!) who is uncomfortable and irritable from the ear infection, these oils can give a double whammy of benefit!

Essential oils may cure ear infections
Journal of Infectious Diseases, June 2005

Applying certain essential oils to the ear canal appears to be an effective treatment for ear infections.

If toxicity studies confirm the safety of (anti-bacterial) essential oil components for use in the ear, then a significant advance can be made in the treatment of ear infections. The vapours that are
released by essential oils, such as oil of basil, have been shown to have rapid bacteria-killing effects. Topical therapy for ear infections is usually not recommended because most drugs are in a
liquid form that cannot penetrate the eardrum to reach the infected middle ear. However, the vapours from essential oils may be able to diffuse through the eardrum and destroy the microbes present.

To investigate, researchers form the Landspitali University Hospital in Reykjavik , Iceland , tested oil of basil, various essential oil components, and inactive placebo on rats with experimental ear
infections. It was found that treatment with the oils cured up to 81 percent of the animals. With placebo, by contrast, cure rates did not exceed 6 percent.

The team noted that, based on their properties, essential oils may be able to destroy a variety of bacteria that can cause ear infections. They also point out that essential oils are generally
considered to be safe.

Note: Information provided here is for EDUCATION PURPOSES ONLY and is in NO WAY intended to replace proper medical advice.  IT IS NOT for diagnostic or prescriptive use or to be construed as instruction on how to cure or treat any condition, illness or disease. Every individual is different, thus what may work for one may not work for another person.  Consult with the professional health authorities of your choice. Remember, taking responsibility for your health is your own personal decision: do your research and choose wisely.  We commend you!

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