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The Scientific Case for Ingesting Essential Oils!

Stop the Insanity: The Scientific Case for Ingesting Essential Oils

by Dr. Scott Johnson

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The essential oil space has experienced tremendous growth over the last five years. This growth generated hundreds of thousands of new essential oils users that are forced to wade through the conflicting ocean of essential oil information that plagues the internet. One of the most hotly contested subjects is the ingestion of essential oils, with traditional aromatherapists bellowing the “dangers” and progressive essential oil experts championing the benefits.

One side largely relies on customary practices, whereas the progressives seek to find the answer to this divisive discussion through science. When you cut through all the rhetoric and objectively analyze the evidence, this dispute can be encapsulated in to four elements: 1) empowerment versus control, 2) potential, 3) knowledge, and 4) comfort level.

Empowerment Versus Control

Let’s start with the empowerment versus control aspect. Traditional aromatherapists seek to maintain control of an industry that has experienced rapid and dynamic change over the last decade. They seek to uphold the status quo and continue their heavy reliance on an antiquated and conservative aromatherapy paradigm established decades ago. By maintaining the status quo, they preserve their dominion and keep clients at their mercy. Of course, this traditional paradigm has merit that is valuable today, but as with Western medicine, new discoveries have enlarged our understanding of essential oils and how we can use them to reach the highest human potential.

Potential

As was mentioned in the previous paragraph, potential is a huge aspect of ingesting essential oils. Progressive essential oil experts advocate the use of all aspects of essential oils to their fullest potential—aromatic, topical, and internal. Oral administration has great advantages and is preferred in certain situations, such as when treating an infection or chronic condition. Waiting for transdermal absorption through the skin could allow an infection to overpower the individual and indeed puts the individual at great risk.

In addition, the number of bacteria in the body eclipses the number of cells, suggesting that human microbiome balance is crucial to overall wellness. It is naïve to think that topical use of essential oils will penetrate inside the stomach to influence any harmful bacteria residing there.

Another important aspect of oral administration is the metabolites (substances produced during metabolism) that are produced when essential oils are ingested. For example, one of the metabolites produced after the ingestion of limonene (found in abundance in citrus essential oils) is the anti-cancer compound perillic acid. Now, not all metabolites are good. Pulegone (found in pennyroyal and other essential oils) is metabolized to menthofuran, which is toxic to the liver and kidneys. This makes it important to understand the chemical make-up of an essential oil before ingesting it.

Knowledge

This leads us right into our third topic — knowledge. Ingesting essential oils requires a greater knowledge of essential oil composition, drug interactions, contraindications, dosage, and metabolism. However, this can all be obtained from advanced essential oil training or found in an evidence-based book. If you choose to take essential oils orally, you should seek this advanced knowledge and understanding first.

Knowledge from published studies is also telling. A review of the literature in PubMed shows that essential oils are administered orally safely and effectively in dozens of clinical studies, with burp back being the most common side-effect.

Comfort Level

Along with knowledge, an individual’s comfort level must be considered. If you are uncomfortable with ingesting essential oils, then limit your use to aromatic and topical use. These two methods still offer fantastic benefits depending on what you are striving to accomplish.

The bottom line is, the overwhelming evidence suggests that many essential oils are safe to ingest, and they produce remarkable systemic benefits that could not be achieved through other methods. It’s time to stop the insanity and endless debate over essential oil ingestion, and embrace the future of essential oils, which includes internal usage.

headshot-johnsonScott A. Johnson is a naturopath, Certified Elite Essential Oil Specialist, Certified Clinical Master Aromatherapist, and Board Certified Alternative Medical Practitioner dedicated to raising healthier generations naturally. His evidence-based approach to natural medicine and enthusiasm for sharing wellness with the global masses makes him a world leader in natural medicine. Join his wellness community to get a free report on essential oils and MRSA.

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Thank you so much for this info Dr. Scott Johnson! My favorite book on essential oils is one that Dr. Johnson wrote.  If you are at all interested in essential oils….this book is a must!  Evidence Based Essential Oil Therapy.  I have a direct link to this book on my website www.food4thoughtwellness.com, or look it up on Amazon!

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Organic Turkey Marinade

Organic Turkey Marinade

This is the year… make your turkey count! Your turkey will be rich with flavor while maintaining outstanding moisture! Your guests will be amazed! Here’s the secret…

Organic Turkey Marinade

1 ½ C. organic chicken broth/stock

½ C. organic olive oil

1 -2 t. organic garlic powder

1 t. sea salt

Pepper to taste

Sprig of fresh organic rosemary

2 drops Améo thyme

2 drops Améo sweet basil

2 drops Améo rosemary

Mix ingredients together. (It fits perfect in a pint jar if you want to give it as a gift.) Keep refrigerated until use. Inject with a meat injector under the skin of the turkey. Be sure to inject it in various places. Roast as per directions on turkey package. Enjoy!

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Thank you My Pure Oil for this recipe!

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Cleanse Like You Mean It!

Halloween Is Over!
With Thanksgiving Coming, It’s Time to Cleanse Like You Mean It!
The enemy is within!  Whether you’re trying to manage your weight, deal with stress or just stop feeling yuck- the toxic load you carry is sabotaging your efforts! It’s time to clean it out so you can move forward!

Click here to find fun tips on cleansing!

Thank you Dropsmarts for this info!!!

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Pregnancy Do’s & Don’ts!

Pregnancy Do’s & Don’ts!
Creating a NEW HUMAN BEING! It’s about the most amazing thing one can do! Learn how to enjoy those nine months with less pain, less discomfort, and a lot more empowerment, by doing it with Améo!

Watch this short video for some great tips!

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It’s the Weekend….Take a Deep Breath!!

AND UNWIND!!!

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Stress Control Blend

Have a beautiful weekend!!

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Be Prepared When You Travel

AMÉO LIVING SERIES: ESSENTIAL OILS FOR TRAVELING

The following is one in a series of practical Améo Essential Oil uses from healthy lifestyle expert Karen A. Jensen

Time to hit the road! Just remember that as you travel a few things can make your trip memorable in several ways. Your wellbeing might be enhanced with the use of items such as Ameo Aroma Necklace, Aerify Diffuser, Beadlets, even a cotton hanky onto which one can place oils such as Gest Calm – a terrific aid for travel tummies. Peppermint and Life Unlimited can help you keep up with vacation schedules.  Think about keeping Pure Tranquility, in your travel bags to maintain that mellow and laid-back attitude. Soothing Air can make sure the dry airplane atmosphere remains a non-factor as you travel.

Recently my husband and I traveled to India. It was an amazing trip and in order to make sure we were able to enjoy every moment, oils such as Proshield were diffused, placed on face cloths and taken internally. Ameo Hand Purifier is easy to carry and actually makes hands feel softer and more pleasant than other such products.

If your trip includes roller coasters you might consider the Cooling Mint beadlets, just place one between lip and gum then board the ride certain that your stomach stays where it belongs. The use of Muscle Rub may also be a good idea for those sporting trips, even to work into the feet when heading to the ski slopes.

Remember that any of the citrus oils – Lemon, Tangerine, Orange or Bergamot, can be added to drink bottles. Simply add the oil to the powdered SuperMix or SmartMix, work in well then add water and shake vigorously. A drop on a slice of fruit or spritzed from your 4mil sprayer onto salad can keep you functioning at top levels.

Sometimes the stresses of travel can result in blisters that make you feel awkward and uncomfortable. A combination of equal parts Black Pepper, Sweet Fennel and Copiaba can make a difference. This is also a great blend to add to your Zija Oil for dry or problematic skin. Of course AGX Skin is one of my favorites for addition to fractionated coconut oil and use in massage.

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AMÉO ROSEMARY GARLIC MASHED POTATOES

Time for another mouthwatering Thanksgiving recipe using Améo Essential Oils! This one will pair perfectly with yesterday’s Améo Turkey Flavor Injection.

AMÉO ROSEMARY GARLIC MASHED POTATOES

INGREDIENTS:
5 lbs diced potatoes
3 drops Améo Rosemary oil
1 drop Améo Black Pepper oil
1.5 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
3/4 cup heavy cream
3 tablespoons milk
6 tablespoons butter

DIRECTIONS:
1) Boil cubed potatoes, with or without skin to preference, for 20+ minutes until soft
2) Drain potatoes and place in large bowl with butter; allow butter to melt
3) Add cream and mash potatoes to desired consistency, adding milk as needed
4) Add Améo Rosemary and Black Pepper oils, garlic powder, and salt and mix well
5) Serve warm with your favorite gravy
Optional: Garnish with sprigs of fresh Rosemary

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New Science on Essential Oils

New Science on Essential Oils

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Dr. Joshua Plant, Harvard PhD 

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Lavender Lemonade to Help with Headaches and Anxiety!

How to Make Lavender Lemonade to Get Rid Headaches and Anxiety

(Thank you so much Healthy Holistic Living for this info!)

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Flavoring your lemonade with lavender is a great way to utilize the amazing medicinal properties of lavender. Lavender is a wonderful aromatic herb that calms the senses.

Pure lavender oil is an incredible essential oil to use for your own health and wellness. It’s among the gentlest of essential oils, but also one of the most powerful, making it a favorite of households for the healing properties and uses of lavender essential oil. Lavender oil has a chemically complex structure with over 150 active constituents, which explains its effectiveness at helping with a lot of health ailments. Lavender oil possesses amazing anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, antidepressant, antiseptic, antibacterial, antimicrobial, antispasmodic, analgesic, detoxifier, hypotensive, and sedative properties.

Florida researchers have found that lavender oil benefits include reducing anxiety and lowering pulse rates in nursing students taking stressful tests. And in hospital settings, lavender aromatherapy has been demonstrated to decrease pre-surgery distress and to be more relaxing than massage or merely resting.(1)

Lavender essential oil has medicinal properties as well. It has been shown to reduce depression, improve insomnia and ease labor pains. And anecdotal evidence suggests that lavender oil benefits those with headaches, hangovers, sinus congestion and pain relief.

“Much prior research on lavender has focused on the administration of lavender via an olfactory route. The anxiolytic activity of lavender olfaction has been demonstrated in several small and medium-sized clinical trials.46-53 The efficacy of aromatherapy of lavender is thought to be due to the psychological effects of the fragrance combined with physiological effects of volatile oils in the limbic system.54 These calming effects of lavender oil and single constituents may be the origin of the traditional use of lavender. Lavender oil olfaction has been shown to decrease anxiety, as measured by the Hamilton rating scale,51 and can increase mood scores.
The following are selected examples of clinical trials on lavender aromatherapy:

Dunn and colleagues demonstrated anxiolytic activity of lavender oil aromatherapy in patients in intensive care units. Subjects received at least 1 session of aromatherapy with 1% lavender essential oil. Significant anxiolytic effects were noted in the 1st treatment, though 2nd and 3rd treatments did not appear to be as effective.47
Alaoui-Ismaili and colleagues found that the aroma of lavender is considered by subjects to be very pleasant and is correlated with changes in the autonomic nervous system.56
Tysoe and colleagues conducted a study of lavender oil in burner use on staff mood and stress in a hospital setting. A significant number of respondents (85%) believed that lavender aroma improved the work environment following the use of the lavender oil burners.57
Diego and colleagues demonstrated that people receiving lavender oil (10%) olfaction for 3 minutes felt significantly more relaxed and had decreased anxiety scores, improved mood and increased scores of alpha power on EEG (an indicator of alertness), and increased speed of mathematical calculations.58
Lewith and colleagues investigated the effects of lavender aromatherapy on depressed mood and anxiety in female patients being treated with chronic hemodialysis.59 The effects of aromatherapy were measured using the Hamilton rating scale for depression (HAMD) and the Hamilton rating scale for anxiety (HAMA). Lavender aroma significantly decreased the mean scores of HAMA, suggesting an effective, noninvasive means for the treatment of anxiety in hemodialysis patients.
Lavender aromatherapy, with or without massage, may also reduce the perception of pain and the need for conventional analgesics in adults and children, though more rigorously controlled trials are needed.60″ (2)
DIY Lavender Lemonade with Lavender Essential Oil

Ingredients

1 cup raw honey
5 cups pure water
1 Tbsp. dried, organic culinary lavender (optional one drop of lavender oil..Click here for where to find)
6 lemons, peeled and juiced approx.
Lavender sprigs for garnish
Directions

1. Pour 1/2 the water in a pan, bring to boil and remove from heat

2. Add honey and dried lavender let steep for approximately 20 minutes.
3. Strain mixture and pour into larger container.

4. Add lemon juice and the remaining water. Stir well

5. Refrigerate

Other ways you can use Lavender for Anxiety and Headaches

Mix 5 to 6 drops of Lavender essential oil to your bath water if you have dry skin. (where to find)
Diffuse 10 to 12 drops of Lavender into the air during your workday for natural stress relief.
Add 2 drops of Lavender per ounce of your favorite lightly scented, unrefined organic oil (like almond oil or olive oil) for a body oil with all the benefits of lavender for improving your skin, relaxing your mind, warding off insects or helping you sleep.
Why Améo Essential Oils..Click here!

Published by Healthy Holistic Living and…

Article originally published in LivingTraditionally.com republished with permission
Lots of science behind this one folks:

References

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42. Elizabetsky E, al Mje. Effects of linalool on glutamatergic system in the rat cerebral cortex. Neurochem Res 1995;20:461-465.
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46. Buckle J. Aromatherapy. Nurs Times. 1993;89:32-35.
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48. Hardy M, Kirk-Smith MD, Stretch DD. Replacement of drug treatment for insomnia by ambient odour. Lancet 1995;346:701.
49. Hudson R. Nursing: the value of lavender for rest and activity in the elderly patient. Complement Ther Med. 1996;4:52-57.
50. Wolfe N, Herzberg J. Can aromatherapy oils promote sleep in severely demented patients? Int J Geriatr Psychiatry. 1996;11:926-927.
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52. Louis M, Kowalski SD. Use of aromatherapy with hospice patients to decrease pain, anxiety, and depression and to promote an increased sense of well-being. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2002;19:381-386.
53. Lehrner J, Marwinski G, Lehr S, Johren P, Deecke L. Ambient odors of orange and lavender reduce anxiety and improve mood in a dental office. Physiol Behav. 2005;86:92-95.
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56. Alaoui-Ismaïli O, Vernet-Maury E, Dittmar A, Delhomme G, Chanel J. Odor hedonics: connection with emotional response estimated by autonomic parameters. Chem Senses. 1997;22(3):237-248.
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59. Lewith GT, Godfrey AD, Prescott P. A single-blind, randomized pilot study evaluating the aroma of Lavandula angustifolia, as a treatment for mild insomnia. J Altern Complement Med. 2005;11(4):631-637.
60. Buckle J. Use of aromatherapy as a complementary treatment for chronic pain. Altern Ther Health Med 1999;5:42-51.
61. Bradley BF, Brown SL, Chu S, Lea RW. Effects of orally administered lavender essential oil on responses to anxiety-provoking film clips. Hum Psychopharmacol. 2009;24(4):319-330.
62. Kasper S, Gastpar M, Müller WE, et al. Silexan, an orally administered Lavandula oil preparation, is effective in the treatment of ‘subsyndromal’ anxiety disorder: a randomized, double-blind, placebo controlled trial. Int Clin Psychopharmacol 2010;25:277-287.
63. Woelk H, Schlaefke S. A multi-center, double-blind, randomised study of the Lavender oil preparation Silexan in comparison to Lorazepam for generalized anxiety disorder. Phytomedicine. 2010;17:94-99.
64. Azkhondzadeh S, Kashani L, Fotouhi A, et al. Comparison of Lavandula angustifolia Mill. tincture and imipramine in the treatment of mild to moderate depression: a double-blind, randomized trial. Prog Neuropsychopharmacol Biol Psychiatry. 2003;27(1):123-127.
65. Stange R, Schaper S, Uehleke B, Dienel A, Schlaefke S. Phase II study on the effects of lavender oil (Silexan) in patients with neurasthenia, posttraumatic stress disorders or somatisation disorder.

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