Saturday, June 16, 2012

Essential Oils - The Legal Pitfalls of Making False Claims, Diagnosing or Prescribing

For many just discovering the tremendous healing power in essential oils, it is a temptation to want to tell the whole world about their new discovery. Not only to share this information but they also want to put oils on just about everyone who crosses their path. Here is the first red flag. Be careful not to make false claims about these healing oils and don't diagnose someone's problem and prescribe a natural healing agent like an essential oil. It is prohibited by law to make false "disease claims" regarding essential oils, herbs, or supplements. Neither can you "diagnose" or "prescribe" which are medical terms that apply only for those individuals licensed to diagnose and prescribe. As a practitioner, you could be legally liable. What is a false claim? Here are some examples of "disease claims:" That essential oils-

o Cures cancer

o For relief of symptoms of cold, flu, and sore throats

o Anti-tumoral

o Anti-viral

o Anti-bacterial

o Helps manage prostate enlargement

o Replenishes healthy intestinal flora

o Anti-depressant

o Anti-inflammatory

o Anti-microbial

o Anti-fungal

o Anti-parasitic

o Anti-coagulant

o Lowers the risk of [name of a disease]

o Lowers cholesterol

o Relieves pain associated with a disease process

Even though research is showing all the above to be true, the research lacks double-blind studies on a grand scale. At this point in our healthcare system, only the pharmaceutical drug companies have this kind of money and they are not about to study the effectiveness of a natural product of the earth that they cannot patent. These claims therefore cannot be owned or expressed by anyone except a medical physician. In fact, I recommend that you do not discuss diseases unless you are medically trained. Nurses are medically trained and therefore it is within our license to discuss medical conditions but not within our license to diagnose or prescribe unless the nurse practitioner is licensed to do so.

What can we safely say about these oils and how they work? Here are a few suggestions:

o Promotes good health

o Makes you feel good

o Improves nutrition, thereby optimizing health

o Are immune enhancing

o Support the body's natural defenses

o Support the immune, circulatory, respiratory, endocrine, digestive, nervous and other body systems

o Aid in maintaining normal cellular regeneration

o Are mood elevating

o Are antiseptic (topical use only)

o Are high in antioxidants

o Are aromatic

o Are oxygenating

o Boost stamina and energy

o Help you relax

o Help manage stress and frustration

o Help reduce the appearance of aging

o Improve mental clarity

o Promote overall health, vitality and longevity

So rather than diagnosing and prescribing, we can suggest ways that the body can become restored to health. We can research the health problem and offer more information; and we can offer testimonials. Simply replacing drugs with herbs and essential oils does not serve the client well. Teaching others how to balance their bodies naturally the way God intended will serve them much better. How can we do this? By looking at the body system that is not working and offering support to that body system.

Educational courses in aromatherapy can help you use essential oils properly and know how to discuss their healing ability with the public without making false claims, diagnosing and prescribing.

Check this out for more information on learning to heal through the art of aromatherapy as a clinical aromatherapist.

You can also read more about aromatherapy in my book Healing Oils Healing Hands, Discovering the Power of Prayer, Hands On Healing and Anointing. You can find it on my web site at

Friday, June 15, 2012

The Essential Oil of Bergamot - An Oil for Releasing and Relaxing

Bergamot (Citrus Bergamia)-is in the citrus family (Rutaceae). It was named after the city of Bergamo, Italy where the oil was first produced by cold expression. The fruit was first brought from the Canary Islands in the 15th century to this Italian city which financed one of the voyages of Christopher Columbus. Bergamot is used in the production of Earl Grey tea and gives the tea its distinctive flavor. Bergamot makes a delicious flavor for drinks and deserts. The fragrance of bergamot is also a principle ingredient in Eau-de-Cologne.

Traditionally bergamot has been used in Italian home remedies for centuries primarily for fever and for worms. It was also used for skin conditions associated with oily complexion.

Today bergamot is used both as a tonic and a calming oil. For the skin, it can help acne, boils, cold sores, eczema, insect bites, oily complexion, psoriasis, scabies, and varicose ulcers. For the respiratory system, it may help with sore throats, and tonsillitis. For the digestive system, it can help with bad breath, mouth infections, flatulence and loss of appetite and for the genital-urinary system, it is reported helpful with cystitis, itching and thrush. Bergamot oil helps us to relax and "let go" of pent up emotions, especially those that can lead to depression. As an oil for releasing and relaxing it is therefore an oil to encourage positive emotions of confidence, balance, strength and joy.

Bergamot's primary effect is calming and balancing. It mixes well with all essential oils including clary sage, cypress, frankincense, geranium, helichrysum, jasmine, lavender, mandarin, nutmeg orange, rosemary, sandalwood, vetiver, and ylang ylang.

Bergamot can be diffused, used as an anointing oil for the brow or temples and it can be used on location for stings and bites. Bergamot also makes a nice deodorant. However, be careful about going out into the sun or into a tanning booth within twelve hours of application. Since this is a phototoxic oil, it may cause skin sensitivity to sunlight. It contains furanocoumarins which interfere with melanin production in the skin and could result in red or brown splotches on the skin. Blisters have been reported in sensitive skin exposed to UV rays of tanning booths.

Bergamot is an exciting oil helpful not only for the physical body but also for the emotional and spiritual side of us. I find it one of my most popular oils in our educational classes. To learn more about bergamot and other essential oils you might want to consider becoming a certified aromatherapist. Educational courses in healing energy and aromatherapy can help you understand how essential oils heal the body/mind/spirit.

Check this out for more information on learning to heal through the art of aromatherapy as a clinical aromatherapist. For educational courses on healing energy and the laying-on of hands, you can go to You can also read more about aromatherapy and bergamot essential oil in Linda Smith's books: Called into Healing, Reclaiming our Judeo-Christian Legacy of Healing Touch, and Healing Oils Healing Hands, Discovering the Power of Prayer, Hands On Healing and Anointing. You can find these books and more on my web site at

Protect Your Liver - Use Essential Oils

We all have drawers and cabinets full of different over-the-counter products to help us overcome different everyday ailments. Since hearing how many of these products can cause liver damage, I'm making a conscious effort not to use them as much as I used to. In fact, I'm trying to trim my supply down and use more natural means whenever possible. My choice for "more natural" is Young Living essential oils.

I wasn't exactly sure where my liver is when I started this article. And if I were trying to answer a game-show question on what it does for my body, I would have failed. So I decided to look it up, especially after talking to my friend Steve, who has suffered from liver damage due to taking a non-prescription pain reliever for migraines. I wish I'd known Steve before he ruined his liver. Chances are he didn't even know about the essential oil blends that are able to stop a migraine in its tracks.

Anyhow, while researching, the first thing I found out is the liver is our second largest organ (the skin is the largest one, even though we hardly ever think of it that way). The article I read said the liver is on the right just below the rib cage. I guess it doesn't matter to me where it is--as long as it keeps working. It's in there somewhere with all the other organs that just need to do the job they're supposed to do.

Almost everything we eat or take into our body has to be checked out by our liver before it can pass on to the heart and blood supply. Think of it like a customs agent going through your luggage when you leave or enter a country. Before allowing nutrients or environmental chemicals to move on to the rest of your body, the liver changes them into a biochemical form that can be used or eliminated by the body. When something bad is ingested, inhaled or absorbed by your skin, it removes or breaks down the toxic substance and sends it packing.

Toxins can overload and actually block the detox pathways in the liver. Of all the jobs the liver does, the most vital for our survival may be its detox function. If we knew how much it does for us, we would most likely take better care of it. For example, how many times have you cleaned with chemicals and failed to wear gloves?

The liver quietly does its job of detoxing as long as it is able. Most people figure the worst that can happen is cirrhosis and that if they drink alcohol only in moderation, there'll never be a problem. This is not true. Many of the pharmaceutical drugs prescribed by your doctor carry warnings about liver damage. Don't dismiss that too lightly. My friend Steve doesn't drink at all. He was only taking a very common over-the-counter pain medication, for heaven's sake!

Top therapeutic-grade essential oils can actually support the liver, helping it to detox while relieving many common ailments. Other essential oils like peppermint, can bring powerful headache relief without the risk of side effects. I was surprised to learn how many ailments can be treated successfully with essential oils.*

Unfortunately, too many people think over-the-counter medications are safe. It just isn't so. Think about what you put into your body. Think about the chemicals you allow your skin to absorb. Think about what goes into your lungs every single day. Why not start exploring how something as simple as using essential oils can help you protect your liver so it can help you live a long and healthy life?

*This article is for educational purposes only. Persons with medical issues should seek the advice of a professional healthcare practitioner.

I have been using natural health products and essential oils for years now and they have changed my life. If you would like to get more information on where to buy quality essential oils, visit my website and check out the page on peppermint essential oil. It is one of my personal favorites.

Essential Oils - Fit for a King - Still Available for You Today

It is reported that when the boy-King Tutankhamun's grave was opened and all its contents were sorted and recorded, that over 50 alabaster jars were found tucked in the back of an antechamber, leaning against a wall. Most of these jars or vases had been emptied by ancient grave robbers years ago which brings up an interesting observation. The gold and other valuable objects in the grave were left behind as well as the heavy alabaster perfume jars-but the essential oils were emptied probably into skins for easier theft and get-away. Obviously, the essential oils were considered by the robbers to be more valuable than gold and precious jewels.

The jars contained traces of only three oils-balsam, frankincense and myrrh. These were considered the "Kingly" oils, fit only for the king and royal family. Very interesting that it would be these three oils when the Egyptians had access to many others. A quick look at the chemistry of these oils might give us a clue as to why they would be considered "kingly" as fit only for the king.

Frankincense, myrrh and balsam fir are all high in monoterpenes with some sesquiterpenes. Balsam fir is in fact 98% monoterpenes. These are 5-carbon chain compounds that serve to inhibit the accumulation of toxins especially in the liver and kidneys. They are highly antiseptic, antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory. Could this have been their secret weapon against the plagues of Biblical days? Modern science seems to think so. It certainly gives us an insight into how seriously the ancients guarded these precious oils for their god-kings.

Are these "kingly oils" available to us today and are they just as potent as in antiquity? The answer to that is a resounding YES! Through the centuries we have forgotten or laid aside this ancient knowledge in our quest to be "scientific." We are coming full circle however, as we re-discover the healing power of not only these three oils but many more. How can you learn more about the healing power of essential oils? A program in aromatherapy that emphasizes the chemistry and proper use of these potent healing substances is a great start. Find out more about frankincense, myrrh and balsam fir and how they can keep you healthy in our present day. I invite you to attend an aromatherapy program that teaches the healing properties of therapeutic grade essential oils like the oils used by the ancient Egyptian healers.

Discover how to heal through the art of aromatherapy as a clinical aromatherapist through a Judeo-Christian based program. A companion program integrates prayer, hands-on healing and anointing with essential oils.

And you can read more about oils used by the Egyptians in my book Healing Oils Healing Hands, Discovering the Power of Prayer, Hands On Healing and Anointing. You can find it on my web site at

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Three Fresh Ways With Essential Oils

Have you ever thought of how often you vacuum your home?

It's wonderful that modern vacuum cleaners have good efficient filters and often two or more!

They should of course be kept as clean as possible, preferably every time the cleaner is emptied.

They are excellent for trapping the smaller dust particles while cleaning but have you thought of using a few drops of your favourite pure essential oil dripped onto the filter.

Two or three drops of lemon myrtle, lavender or pine can leave a wonderful aroma around your home, not to mention the benefit of enjoying the fragrance while doing your chores.

Why not add one or two drops of pure essential oils to your washing powder to leave their wonderful scent on your clothes.

Another possible method is to drip a couple of drops of pure essential oil onto a piece of cloth and adding to your laundry in the tumble dryer.

Favourite essential oils of mine would have to be lavender, lemon myrtle or eucalyptus.

Motherhood can be a wonderful experience, especially the joy of bonding during the final evening feed whether by bottle feeding or breast feeding.

We have to be mindful that pure essential oils are very potent and should not be allowed onto the skins of either breast feeding mothers or babies.

That is not to say that the use of aromatherapy has to be completely avoided at this time.

In fact there can be wonderful positive benefits to be had if used with caution.

A couple of drops of chamomile, lavender or a mixture of both dripped onto a tissue or piece of cloth in the bedroom or nursery (out of reach of children) can have a wonderful calming affect on both mothers and babies to unwind, relax and enhance the bonding experience of mother and child.

John Schofield of Bonvale Creations