Sassy “MiMi” Sandy Sue says…
Essential Oils for Inflammation
Herbs and Essential OIls are used for many different ailments. Today let’s talk about Herbals & Essential Oils used for pain as a result of Inflammation.
Inflammation commonly causes pain, but inflammation is also the body’s natural response to counteract injuries, bacterial, and viral infections. Therefore the pain and discomfort that indicates inflammation is in effect the body’s attempt to heal the assault.
Our immune system can sometimes generate a response even if there isn’t a bacterial or viral infection to heal. This response causes the body to injure it’s own tissues. Doctors call this an autoimmune disorder, the most common autoimmune disorder is rheumatoid arthritis. The condition presents with swelling, redness, joint pain, joint stiffness, and restricted joint function due to inflammation within the joints.
Pain Takes Away Your Joy
To coin a phrase from Joel Osteen, “Pain takes away your joy!” Pain is a fact of life for many people in this day and age. It takes over your whole life, and robs you of good times with family and friends and destroys relationships with those you love most. I speak from the voice of experience, due to multiple ruptured and degenerated discs in my back, and the resultant arthritis that comes with age and inflammation. It is so difficult now, I went from being on the go virtually 16-18 hours a day, to now I am barely able get up and get dressed in the morning. Let alone drag myself out of the house to do anything!
Try as I might, to do some of the things I like to do, such as sewing, cooking, flower arranging, wedding planning, home decor, even house cleaning, and the list goes on, I can’t. Now, I can hardly vacuum and dust the living room on the same day, forget cooking and other house cleaning! Even putting dishes in the dishwasher causes unbearable pain, and usually requires 1 or 2 stops in the middle to sit and let the back relax for a few minutes before I begin again. Inflammation in joints from arthritis and the pain from the ruptured discs pressing on the nerves in the back, causes so much distress that any movement is painfully compromised.
The Reason for the Pain Doesn’t Even Matter
It doesn’t really matter if you have chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, back pain, arthritis, shingles, stomach pains, heart problems, lung problems, inflammation, or any of the autoimmune disorders, you name it, they all take over your whole life! Everything you do is dependent upon how you feel at the time. Even if you force yourself to do things that you once loved, now you don’t feel like doing them, therefore there is little to no joy left in your life! People living with chronic pain end up having drug addiction problems, depression, and anxiety, all through no real fault of their own.
Pharmaceutical Pain Killers
Many painkillers are on the market today, OTC kind, as well as prescription ones, and there are so many side effects from pharmaceuticals which cause more problems in the long run. After working in the medical profession for most of my life, I realized one key point, Pharmaceuticals Kill, they don’t heal!
Honestly they just treat the symptoms but don’t fix the problem. Also, the pharmaceuticals have many and varied side effects, which are sometimes worse than the actual illness they are used to treat!
Herbs and Essential Oils on the other hand, actually heal the body. In many, many cases, they do a much better job of controlling pain from inflammation and pain from different ailments as well.
I have said this in previous posts, but it warrants repeating, over and over again actually:
- All oils aren’t therapeutic in quality
- Some oils are only for perfume type situations
- Test different brands carefully, and if the oil is recommended for use as a perfume, don’t use it on or in your body
- Therapeutic oils are shipped and should be stored in an amber bottle, if your oil comes in a clear bottle it is designed as a perfuming oil only, not to be taken internally, or placed on the body
- NEVER use oils in any way that isn’t recommended by the producer of such oil
HOW TO USE ESSENTIAL OILS FOR INFLAMMATION
Several of the recipes online say it usually takes about a month to see results and the oils should be used daily for several months. In order to make sure the recipe keeps working, use for a few weeks, then stop for a week. Start back again, and repeat as needed, or you could change up one or two of the oils to trick your body. Just as with anything else, your body gets used to it, and it doesn’t work as well, therefore the break will help reactivate it.
The quickest route of administration is to massage the oil gently on the body, wherever the pain indicates there is inflammation. One thing you learn is, as the essential oils start to penetrate the body, they will migrate where they need to go, in order to fight the illness or injury.
Some essential oils can be applied directly to the skin without diluting, but some of them may cause skin sensitivity, rash, or burning. Whenever you are going to put the oil directly on your skin, it is best to moderate it slightly with a carrier oil. The carrier oil doesn’t make the essential oils weaker, it just decreases the skin sensitivity of some of the stronger oils.
Besides, using a carrier oil makes the essential oils go farther, helps to moisturize your skin, and makes the oils easier to massage into the skin. Any moderate oil can be used as a carrier, oil like olive, grape seed, vitamin E, coconut, or hemp work well, but like the essential oils, the carrier oils also have their own benefits too.
Avocado and jojoba oil, are a little more expensive, but are both very heavy oils which makes them a good choice to use on dry, itchy, skin. But, they are a little tough to massage thoroughly into the skin, so if you decide to use them, it might help to dilute them slightly with a bit of grape seed oil, a lighter, faster absorbing oil.
Typical Carrier Oils
Coconut oil tends to be my favorite, it smells great, is easily absorbed into the skin, doesn’t stain clothing (so far anyway) and is extremely moisturizing. I tend to use it for most all of my inflammation and moisturizing needs. Coconut oil in and of itself is also anti-inflammatory and an anti oxidant essential oil.
This yummy oil has virtually no adverse side effects on the skin. Therefore, it is safe to use on dry, itchy, and flaky skin. It helps to delay the appearance of wrinkles and sagging of skin, which we all see as a result of normal aging. Coconut oil helps to prevent degenerative diseases that allows for premature aging, because of it’s antioxidant properties.
Since coconut oil provides relief from inflammation, it also helps to treat various skin problems including psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema and other skin infections. For that exact reason, coconut oil forms the base ingredient of various body care products like soaps, lotions, and creams that are used for skin care.
It is easily found in grocery stores, health food stores, on line, drug stores, just about anywhere you shop for like items, AND it is relatively inexpensive to acquire. Now you can see why it is my favorite of all the main carrier oils.
Avocado oil penetrates deeply into the skin, taking the essential oils with it. Avocado oil also stimulates collagen production and speeds healing.
Jojoba oil helps to heal wounds and stimulates collagen, it too is a natural anti-inflammatory, and is comforting to swollen, inflamed, and painful body areas.
Vitamin E oil added to the mix of essential oils and carrier oils, can increase the anti-inflammatory action. Want another positive side benefit ? It also acts as a preservative in the mixture of oils for inflammation, so your solution lasts a little longer.
Storing Essential Oils
Essential oils for use in and on your body should be kept in a cool, dark place. For this reason if you purchase essential oils that are therapeutic grade, meaning they are for use on or in the body, they will ship to you in an amber bottle. The bottle will have some sort of a dropper, since you use only drops of each oil in your solutions.
I told you above that coconut oil is my favorite, this is just another reason it is my favorite; coconut oil when warmed to room temperature is a liquid, but when cooled, it is a semi-solid. It actually has something of the consistency of cold butter.
Typically I like to mix my solutions in a small jar, something like a baby food jar, and keep it in the refrigerator, so it stays in that semi-solid state. By doing so, when I want to use it, I just get a spoon (or any utensil even my fingernail) and scrape off a little bit. As soon as I start to rub it into my body, it starts to melt and is absorbed by the skin.
I found that when I tried to use it at room temperature the liquid oils dripped everywhere, made a mess, and I wasted a lot of the mixture! Not such a big deal once in a while, but some of the essential oils are very precious and somewhat expensive to acquire, I certainly don’t want to waste any!
Which Herbs & Essential Oils should I use for pain from inflammation?
This is not an all inclusive list, just something to get you started thinking about natural alternatives to pharmaceuticals for the treatment of inflammation and auto-immune disorders. Study Essential Oils and Herbs and you can find oils that will make you feel better than you have in a long, long, time.
Bromelain is an enzyme found in pineapple, it has fibrinolytic qualities, meaning it has the ability to dissolve blood clots. The drugs currently on the market, tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), streptokinase (SK), and urokinase (UK) are the class of drugs used when a patient has had a stroke or heart attack due to a blood clot. Therefore, Bromelain Essential Oil is helpful in minimizing the lasting effects of a Stroke (CVA).
THROMBOLYTIC ACTIVITY FOR STROKES & HEART ATTACKS
Bromelain acts as an anti-thrombotic that assists in the prevention of those blood clots. These clots could become a thrombus (or blood clot) in the brain. A blood clot in the brain is commonly referred to as a stroke. If the blood clot is in the heart it is generally called a heart attack. IBromellain also works well on all sorts of inflammation and and auto-immune disorders.
Bromelain works by reducing the swelling and shortening the healing time. It is very effective in reducing the inflammation in infections, muscle injuries, burns, bruises, strains, sprains and tendinitis, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center.
Exciting new studies show Bromellain appears to reduce cancerous tumors, but more research needs to be done (more on this in the future).
- Bromellain has anti-edematous properties, which means it is capable of decreasing swelling
- The anti-inflammation properties help to reduce pain we feel in our joints when arthritis flares up
- The oil is easily absorbed by the body without producing any major side effects
- It is known also for it’s many therapeutic benefits in the treatment of chest pains (angina pectoris)
- Can decrease bronchitis which is a form of inflammation in the lungs
- Sinusitis( inflammation in the sinus membranes)
- Surgical trauma and debridement of wounds (the removal of necrotic – dead or dying) tissue from a wound, to allow for healing
- Thrombo-phlebitis (blood clots in various places in the body-typically more in the legs than elsewhere) Remember, President Nixon had a problem with these in his legs (thighs)
- It also relieves diarrhea
- Treats cardiovascular (heart and bllod vessels) disorders.
- Allows better absorption of drugs, especially antibiotics
- The really exciting thing that Bromelain does is to provide anti-cancerous activities. It also promotes apoptotic cell death (in laymans terms – suicide of those cancer cells that intend harm the body)
Bromellain helps to prevent blood clots due to it’s nature as a blood thinner. So be especially careful consuming extra pineapple or a bromelain supplement if you’re already taking blood thinners.
Be sure to get your platelet counts checked regularly by your healthcare provider. That way you can keep your iron levels up in order to prevent a blood thinning disorder.
METHOD OF ADMINISTRATION
You can consume bromelain orally, in capsule or tablet form. It also is available as a topical cream, that can be used to treat severe burns.
Rosemary has long been used for its restorative properties. It has a woodsy, evergreen scent and is a member of the mint family. In recent research, it’s been shown to boost nerve growth factor and supports the healing of neurological tissue and brain function.
- Increased blood flow
- Reduced Inflammation
- Decreased muscular aches and pains
- Arthritis pain relief
- Simulates hair growth
- Boost mental activity
- Relieves respiratory problems
- Reduces pain
- Spice for cooking
- Heals delicate organs such as the liver, brain, and heart
- Strengthens the entire body
- Works to relieve stomach and digestive issues such as indigestion, relieving flatulence, stomach cramps, constipation, and bloating.
- Rosemary works to reduce symptoms of dyspepsia (upset stomach) and functions as an appetite stimulant
- Research shows this essential oil is detoxifying to the liver, and regulates the creation and release of bile, making it a key part of the digestive process
- This oil stimulates blood flow and improves circulation, the increased absorption of nutrients from food
- It’s leaves are often added to meat dishes because it is particularly helpful in digesting meat, particularly lamb, beef and pork
- Balances androgen and estrogen in the body
- Lowers DHT (dihyroxytestosterone), thereby improving hair growth and prostate health
- Reduced cancer risk “It has a selective toxicity towards cancer cells versus non-tumorigenic cells and is well tolerated when administered to animals.” In other words, carnosol acts like a military sniper who only takes out his enemy target and doesn’t damage neighboring cells like the chemotherapy nuclear-bomb approach, which kills everything along its path, see more here: https://draxe.com/rosemary-oil-uses-benefits/
- Increased nerve growth factor which aids in healing nerve tissue
- Enhances free radical scavenging activity
- Reduce cortisol levels and protects the body from chronic disease due to oxidative stress
No real known side effects, but you should not use on children under 4 years of age (until further studies are completed). Consider using frankincense oil for many childrens’ problems. Consult with a natural healthcare provider prior to rosemary oil part of your child’s routine.
METHOD OF ADMINISTRATION
As a remedy for inflammation, you can use it as a massage oil, especially to treat muscular pains and rheumatism. Rosemary essential oil can help stimulate circulation. It increases blood flow to the muscles and warms the massaged area to reduce inflammation, as well as relieve pain.
Adding a few drops to a hot bath can not only help you combat headaches effectively, but treat muscular and joint pains too.
“Turmeric has a warm, bitter taste and is used extensively as a food flavoring and colorant; it is a primary component of curry powders and some mustard. The spice has a long tradition in Asian medicine of treating problems ranging from flatulence to hemorrhage. Use to treat ringworm, as a poultice, for pain, and in the management of jaundice and hepatitis has been documented.”
- Decreases Inflammation
- Arthritis Management
- Cancer Treatment
- Diabetes Management
- Effective in lowering blood sugar and reversing insulin resistance there’s literally no better natural treatment
- Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, naturally activates the opioid system, this is the body’s natural pain relieving response. It an be used for diabetic pain conditions, Chronic pain, and a variety of other pain conditions like severe burns. Generally burn patients treated with opioids and non-steroidal anti-inflammatories. Because of reduction in inflammation, the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research suggests that, curcumin should be used to treat burns instead of conventional medication
- Inflammatory bowel disease (IBS), Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis) improved dramatically with the addition of Turmeric oil
- Decreases oxidative stress, which damages the inside of blood vessels. Because of this damage to the arteries, cholesterol begins to build up to patch up the damaged areas and that elevated levels of LDL cholesterol and blocked blood vessels
- Psoriasis (a disease of the skin cells where the cells multiply faster than normal), Lupus (an auto-immune disease which keeps your body from naturally fighting infections) Rheumatoid arthritis, Scleroderma (an inflammatory auto-immune disease) all these are diseases caused by excess inflammation in the body, due to the curcumin, many diseases caused by inflammation can be cured, where previously they were treated with corticosteroids, and merely managed, rather than cured
Turmeric has relatively no known side effects unless taken in extremely excessive amounts. Some people have reported allergic reactions to turmeric, especially after skin exposure. Overall this is experienced as a mild, itchy rash. It can be relieved if the oils are mixed with a carrier oil before rubbing on the skin. In addition, high doses of turmeric can, but does not always cause some of the following:
- Increased risk of bleeding (remember it is an anti-coagulent)
- Improved liver function tests
- Hyperactive gallbladder contractions
- Hypotension (lowered blood pressure) by opening up the blood vessels, the blood is capable of flowing through them more easily
- Uterine contractions in pregnant women
- Increased menstrual flow, remember it is an anti-coagulent
- For persons taking blood thinners like aspirin, clopidogrel and warfarin, it could increase the risk of bleeding by taking the Turmeric too.
- Since Turmeric is an anti-inflammation solution, it should be used with care if you are taking such medications as Non Steroidal Anti-Inflammatories, like arthritis medications, Naproxen, Ibuprofen, etc.
- If you’re in the position where you must be on prescription medications, don’t discount the need to include ample amounts of fresh, organic turmeric into your diets. Because it will help reduce the adverse affects of the medicines
- Many doctors are beginning to prescribe curcumin instead.of NSAIDS and Corticosteroids, although it performs comparably to the steroids in reversing chronic disease, the lack of side effects from Turmeric, as opposed to steroids & NSAIDS is is of utmost importance
ROUTE OF ADMINISTRATION
Turrmeric is an herb and comes in a powdered form, it can be made into a tea, or used in cooking. You can buy it in capsules, or use the powder and purchase empty capsules to make your own. Then again it can even be mixed with oils and rubbed into the skin.
4. Devil’s Claw
Devil’s claw is definitely not the paw of the devil but it kind of looks like one! It’s a creepy looking root that’s well worth checking out the picture to the left in notice its funny shape.
- Increased physical functioning in patients with osteoarthritis
- Reduced pain (Has componnents called iridoid glycosides, which are the source of its pain relieving properties)
- Decrease low back pain
- Devil’s claw is used for “hardening of the arteries” (atherosclerosis)
- Muscle pain (myalgia)
- Back pain
- Chest pain
- Gastrointestinal (GI) upset or heart burn
- Migraine headache
- Difficulties in childbirth
- Menstrual problems
- Allergic reactions
- Loss of appetite
- Kidney and bladder disease
- Treats skin for injuries and other skin conditions
- Decreases high cholesterol
Devil’s claw contains certain chemicals that may decrease inflammation, swelling and the resulting pain.
ROUTE OF ADMINISTRATION
Devil’s claw root can be taken as a tea, and it is also often sold in capsules and ointments.
When taken by mouth in appropriate doses Devil’s Claw has been shown to be relatively safe for most adults for up to a year of use. It’s main negative effect is diarrhea. ( Approximately 8% of the people in one study developed diarrhea). Possible side effects may include nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, headaches, ringing in the ears, loss of appetite, and loss of taste. May cause skin reactions(allergic rashes, etc.), menstrual problems, and changes in blood pressure. Truly there is not enough information yet to be sure of the safety of using Devil’s Claw on a long term basis, nor on applying it to your skin.
This essential oil could cause harm to a developing fetus, so just avoid use during pregnancy. Since there also isn’t any documentation as to whether it crosses over to the infant in the mother’s milk, it is best to avoid using it while breast-feeding.
Devils Claw can affect heart rate, heartbeat, and blood pressure, so it may not be appropriate for use by people with disorders of the heart and circulatory system. If one of these conditions is present, it would be best to talk with your healthcare provider before starting devil’s claw.
It seems to lower blood sugar levels, so using it along with other medications tto lower blood sugar may cause blood sugar to drop too low. Be sure you monitor blood glucose levels closely. Also talk to your healthcare provider as they may need to adjust your dose of diabetes medications.
Devil’s claw can increase bile production, which could be a problem for people with gallstones. It is best for these people to avoid using devil’s claw.
Since devil’s claw can increase the production of stomach acids, it could harm people with stomach ulcers. So it is best to avoid using devil’s claw in those situations.
There could be some medication interactions, so this is an essential oil, that you probably should talk with a natural healthcare provider before use, if you take any special medications.
METHOD OF ADMINISTRATION
The recommended route of administration is by mouth. This powder can be placed into empty gel capsules and swallowed.
5. White Willow Bark
- Decreases fever
- Relieves symptoms of the common cold
- Relief from flu symptoms
- Assists with weight loss
- Reduces lower back pain
- Decreases headache pain
- Possibly works as anti-inflammation agent for arthritis and joint pain (more studies are needed to be sure)
- White willow bark has been used for thousands of years to reduce fever and inflammation. It contains salicin, a compound very similar to aspirin
- Often used as an ingredient in combination pain-relief supplements
- Willow bark is quite possibly safe for most people if taken by mouth for up to approximately 12 weeks
- Although it may cause stomach upset and digestive system upset. It also may cause itching, rash, and allergic reactions, especially for people who are allergic to aspirin products
- At this time, there isn’t enough information about the safety of using willow bark during pregnancy, so in this case, it’s best to avoid it
- Since Willow Bark contains chemicals that may enter the breast milk of the breast feeding mom, it may have harmful effects on the nursing infant. This is one of the essential oils that are best left unused while you are breast-feeding
- Again, there isn’t enough information to know whether it should be given to small children for viral infections such as colds and flu. There is some concern that, like aspirin, it might increase the risk of developing Reye’s syndrome. Be safe until more is known, don’t use willow bark in children under the age of 6 years old
- As an anti-coagulant, it could increase the risk of bleeding in people with bleeding disorders, or those taking blood thinners
- Reduced blood flow through the kidneys, may lead to kidney failure in certain people. If you have kidney disease, don’t use willow bark
- If you have a sensitivity to aspirin, you probably shouldn’t use Willow Bark
- People with ASTHMA should be cautious and not use it
- Willow Bark can upset Stomach Ulcers
- Should not be used by Diabetics
- Gout sufferers shoud not use
- Using willow bark could cause serious allergic reactions. Avoid use in these situations
- If you are having surgery, you should discontinue use as Willow bark might slow blood clotting. There is a concern it could cause extra bleeding during and after surgery. Stop using willow bark at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surger
ROUTE OF ADMINISTRATION
- White willow is available dried and can be taken as a tea
- Purchase it powdered, in capsules, or as a tincture
- It can be mixed with a carrier oil or other essential oils, and massaged into the skin
6. Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Eucalyptus oil can be used for anything from respiratory problems to cleaning solutions. This oil is derived by steam distillation of the leaves from the Eucalyptus plant (shrubs and trees)
It’s aroma is camphor-like, sweet, and somewhat fruity in nature.
- Supports respiratory health therefore allows clear, easy breathing in diseases like Asthma, Bronchitis, COPD, Pneumonia and Tuberculosis
- Soothes sore, achy, tired, muscles
- Purifies and cleanses
- Promotes personal feelings of well being
- Decreases depressive tendencies
- Eucalyptus is used to treat infections
- Brings down fever
- Calms upset stomach
- Helps loosen coughs making them more productive and removing phlegm
- Heals wounds, burns, scrapes, cuts, abrasions, and sores
- Use for your pets the same as you would on yourself
Decreased inflammation activity has been demonstrated in animal models and may very well be related toit’s antioxidant activity.
- Expectorant activity is present; it appears that there is stimulation of nasal cold receptors but no negative effects on nasal resistance to airflow. Consequently, the oil may be acting as a counter-irritant.
- The anti-microbial effects of eucalyptus have been studied in animals and basic science research. This research suggests that when testing on Australian Koala bears, after ingestion the skin surface secretion of eucalyptus possibly serves as an anti-parasitic.
- It’s anti-fungal properties are being tested, through further research
- Anti-viral activity against herpes simplex virus (HSV-1, HSV-2) has been demonstrated in cell culture
- As an anti-bacterial and anti-microbial, relieves pain and helps to heal wounds
- Eucalyptus oil in laboratory and laundry testing has shown significant reduction in live mites and repellent activity against biting insects and spiders.
- This essential oil has been tested for its ability to repel mosquitoes under laboratory conditions it appears that it gives protection to humans for at least 3 hours. The protection time can be prolonged 5 hours after by adding Vanillin along with the Eucalyptus.
- Vascular effects on humans was studied and found that blood flow, skin, and muscle temperatures were significantly altered for up to 45 minutes after receiving Eucalyptus. It dilates blood vessels allowing more oxygen to get into the lungs
- Other research into eucalyptus’ mechanism of action has includes demonstration of anti-tumor promoting effects.
- It has the effect of an appetite suppressant
- Stimulates insulin secretion and enhances muscle glucose uptake and metabolism in diabetics
- Mix with a carrier oil to dilute slightly for use on children or infants (can be placed on the feet to keep them from getting the oil in their eyes)
- Eucalyptus oil might decrease how quickly the liver breaks down some medications.
- Taking this oil with medications that are broken down by the liver can increase the side effects of those medications. Some medications that are changed in the liver are amitriptyline, haloperidol, ondansetron (Zofran), propranolol (Inderal), theophylline, verapamil, and there are many others, check first with a healthcare provider
- Before taking eucalyptus oil, talk to your healthcare provider, especially if you suspect that any medications you currently take are changed by the liver
- Be sure to test for skin sensitivity before you rub all over large body areas (causes less skin sensitivity when used on the feet)
- Excessive use of any oils may lead to skin sensitivities
- Keep out of eyes, ears, or nose
- Eucalyptus leaf extract can decrease blood sugar. Since diabetes medications target a lower blood sugar, be sure to your blood sugar closely
- Seek medical care in case your dose of diabetes medication might need to be adjusted
ROUTE OF ADMINISTRATION
Eucalyptus can be inhaled by using a diffuser, or you can make a steam bath by placing a few drops in a large bowl of bowling water. Place a towel over your head to contain the steam, put your face near the water and inhale deeply.
Mix a few drops into your shampoo or conditioner as a hair and scalp moisturizer.
Place a few drops into warm bath water along with some sea salt and epsom salt. It will remove grease and grime.
It can be taken internally in a capsule, for sinus and allergy issues, or gargle it for a sore throat.
Mix with coconut oil, and peppermint oil and rub into the chest for respiratory problems.
Eucalyptus will virtually remove any spots or stains in carpet, clothing and other fabric items in general.
Use in your dryer or vacuum cleaner and eucalyptus will make your whole house smell better.
Removes odors from clothes, shoes, or virtually any fabrics in your home, just place a few drops in the wash water. If the smell is very strong soak first in water with eucalyptus oil, then wash with a few more drops in the wash water.
Use it with your normal cleaner such as laundry detergent, soap, mop water, toilet cleaner, window cleaner, the list is virtually endless.
7. Egg Membrane
The egg membrane is that transparent layer between the eggshell and the gel-like part inside of an egg. It’s easy to see as you peel a hard boiled egg. Sometimes this membrane sticks to the egg and you have to pull it off separately from the peel.Egg membrane protects the egg.
The membrane is a rich source of various nutrients such as glucosamine, collagen, chondroitin, hyaluronic acid and amino acids, that are known to play an important role in providing relief from joint pain, stiffness and connective tissue disorders http://www.thealternativedaily.com/powerful-benefits-eggshell-membranes/
- According to the NIH, it significantly reduced jont pain and stiffness in patients with arthritis of the knee when compared to a placebo
- Prevents or treats low blood calcium levels
- May be used to treat conditions caused by low calcium levels like bone loss (osteoporosis)
- Weak bones (osteomalacia/rickets)
- Can improve activity in the parathyroid gland (hypoparathyroidism)
- May treat muscle disease (latent tetany).
- Egg membrane contains collagen, condroitin, and hyalluronic acid which helps lubricate the joints, and strengthens connective tissue
- It may also may be used to increase calcium women pregnant and nursing, or postmenopausal women, and people taking certain medications such as phenytoin, phenobarbital, or prednisone. “Calcium plays a very important role in the body. It is necessary for normal functioning of nerves, cells, muscle, and bone. If there is not enough calcium in the blood, then the body will take calcium from bones, thereby weakening bones.”
- The membrane works to reduce the body’s production of inflammatory compounds – including interleukin-1 beta and tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-a). Doctors refer to these compounds as “the two primary mediators of inflammation.”
- You could have Constipation and upset stomachas a result of taking Egg Membraine
- Unlikely but serious side effects could occur like nausea/vomiting, loss of appetite, unusual weight loss, mental/mood changes, bone/muscle pain, headache, increased thirst/urination, weakness, or unusual tirednes
- Serious allergic reaction to Egg Membrane is rare
Dial 9-1-1 for immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction including: rash, hives, itching or swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, or trouble breathing.
METHOD OF ADMINISTRATION
Egg membrane comes in supplement form and is taken by mouth.
But if you have a cut or a wound you can peel the membrane from your boiled egg and use in place of a Band-Aid for accelerated healing. Just clean the wound, peel the membrane out of the egg, place it over the wound, then put a band-aid on top of that to hold it in place.
8. Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender essential oil has many therapeutic benefits. This oil is incredible for relaxing, good for sleep, and feelings of general well being. It also works well for healing wounds, burns, and most skin disorders like psoriasis, dermatitis, and scabies which are caused by inflammation.
- Decreased inflammation
- Works as a natural shaving oil (in place of shaving cream)
- Eliminates nervous tension
- Relieves pain
- Disinfectant for the scalp and skin
- Increases blood circulation
- Treats respiratory problems
- Pain killer for sore and tense muscles, muscular aches, rheumatism, sprains, backache and lumbago
- Works as a bug repellent for mosquitoes, midges (gnat like 2 winged miniature flies), and moths
- Alternative treatment for insomia
- As an anti-inflammatory lavender provides relief for swollen, achy joints and muscle stiffness
- Use as a tonic for the nerves and anxiety issues (one study showed that people taking cognitive tests showed a significant decrease in mental stress and anxiety)
- Relaxing properties are helpful in treating migraines & other headaches
- Stimulates urine production
- Lavender promotes relaxation and central nervous system effects tanking depressants and anti-convulsant products with it may increase the narcotic and sedative effects
- Restores hormonal balance which reduces cystitis (inflammation of the urinary bladder)
- Reduces cramps by relaxing muscles
- May increase the risk of bleeding if given at in conjunction with blood thinning products
- Lavender has antibacterial qualities that can decrease respiratory tract infections
- Decreases depression, nervous tension and emotional stress. The refreshing aroma removes nervous exhaustion and restlessness while also increasing mental activity
- Improves digestion as it increases the mobility of food in the intestines
- Impacts the autonomic nervous system, which is why it is frequently used as a treatment for insomnia
- Regulates heart-rate variability
- Lavender may enhance the cholesterol-lowering effects of medications designed to lower cholesterol.
- Lowers blood pressure and therefore is often used for hypertension
- Decreasing stress and anxiety increased cognitive function
- Inhibits the bacteria that causes the initial infection of acne. Lavender Essential Oil helps to regulate some of the excessive excretion of sebum by hormonal manipulation, and reduces the signs of scarring from the acne sores as they heal
- Effective in treating lice, lice eggs, and nit
- Treatment of hair loss,especially those with alopecia (autoimmune disease where the body rejects its own hair follicles). A Sottish study reported that more than 40% of alopecia patients in the study reported an increase in hair growth
- Loosens phlegm and relieves the congestion of respiratory problems thereby speeding up the recovery process
- Improves the circulation of blood in the body
- Avoid Lavender if you have a known allergy
- May cause allergic skin reaction and sun sensitivity
- Further studies needed to know of risks in pregnancy and breast feeding moms
- This oil promotes menstruation, therefore heavy internal use should be avoided in pregnancy
- Large oral doses may cause nausea, vomiting, and anorexia
A case study report tells of an accidental ingestion, resulting in central nervous system depression of an 18-month-old child. The child returned to normal within 6 hours of ingestion. https://www.drugs.com/npc/lavender.html
ROUTE OF ADMINISTRATION
Available in almost any form you desire. Soak in the bathtub with lavender. Rub on your skin. Inhale it. Eat or drink it. The following list shows the different forms of lavender you can purchase:
- Oil & Tinctures for Aromatherapy or massaging into skin
- Bath gels and soaps
- Extracts, Teas, Infusions for drinking
- Lotions for skin care
- Whole dried flowers, can be used as potpourri, or as a salad, and in baking things like cakes, cookies, cupcakes, you name it
9. Peppermint Essential Oil
Peppermint essential oil is a hybrid species of spearmint and water mint (Mentha aquatica). The essential oils are steam distilled from the flowering plant. The most active ingredients include menthol (35–45%) and menthone (10–30%).
A nice side effect of using Peppermint Oils; it is a good natural weight-loss agent.
“Literally there are few body, health, and mind issues that peppermint cannot help.” https://draxe.com/peppermint-oil-uses-benefits/
- Decreases migraine headaches
- Can decrease the pain, stiffness, and inflammation associated with arthritis
- Has a calming effect on the body
- Will relieve sore muscles when used topically
- It also has antimicrobial properties so it can help freshen bad breath
- Helps to soothe digestive issues
- Reduces stomach aches
- Soothe digestive issues
- Freshens bad breath and reduces cavities when used as a toothpaste or mouthwash
- Works well to decrease the pain for teething infants
- Relieves headaches
- Improves mental focus
- Provides relief for pain
- Can quickly unclog sinuses by opening your airways, it acts as a decongestant and clears the respiratory tract
- Boosts energy
- Releases tight muscles
- Cost-effective natural solution to replace pharmaceutical drugs
- Offers relief for scratchy throats
- Provides relief from cold symptoms such as cough, fever, and pain
- Helps to open breathing passages in people suffering from asthma and bronchitis
- Works like pest control, ticks, ants, spiders, cockroaches, mosquitos, mice, and even lice are repelled by the smell (use with your favorite floor cleaner)
- By balancing the hormones, Peppermint Essential Oil may balance hormones act as therapy for females suffering from Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome
- A main component of Peppermint Essential Oil menthol, inhibits prostate cancer growth, and studies have found it effective in protecting against radiation-induced DNA damage and healthy cell death
- Soothing effects on the gastric lining and colon, naturally decreases the pain and other associated symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and reduces bloating and gas
- Anti-nausea benefits
- Increases your energy and perks you up when you need a boost (forget those dangerous energy drinks)
- Reduces muscle spasms
- As an analgesic, Peppermint works to decrease pain
- Anesthetic properties also serves to decrease pain
- Anti-inflammatory helps to eliminate the pain and stiffness to joints from arthritis by decreasing inflammation and it;scooling properties
- Relaxes muscles and decreases inflammation in nasal passages, and helps remove pollen during allergy season
- Antimicrobial properties helps to decrease germs and other harmful bacteria, and helps to decrease acne
- Used to hydrate burnt skin, and relieves the pain from a sunburn
- Acts as an expectorant to decrease mucus in the lungs
- Can decrease hunger and helps you feel full faste
- Peppermint essential oil can naturally thicken and nourish damaged hair
- Can improve eczema and psoriasis
- Improves concentration and alertness in all persons, but has a positive effect on those suffering from ADHD
- When used in shampoo or conditioner, it stimulates the scalp, energizes your mind, and helps you to perk up
- It’s powerful antiseptic properties, make peppermint essential oil good for removing dandruff and lice
- Anti-Itch properties make it a perfect solution for those battling rash or poison ivy, or other minor allergic (skin)reactions
- Due to it’s cooling properties Peppermint Essential Oil functions as a natural treatment to bring down a fever and is especially good for use on children
- Peppermint oil is considered likely safe if taken by mouth in the amounts commonly found in food, or when used topically
- Ingesting peppermint oil could cause side effects including heartburn, flushing, mouth sores, and headache
- Some prescription medications and over-the-counter medications may adversely interact with peppermint oil.
- Enteric-coated peppermint oil supplements may cause rapid dissolving leading to heartburn, nausea, and rapid absorption of some medications.
Some medications do have a moderate potential for negative interactions with Peppermint Essential Oil:
- Both an iron supplement and peppermint oil, allow at least 3 hours between the two
- Peppermint oil also increases the absorption of Quercetin if taken at the same time so be sure you allow at least 3 hours between taking these two also.
If you want to learn more about the side effects of Peppermint Essential Oil, read it here https://draxe.com/peppermint-oil-uses-benefits/
METHOD OF ADMINISTRATION
This oil has a strong aroma, so most people find it helpful to decrease that scent slightly by combining it with a carrier oil.
Simply dilute a few drops in two tablespoons of jojoba or almond oil before massaging it onto the inflamed joints. Adding a few drops of a citrus oils such as lemon essential oil can help to amplify its cooling, soothing properties.
10. Frankincense Essential Oil
Olibanum (commonly referred to as Frankincense), is a common type of essential oil that can offer a variety of health benefits such as helping to relieve chronic stress and anxiety, reducing pain, reducing inflammation, boosting immunity and even fighting cancer.
Frankincense oil comes from the resin of the Boswellia carterii or Boswellia sacara tree that commonly grows in Somalia. It grows in the desert-like area, with very little soil and under dry, and desolate conditions.
- Frankincense Oil can lower blood pressure and improve blood circulation
- This is one essential oil that is fantastic for vein support. Frankincense boosts circulation, making sure blood doesn’t take up residence in the veins of your lower extremities. Use frankincense essential oil to not only promote healthy circulation, but also to promote strong veins that are resistant to bulging and twisting (which is called varicose veins)
- Stress and anxiety relief
- It can prevent dental issues like tooth decay, bad breath, cavities, and oral infections
- As an astringent, it helps protect skin cells, helps reduce acne (blemishes), decreases the appearance of large pores, prevents wrinkles, and even helps lift and tighten skin to naturally slow signs of aging
- Relieves gastric discomfort such as gas,constipation, stomach aches, irritable bowel syndrome, PMS, or cramps; It also helps speed up the digestion of food, much the same as normal digestive enzymes do
- Promotes wound healing and aids in healing surgical wounds, may decrease the appearance of scars, such as the dark spots cleft from acne, minimizes stretch marks, and eczema
- Provides relief from coughing
- Help eliminate phlegm in the lungs
- Fight cells of specific types of cancer. and is successful at killing cancer cells that are resistant to chemotherapy
- It also acts as an anti-inflammatory in the nasal passages, making breathing easier, even for those with allergies or asthma
- Lowers inflammation, minimizes symptoms of joint pain and muscle pain related to conditions like arthritis
- Reduces symptoms associated with menstruation and menopause by balancing estrogen (hormone) levels.
- Relieves PMS-related stomach pains, constipation, headaches, anxiety, nausea, fatigue, and mood swings
- Boosts the immune system to prevent illness
- Works to detox the digestive system and to produce bowel movements, can relieve nausea, helps to flush out excess water from the abdomen that can causes bloating
It’s believed that Frankincense oil transmits messages to the limbic system of the brain, which is known to influence the nervous system. A little bit of oil goes a long way; it should not be ingested in large quantities as it can be toxic.
By speeding up the secretion of digestive enzymes, increasing urination production, relaxing the muscles of the digestive tract, it also helps to improve circulation which is needed for proper digestive health. Frankincense is beneficial in reducing symptoms of leaky gut syndrome, where the intestinal lining has became more porous, and more and more holes keep developing, which are large in size and the digestive screening out process is no longer functioning properly. The results are larger, undigested food molecules and other stuff like yeast, toxins, and all other forms of waste, that your body normally doesn’t allow through, can now flow freely into your bloodstream.
- A little bit of oil goes a long way; it should not be ingested in large quantities as that can be toxic
- Frankincense seems safe for use by most adults
- It might cause irritation when applied to the skin
- Since not enough is known about the use of frankincense during pregnancy and breast-feeding it is best to avoid use at that time
METHOD OF ADMINISTRATION
Frankincense oil is used by either inhaling the oil or massaging it into the skin and letting the body absorb it that way.
Some people have a sensitivity to Frankincense applied directly to the skin, so most mix it with an unscented lotion or carrier oil.
11. Ginger Oil
You can consume ginger root as it improves your circulation so well that it can even be used to lower blood pressure and thinning the blood. It also functions as a natural remedy for improving spider veins.
- Relieves nausea
- Treats menstrual issues
- Decreased inflammation
- Improved respiratory conditions
- Enhanced feelings of well being and self confidence
- Increased circulation and acts as a blood thinner and lowers blood pressure
- Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties
- Anti-ulcer activities
- Functions as an antioxidant activities
- Brings pain relief as it has small amount of analgesic action
- It provides anti-blood-clotting capabilities, when eaten with garlic and onions, they are a powerful agent against heart attacks and strokes
- This oil relaxes the smooth muscle in your gut lining and helps food move along throughout the digestive system
- Ginger effectively warms the body, by doing so, it helps break down the accumulation of toxins in your organs
- It is known to cleanse the lymphatic system which is our body’s sewage system
- According to Dr. Oz, by opening up the lymphatic channels and keeping them clean, ginger prevents the accumulation of the toxins that make you susceptible to infections, especially in the respiratory system. Ginger is helpful to take prior to surgery to decrease infection
- Combining ginger oil and eucalyptus oil is an effective remedy to boost immunity and respiratory issues
- Ginger is incredible at enhancing immune functions. (It was compared to various antiobiotics in patients with Staphalococcus aureus and Streptococcus pyogenes (Staph infections) by Nigerian researchers who discovered that Ginger won every time!)
It is suggested that ginger capsules should be taken with food. Small amounts of ginger can help settle a sour stomach, but a more concentrated dose like that in the capsules, can actually cause stomach upset.
METHOD OF ADMINISTRATION
Ginger comes in capsules, or as a tincture, it can be made into a tea, it comes powdered, or purchased as an oil. There are foods made from the dried or fresh root of the ginger plant. Many forms of ginger promote health capsules appear to provide better benefits than the other forms.
Myrrh is a potent healer it is thought that it is because of it’s role in protecting the plant from oxidative stress. This kind of stress causes cell death, and it’s not exclusive to humans. Terpenoids one of the major components of myrrh. carries antioxidant capabilities which preserve the plant. Our bodies can share in that same preservation effect.
These actions have been traditionally applied to skin infections, oral health, inflammation, intestinal health, and pain relief, and all have been confirmed in some way by modern science.
- Wound healing of skin infections
- Myrrh has an antioxidant effect strong enough that it can protect the liver (the body’s “detox” organ which is bombarded with toxins every day) from oxidative damage
- It seeks out free radicals to reverse oxidative damage, but it also may be able to eliminate cancer cells
- In terms of traditional medicine, there are treatments for bacterial infections, another treatment for fungal infections, and still others for viruses, but myrrh is such a strong anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-virus, that it can affect them all
- With these antimicrobial effects in combination with pain and inflammation relief, myrrh is an excellent wound healer
- Myrrh “is one of the most effective herbal medicines in the world for sore throats, canker sores and gingivitis.” When it is combined with frankincense essential oil, a special synergy occurs according to a South African study
- No one wants to think about parasite infestations, and most treatments are often harsh and come with intestinal discomfort. But after utilizing myrrh essential oil,there were “no signs of toxicity or adverse reactions” and the treatment was successful
- “The effects of Frankincense and Myrrh, two essential oils, used independently and as a mixture, on five tumor cell lines, MCF-7, HS-1, HepG2, HeLa and A549, were investigated using the MTT assay. These results indicatedthat the MCF-7 and HS-1 cell lines showed increased sensitivity to the myrrh and frankincense essential oils compared with the remaining cell lines. In addition, the anti-cancer effects of myrrh were markedly increased compared with those of frankincense, however, no significant synergistic effects were identified.” (This information came from a study published in the journal, Oncology Letters in 2013)
- Myrrh seems safe for most people when used in small amount of carrier oil
- Can cause side effects lik skin rash if applied directly to the skin with out a carrier oil
- It may cause diarrhea if taken by mouth
- Large doses may be UNSAFE. Amounts greater than 2-4 grams can cause kidney irritation and heart rate changes
- Taking myrrh by mouth during pregnancy is UNSAFE and definitely should be avoided. Myrrh can stimulate the uterus causing it to contract can cause a miscarriage. Not enough information has been gathered at this point to rate the safety of using myrrh on the skin during pregnancy, so until more is known, it’s best to avoid this use as well
- Since myrrh has the capacity to stimulate uterine and cause contractions, it also can cause uterine bleeding, therefore some women use it to start their menstrual periods. If you have a uterine bleeding condition, use myrrh with caution, since it might make this condition worse
- Breast feeding mothers should avoid using myrrh, since not enough is known about the safety of using myrrh while breast-feeding
- Myrrh might lower blood sugar. There is some concern that if myrrh is used along with medications that lower blood sugar, the sugar might drop too low. If you plan use myrrh as well as diabetes medications, be sure to monitor your blood sugar carefully
- This oil can make a fever worse so use cautiously whenever fever is present
- Large doses of myrrh can affect heart rate, check with your healthcare provider’s advice prior to taking myrrh, if you have a heart condition
- If you have systemic inflammation, use myrrh with caution, since it could make your condition worse
ROUTE OF ADMINISTRATION
- You can inhale myrrh, either through a difuser, or you can add a few drops to boiling water, then place a towel over your head, and inhale the steam
- Applying it topically with a carrier oil, rub it directly into your skin to get its rejuvenating and healing properties
- Eat it or take it internally
13. Orange Essential Oil
Orange essential oil is cold-pressed from the rinds of oranges. It has a juicy aroma reminiscent of it’s fresh fruit. The oil releases a sweet aroma, that can fill any room with a sense of peacefulness, harmony, and creativity.
Since it is a citrus oil, orange blends well with other citrus essential oils. In addition to citrus oils, it also blends well with the essential oils of Cinnamon, Cloves, Frankincense, Ginger, Black Pepper, Sandal Wood and Vetiver.
It is used to treat widespread conditions, including: poor digestion, chronic fatigue, oral and skin infections, colds, flu, and low libido. It’s considered an effective antiseptic, aphrodisiac, digestive stimulant and circulation-booster!
- Can also be helpful to maintain a youthful appearance if applied to the skin
- It is edible and is commonly used as an added flavoring to beverages, sweet meats, chocolates, biscuits, confectionery, and baked goods.
- Utilized as a concentrate in air fresheners
- Orange oil is commonly use to scent deodorants, soaps, body lotions, and creams
- Digestive aid
- Functions as an antiseptic
- Has antispasmodic capabilities
- Acts as a diuretic
- Effective in treating erectile dysfunction, impotence, and decreased libido.
- Treating muscular and nervous spasms
- Aids in relieving anxiety, anger, and depression
- Breathing in the scent of orange essential oil helps alleviate anxiety, according to a small study published in Physiology & Behavior in 2000. For the study, 72 people (ages 22 to 57) were placed in one of two waiting rooms prior to undergoing a dental treatment: In the first waiting room, an electrical dispenser was used to diffuse the aroma of orange essential oil; in the second room, there was no ambient odor. Study results showed that participants exposed to the aroma of orange essential oil (especially females) had lower levels of anxiety and a more positive mood than those in the control group.
- A number of laboratory studies have been done, testing the essential oil for it’s antibacterial and anti-pathogens properties. These show that it could very well be useful in destroying bacteria like salmonella which a known cause of food poisoning
- Limonene an active ingredient in orange oil, is an antioxidant that fights free radical damage and decfreases inflammation which leads to diseases. These compounds are in many citrus oils and have demonstrated anti-tumor activities
- Increases circulation
- Can help to heal wounds and to prevent any fungal or septic infection while at the same time it disinfects lesions
- It’s healing properties decreases wrinkles and can improve your complexion
- Decreases hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Orange oil has anti-inflammatory properties which effectively decreases inflammation throughout the body
- In addition to its healing characteristics, orange oil also promotes a healthy sense of well being as it detoxifies the body and boosts immunity
- Helps to expel intestinal gas by relaxing the stomach and anal muscles. Decreasing gas helps to minimize chest pains and indigestion
- D-limonene the main component in orange peel oil, has strong cancer preventive activity since it’s been shown to reduce tumor growth in many animal studies. Research suggests that it blocks cancers of the mammary glands, skin, liver, lung, pancreas and stomach
- Orange, like other citrus oils, can cause photo-sensitivity, so avoid applying it to exposed skin before spending time out in the sun, wait at least 24 hours before sun exposure
- Keep out of reach of children
- If you are pregnant, breast feeding, taking other medications, or have any medical conditions, consult a health professional prior to use
- Orange essential oil should not be taken internally except under the supervision of a health care professional
ROUTE OF ADMINSTRATION
- Orange Essential oil can be added warm bath water
- If mixed with a carrier oil, it can be applied topically to the skin
- Orange essential oil also can be inhaled through a diffuser or water bath