Jan 15

Weight Loss Using Coconut Oil

The new year is here and many people start it off by trying to lose weight. Shall we see what coconut oil has to offer?

What is Coconut Oil?

Coconut oil is an edible oil extracted from the kernel or meat of matured coconuts harvested from the coconut palm (Cocos nucifera). It has various applications in food, medicine, and industry.

Benefits of coconut oil would be:  hair care, skin care, stress relief, cholesterol level maintenance, weight loss, boosted immune system, proper digestion and regulated metabolism. It also provides relief from kidney problems, heart diseases, high blood pressure, diabetes, HIV, and cancer, while helping to improve dental quality, bone strength, and Alzheimer’s disease.

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Abdominal obesity, also known as central obesity, is when excessive abdominal fat around the stomach and abdomen has built up to the extent that it is likely to have a negative impact on health such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease as well as other metabolic and vascular diseases.

Now, let’s review this study. Researchers investigated the effects of dietary supplementation with coconut oil on abdominal obesity and cholesterol levels on women between the ages of 20-40 years. The groups were either given dietary supplements of soy bean oil or coconut oil over a 12 week period. Results were reductions in body mass index (BMI) were observed in both groups but only the coconut group exhibited a reduction in waist circumference.

The authors concluded that “It appears that dietetic supplementation with coconut oil does not cause dyslipidemia and seems to promote a reduction in abdominal obesity.” Bravo coconut oil – once again proving its worthiness in weight reduction!

Jan 15

Aromatherapy Essential Oil for Coughs

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Winter weather brings on colds, let’s use a more natural way of getting rid of them. Essential oils and their uses can be issued through topical application, massage, inhalation or water immersion to stimulate a desired response.

  • Angelica has antispasmodic properties which soothes the cough.

  • Black pepper has anti-bacterial properties in clearing congestion and helps prevent sinusitis.

  • Cajeput (relative to tea tree) has anti-bacterial properties that helps fight infections of the upper respiratory system.

  • Cedarwood has expectorant properties so it removes mucus from the lungs and respiratory tract. It also relieves headache and other symptoms of coughs and colds.

  • Cyprus has expectorant properties and facilitates the removal of phlegm amassed in the respiratory tracts and the lungs.

  • Eucalyptus has antibacterial, antifungal, antimicrobial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and decongestant properties which makes it a good ingredient in many medicines that treat respiratory problems.

  • Frankincense has anti-inflammatory properties which helps relax the breathing passages and has antiseptic properties that boost the immune system.

  • Lavender has anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties which loosens up the phlegm and relieves congestion.

  • Lemon has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties which make it especially effective in treating infections of the throat.

  • Myrrh has antimicrobial and anti-viral properties so it tends to reduce the accumulation of mucus in the lungs.

  • Peppermint has antibacterial and antiviral properties which are helpful in treating coughs.

  • Rose has antibacterial properties so it helps in reducing coughs.

  • Rosemary has antiseptic and anti-spasmodic properties which appear to relieve throat congestion.

  • Sandalwood has expectorant properties and is particularly effective in treating coughs.

  • Tea tree has antiviral and expectorant properties that can be effective in the treatment of infections that may be responsible for coughs and helps clear bronchial congestion.

Nov 11

Orange Essential Oil to the Rescue for Preventing Colds & Flu

Orange oil has a fresh citrus smell and is considered a valuable treatment oil for many ailments. The oil is extracted from the fruit of the orange plant (Citrus sinensis) by the cold-press method and it is best to only use organic, cold-pressed oils to avoid chemical toxicity.

Orange Essential Oil Benefits:     Relieves anxiety and depression, reduces inflammation, eliminates sore throat, eases digestion, gets rid of cellulite, and helps improve skin conditions such as acne.

Common viral infections such as an upper respiratory infection can typically be detected by runny nose, cough, low-grade fever, sore throat, and difficulty sleeping. No antibiotics or anti-viral medications can hasten recovery from the cold.

Influenza is a viral illness that can cause many of the same symptoms but also is frequently accompanied by intense body aches and higher fever.

Viruses invade living, normal cells and use those cells to multiply and produce other viruses like themselves. This eventually kills the cells, which can make you sick.

Viral infections are hard to treat because viruses live inside your body’s cells. They are “protected” from medicines, which usually move through your bloodstream. Antibiotics do not work for viral infections. There are a few antiviral medicines available.

The present study was undertaken to determine if naturally-occurring plant oils with reported antioxidant activity could provide mechanisms through which upper respiratory protection might occur.

The researchers used a mixture of antioxidant oils (aloe, coconut, orange, peppermint and vitamin E) and administered the mixture by aerosol spray to each nostril on healthy human subjects to see if the oils could ward off bacterial and viral infections. Sure enough the test results proved that certain essential oils especially the orange oil could reduce nasal inflammation preventing upper respiratory infections. So, let’s go get some orange essential oil!

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Nov 10

Aromatherapy Massage Relieving Pain and Depression

Essential oils and massage have been used for thousands of years to not only bring relaxation and calmness to people but to also help in promoting wellness and quality of life. Let’s find out some information about the essential oils that were used in the following study along with some information on massage.

Frankincense has been traded on the Arabian Peninsula and in North Africa for Frankincense oil 1more than 5000 years. The Greek historian Herodotus was familiar with frankincense and knew it was harvested from trees in southern Arabia. Southern Arabia was a major exporter of frankincense in ancient times, with some of it being traded as far as China.

Bergamot is native to Southeast Asia and the tree is bergamot oilthe bergamot result of cross-breeding the lemon tree and the orange tree, which accounts for its pear-like shape and yellow color. It is a cold-pressed essential oil produced by cells inside the rind of the fruit. Bergamot has been used for medicinal and perfumery for centuries. It is responsible for giving Earl Grey Tea its unique flavor.

One of the most common essential oils used in aromatherapy massage is lavender 2lavender. The use of lavender has been recorded for more than 2,500 years. Egyptians, Phoenicians and the people of Arabia used lavender as a perfume — and also for mummification, by wrapping the dead in lavender-dipped shrouds. Lavender oil is extracted primarily from the flowers of the plant through steam distillation. Lavender is one of the best known essential oils for pain relief.

Aromatherapy massage is the use of essential oils (extracted from herbs, flowers, resin, woods and roots) for massaging certain areas of the body to the person’s specific needs. The aromatherapy essential oils massage therapist can select oils that are relaxing, energizing, stress-reducing, and balancing, etc.  The selected aromatherapy massage oils that will be used for the massage session are blended with a carrier/base massage oil (almond oil, olive oil, sesame oil, etc.) to create a unique mix for each client’s individual needs. Some of the methods of massage would be: Swedish massage, neuromuscular massage, deep tissue massage, hot stone massage, acupressure massage, reflexology, and Thai massage.

Here we are ready to find out how effective the blend of oils along with hand massage were on pain and depression.

Pain and depression are common in cancer patients which can significantly affect quality of life. As these are both highly prevalent, the issue of a possible more natural treatment without any side effects would truly be a step up in the medical field.

Researchers assigned twenty eight hospice patients with terminal cancer to the experimental group (aroma hand massage), and 30 hospice patients with terminal cancer were assigned to the control group (general oil hand massage). The experimental group went through aroma hand massage on each hand for 5 min for 7 days with a blended mixture of Bergamot, Lavender, and Frankincense and was diluted with sweet almond carrier oil. The control group went through the same therapy but only sweet almond carrier oil was used.

The results were the essential oils hand massage group showed more positive significant differences in the pain and depression scores in comparison to the control group. This is great news for patients suffering with cancer and that people in the medical field should consider treatments such as these instead of drugs that have serious side effects.

Please keep in mind that if these oils and massage work so well on cancer patients – imagine the benefits they can provide for you!

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Nov 10

Cinnamon Reduces Blood Pressure

Most people can’t tell when their blood pressure is high, which is why hypertension is called the “silent killer.” In this case, what you don’t know can hurt you. Elevated blood pressure can lead to a greatly increased risk of heart attack and stroke along with other serious illnesses.

Blood pressure can elevate to as high as  220/170 (systolic pressure/diastolic pressure) and is quite common during activities, such as weight lifting without doing any harm. Only when excessive pressure is sustained day and night do blood vessel linings begin to be injured and undergo those unhealthy changes known as atherosclerosis.

The best way to determine your blood pressure is to take several readings at different times during the day and on different days of the week. Blood pressure readings will vary quite a bit from moment to moment; what matters most is the average blood pressure. Thus, if many low readings balance out a few high readings, the net result may be satisfactory. However, it is essential not to ignore a high value by saying, “I was just stressed then.” Stress is part of life, and if it raises your blood pressure once, it will do so again. To come up with an accurate number, you must include every measurement in your calculations.

Lifestyle changes, such as quitting cigarettes, losing weight, and increasing exercise, can dramatically reduce blood pressure. Regarding exercise, one study found that engaging in aerobic exercise 60 to 90 minutes weekly may be sufficient for producing maximum benefits.  Another study found that taking four 10-minute “exercise snacks” of brisk walking per day significantly improves blood pressure.

Let’s find out about cinnamon. Most people are familiar with the sweet but pungent taste of the oil, powder, or sticks of bark from the cinnamon tree. Cinnamon trees grow in a number of tropical areas, including parts of India, China, Madagascar, Brazil, and the Caribbean.cinnamon-oil

The latest news going around is that there is a great difference between different types of cinnamon. The 2 most popular in the news would be Ceylon cinnamon and cassia cinnamon. Ceylon cinnamon is considered the “true” cinnamon and is from Sri Lanka. Cassia cinnamon tends to be used more in the U.S. and can be from various countries. Coumarin can be very toxic to the liver and kidneys. There are very minimal amounts of coumarin in Ceylon cinnamon, whereas, cassia cinnamon contains a very significant amount. If you use cinnamon a lot, please consider Ceylon cinnamon.

Cinnamon is an ancient herbal medicine mentioned in Chinese texts as long ago as 4,000 years. It has a broad range of historical uses in different cultures, including the treatment of diarrhea, rheumatism, certain menstrual disorders, circulation, nausea and digestion. In modern medicine, cinnamon is useful in reducing blood glucose levels in diabetes, fights bacterial and fungal infections, inhibits development of Alzheimer’s disease, effective against HIV, stops progression of multiple sclerosis, lowers bad cholesterol, eliminates headache and heartburn.

As we can see, cinnamon essential oil is a “super” oil that not only smells great but has many benefits.

A report published in the journal, Nutrition, stated that cinnamon essential oil alone without any diet or lifestyle changes reduced blood pressure levels (systolic and diastolic). The scientists went on to explain their procedures.

Dr. Akilen and his co-workers limited their meta-analysis to only three randomized clinical trials out of a possible 93 studies. The doses of cinnamon used in the studies ranged from 500 mg to 2.4 grams per day and the duration of all of the studies was 12 weeks.

After surmising all of the information, the results were that cinnamon essential oil intake was associated with significant decreases in blood pressure.

Dr Akilen and his co-workers noted that a recent review had “confirmed that cinnamon and components of cinnamon have been shown to have beneficial effects on virtually all of the factors associated with metabolic syndrome, including insulin sensitivity, glucose, lipids, antioxidants, inflammation, blood pressure, and body weight.”

“In summary, this meta-analysis of three RCTs indicates that the consumption of cinnamon essential oil (short term) is associated with notable reduction of systolic and diastolic blood pressure in patients with prediabetes and type-2 diabetes,” they wrote.

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We, at Good Living Essential Oils, always look forward to hearing about great results from studies using essential oils.

May 18

Keep Deer Flies Away

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This is my favorite recipe using essential oils to keep deer flies away:

20 drops Lavender

10 drops Lemon

5 drops Eucalyptus

5 drops Tea Tree

5 drops Peppermint

3 drops Clove

2 drops Citronella

Add all of these oils into an aromatherapy bottle or spray bottle along with 2 ounces carrier oil of your choice and apply when going outside.

*If you would like more detailed information about each of the oils click – Lavender  Lemon  Eucalyptus  Tea Tree  Peppermint  Clove  Citronella

May 17

Eliminate Age Spots and Wrinkles with Essential Oils

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Recipe

2 Tbs. Coconut Oil (Base Oil) – Excellent moisturizer and hydrator for the skin along with antibacterial and antifungal properties

6 Drops Lavender Reduces and prevents wrinkles by moisturizing and increasing blood flow to the skin tissues

4 Drops Lemon – Lightens dark spots, tightens and firms skin diminishing wrinkles and bags under the eyes

4 Drops Sweet Orange – Helps tone the skin, decreases wrinkles and dark spots due to promoting the production of collagen

3 Drops Frankincense – Regenerates skin cells, thereby, preventing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and dark spots

2 Drops Patchouli Helps to smooth wrinkles and fine lines encouraging new skin cell growth

2 Drops Sandalwood Soothes skin eliminating scars, fine lines and wrinkles

Combine and apply 2-3 times daily  –  You will see a difference!

*If you would like more detailed information about each of the oils click – Coconut  Lavender  Lemon  Sweet Orange  Frankincense  Patchouli  Sandalwood

 

Apr 21

Essential Oil Rub for Dry Scalp

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Recipe

10 drops Tea Tree

10 drops Lavender

5 drops Rosemary 

6 drops Lemon 

5 drops Peppermint 

Add all of the above to 1/8 cup carrier oil   (I prefer Avocado because it is full of vitamins, proteins and fatty acids and will quickly merge with other oils).

Rub this wonderful combination of oils onto your scalp 10-15 minutes prior to washing your hair. 

*If you would like more detailed information about each of the oils click – Tea Tree  Lavender  Rosemary  Lemon  Peppermint 

Jan 12

Dogs with Skin Problems Try Essential Oils

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List of Essential Oils for Dogs

Lavender   (antibacterial, antiseptic, anti-itch, antifungal, anti-anxiety properties)

Helichrysum   (anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antiallergenic, antiseptic properties)

Niaouli    (safe alternative for tea tree oil) (antihistamine and antibacterial properties)

Neem    (anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, astringent properties)

Geranium   (antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic properties)

Cedarwood   (antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, astringent properties)

Great All Around Skin Recipe!     

Not only will your dog have relief but will smell fantastic!

1/2 cup Coconut Oil

5 drops Vitamin E

10 drops Lavender Oil

5 drops Helichrysum Oil

4 drops Geranium Oil

3 drops Niaouli Oil

Mix all of the above oils and apply 2-3 times a day.

Jan 12

Lavender Fights Depression and Insomnia

The use of lavender has been recorded for more than 2,500 years. Egyptians, Phoenicians and the people of Arabia used lavender as a perfume — and also for mummification, by wrapping the dead in lavender-dipped shrouds. In ancient Greece, lavender was called “nardus,” “nard,” or “spikenard” (named for the Syrian city of Naarda) and was used as a cure for everything from insomnia and aching backs to insanity. Lavender oil is extracted primarily from the flowers of the plant through steam distillation. Lavender is known to be one of the best essential oils for sleep and one of the best essential oils for depression. lavender 11111

Depression may be described as feeling sad, blue, unhappy, miserable, or down in the dumps. Most of us feel this way at one time or another for short periods. However, people with a depressive disorder find they have trouble doing normal day-to-day activities. Depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. It affects how you feel, think and behave and can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems.  Depression may make you feel as if life isn’t worth living.

There are several types of Depression:

Major depression, major depressive disorder or clinical depression – combination of symptoms that interfere with sleep, work, eating, study and enjoying activities

Dysthymic disorder – mild symptoms for long periods of time

Psychotic depression – severe depressive illness includes hallucinations and withdrawing from reality

Postpartum depression – major depressive episode which develops within weeks of giving birth

SAD (seasonal affective disorder) – a depressive illness that happens during the winter months

Bipolar disorder – experiences moments of extreme highs and extreme lows

Each year depression affects 5-8 percent of adults in the United States. This means that about 25 million Americans will have an episode of major depression this year alone. All age groups and all racial, ethnic and socioeconomic groups can experience depression.

Insomnia is a persistent disorder that can make it hard to fall asleep, hard to stay asleep or both, despite the opportunity for adequate sleep. With insomnia, you usually awaken feeling unrefreshed, which takes a toll on your ability to function during the day. Insomnia can sap not only your energy level and mood but also your health, work performance and quality of life.

The purpose of a recent study was to explore the effects of lavender aromatherapy on depression and insomnia. Forty-two women college students who complained of insomnia were studied during a four-week protocol. Results of the study indicated that lavender did have a beneficial effect on depression and insomnia.

It’s a definite – lavender essential oil is good for uplifting your mood so be gone depression and isn’t it wonderful to get some sleep!

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