May 13

Losing Weight with Coconut Oil

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). Ayurvedic medicine texts written in Sanskrit about 4,000 years ago report the health benefits of coconut oil.  Southeast Asian countries consider coconut the “tree of life” because of its highly valued and respected source of plant-based fats that have been used both as an energy-dense food and as folk medicine.

It has various applications in food, medicine, and industry. Because of its high saturated fat content it is slow to oxidize and, thus, resistant to rancidification, lasting up to two years without spoiling.

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. There is a strong correlation between central obesity and cardiovascular disease also, a strong association with type 2 diabetes. Abdominal obesity is not confined only to the elderly and obese subjects. Abdominal obesity has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease as well as other metabolic and vascular diseases.

50% of men and 70% of women in the United States between the ages of 50 and 79 years now exceed the waist circumference threshold for central obesity. A permanent routine of exercise, eating healthier‚ and, during periods of overweight, consuming the same number or fewer calories than used will prevent and help fight obesity.

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!

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May 13

Anti-Aging effect of Argan Oil on the Skin

The argan tree is native to Southwestern Morocco and the oil has been used for generations to treat skin infections, bug bites, and skin rashes. Today, it is used as a moisturizer for hair and skin. It is known as “liquid gold” and “Moroccan gold” in the beauty industry.

Argan oil is extracted through cold pressing the kernels of the argan fruit. It has a distinctive, fatty and nutty aroma and absorbs moderately leaving a slight oily feeling on the skin.     Argan-Oils glass

Some benefits of using argan oil would be:  eliminates acne, moisturizes dry skin and hair, and reduces stretch marks. It has been found to lower cholesterol, improve circulation, stabilize blood sugar, reduce pain from arthritis, strengthen immune system, prevent chronic diseases, and reduce cardiovascular risk.

During menopause, estrogenic secretion is reduced causing a disruption of skin functioning, thus causing the decline in skin elasticity characteristic of skin aging.

The purpose of this study was to evaluate in postmenopausal women the effect of daily consumption and/or application of argan oil on skin elasticity.

Sixty postmenopausal women were randomly divided into two groups for the trial period. The treatment group of 30 participants received dietary argan oil, the control group of 30 participants received olive oil, and both groups applied argan oil on the forearm during a 60-day period.

The results were the consumption of argan oil led to a significant increase in skin elasticity. Both groups applying the oil to their skin also experienced a significant increase in skin elasticity.

The authors stated “Our findings suggest that the daily consumption and/or topical application of argan oil have an anti-aging effect on the skin demonstrated by the improvement of skin elasticity.” Don’t wait until you are older – start using argan oil now! If you are older no time to waste get that oil asap!

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Mar 30

Clove Oil Protects Against Cardiovascular Disease

Until modern times, cloves grew only on a few islands in the Maluku Islands (historically called the Spice Islands). Cloves have been used in Indian Ayurvedic medicine for treating respiratory and digestive ailments and in Traditional Chinese Medicine for bad breath, indigestion, diarrhea, ringworm, athlete’s foot, and to calm the nerves.

Clove oil is extracted from the clove bud by steam distillation and is considered to be strongly antiseptic due to its high content of a compound known as eugenol.Clove bottle

 

Benefits of Clove Essential Oil: 

  • Dental care, like toothaches and cavities, as well as for infections

  • Skin care

  • Stress

  • Headaches

  • Respiratory problems

  • Earaches

  • Indigestion and nausea

  • Blood circulation issues and blood purification

  • Diabetes

  • Boosts the immune system weakness

  • Premature ejaculation

  • Cholera and sties.

Did you know that heart disease is the number one killer in the U.S.? It is also a major cause of disability. There are many different forms of heart disease. The most common cause of heart disease is narrowing or blockage of the coronary arteries, the blood vessels that supply blood to the heart itself. This is called coronary artery disease and happens slowly over time. It’s the major reason people have heart attacks.

Other kinds of heart problems may happen to the valves in the heart, or the heart may not pump well and cause heart failure. These include high blood pressure, cardiac arrest, congestive heart failure, arrhythmia, peripheral artery disease, stroke, and congenital heart disease.

You can help reduce your risk of heart disease by taking steps to control factors that put you at greater risk:

  • Control your blood pressure

  • Lower your cholesterol

  • Don’t smoke

  • Get enough exercise

Let’s take a look at a recent study. Researchers investigated the effect of clove essential oil and its major constituent, eugenol on fatty liver and dyslipidemia.

The results were clove essential oil was found to produce significant improvement in fatty liver and dyslipidemia with consequent expected protection from cardiovascular diseases and other complications of fatty liver.

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Mar 30

Acne Issues Resolved by Using Sandalwood Essential Oil

Sandalwood is a tree with a highly aromatic wood. It is economically and culturally important to many countries around the Pacific and Eastern Indian Ocean regions where it grows or is traded. The wood is prized for making furniture, ornaments, sacred objects, carvings and joss sticks (incense).

Sandalwood essential oil is extracted by steam distillation of wood and roots of the sandalwood tree. The essential oil is used in medicine, perfume and aromatherapy.

The oil is excellent for soothing, firming and softening skin and is effective for eliminating scars, wrinkles and acne.  Just apply 2 to 3 drops topically, but if your skin is sensitive be sure to dilute this essential oil in sesame, coconut or olive oil before applying to your skin.Sandlewood

Benefits of Sandalwood Essential Oil:

  • Sleep

  • Impotence

  • Hemorrhoids

  • Bronchitis

  • Diarrhea

  • Acne

  • Scars

  • Wrinkles

  • Herpes simplex and herpes zoster

  • Cold sores

  • Cancer

  • Urinary tract infections.

Now, let’s cover acne ever so lightly. Acne, also known as acne vulgaris, is a long-term skin disease that occurs when hair follicles become clogged with dead skin cells and oil from the skin. Blackheads, whiteheads, pimples and greasy skin is how acne is characterized and may lead to scarring. Acne may evoke feelings of anxiety, depression, and reduced self-esteem and may even lead to thoughts of suicide.

The cause of acne is primarily 80% genetics in most cases. It tends to affect areas of skin where there are more oil glands such as the face, upper chest and back.

There are many treatment options that are available to improve the appearance of acne including lifestyle changes, topical and oral medications.

It is time to review a study about sandalwood essential oil and acne. This particular research was performed to see if sandalwood essential oil could help adults and adolescents with acne. A highly purified sandalwood oil from Australia was used in this study. Patients applied a treatment regimen consisting of a foaming cleanser, an acne serum, a spot treatment, and a mask as directed for 8 weeks. The results were significant improvement of the skin and minimal side effects using sandalwood oil.

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Mar 18

Spring Essential Oils bringing Relief, Renewal, Rejuvenation

Feb 25

Aromatherapy Significantly Decreases Pain and Depression

Aromatherapy, also referred to as Essential Oil Therapy, is the use of essential oils extracted from herbs, flowers, resin, woods and roots through steam distillation or cold pressing to balance, harmonize, and promote the health of the body, mind and spirit. Aromatherapy has been around for thousands of years. The Greeks, Romans and ancient Egyptians all used aromatherapy oils. The Egyptian physician, Imhotep (first physician known by name in written history) recommended fragrant oils for bathing, massage and for embalming their dead. Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, used aromatherapy for baths and massage.    bottles

Archaeological evidence of aromatherapy has been found in many ancient civilizations including China, India, Japan, Korea, Greece, Rome, Egypt, and Mesopotamia. They were also used in cosmetics, perfumes, drugs and for spiritual, therapeutic, hygienic, and ritualistic purposes.

A French chemist, Rene-Maurice Gattefosse, discovered the healing properties of lavender oil when he applied it to a burn on his hand caused by an explosion in his laboratory. He then started to analyze the chemical properties of essential oils and how they were used to treat burns, skin infections, gangrene, and wounds in soldiers during World War I. In 1928, Rene-Maurice founded the science of aromatherapy and wrote a book “Aromatherapie.” By the 1950s massage therapists, beauticians, nurses, physiotherapists, doctors, and other health care providers began using aromatherapy.

The aromatherapy essential oils are used extensively for many health issues and are being explored more and more by the scientific community for the treatment of a number of diseases such as leukemia, asthma, heart conditions, cancer and many more conditions. Aromatherapy essential oils are volatilized or diluted in a carrier oil and used in massage, diffused in the air by a nebulizer, heated over a candle flame, or burned as incense.

Benefits of Aromatherapy

  • Aromatherapy is particularly suited to stress-related conditions or conditions with an emotional component such as depression

  • Improve memory

  • Stimulates the immune system

  • Reduces fluid retention

  • Restores balance in the body

  • Increases blood circulation

  • Increases energy levels

  • Promotes healing and recovery

  • Eliminates headaches

  • Reduces insomnia

  • Alleviates pain

  • Eases digestive issues

Now, let’s review a recent study on how beneficial aromatherapy was with alleviating pain and depression. Pain and depression are common in arthritis 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.

The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of aromatherapy on pain, depression, and feelings of satisfaction in life of arthritis patients.

The sample consisted of 40 patients, enrolled in the Rheumatics Center, Kangnam St. Mary’s Hospital, South Korea. The aromatherapy essential oils used were lavender, marjoram, eucalyptus, rosemary, and peppermint blended in proportions of 2:1:2:1:1. Then mixing essential oils with a carrier oil composed of almond (45%), apricot (45%), and jojoba oil (10%) and they were diluted to 1.5% after blending.

The results were aromatherapy significantly decreased both the pain score and the depression score of the experimental group compared with the control group suggesting aromatherapy could most certainly be useful in helping patients suffering with arthritis.

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Jan 01

Peppermint Oil Suppresses Appetite Looking Good for Weight Loss

Please keep in mind peppermint oil is not the same as an extract that you would use for cooking or baking purposes. Peppermint essential oil is steam distilled directly from the plant while the extract is primarily peppermint flavored alcohol. Go for the real thing – 100% pure essential oil.

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Listed are a couple of suggestions using peppermint oil throughout the year to uplift your mood, increase your energy level, calm your nerves and maybe even lose a few pounds.

  • Feel like a bath, a few drops of peppermint essential oil in the bath water will work wonders

  • Out and about rub some peppermint oil on your temples to help relieve stress

  • Spend the evening with peppermint essential oil aromatherapy and let the aroma fill the room promoting all kinds of good feelings, thoughts and over-all well-being

  • Let’s not leave out a massage with peppermint essential oil inducing relaxation plus

Peppermint oil was used as a folk or traditional remedy for nausea, indigestion, cold symptoms, headaches, muscle and nerve pain, stomach problems, and bowel conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome.

Today, peppermint oil is used for the common cold, cough, inflammation of the mouth and throat, sinus infections, and respiratory infections. It is also used for digestive problems including heartburn, nausea, vomiting, morning sickness, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), cramps of the upper gastrointestinal (GI) tract and bile ducts, upset stomach, diarrhea, bacterial overgrowth of the small intestine, and gas. Some people also use peppermint for menstrual problems, liver and gallbladder complaints, preventing spasms during endoscopy procedures, and as a stimulant. Peppermint oil is becoming one of the best essential oils for weight loss.

Peppermint oil may also be applied to the skin for headache, muscle pain, nerve pain, toothache, inflammation of the mouth, joint conditions, itchiness, allergic rash, bacterial and viral infections, relaxing the colon during barium enemas, and for repelling mosquitoes.

We will not dwell too long on weight management because we are all too well aware of what it is. You can’t watch television without seeing something on this subject. None the less keeping a healthy weight is crucial. If you are underweight, overweight, or obese, you may have a higher risk of certain health problems. Achieving a healthy weight can help you control your cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar. It might also help you prevent weight-related diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and some cancers.

A weight-control strategy might include:

Choosing low-fat, low-calorie foods

Eating smaller portions

Drinking water instead of sugary drinks

Being physically active

Now let’s see how peppermint oil can help with losing weight.

The objective of this study was to determine the effect of peppermint oil on healthy volunteers. A single capsule of peppermint essential oil (182 mg) or placebo was administered to the subjects in a randomized controlled crossover design. The results were peppermint oil reduced the subjects’ appetite, thereby, indicating that peppermint oil could be used for losing weight with no adverse effects.

 

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Nov 09

Sweet Orange and Basil Essential Oils Victorious in Treating Skin Conditions

Essential oils have been a significant component of medical therapy for thousands of years. The role of essential oils in medicine today has been replaced with prescription medications. Lately there has been an increasing demand for natural therapies. One could say that essential oils are coming to the forefront once again.

Many of the prescription medical drugs for acne are effective but have significant side effects. The over-the-counter acne therapies are also effective, but again, have side effects. Acne treatments may contain preservatives, stabilizers and other synthetic compounds. There is some reasonable research that some additives may not be safe for long-term use.

Acne is probably the most common skin condition. Approximately 50 million Americans are affected by acne every year. Almost everyone remembering back to the teen years can recall experiencing the acne scourge. Essential oils may provide some needed relief.

For example, let’s take a look at sweet orange essential oil and basil essential oil. Essential oils are absorbed into the body via the nose and the pores of skin and hair follicles. From there they enter the bloodstream and circulate throughout the body. The beauty of aromatherapy is that you benefit from the inhalation and topical application of the essential oils.

First on our list is sweet orange. It has a fresh, sweet, 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 cold-press method and it is best to only use organic, cold-pressed oils to avoid chemical toxicity.

Sweet orange essential oil beneficial for:

  • Anxiety

  • DepressionOrange oil

  • Inflammation

  • Sore throat

  • Digestion

  • Cancer

  • Cellulite

  • Acne

Moving on to see what sweet basil is all about. Basil is a highly fragrant herb most often used as a seasoning in cooking, but also it has become increasingly popular for its various health benefits.

Basil was widely used in ancient times in places like India for various medicinal purposes (Ayurvedic medicine). The herb was used to treat diarrhea, cough, mucous discharges, constipation, indigestion, and certain skin diseases.

Basil essential oil includes its ability to treat:

  • Nausea

  • Motion sickness

  • Indigestionbasil 1

  • Constipation

  • Respiratory problems

  • Stress disorders

  • Itching

  • Eyes

  • Diabetes

  • Acne.

What wonderful fragrances and so very valuable for your health.

A 2012 medical study demonstrated that essential oils from sweet orange and sweet basil were very effective in the treatment of acne (43 percent to 75 percent resolution). They demonstrated that one mechanism of action for these two essential oils was the inhibition of bacterial growth.

The study recruited 28 patients with acne and involved three gel formulations consisting of (1) antibacterial (essential oils), (2) keratolytic medication (3) essential oils mixed with acetic acid, and (4) kerolytic medication with acetic acid. The patients were separated into four groups of seven patients in each group. Treatments were applied daily for eight weeks and weekly checks were conducted to evaluate patient improvement.

The essential oil formulations were chemically and physically stable during application of treatments. The essential oils with acetic acid mixture achieved the highest improvements of 75%. This appeared to be a result of their joint antiseptic and keratolytic activity. Side effects (burning and redness) disappeared within a few minutes of completing the application, therefore, did not interfere with adherence to treatment.

Congratulations, sweet orange and sweet basil in accomplishing such high positive results. Wonderful news for people suffering with acne.

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

Nov 08

Peppermint Oil for Reducing Daytime Sleepiness

The stress, the hustle and bustle, we need all the help we can get. Let’s face it there is no room for daytime sleepiness on our agenda. Peppermint oil to the rescue!

Please keep in mind peppermint oil is not the same as an extract that you would use for cooking or baking purposes. Peppermint essential oil is steam distilled directly from the plant while the extract is primarily peppermint flavored alcohol. Go for the real thing.

Listed are a couple of suggestions using peppermint oil for the holidays and throughout the year to uplift your mood, increase your energy level and calm your nerves.

  • Feel like a bath, a few drops of peppermint essential in the bath peppermint 2water will work wonders

  • Out and about rub some peppermint oil on your temples to help relieve stress

  • Spend the evening with peppermint essential oil aromatherapy and let the aroma fill the room promoting all kinds of good feelings, thoughts and over-all well-being

  • Let’s not leave out a massage with peppermint essential oil inducing relaxation plus

Peppermint oil was used as a folk or traditional remedy for nausea, indigestion, cold symptoms, headaches, muscle and nerve pain, stomach problems, and bowel conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome.

Essential oil of peppermint may be found in very small doses in capsule or liquid forms. The essential oil can also be diluted with other oils, such as carrier oils, and applied to the skin.

Today, peppermint oil is used for the common cold, cough, inflammation of the mouth and throat, sinus infections, and respiratory infections. It is also used for digestive problems including heartburn, nausea, vomiting, morning sickness, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), cramps of the upper gastrointestinal (GI) tract and bile ducts, upset stomach, diarrhea, bacterial overgrowth of the small intestine, and gas. Some people also use peppermint for menstrual problems, liver and gallbladder complaints, preventing spasms during endoscopy procedures, and as a stimulant.

Peppermint oil may also be applied to the skin for headache, muscle pain, nerve pain, toothache, inflammation of the mouth, joint conditions, itchiness, allergic rash, bacterial and viral infections, relaxing the colon during barium enemas, and for repelling mosquitoes.

In foods and beverages, peppermint is a common flavoring agent.

In manufacturing, peppermint oil is used as a fragrance in soaps and cosmetics, and as a flavoring agent in pharmaceuticals.

How exciting – research to substantiate peppermint essential oil in reducing daytime sleepiness.

The researchers performing this study enrolled 20 undergraduate students from Coventry University, Coventry, United Kingdom and the students were randomly assigned to 2 groups: the control group (no peppermint oil) and the experiment group (using peppermint oil).

For the experimental group subjected to peppermint oil, a fixed low concentration of the oil was placed on an aroma pad near their nostril prior to the participant entering the room. The results were in conditions where there would be a chance of increased sleepiness, both groups had an increase in sleepiness. However, the increase in sleepiness was significantly lower in the peppermint group.

The researchers concluded that this study does support the claim that peppermint oil can ward off sleepiness. So, let’s go get some peppermint essential oil!

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

Sep 23

Featured Essential Oil Books

After a lot of hard-work and research, I have recently published these Kindle eBooks. I hope you find the books to be informative and helpful physically, mentally and spiritually. Below is a short summary about each one and a link to Amazon where they are available for purchase.

 

There are many things we can do to help ourselves through the wintry months. Essential oils can make all the difference. I will not only be covering colds and flu but also an illness that affects a lot of us during this time of year and that would be Seasonal Affective Disorder. I cannot begin to tell you how strongly I feel about SAD and to hopefully be able to help others understand how important it is to recognize and treat this illness.

 

This is such an exciting time of the year and I feel so inspired to research and find out all kinds of really good information. For instance in the Cooking with Essential Oils chapter, I decided to not only cover Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s traditional foods but also Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and the Winter Solstice traditional foods! I also added some basic knowledge about each holiday, which I found so very interesting and hope you do to.

 

You’re about to take a journey exploring all kinds of information about essential oils! Inside this guide you will find wonderful recipes for different essential oil blends and their potential therapeutic and spiritual uses. Whether you’re a beginner or have some experience with essential oils, this book will provide exactly what you need to take your use of essential oils to the next level.

 

Autumn essential oils range from spicy to earthy to woody aromas. With the weather changing to a crisp coolness, a change in oils is in order to create more of a warm, cozy feeling. Fall is a time of reflection, which can lead to more emotional stress in your life. The essential oils can lift your spirits and calm your emotions. The assortment of oils I chose were ones that I feel most remind me, and I hope you too, of this season. Let’s not forget that the oils smell great, but their therapeutic purposes go a long way.

 

You’re about to enter the world of apples, exploring all kinds of information about apple essential oil! How about being able to get rid of a headache just by placing this absolutely wonderful oil on your temples? So, if you would like to find out what apple essential oil is and its therapeutic benefits, this is the perfect place for you to be.

The summer goes by way too quickly so do not hesitate, jump right into using those citrus essential oils. They are refreshing and uplifting going well with other citrus oils as well as other essential oil types such as floral, spice and mint. There are some wonderful recipes for your body, face, hair, improve your skin, lose weight, and more!