Sep 24

Lavender, Marjoram, Eucalyptus, Rosemary, and Peppermint Essential Oils for Arthritis.

What is Osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis (OA), also known as degenerative arthritis, is a disease of the entire joint involving the cartilage, joint lining, ligaments, and underlying bone. The breakdown of these tissues eventually leads to pain and joint stiffness. The joints most commonly affected are the knees, hips, and those in the hands and spine. The specific causes of OA are unknown, but are believed to be a result of both mechanical and molecular events in the affected joint. Disease onset is gradual and usually begins after the age of 40. There is currently no cure for OA. Treatment for OA focuses on relieving symptoms and improving function, and can include a combination of patient education, physical therapy, weight control, use of medications, and eventually total joint replacement.

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What is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease that results in a chronic, systemic (whole body) inflammatory disorder which manifests itself in multiple joints of the body. RA causes premature mortality, disability and compromised quality of life in the industrialized and developing world. The inflammatory process primarily affects the lining of the joints (synovial membrane), but can also affect other organs. The inflamed synovium leads to erosions of the cartilage and bone and sometimes joint deformity. Pain, swelling, and redness are common joint manifestations. Although the causes are unknown, RA is believed to be the result of a faulty immune response. RA can begin at any age and is associated with fatigue and prolonged stiffness after rest. There is no cure for RA but medications and surgery, good self-management, including exercise, are known to reduce pain and disability.

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The use of essential oils is becoming more and more prevalent for various health conditions and can be used in many ways to alleviate the symptoms of arthritis. Massage, aromatherapy, baths and compresses are the choice vehicles for the use of essential oils.

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  • Essential oils for pain would be eucalyptus, rosemary and clove bud for chronic arthritis sufferers.

  • Essential oils for inflammation reduction and relieving fluid retention would be juniper berry, cypress, grapefruit and lemon.

  • Essential oils for pain and essential oils for sleep would be lavender and Roman chamomile.

  • New research is revealing the benefits of using certain essential oils for arthritis. These oils include ginger, cinnamon, turmeric and certain varieties of frankincense (boswellia carterii and boswellia serrata).

Let’s check into a study that was performed to find the effects of aromatherapy essential oils uses on pain, depression and life satisfaction in 40 patients suffering from arthritis. The 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 researchers stated “The result of this study clearly shows that aromatherapy has major effects on decreasing pain and depression levels. Based on our experiment’s findings, we suggest that aromatherapy can be a useful nursing intervention for arthritis patients.”

Study Link

Osteoarthritis Link

Rheumatoid Arthritis Link

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

Sep 19

Massaging with Rosemary, Cinnamon, Geranium Essential Oils for Cellulite Reduction

Cellulite is a term given to fat deposits just below the skin. It looks lumpy and dimpled accumulating on the thighs, hips, buttocks, lower limbs, and abdomen. Cellulite is most common in adult women and tends to make most women unhappy to have this condition. So, we need to investigate this more closely.

Factors that influence cellulite are:

  • If other women in your family have cellulite, chances are you will too

  • Poor diet

  • Fad dieting

  • Slow metabolism

  • Lack of physical activity

  • Hormone changes

  • Dehydration

  • Total body fat

  • Thickness and color of your skin

A good way to reduce the accumulation of toxins in our body is through massage and an added plus is that it is so very relaxing. This process stimulates the system that is directly below the skin, known as the lymphatic system. A daily self-massage with essential oils for cellulite can help break down fatty deposits and help the toxins to be eliminated from our body.

essential oils celluliteSome essential oils and carrier oils that are commonly used in making homemade massage oils include coconut oil,jojoba oil, walnut oil, hazelnut oil, sweet almond oil and avocado oil to name a few. Essential oils uses unique qualities that add to the massage oil and are beneficial for the body.

 

Below is a list of essential oils and their uses in the battle against cellulite:

  • Cinnamon – helps to stimulate the flow of blood through the body and also strengthens connective tissues.

  • Hazelnut oil – softens the skin.

  • Juniper oil – increases circulation and helps to activate slow-growing tissues.

  • Rosemary – increases circulation, very helpful in reducing water retention and stimulates the body’s metabolism to decrease cellulite formation.

  • Citrus oils – (Grapefruit, Lemon, Orange, Tangerine) increases circulation and helps to prevent lymph build-up while reducing water retention, tightening skin and strengthening capillaries.

  • Jojoba oil – softens the skin and helps to keep your sebum in balance. (Sebum is responsible for the waterproofing of our skin and hair, as well as keeping our skin and hair from becoming dried out.)

  • Geranium oil improves circulation and helps detoxify your system.

Antibacterial essential oils assist the body in removing toxins that are stored in fat cells. Cinnamon and geranium have very strong antibacterial properties and should be considered for the massage oil.

Essential oils in conjunction with light massage and lifestyle changes may reduce the appearance of cellulite. Lifestyle changes may include a detoxification diet with organic fruits, vegetables and fiber, plenty of water, dry skin brushing to promote lymphatic drainage, massage therapies, regular exercise, and avoiding alcohol and smoking for maximum results.

Here is a book that I came across and thought it had some very helpful and inspiring information. Let’s just get right down to it!

Today’s Special Tidbit:

“Research at Weber State University has shown that out of 67 oils tested, 66 of them were powerful anti-bacterial agents. Oregano, cinnamon, mountain savory, ravensara and peppermint were all more powerful as anti-bacterial agents than penicillin or ampicilin.”

Cellulite Link

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

Sep 15

Evening Primrose Topically Applied to Eczema

 

Eczema is a recurrent or chronic, inflammatory skin disorder also known as atopic eczema, or by its medical name, atopic dermatitis. It can appear as blisters that crust over to become scaly, itchy rashes, or as dry, thick patches of skin with scales. Although eczema is not contagious, it is very common. Estimates are that more than 15 million people in the United States have eczema. People with eczema often have a personal or family history of allergies. There is no cure, however, treatments can reduce symptoms and help prevent outbreaks.

 

The goals when treating eczema are to heal the skin, reduce symptoms, prevent skin damage, and prevent flare-ups. Developing skin care routines, identifying what triggers flare-ups, and avoiding these triggers are a large part of any treatment plan.

Treatments for eczema include: medications, surgery, nutrition and dietary supplements, herbs, homeopathy, massage and physical therapy, and essential oils for the skin. While there are numerous medical drugs that can be used topically for eczema, most of them have side effects and are only partly effective.

The best essential oils for skin disorders such as eczema include:

Evening primrose (Oenothera biennis), a native of North America, was brought to Europe in the 17th century. Evening primrose oil has been used since the 1930s as a folk or traditional remedy for eczema. The oil from this plant is high in gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) which is a rare fatty acid that nourishes the skin and is thought to correct deficiencies in skin lipids, thus reducing inflammation. Evening primrose is considered one of the essential oils safe for skin treatment.

Does This Oil Help Eczema

Let’s read about two studies performed to find out the safety and efficacy in the use of essential oils for skin problems.

The first study investigated the treatment of atopic eczema in 12 patients using topical evening primrose oil (EPO) cream. The patients were treated for 2 weeks with EPO cream applied to one arm and placebo to the other.  The arm treated with EPO cream showed greater improvement in comparison to the placcbo-treated side using a simple self-assessment scoring system. There were no topical or systemic side-effects observed indicating evening primrose essential oils safe for skin treatment. The authors “Concluded that topical EPO has potential as treatment for atopic eczema and warrants further clinical studies.”

Study number two evaluated the effect of evening primrose essential oil on 20 subjects with atopic dermatitis. The treatment contained 20% EPO, which was applied topically twice daily to the affected areas for four weeks. The result was improved integrity of the skin, which becomes compromised in atopic dermatitis. These findings indicate evening primrose essential oils for skin should be considered as an alternative treatment for improving skin and providing skin barrier protection.

Atopic Dermatitis Link

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

Sep 13

Lavender, Rosemary and Cedarwood Essential Oils for Hair Growth and Hair Reduction

The contents of this article contain pertinent information about essential oils for hair growth and essential oils for hair reduction with the validity of the information being backed by human research studies. Let’s get started!

The normal cycle of hair goes through a phase of growth and rest. Each individual hair survives for an average of three and a half years. The growth phase of hair generally lasts two to three years, during which time it grows about half an inch per month. This growing phase is called anagen. This is followed by a resting phase called telogen, which lasts for about three to four months. Usually in its fourth year the hair falls out and is replaced within 6 months by a new one.

You lose up to 100 hairs from your scalp every day and in most people, those hairs grow back. Chance are you may not notice this loss because the average scalp contains about 100,000 hairs. Some people may however experience excessive hair loss. Hair loss is a normal part of aging. You can also lose your hair if you have certain diseases, such as thyroid problems, diabetes, or lupus. If you take certain medicines or have chemotherapy for cancer, you may also lose your hair. Other causes are stress, a low protein diet, a family history, or poor nutrition. Treatments can include medication, surgery, diet, laser therapy, dietary supplements and essential oils for hair regrowth.

Professor Bahman Guyuron and co-workers at Case Western Reserve University performed a study comparing ninety-eight identical twins and found that when one twin endured more upsetting experiences she was three times more likely to lose her hair than her less-stressed sister. The professor concluded “Stress releases cortisol, which produces waste products around hair follicles, making them deteriorate.”

 Another study published in the Archives of Dermatology investigated the use of essential oils essential_oilsfor hair loss (known as alopecia areata) and found that the essential oils for hair regrowth were a safe and effective treatment in 44% of the patients. Below is the recipe from the study for how to use essential oils to regrow hair.

Best Essential Oils for Hair Growth:

  1. Place ½ tsp jojoba oil and 4 tsp grapeseed oil (both know as carrier oils) in a small bowl.

  2. Mixing essential oils of 2 drops of thyme oil, 3 drops of lavender, 3 drops of rosemary and 2 drops of cedarwood.

  3. Massage into scalp for 2 minutes every night, rinse in the morning.

Essential Oils for Hair Reduction

The normal amount of body hair for women varies. Most of the time, a woman only has fine hair, or peach fuzz, above the lips and on the chin, chest, abdomen, or back. If you have coarse, dark hairs in these areas, the condition is called hirsutism. Such hair growth is more typical of men. Many women find this condition annoying and even embarrassing.

Women normally produce low levels of male hormones (androgens). If your body makes too much of this hormone, you may have unwanted hair growth. A common cause of hirsutism is polysystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). Other causes of unwanted hair growth include:

  • Tumor or cancer of the adrenal gland
  • Tumor or cancer of the ovary
  • Cushing syndrome
  • Congenital adrenal hyperplasia
  • Hyperthecosis (a condition in which the ovaries produce too much male hormones)
  • Use of certain medicines, including testosterone, danazol, anabolic steroids, glucocorticoids, cyclosporine, minoxidil, and phenytoin

hair growthA study was performed to investigate the viability of the essential oils lavender and tea tree for treating mild idiopathic hirsutism in ladies. This study proposed that lavender and tea tree oils may have anti-androgenic activities. One group of women received the oil spray containing lavender and tea tree oils while the other group received placebo. They sprayed twice a day for 3 months in areas affected by hirsutism.

The results were a statistically significant decrease of hirsutism total score and of hair diameter in the lavender and tea tree oil group while the placebo group experienced no significant difference.

The researchers concluded the use of lavender and tea tree oil sprayed on the skin could decrease unwanted hair development on the face and other parts of the body on women. How wonderful to have a safe, economical and practical treatment for hirsutism and possibly essential oils for hair removal in general.

Study Link

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

Sep 08

Lavender and Tea Tree Oils in the Treatment of Hirsutism.

Herbal Essence DropperThe normal amount of body hair for women varies. Most of the time, a woman only has fine hair, or peach fuzz, above the lips and on the chin, chest, abdomen, or back. If you have coarse, dark hairs in these areas, the condition is called hirsutism. Such hair growth is more typical of men. Many women find this condition annoying and even embarrassing.

Women normally produce low levels of male hormones (androgens). If your body makes too much of this hormone, you may have unwanted hair growth. A common cause of hirsutism is polysystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). Other causes of unwanted hair growth include:

  • Tumor or cancer of the adrenal gland

  • Tumor or cancer of the ovary

  •  Cushing syndrome

  •  Congenital adrenal hyperplasia

  • Hyperthecosis (a condition in which the ovaries produce too much male hormones)

  • Use of certain medicines, including testosterone, danazol, anabolic steroids, glucocorticoids,   cyclosporine, minoxidil, and phenytoin

A study was performed to investigate the viability of essential oils lavender and tea tree for treating mild idiopathic hirsutism in ladies. This study proposed that lavender and tea tree oils may have anti-androgenic activities. One group of women received the oil spray containing Lavender and Tea Tree oils while the other group received placebo. They sprayed twice a day for 3 months in areas affected by hirsutism.

The results were a statistically significant decrease of hirsutism total score and of hair diameter was found in the Lavender and Tea Tree oil group while the placebo group experienced no significant difference.

The researchers concluded the use of Lavender and Tea Tree oil sprayed on the skin could decrease unwanted hair development on the face and other parts of the body on women. How wonderful to have a safe, economic and practical treatment for hirsutism and possibly essential oils for hair removal in general.

Study Link

Hirsutism Link

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

Sep 05

Metabolic Effects of Lavender, Clary Sage, Sandalwood and Sweet Orange Essential Oils.

EssentialOils 4Let’s begin this article in discussing the term “metabolic.” Metabolic is the relationship to or based on metabolism and is often used to refer specifically to the breakdown of food and its transformation into energy. Then, of course, determining what metabolism refers to is all the physical and chemical processes in the body that convert or use energy, such as:

• Breathing

• Circulating blood

• Controlling body temperature

• Contracting muscles

• Digesting food and nutrients

• Eliminating waste through urine and feces

• Functioning of the brain and nerves

Now that we have a very basic understanding of metabolic, we will also discuss how essential oils have been used for thousands of years in many cultures for their medicinal and therapeutic benefits. They are used extensively in aromatherapy 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.

There were significant results from a study using aromatherapy and its metabolic effects on 31 volunteers with mild anxiety symptoms. The essential oil used in the study was prepared from 4 aromatic plants, Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender) and Salvia sclarea L. (Clary Sage), Santalum album (Sandalwood), and Citrus sinensis (Sweet Orange). The duration of the trial was 45 minutes a day for 10 consecutive days. Urine samples were collected before exposure to essential oil inhalation and day 10 after exposure to essential oil inhalation.

The results indicated that the essential oil used in this study not only relaxed anxious moods, but also had some effect on other psychological health. This study demonstrates that the metabolomics approach can capture the subtle metabolic changes resulting from exposure to essential oils, which may lead to an improved understanding of aromatherapy.

Study Link

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

Sep 04

Rose Aromatherapy Significantly Benefits Patients in the Quality of Sleep

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Sleep disorders are a common occurrence in patients staying in hospitals. A patient’s sleep is usually interrupted, hourly, by clinicians taking care of the patient. We certainly realize, of course, these precautions have to be taken because you are in the hospital for a medical condition. Wouldn’t it be wonderful though to have an alternative to sleeping pills which have so many side effects? Let’s see how essential oils for sleep just might be an alternative to taking medications.

A study was performed to find how effective Rosa damascene aromatherapy could be on sleep quality in cardiac patients. We will take a moment to research the star of this study and will better understand why the Rosa Damascene was so successful.

The Rosa damascene is more commonly known as the Damask rose, or sometimes as the Rose of Castile. ‘Rosa’ comes from the Greek ‘roden’ meaning ‘red’, as the ancient rose was thought to have been crimson. History indicates that Anicenna, the 10th century Persian physician, used the rose as his first plant to distill and a rose distillery existed in 1612 in Shiraz, Persia.  A high quality rose essential oil diffuses a sweet, fresh, floral aroma. This precious and valuable oil is distilled from fresh rose petals and takes over sixty thousand roses to produce a single ounce of essential oil. In aromatherapy rose is known for its uplifting, calming and balancing effects. When applied to the skin this prized oil soothes skin conditions and delivers cell rejuvenating and antiseptic properties. Now that we have learned pertinent information about the Rosa damascene lets continue to review the study.

Researchers investigated the effect of Rosa damascene aromatherapy on sleep quality among patients hospitalized in a coronary care unit (CCU). This was a randomized controlled trial (a study in which people are allocated at random to receive one of several clinical treatments) which involved 60 patients who met the study’s criteria were conveniently sampled and randomly assigned to the experimental and control groups. Patients in the control group received routine care. In the experimental group, patients received routine care and Rosa damascene aromatherapy for three subsequent nights. In both groups the sleep quality was assessed using the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (a self-rated questionnaire which assesses sleep quality and disturbances over a period of time).

The results of the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index revealed that the experimental  group had significantly lower scores than the control group indicating that Rosa damascene aromatherapy significantly improves sleep quality in patients in hospital settings. These results are a positive motivator that more consideration should be given to the use of aromatherapy with essential oils for sleep issues in patients during their stay in hospitals.

Study Link

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

Aug 08

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