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  • Raindrop Therapy by Irina Tatarintseva Raindrop Therapy by Irina Tatarintseva

    Posted on by Quantam Health Products

    The Native Lakota tradition tells of a tribal journey far north into Canada to witness the aurora borealis, or the northern lights.

       The legend states that when they arrived, tribal members reached upward into the night sky while deeply inhaling the healing power from the dancing lights.

       This beautiful tradition is the inspiration for Young Living's Raindrop Technique.

       This energizing technique has been used for years as a highly effective method for balancing and rejuvenating the mind and body.

       The essential oils found in Young Living's Raindrop Technique penetrate the skin and promote energy and vitality. When oils are properly applied to the neck, the back and feet, this technique can bring an electrical alignment and help to relieve a variety of discomforts caused by imbalances in the body especially those found in the spine.

       The Raindrop Therapy has received an enormous amount of praise from users around the world for its ability to help ameliorate spinal abnormalities (scoliosis and kyphosis) and facilitate tissue cleansing.

       It is a powerful, non-invasive tool for assisting the body in correcting defects in the curvature of the spine. During the years that it has been practiced, it has resolved numerous cases of scoliosis and kyphosis and eliminated the need for the back surgery for thousands of people.

      It integrates Vita Flex and massage with the power of essential oils in bringing the body into a structural and electrical alignment.

      Essential oils are some of the most powerful inhibitors of microbes known, and thus may pose as an important new weapon in combating many types of tissue infections.

      Raindrop Therapy uses a sequence of highly antimicrobial essential oils designed to simultaneously reduce inflammation and kill the responsible viral agents.

      The principle single oils used include: thyme, oregano, wintergreen/birch, cypress, peppermint, basil and marjoram. 

      Thyme oil exhibits strong action against stubborn gram-negative bacteria. Similarly, basil essential oil also demonstrates strong bactericidal action against microorganisms (Aeromonas hydrophila and Pseudomonas fluorescens). A study at the Central Food Technological Institute in Mysore, India, found that a large number of essential oils   components had tremendous germ-killing effects, inhibiting the growth of Staphylococcus, Micrococcus, Basillus and Enterobacter strains of bacteria. These compounds included menthol (found in peppermint oil), eucalyptol (found in rosemary and geranium ), linalool (found in marjoram) and citral (found in lemongrass). A 2001 study by Sue Chao and colleagues at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, found that oregano, thyme, peppermint and basil exhibited very strong antimicrobial effects against pathogens such as Streptococcus pneumoniae, a major cause of illness in young children, and death in elderly and immune-weakened patients. Many other studies confirm these findings. 

      The oils are dispensed like little drops of rain from a height of about 6 inches above the back and massaged along the vertebrae and back muscles.

      Although the entire process takes about 55 minutes to complete, the oils will continue to work in the body for up to one week following treatment, with continued realignment taking place during this time.

      In sum, Raindrop Therapy is one of the safest, non-invasive techniques available in Vibrational Medicine. It is also an invaluable tool to promote healing within, using topically applied essential oils.

    The Native Lakota tradition tells of a tribal journey far north into Canada to witness the aurora borealis, or the northern lights.

       The legend states that when they arrived, tribal members reached upward into the night sky while deeply inhaling the healing power from the dancing lights.

       This beautiful tradition is the inspiration for Young Living's Raindrop Technique.

       This energizing technique has been used for years as a highly effective method for balancing and rejuvenating the mind and body.

       The essential oils found in Young Living's Raindrop Technique penetrate the skin and promote energy and vitality. When oils are properly applied to the neck, the back and feet, this technique can bring an electrical alignment and help to relieve a variety of discomforts caused by imbalances in the body especially those found in the spine.

       The Raindrop Therapy has received an enormous amount of praise from users around the world for its ability to help ameliorate spinal abnormalities (scoliosis and kyphosis) and facilitate tissue cleansing.

       It is a powerful, non-invasive tool for assisting the body in correcting defects in the curvature of the spine. During the years that it has been practiced, it has resolved numerous cases of scoliosis and kyphosis and eliminated the need for the back surgery for thousands of people.

      It integrates Vita Flex and massage with the power of essential oils in bringing the body into a structural and electrical alignment.

      Essential oils are some of the most powerful inhibitors of microbes known, and thus may pose as an important new weapon in combating many types of tissue infections.

      Raindrop Therapy uses a sequence of highly antimicrobial essential oils designed to simultaneously reduce inflammation and kill the responsible viral agents.

      The principle single oils used include: thyme, oregano, wintergreen/birch, cypress, peppermint, basil and marjoram. 

      Thyme oil exhibits strong action against stubborn gram-negative bacteria. Similarly, basil essential oil also demonstrates strong bactericidal action against microorganisms (Aeromonas hydrophila and Pseudomonas fluorescens). A study at the Central Food Technological Institute in Mysore, India, found that a large number of essential oils   components had tremendous germ-killing effects, inhibiting the growth of Staphylococcus, Micrococcus, Basillus and Enterobacter strains of bacteria. These compounds included menthol (found in peppermint oil), eucalyptol (found in rosemary and geranium ), linalool (found in marjoram) and citral (found in lemongrass). A 2001 study by Sue Chao and colleagues at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, found that oregano, thyme, peppermint and basil exhibited very strong antimicrobial effects against pathogens such as Streptococcus pneumoniae, a major cause of illness in young children, and death in elderly and immune-weakened patients. Many other studies confirm these findings. 

      The oils are dispensed like little drops of rain from a height of about 6 inches above the back and massaged along the vertebrae and back muscles.

      Although the entire process takes about 55 minutes to complete, the oils will continue to work in the body for up to one week following treatment, with continued realignment taking place during this time.

      In sum, Raindrop Therapy is one of the safest, non-invasive techniques available in Vibrational Medicine. It is also an invaluable tool to promote healing within, using topically applied essential oils.

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  • Why I Choose dōTERRA CPTG Essential Oils by Amanda Conn Why I Choose dōTERRA CPTG Essential Oils by Amanda Conn

    Posted on by Quantam Health Products

    The term “CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade®” sounds technical, official, and impressive; and it is. Without an accepted standard for essential oil quality, dōTERRA created its own, the most stringent in the industry, to certify that there are no added fillers, synthetic ingredients, or harmful contaminants in their essential oils that would reduce their efficacy. dōTERRA even goes a step further, putting all their products and the packaging through a battery of tests to ensure a long and effective shelf-life. Utilizing its own facilities, as well as trusted third-party labs, each batch of dōTERRA essential oils goes through the extensive three-step CPTG process before it is made available for sale to ensure that the product I receive is of the highest quality, every time. 

     Step 1: Chemistry

    Chemistry is the foundation of pure, quality essential oils. After the aromatic compounds are distilled from the plant material, it is confirmed that each batch meets the chemical composition standards using a combination instrument known as a GC/MS, or “Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectroscopy”, to guarantee that the chemistry of the oil matches the expected profile. The gas chromatography instrument separates the molecules in the oil based on chemistry, and the mass spectrometer identifies each group of molecules. 

    After GC/MS testing, the ratios between each chemical constituent are analyzed so that dōTERRA’s essential oil experts can verify that each oil is in its most pure, natural form. Once a batch is determined to meet the chemical profile guidelines, it can then move on to the next stage of testing.

     Step 2: Physical Testing

    Following chemical testing, each batch of essential oils goes through a battery of physical tests:  organoleptic assessments, Fourier Transform Infra-Red Spectroscopy (FTIR), optical rotation, specific gravity, and refractive index. In reference to essential oils, organoleptics are those attributes that can be tested through sight and smell. In this phase, their team of essential oils chemists, manufacturing engineers, and quality technicians manually assess the appearance, aroma, and color of each essential oil. Each batch is then put through FTIR testing, which uses infra-red light to analyze the material composition of an oil to determine if it meets dōTERRA established standards. Optical rotation then tests for chirality, using instrumentation to twist essential oil molecules in order to identify synthetic additives that GC/MS testing would not detect. Next, the specific gravity of each batch is tested; the volume-to-weight ratio is compared to reference standards to verify oil quality and purity. Lastly, a refractometer is used to determine if the essential oils refractive index, a measurement of how light propagates through a specific substance, meets dōTERRA established standards.

     Step 3: Contamination Testing

    Batches that make it through the physical testing are then run through a series of contamination tests to confirm that there are no harmful contaminants. They test for potentially harmful microorganisms, heavy metals, and pesticides to certify that use is safe for my entire family when proper usage guidelines are followed. dōTERRA CPTG quality testing process does not stop here. They continue on with a fourth step of testing to ensure these essential oils remain pure for the entire shelf life of the product.

    Step 4: On-Going Stability Testing

    The final phase of testing verifies that CPTG oils will maintain their purity and efficacy for as long as I intend to use them. Stability testing is ongoing and involves not only examining the integrity of the essential oils, but of their packaging as well. In the first series of tests, utilizing chambers that can alter temperature and humidity, they analyze what happens to the essential oils when exposed to different atmospheric conditions in both accelerated and long-term studies for extended periods of time. This testing protocol ensures that dōTERRA CPTG essential oils will continue to provide safe and effective benefits years after they have been manufactured. 

    With no official controlling entity, dōTERRA has confirmed its dedication to honesty by developing an industry-first testing protocol which verifies that each bottle’s contents actually match the purity and quality claims made on the label. With dōTERRA CPTG essential oils, I can be certain that every product is safe and effective, and will be for the entirety of its shelf-life.

    This means everything to me, because no matter how I choose to use the oils: aromatically, topically or internally, I know it will be pure and potent and effective!   This is why I highly recommend dōTERRA essential oils. 

    There are so many choices out there these days, that it can be confusing.  Do not purchase your essential oils based on price or pretty labels or a catchy name.  Do not be baited by online sales, like Amazon (they are not guaranteed not to be altered!!!)  Read labels!  If it does not say Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade (or Therapeutic Grade at the very least) do not take a chance!  Invest in your health and the health of your family!

    The term “CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade®” sounds technical, official, and impressive; and it is. Without an accepted standard for essential oil quality, dōTERRA created its own, the most stringent in the industry, to certify that there are no added fillers, synthetic ingredients, or harmful contaminants in their essential oils that would reduce their efficacy. dōTERRA even goes a step further, putting all their products and the packaging through a battery of tests to ensure a long and effective shelf-life. Utilizing its own facilities, as well as trusted third-party labs, each batch of dōTERRA essential oils goes through the extensive three-step CPTG process before it is made available for sale to ensure that the product I receive is of the highest quality, every time. 

     Step 1: Chemistry

    Chemistry is the foundation of pure, quality essential oils. After the aromatic compounds are distilled from the plant material, it is confirmed that each batch meets the chemical composition standards using a combination instrument known as a GC/MS, or “Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectroscopy”, to guarantee that the chemistry of the oil matches the expected profile. The gas chromatography instrument separates the molecules in the oil based on chemistry, and the mass spectrometer identifies each group of molecules. 

    After GC/MS testing, the ratios between each chemical constituent are analyzed so that dōTERRA’s essential oil experts can verify that each oil is in its most pure, natural form. Once a batch is determined to meet the chemical profile guidelines, it can then move on to the next stage of testing.

     Step 2: Physical Testing

    Following chemical testing, each batch of essential oils goes through a battery of physical tests:  organoleptic assessments, Fourier Transform Infra-Red Spectroscopy (FTIR), optical rotation, specific gravity, and refractive index. In reference to essential oils, organoleptics are those attributes that can be tested through sight and smell. In this phase, their team of essential oils chemists, manufacturing engineers, and quality technicians manually assess the appearance, aroma, and color of each essential oil. Each batch is then put through FTIR testing, which uses infra-red light to analyze the material composition of an oil to determine if it meets dōTERRA established standards. Optical rotation then tests for chirality, using instrumentation to twist essential oil molecules in order to identify synthetic additives that GC/MS testing would not detect. Next, the specific gravity of each batch is tested; the volume-to-weight ratio is compared to reference standards to verify oil quality and purity. Lastly, a refractometer is used to determine if the essential oils refractive index, a measurement of how light propagates through a specific substance, meets dōTERRA established standards.

     Step 3: Contamination Testing

    Batches that make it through the physical testing are then run through a series of contamination tests to confirm that there are no harmful contaminants. They test for potentially harmful microorganisms, heavy metals, and pesticides to certify that use is safe for my entire family when proper usage guidelines are followed. dōTERRA CPTG quality testing process does not stop here. They continue on with a fourth step of testing to ensure these essential oils remain pure for the entire shelf life of the product.

    Step 4: On-Going Stability Testing

    The final phase of testing verifies that CPTG oils will maintain their purity and efficacy for as long as I intend to use them. Stability testing is ongoing and involves not only examining the integrity of the essential oils, but of their packaging as well. In the first series of tests, utilizing chambers that can alter temperature and humidity, they analyze what happens to the essential oils when exposed to different atmospheric conditions in both accelerated and long-term studies for extended periods of time. This testing protocol ensures that dōTERRA CPTG essential oils will continue to provide safe and effective benefits years after they have been manufactured. 

    With no official controlling entity, dōTERRA has confirmed its dedication to honesty by developing an industry-first testing protocol which verifies that each bottle’s contents actually match the purity and quality claims made on the label. With dōTERRA CPTG essential oils, I can be certain that every product is safe and effective, and will be for the entirety of its shelf-life.

    This means everything to me, because no matter how I choose to use the oils: aromatically, topically or internally, I know it will be pure and potent and effective!   This is why I highly recommend dōTERRA essential oils. 

    There are so many choices out there these days, that it can be confusing.  Do not purchase your essential oils based on price or pretty labels or a catchy name.  Do not be baited by online sales, like Amazon (they are not guaranteed not to be altered!!!)  Read labels!  If it does not say Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade (or Therapeutic Grade at the very least) do not take a chance!  Invest in your health and the health of your family!

    Read more

  • Topical Application of Essential Oils by Amanda Conn Topical Application of Essential Oils by Amanda Conn

    Posted on by Quantam Health Products

    Topical application is one of the ways you can experience the benefits of essential oils. This form of application is unique because it allows for localized effects in the area of the application in addition to providing whole body support. Additionally, you can use essential oils topically when you want an easy way to target specific areas on your body.

    Dilution Basics

    Dilution is a process in which essential oils are mixed with a carrier oil—a pure vegetable oil that helps “carry” the essential oil onto the skin. There are many benefits to dilution, including increasing the surface area of absorption, enhancing absorption through dry skin, and preventing sensitivity responses. 

    Classifications of Essential Oils for Topical Use

    Neat: Oils categorized as “neat” can be applied topically without dilution because of their exceptionally mild chemistry. Frankincense, Lavender, Melaleuca, Melissa, and Sandalwood are good examples of “neat” essential oils.

    Dilute: Oils in this category have potent chemistry and should be diluted with a carrier oil before topical application in every case. “Dilute” oils include Cassia, Cinnamon, Clove, Oregano, and Thyme.

    Sensitive: “Sensitive” oils are those that should be diluted before use on young or sensitive skin. Bergamot, Black Pepper, Eucalyptus, Ginger, and Peppermint are examples of “sensitive” oils. 

    Application Safety

    Although unusual, occasionally it is possible to have a sensitivity response to an essential oil. This occurs when there is heightened reactivity of an essential oil that may result in an unwanted response in the body or on the skin. Awareness of your body and how it reacts to different essential oils, amounts applied, and location applications can help minimize risk and ensure safe usage. 

    Essential Safety Tips:

    Citrus oils contain a unique category of photosensitive compounds called furocoumarins, so it is important to avoid exposure to sunlight, sunlamps, or other sources of UV light for up to 12 hours after topical application of these oils.

    More is not always better! Essential oils are very potent, so a little goes a long way. Start with 1–2 drops and then increase the dosage as necessary.

    Dilute, dilute, dilute! Dilution in no way diminishes the efficacy of essential oils and offers many benefits that can enhance your application experience. Conduct a simple sensitivity test when trying a new oil by applying a small amount of essential oil to an inconspicuous area. Check the spot each hour for several hours to ensure no sensitivity has occurred.


    Where do I apply my essential oils?

    Face: Use essential oil as part of your regular skin care regimen to beautify the skin and promote a clear, healthy looking complexion.

    Neck/Forehead/Temples: These areas are good to target feelings of tension. 

    Abdomen: 
    Application of essential oils, especially over major digestive organs.

    Arms/Legs/Back: Massage onto the arms, wrists, legs, feet, or back after physical activity. 

    Roof of the Mouth (Soft Palette)/Base of the Skull: Applying oils to these areas is an excellent way to help transform your mood and balance your emotions.

    Chest: Rubbing oils onto the chest promotes feelings of clear breathing.

    Bottoms of Feet: The feet have large pores that rapidly absorb essential oils, making this an ideal application site for generalized effect. Apply and massage in 2–4 drops of essential oil.

    Other Effective Methods of Topical Application: 

    • Add a few drops of oil to a warm bath
    • Make a hot or cold compress by soaking a towel or cloth in water, adding essential oils, and then applying to the desired area- Add oil to a lotion or moisturizer and then apply to the skin
    • Mix with water and use as a mouth and throat rinse

    Topical application is one of the ways you can experience the benefits of essential oils. This form of application is unique because it allows for localized effects in the area of the application in addition to providing whole body support. Additionally, you can use essential oils topically when you want an easy way to target specific areas on your body.

    Dilution Basics

    Dilution is a process in which essential oils are mixed with a carrier oil—a pure vegetable oil that helps “carry” the essential oil onto the skin. There are many benefits to dilution, including increasing the surface area of absorption, enhancing absorption through dry skin, and preventing sensitivity responses. 

    Classifications of Essential Oils for Topical Use

    Neat: Oils categorized as “neat” can be applied topically without dilution because of their exceptionally mild chemistry. Frankincense, Lavender, Melaleuca, Melissa, and Sandalwood are good examples of “neat” essential oils.

    Dilute: Oils in this category have potent chemistry and should be diluted with a carrier oil before topical application in every case. “Dilute” oils include Cassia, Cinnamon, Clove, Oregano, and Thyme.

    Sensitive: “Sensitive” oils are those that should be diluted before use on young or sensitive skin. Bergamot, Black Pepper, Eucalyptus, Ginger, and Peppermint are examples of “sensitive” oils. 

    Application Safety

    Although unusual, occasionally it is possible to have a sensitivity response to an essential oil. This occurs when there is heightened reactivity of an essential oil that may result in an unwanted response in the body or on the skin. Awareness of your body and how it reacts to different essential oils, amounts applied, and location applications can help minimize risk and ensure safe usage. 

    Essential Safety Tips:

    Citrus oils contain a unique category of photosensitive compounds called furocoumarins, so it is important to avoid exposure to sunlight, sunlamps, or other sources of UV light for up to 12 hours after topical application of these oils.

    More is not always better! Essential oils are very potent, so a little goes a long way. Start with 1–2 drops and then increase the dosage as necessary.

    Dilute, dilute, dilute! Dilution in no way diminishes the efficacy of essential oils and offers many benefits that can enhance your application experience. Conduct a simple sensitivity test when trying a new oil by applying a small amount of essential oil to an inconspicuous area. Check the spot each hour for several hours to ensure no sensitivity has occurred.


    Where do I apply my essential oils?

    Face: Use essential oil as part of your regular skin care regimen to beautify the skin and promote a clear, healthy looking complexion.

    Neck/Forehead/Temples: These areas are good to target feelings of tension. 

    Abdomen: 
    Application of essential oils, especially over major digestive organs.

    Arms/Legs/Back: Massage onto the arms, wrists, legs, feet, or back after physical activity. 

    Roof of the Mouth (Soft Palette)/Base of the Skull: Applying oils to these areas is an excellent way to help transform your mood and balance your emotions.

    Chest: Rubbing oils onto the chest promotes feelings of clear breathing.

    Bottoms of Feet: The feet have large pores that rapidly absorb essential oils, making this an ideal application site for generalized effect. Apply and massage in 2–4 drops of essential oil.

    Other Effective Methods of Topical Application: 

    • Add a few drops of oil to a warm bath
    • Make a hot or cold compress by soaking a towel or cloth in water, adding essential oils, and then applying to the desired area- Add oil to a lotion or moisturizer and then apply to the skin
    • Mix with water and use as a mouth and throat rinse

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  • The Effect of Essential Oils within Your Body by Amanda Conn The Effect of Essential Oils within Your Body by Amanda Conn

    Posted on by Quantam Health Products

    The scientific process is characterized by change and progression. Reflecting on standard health protocols that have been used throughout history, it is easy to understand the significance of continual evolution of thought. Just think, there was a time in history when it was common to use leeches and mercury as go-to health care practices. How times have changed! As scientific research continues to expand, we develop a better understanding of human health and wellness.

    There has been tremendous progress in understanding the biological interactions of essential oils (1). The oils have been subjected to widespread study in both clinical and experimental research environments, which has given us a greater understanding of their relevance to health than ever before.

    Essential oils are physiologically active, which means they directly influence the body. Unique structural features of essential oils allow them to be active both on the surface of cells and within cells.

    Every cell is enclosed in a protective barrier called a membrane that serves to maintain the cell as a closed system separate from the outside environment. Imbedded in the membrane are surface receptors that serve as a line of communication between that individual cell and the rest of the body. When the proper substance binds with these receptors, it initiates a cascade of chemical changes on the inner side of the cellular membrane, triggering modifications in the function of the cell. Interaction with these easily accessible receptors is one way that essential oils communicate with cells and impact cellular activity.

    The cellular membrane has a crucial double role of keeping out unwanted intruders while still being permeable (passable). Energy sources and other important substances must enter while waste must be removed. Most substances cannot penetrate the cellular membrane, so a number of specialized transport mechanisms (cofactors, transport vesicles, etc.) are employed to allow necessary substances to move into the cell in a controlled and well-regulated fashion. 

    Substances with certain structural properties can directly traverse the membrane and move into the cell without being limited by the cell’s transport machinery in a process known as passive diffusion. Oxygen, carbon dioxide, alcohol, some drugs, anesthetics, and essential oils are some of the few substances capable of moving in this way. Two features of essential oils enable them to be able to passively diffuse:

    1. Lipid solubility and
    2. Small molecular size.

    The cellular membrane is composed of lipids. Because essential oils are lipid soluble and small, they have no problem crossing the membrane.

    The lipid soluble nature of essential oils offers them independent function and cell accessibility. Essential oils have the ability to influence cells even when there is physiologic compromise such as during times of poor nutrition or environmental threats. If a cell becomes compromised for any reason, it depends on additional systems and functions within the body to regain optimal function. For example, a compromised cell may lose the ability to efficiently pass substances across its membrane and in turn, have difficulty getting what it needs to maintain itself. Often this becomes a cyclical problem—the cell can’t repair itself without the proper exchange of nutrients, but it can’t get the proper nutrients because membrane transport mechanisms are suboptimal. See the issue? Because essential oils do not depend on cellular transport mechanisms to enter the cell, they can easily cross the cell membrane and provide benefits directly to the cell.

    Essential oils can also influence the brain by passing from the blood into the brain. The blood brain barrier is the most secure tissue barrier in the body. It is highly selective in order to protect the fragile tissues of the central nervous system. This barrier only allows passage of certain compounds that are crucial to brain function (glucose, some amino acids, etc.). Novel research has demonstrated that certain sesquiterpene constituents found in essential oils can directly cross the blood brain barrier because of their small molecular size (2-4). Although sesquiterpenes were particularly studied, it is reasonable to assume that other essential oil compounds, especially monoterpenes, which are structurally smaller than sesquiterpenes, can also penetrate the blood brain barrier.

    The effects of essential oils are far-reaching regardless of their method of application. Such powerful biological influence would not be possible if essential oil compounds were not lipid soluble and did not have small molecular size. These unique structural properties give essential oils powerful biological influence throughout the body.

    Biography:

    1. Bakkali F, Averbeck S, Averbeck D, Idaomar M. Biological effects of essential oils - A review. Food Chem Toxicol.2008;46:446-475.
    2. Dwivedi GR, Gupta S, Roy S, et al. Tricyclic sesquiterpenes from Vetiveria zizanoides (L.) Nashas antimycobacterial agents. Chem Biol Drug Des. 2013;82(5):587-594.
    3. Wang K, Li Z, Chen Y, Su C. The Pharmacokinetics of a Novel Anti-tumor Agent, b -Elemene, in Sprague-Dawley Rats. Biopharm Drug Dispos. 2005;26:301-307
    4. Wu XS, Xie T, Lin J, et al. An investigation of the ability of elemene to pass through the blood-brain barrier and its effect on brain carcinomas.J Pharm Pharmacol. 2009;61:1653-1656

    The scientific process is characterized by change and progression. Reflecting on standard health protocols that have been used throughout history, it is easy to understand the significance of continual evolution of thought. Just think, there was a time in history when it was common to use leeches and mercury as go-to health care practices. How times have changed! As scientific research continues to expand, we develop a better understanding of human health and wellness.

    There has been tremendous progress in understanding the biological interactions of essential oils (1). The oils have been subjected to widespread study in both clinical and experimental research environments, which has given us a greater understanding of their relevance to health than ever before.

    Essential oils are physiologically active, which means they directly influence the body. Unique structural features of essential oils allow them to be active both on the surface of cells and within cells.

    Every cell is enclosed in a protective barrier called a membrane that serves to maintain the cell as a closed system separate from the outside environment. Imbedded in the membrane are surface receptors that serve as a line of communication between that individual cell and the rest of the body. When the proper substance binds with these receptors, it initiates a cascade of chemical changes on the inner side of the cellular membrane, triggering modifications in the function of the cell. Interaction with these easily accessible receptors is one way that essential oils communicate with cells and impact cellular activity.

    The cellular membrane has a crucial double role of keeping out unwanted intruders while still being permeable (passable). Energy sources and other important substances must enter while waste must be removed. Most substances cannot penetrate the cellular membrane, so a number of specialized transport mechanisms (cofactors, transport vesicles, etc.) are employed to allow necessary substances to move into the cell in a controlled and well-regulated fashion. 

    Substances with certain structural properties can directly traverse the membrane and move into the cell without being limited by the cell’s transport machinery in a process known as passive diffusion. Oxygen, carbon dioxide, alcohol, some drugs, anesthetics, and essential oils are some of the few substances capable of moving in this way. Two features of essential oils enable them to be able to passively diffuse:

    1. Lipid solubility and
    2. Small molecular size.

    The cellular membrane is composed of lipids. Because essential oils are lipid soluble and small, they have no problem crossing the membrane.

    The lipid soluble nature of essential oils offers them independent function and cell accessibility. Essential oils have the ability to influence cells even when there is physiologic compromise such as during times of poor nutrition or environmental threats. If a cell becomes compromised for any reason, it depends on additional systems and functions within the body to regain optimal function. For example, a compromised cell may lose the ability to efficiently pass substances across its membrane and in turn, have difficulty getting what it needs to maintain itself. Often this becomes a cyclical problem—the cell can’t repair itself without the proper exchange of nutrients, but it can’t get the proper nutrients because membrane transport mechanisms are suboptimal. See the issue? Because essential oils do not depend on cellular transport mechanisms to enter the cell, they can easily cross the cell membrane and provide benefits directly to the cell.

    Essential oils can also influence the brain by passing from the blood into the brain. The blood brain barrier is the most secure tissue barrier in the body. It is highly selective in order to protect the fragile tissues of the central nervous system. This barrier only allows passage of certain compounds that are crucial to brain function (glucose, some amino acids, etc.). Novel research has demonstrated that certain sesquiterpene constituents found in essential oils can directly cross the blood brain barrier because of their small molecular size (2-4). Although sesquiterpenes were particularly studied, it is reasonable to assume that other essential oil compounds, especially monoterpenes, which are structurally smaller than sesquiterpenes, can also penetrate the blood brain barrier.

    The effects of essential oils are far-reaching regardless of their method of application. Such powerful biological influence would not be possible if essential oil compounds were not lipid soluble and did not have small molecular size. These unique structural properties give essential oils powerful biological influence throughout the body.

    Biography:

    1. Bakkali F, Averbeck S, Averbeck D, Idaomar M. Biological effects of essential oils - A review. Food Chem Toxicol.2008;46:446-475.
    2. Dwivedi GR, Gupta S, Roy S, et al. Tricyclic sesquiterpenes from Vetiveria zizanoides (L.) Nashas antimycobacterial agents. Chem Biol Drug Des. 2013;82(5):587-594.
    3. Wang K, Li Z, Chen Y, Su C. The Pharmacokinetics of a Novel Anti-tumor Agent, b -Elemene, in Sprague-Dawley Rats. Biopharm Drug Dispos. 2005;26:301-307
    4. Wu XS, Xie T, Lin J, et al. An investigation of the ability of elemene to pass through the blood-brain barrier and its effect on brain carcinomas.J Pharm Pharmacol. 2009;61:1653-1656

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  • Natural Medicine 101: Homeopathy by Dr. Kathleen Jones Natural Medicine 101: Homeopathy by Dr. Kathleen Jones

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    Of the many treatment modalities I've incorporated into my practice, I probably get the most questions about homeopathic remedies. The unfortunate truth is that there are many people demonizing homeopathy in conventional medicine, simply because they do not understand how it works and the underlying theories that guide its principles.

    In over 20 years of clinical practice, I have witnessed homeopathy work as both a standalone form of medicine and as a complementary approach to a larger protocol (that might incorporate herbs, supplementation, hormonal precursors, etc.). I'm certainly not the only physician with experience in this practice: 500 million people use homeopathy worldwide! In this post, I will detail the history, philosophy, and clinical application of homeopathic medicine, including an argument for how it may be working at the level of our individual cells. 

    When we examine the history of homeopathy and combine it with our modern understanding, the result is something amazing; homeopathy blends medical philosophy with cutting-edge science: nanoparticles! Before we get to the exciting new scientific theories, we need to examine the history of homeopathy, which has informed its traditional practice into modern times.

    Homeopathy as a formal practice of medicine was started by a prominent physician, Samuel Hahnemann, MD, in the United States about two hundred years ago, but the guiding principles of homeopathy are based in ancient teachings. Homeopathy quickly grew in popularity throughout the United States, because it was a cost-effective and seemed to elicit quick recovery without the risk associated with other medical procedures in the 1800s. Here are the basic principles that have definhas advanced with time, scientists are able to generate dilutions of magnanimous proportions; preparations are now available as small as 10-60, which is the equivalent of one drop in a pool the size of a football field. Those doses are believed to be the most potent of all, as the remaining substance is limited to remaining nanoparticles.

    Taking all of this into account, thousands of homeopathic remedies in various dosage concentrations have been developed and clinically studied over the years. It's very difficult to study homeopathy from a clinical trial perspective, because individual homeopathic dosages and remedies varies so greatly.

    However, there is emerging evidence that homeopathic remedies act on a nanoparticular level. This model of homeopathy makes sense on a couple levels. Nanoparticles act on our cells in a different way than larger molecules (like the building blocks of cells: vitamins, minerals, proteins, fats, and carbohydrates) do; rather than providing material for new growth or for change within our cells, nanoparticles influence what already exists within the cells. This explains why homeopathy may or may not be effective, depending on the person. This also explains why the effects of homeopathy are gentle and without side effects yet sometimes life-changingly powerful. Examples include curing rare and otherwise incurable diseases, having changes in constitution/personality, and impacting the behavior of children and animals (who would not be influenced by, say, a placebo effect).

    I've presented a lot of information here that is in direct conflict with the conventional medical thinking. It can be a lot to process, and I am still occasionally amazed by the power of this medicine! Yet, I do not often rely on homeopathy exclusively, as I want to utilize all of my resources as a naturopathic physician _ and that includes herbal medicine, nutritional supplementation, and specialized integrative testing. I am planning to write more about homeopathy to increase awareness around it, but I want to make sure that I also discuss these other modalities. Stay tuned for more information about this topic and others!

    Of the many treatment modalities I've incorporated into my practice, I probably get the most questions about homeopathic remedies. The unfortunate truth is that there are many people demonizing homeopathy in conventional medicine, simply because they do not understand how it works and the underlying theories that guide its principles.

    In over 20 years of clinical practice, I have witnessed homeopathy work as both a standalone form of medicine and as a complementary approach to a larger protocol (that might incorporate herbs, supplementation, hormonal precursors, etc.). I'm certainly not the only physician with experience in this practice: 500 million people use homeopathy worldwide! In this post, I will detail the history, philosophy, and clinical application of homeopathic medicine, including an argument for how it may be working at the level of our individual cells. 

    When we examine the history of homeopathy and combine it with our modern understanding, the result is something amazing; homeopathy blends medical philosophy with cutting-edge science: nanoparticles! Before we get to the exciting new scientific theories, we need to examine the history of homeopathy, which has informed its traditional practice into modern times.

    Homeopathy as a formal practice of medicine was started by a prominent physician, Samuel Hahnemann, MD, in the United States about two hundred years ago, but the guiding principles of homeopathy are based in ancient teachings. Homeopathy quickly grew in popularity throughout the United States, because it was a cost-effective and seemed to elicit quick recovery without the risk associated with other medical procedures in the 1800s. Here are the basic principles that have definhas advanced with time, scientists are able to generate dilutions of magnanimous proportions; preparations are now available as small as 10-60, which is the equivalent of one drop in a pool the size of a football field. Those doses are believed to be the most potent of all, as the remaining substance is limited to remaining nanoparticles.

    Taking all of this into account, thousands of homeopathic remedies in various dosage concentrations have been developed and clinically studied over the years. It's very difficult to study homeopathy from a clinical trial perspective, because individual homeopathic dosages and remedies varies so greatly.

    However, there is emerging evidence that homeopathic remedies act on a nanoparticular level. This model of homeopathy makes sense on a couple levels. Nanoparticles act on our cells in a different way than larger molecules (like the building blocks of cells: vitamins, minerals, proteins, fats, and carbohydrates) do; rather than providing material for new growth or for change within our cells, nanoparticles influence what already exists within the cells. This explains why homeopathy may or may not be effective, depending on the person. This also explains why the effects of homeopathy are gentle and without side effects yet sometimes life-changingly powerful. Examples include curing rare and otherwise incurable diseases, having changes in constitution/personality, and impacting the behavior of children and animals (who would not be influenced by, say, a placebo effect).

    I've presented a lot of information here that is in direct conflict with the conventional medical thinking. It can be a lot to process, and I am still occasionally amazed by the power of this medicine! Yet, I do not often rely on homeopathy exclusively, as I want to utilize all of my resources as a naturopathic physician _ and that includes herbal medicine, nutritional supplementation, and specialized integrative testing. I am planning to write more about homeopathy to increase awareness around it, but I want to make sure that I also discuss these other modalities. Stay tuned for more information about this topic and others!

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