Sunday, October 30, 2011

Commonly Used Essential Oils

The National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy reports that commonly used oils can have the following benefi
  • Headache relief: Peppermint
  • Immune system stimulation: Eucalyptus, rosemary, tea tree
  • Muscle tension relief: Chamomile, clary sage, eucalyptus, peppermint, ylang ylang
  • Indigestion relief: Peppermint
  • Relaxation: Ylang ylang, geranium, lavender, lemon, clary sage, and chamomile
  • Respiratory problem relief: Eucalyptus

Friday, October 28, 2011

Cinnamon Spice Home Diffusing Blend for a Healther Home!

This earthy, spicy blend is perfect for warming up your house during the cold winter months.
This blend also offers powerful antiviral and antibacterial properties - prefect for cold and flu season .
  • 5 drops Patchouli essential oil - relaxing, uplifting, soothing and is believed to be an aphrodisiac
  • 3 drops Cinnamon essential oil - stimulant, antiseptic, antibiotic, astringent, carminative, antimicrobial, anti-spasmodic
  • 4 drops Sweet Orange essential oil - antidepressant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, lymph stimulator, mildly sedative, tonic, uplifting
  • 2 drops Clove essential oil -analgesic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, carminative, disinfectant, insecticidal
Blend the oils together and diffuse to creative a warm and cozy atmosphere.

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Sunday, October 23, 2011

To all my readers "I Wish You Enough"

You may have read this already, as I’ve read it several times in forwarded e-mails, but brought on a little different meaning as I read it today . . .
I Wish You Enough

Recently at an airport, I overheard a father and daughter in their last moments together. They had announced her departure and standing near the security gate, they hugged and he said, “I love you, I wish you enough.”She in turn said, “Daddy, our life together has been more than enough. Your love is all I ever needed, I wish you enough too, Daddy.” They kissed and she left.

He walked over toward the window where I was seated. Standing there, I could see he wanted and needed to cry. I tried not to intrude on his privacy, but he welcomed me in by asking, “Did you ever say good-bye to someone knowing it would be forever?”

“Yes, I have,” I replied, “forgive me for asking, but why is this a forever good-bye?” I asked.

“I am old and she lives much too far away. I have challenges ahead and the reality is, the next trip back would be for my funeral,” he said.

“When you were saying good-bye I heard you say, ‘I wish you enough’, may I ask what that means?”

He began to smile. “That’s a wish that has been handed down from other generations. My parents used to say it to everyone.” He paused for a moment and looking up as if trying to remember it in detail, he smiled ever more. “When we said, ‘I wish you enough,’ we were wanting the other person to have a life filled with just enough good things to sustain them,” he continued and then turning toward me he shared the following as if he were reciting it from memory.

I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright.
I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun more.
I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive.
I wish you enough pain so that the smallest joys in life appear much bigger.
I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.
I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.
I wish you enough “Hello’s” to get you through the final “Good-bye.”

Tears filled his eyes and he walked away.
And so,
I wish you enough.
(author unknown)

Saturday, October 22, 2011

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Aromatherapy Quote:

“Aromatherapy [utilizing therapeutic grade essential oils] is one of the most powerful yet safe healing modalities we have today. It should be considered much more in healing.” (Terry Friedmann, M.D., 1993)

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The Use of Essential Oil During War Time

Dr. Jean Valnet, a French physician, began using essential oils during World War II, using them to treat the wounds and burns of soldiers on the battle field. His subsequent research stimulated widespread interest in the use of essential oils, and his book, “The Clinical Practice of Aromatherapy”, is now regarded as a classic.
(Valnet, 1980)

Thursday, October 6, 2011

BESTeam Feature: What is Art?

Art is all about color and expression. Art can be a beautiful hand painted portrait or a lovely hand handcrafted piece of Jewelry or even, a hand knitted hat that let’s you expression who you are. Art can to view and appreciate in so many ways. Here at Etsy you can find ‘Art’ in various forms.

For Example just take a look at this elegant Red Lily Hahemuhle photograph Giclee, Fine Art Print. This fine Art Print is titled "Her Nature Stood Alone," created by Solhful

This dramatic, deep red lily has added digital textures and lighting effects for further artistic expression. this fine art photographic image is printed on heavy, 100% cotton, museum quality, archival Hahnemuhle paper using Giclee archival inking method. Then this 11x15 print is matted to 16x20, using cotton matting.


Then we have Blue and White wear with her creative Jewelry. Jewelry make is more Than String Beads together. Its about seeing your creation before its created then making it come to life.

A variety of stones and Chinese blue and white porcelain beads in a potpourri! There are quartz, howlite, sodalite, synthetic cat's eye, and rhodium beads mixed in with Chinese beads and attached to a silver-tone metal chain
Lastly, we have 'Knitful Dezigns, byVeronica Grace's.  Veronica's creations are not only wearable but functional.  We all like to expression ourselves in one way or another.  So, why not wear something created just for you.  This Newsboy hat is a perfect accent to any wardrobe and a great expression of crochet art.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Help Jason experience 'Burning Man'

This is a Post on Tumblr, created by a young man in his early 20's with his heart set on going to Burning Man.  Jason from Ohio is 24 and although very functional, is bond to a wheelchair. Jason a determine and independent young man, and is an Electron Media Student at the University of Cincinnati.  Working hard on his studies and taking care of his 1 year old pug 'Monkey' takes up a lot of his time. 

Jason is a personable, good humor young man who you can't help but like.  In spite of all his challenges, he is always smiling and joking around.  Not afraid to poke fun of himself or make light of his disability, he immediately puts others at easy. 

Right now Jason is asking for your help in making a small dream come true.  Although very functional, and self reliant he it limited to the terrain that his manual chair can handle.  So he is asking for your help...

Please help send me to Burning Man next year. I'm a full time student with no money. I'm currently saving up for the ticket itself, but I need extra money to either fix up my wheelchair or get a better electric scooter to navigate the vast playa. Any thing you can do to help is appreciated. I need your Lincolns, not necessarily your Benjamins. Whatever you can/want to contribute.  I love you all. 

Essential Oils and Cancer: A Review of Published Scientific Studies

The practice of 'aroma medicine', rather than the somewhat more vague 'aromatherapy', is making very strong gains in the United States. The primary reasons are twofold: Many individuals have become completely disenchanted with our current conventional medical system. We're paying HUGE amounts of money for very questionable therapies -- with many medicines having threatening health warnings (are these making us sicker while making us 'better'?) accompanying their high price tags. At the same time, people are realizing the value of 'traditional' medicines may be far greater than they've been lead to believe. That the healing power available in properly prescribed and employed natural medicines have the potential to not only alleviate the symptoms of an illness, but move the body to an equilibrium of long term health.

The Medical Uses of Essential Oils

Research into the area of medicinal applications of essential oils has been significant in recent years. Many oils have been proven to have significant antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal action. Now, the body of evidence of essential oils being strongly anti-tumorial, with specific anti-cancer action is growing, too. A search of Pub Med, the National Institute of Health's online research database produces 391 results for the search 'essential oils cancer' and 444 results for 'essential oil tumor'. MANY of the studies show a direct correlation in tumor and cancer cell line eradication with the use of essential oils. A great many have conclusions that indicate the studies results warrant further investigation of essential oils for the development of accepted therapies. Here's a review of some very promising results:

Frankincense Essential Oil Targets Cancer Cells

A study in the journal BioMed Central journal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine, March 2009, titled: "Frankincense oil derived from Boswellia carteri induces tumor cell specific cytotoxicity" concludes with: "Frankincense oil appears to distinguish cancerous from normal bladder cells and suppress cancer cell viability. Microarray and bioinformatics analysis proposed multiple pathways that can be activated by frankincense oil to induce bladder cancer cell death. Frankincense oil might represent an alternative intravesical agent for bladder cancer treatment." ...while a bit technical, this is very, very promising -- essentially saying that this easily obtained, inexpensive, NON-TOXIC natural compound can eradicate cancer cells without harming normal, healthy cells in the same organ. Frankincense has a long, long history of medicinal use, and searching for 'frankincense cancer' produces 30 results just for this material. If choosing an essential oil of Frankincense, the 'carteri' species has been the subject of most research, with cold-process Carbon Dioxide distilled oils considered the most therapeutic (seek CO2 or SCO2 distilled oils or extracts).

Lemongrass Essential Oil Induces Cancer Cell Death

Lemongrass, after Frankincense, may next most commonly researched essential oil for anti-cancer activity. In the May 2009 journal of Chemico-Biological Interactions, researchers tested Lemongrass essential oil against 12 human cancer cell lines. Colon cancer and neuron cancer cell lines were found most susceptible to the essential oil. The study concluded: "Our results indicate that the oil has a promising anticancer activity and causes loss in tumor cell viability by activating the apoptotic process as identified by electron microscopy." This indicates that Lemongrass may induce natural cell death of cancer cells (apoptotic process), a process that is inherently dysfunctional in cancer cells.

Sweet Linalool for Liver Cancer

Linalool is a very common essential oil constituent. Essential oils are naturally made up of many individual chemical constituents, and linalool is a sweet, relaxing aromatic found in many floral and sweeter spice essential oils. Linalool itself, separated from the essential oil of Coriander (Cilantro seeds) was the subject of research published in the June 2009 issue of the journal of Chemico-Biological interactions. Linalool was found to completely eradicate the HepG2 liver cancer cell line in VERY low concentrations. Linalool has a great many other effects, having been shown to lower anxiety and even significantly improve sleep. And now it even has anti-cancer effects! So even if one is notle directly targeting cancer, but using aromatherapy in a more 'casual' application, there may be important protective effects occurring at the same time.
Skin cancer is a major concern for many folks, and a series of studies have shown Sandalwood to be effective at preventing tumor development. Alpha-santalol, a component also shown to have anti-anxiety and sleep enhancing action, may be the constituent to which most of these effects may be attributed. This is fortunate, as Sandalwood from India is becoming more rare and expensive, though Sandalwood from Australia and other South Pacific islands is still readily available. A study published in the European Journal of Cancer Prevention, a formula used for containing just 5% Sandalwood essential oil used before exposure to toxins significantly reduced the formation of skin cancer tumors. A study published in January 2008 in the Journal of Anitcancer Research showed a significant reduction in tumor development in skin exposed to UVB radiation -- Sandalwood would make an excellent addition to a pre-sun body or face care formula.

The Powerful Protection of Spice Oils

Components of Thyme and Oregano essential oils have been shown to actually protect human DNA strands from breaking when exposed to extreme oxidative stress. DNA damage is a leading cause of cancer development, as this can lead to an abnormal cell life cycle, essentially turning off the process of natural cell death. Carvacrol and Thymol were singled out in a study by Slovakian researchers in 2007, though they also note that other components of these oils may have chemoprotective effects as well. Other spice essential oils that have demonstrated cancer preventative effects include Ginger, Tumeric, Basil, Garlic and Sage.

Essential Oils Offer Immune System Support

Beyond the direct effects on tumor cells, essential oils have been shown to positively effect the immune system on a chemical level. They can enhance the activity of white blood cells, making them more efficient and removing foreign material and microbes from the body. This would likely result in more effective cancer outcomes. Futher, there's the psychological component of any disease, and many essential oils have demonstrated anti-stress activity in scientific investigations.

Essential Oils as Anti Cancer Agents for the Future

So, like many plant medicines, essential oils work on a number of levels for many diseases, with cancer being one of them. While its important to recognize that essential oil use is in-fact contra-indicated during chemotherapy (as they may reduce the cytotoxic effects of the treatment), they can certainly be an integral part of any cancer preventative protocol. For any application where an individual has already been diagnosed with the illness, it is important to check with their physician to ensure essential oils and aroma-medicine is an appropriate choice. The overall picture is very bright for the use of essential oils in cancer treatment, and further investigation is certainly warranted by the scientific and medical communities for the development of effective medical protocols for this profoundly life-altering condition.