Saturday, October 25, 2008

PMS Clinical Aromatherapy Research Project

Got moderate/severe PMS symptoms? I am looking for 10-12 women to participate in a clinical aromatherapy research project using pure, therapeutic lavender oil.

To receive your free lavender oil and simple feedback form, please send me an email at including your name, address, and phone number. Serious inquiries only please.

Participants must be willing to apply lavender essential oil (premixed with pure jojoba oil) to abdomen, low back, legs, or wherever needed prior and during menstrual cycle for 3 consecutive months. Then circle outcome on an easy questionaire each month.

The relief from stress and cramping has been phenomenal with this oil, so give it a try and help me finish my research project!

Friday, October 24, 2008

Essential Oils and Hormone Balance

The following is a compilation from the Essential Oils Desk Reference regarding how essential oils affect hormones. By the way, if you want to have a user friendly book at your fingertips for the practical use of therapeutic and medicinal essential oils please get one! You will be glad you did! (For the best price order from my blog. (See button at left side of page).

Essential oils-through their fragrance and unique molecular structure-can directly stimulate the limic lobe and the hypothalamus. The hypothalamus is one of the most important parts of the brain, acting as our hormonal control center. It releases chemical messengers that effect everything from sex drives to energy levels.

The hypothalamus is referred to as the master gland because it governs the production of:

Growth Hormones ( for youth and longevity)
Sex Hormones (menstrual cycles, sex drive, conception)
Thyroid Hormones (controls energy)
Neurotransmitters (like seratonin)

Essential oils can exert a profound effect on the body and mind by way of the hypothalamus. Not only can inhalation of essential oils be used to combat stress and emotional trauma, but they can stimulate the production of hormones from the hypothalamus.

Some essential oils that are especially stimulating to the hypothalamus and endocrine system:

EndoFlex Blend
En-R-Gee Blend
Brain Power Blend
Hope Blend
3 Wise Men Blend

There can be many different factors contributing to infertility. To bring our bodies into balance, instead of masking symptoms and forcing conception, here are some core issues to examine.

Stress levels and emotional trauma (past and present)

Relationship with your spouse

Vitamin B6 and B12 deficiencies

Calcium/Magnesium deficiency(ALWAYS choose calcium citrate for best absorption)

Mineral deficiency

Colon/Liver function

Yeast/Fungus overgrowth

I know my readers will have many questions about the applications of the essential oils, so feel free to comment with your questions or send me an email for a free personal consultation. Oh, and remember to get your copy of the Essential Oils Desk Reference!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

National Infertility Awareness Week

Before I posted my last article on perfume and infertility, I did not know that there was a National Infertility Awareness Week! So this is a very timely subject for the focus of my blog this month.

Here is Part Two of The Fragrant Deception: Perfume and Infertility.

We can grumble about the onslaught of chemical fragrances out there but where does the true responsibility rest? There are some environments we cannot control, but we can make choices about what we put in our shopping carts and allow in our homes. If you have products that are synthetically fragranced there is a way to solve this problem. THROW THEM AWAY and replace them with unscented items.

Be aware that labels can say "natural", "green", and "botanical" and contain synthetic chemical fragrances. Look for anything on the label that lists FRAGRANCE OR PARFUM--do not purchase.

Here are some ideas for items to toss in your Toxic Box:

Perfumes and colognes, cosmetics

Scented powders, lotions, creams (remember baby stuff too)

Scented laundry soap, softener, dryer sheets

Scented candles, gels, potpourri

Air freshener sprays, Plug Ins

Scented shampoos, conditioners, hair spray

Scented deodorants, anti perspirants

Household Cleaners

Toilet tank drop ins

Scented toilet paper and feminine products

Scented toys

In an effort to keep my posts fairly short, I will share information about using essential oils for fragrancing and hormone balance in the next entry.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

A Fragrant Deception:Perfume and Infertility Part 1

An attractive young man exchanges lusty glances with a scantily clad, heavily airbrushed supermodel as a breath of wind seductively tousles her hair.....what fragrance ad is it for this time? Allure? Sexy? Irresistible? Illusion? One was accurately named....Poison!

Let's take a closer look at the fragrances that ingenious marketing promises will turn the average female or male into ravishing sex magnets.

Many of the ingredients mimic estrogen which in high levels have been known to cause cancer. Instead of worrying about how large her breasts can look, a woman who indulges in synthetic fragrances should be concerned about just keeping her breasts. But then, another advertising scheme selling a PINK fragrance may appear, with all proceeds going to breast cancer awareness of course!

The big sell is attracting the opposite sex. What does that usually lead to? Babies, eventually. For millions of couples around the world that is occurring naturally less and less. As you will read below the fragrance extenders called phthalates can damage the DNA of sperm in adult males and cause genital abnormalities in male babies. And that cologne will bring out the "real man" in you?Generations to come will be affected by the deception of synthetic fragrances.

" The European Commission is proposing a ban on the use in cosmetics of two of the most potent forms of phthalates amid fears they cause genital abnormalities affecting up to 4 per cent of male babies.These genital abnormalities - which can include undescended testicles and malformation of the urinary tract - are blamed for soaring levels oftesticular cancer in young men. Cases of the disease have risen tenfold in the past century. About 1900 British males, some as young as 15, are diagnosed every year. Nine out of 10 cases are cured, but doctors are worried by the trend. Scientists believe the phthalates could be absorbed into women's bloodstreams through the skin or inhalation." (The Australian 2002)

Fragrance on a label can indicate the presence of up to 4,000 separate ingredients. There is no way to know what the chemicals are, since on the label it will simply read "fragrance." Some problems caused by these chemicals include headaches, dizziness, rash, hyper pigmentation, violent coughing, vomiting, skin irritation—the list goes on. They can also trigger asthma.

Pthalates are used to keep fragrance chemicals in solution. They are found in almost all fragrances and manufacturers are allowed to list them under the name fragrance or parfum. Phthalates are used to enhance fragrances, as solvents, and to denature alcohol.
These chemicals have been shown to enter the bloodstream and concentrate in fat cells. They are extremely potent estrogen mimics and some are 10 000 times more potent than estrogen itself. High levels of estrogen have been known to cause cancer.

DEP is the phthalate found in the highest levels in humans and a study published in Environmental Health Perspectives (December 2002) found that DEP is damaging to the DNA of sperm in adult men at current levels of exposure. DNA damage to sperm can lead to infertility and may also be linked to miscarriages, birth defects, infertility and cancer in offspring. Recent product tests found the chemical in every fragrance tested in the United States.

Why choose a fake, potentially fatal fragrance when pure essential oils are so beautifully balancing and life-promoting? Read more in Part 2!