This transcript covers the seven essential oils found in the Essential 7, a collection of some of the most popular essential oils. Some refer to the Essential 7 as an essential oil First Aid kit. This collection of pure essential oils can be purchased wholesale for those interested in saving 24 percent off retail prices, there’s more about wholesale pricing here.
The Essential 7 collection contains seven 5ml bottles of: Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint, Joy, PanAway, Peace & Calming and Purification essential oils.
Doug Corrigan: Good day to you. This is Doug Corrigan representing Young Living Essential Oils. Today we have a very exciting topic. The topic pertains to some very key areas of our health. Let me just start with a question: How many of you out there would like more energy? How many of you out there would like less stress? And here’s a big one, how many of you would like to be able to have better digestion, to be happier after you eat and not be worried about some of the problems that a lot of people are worried about there?
Now if you answered yes to any of those question, then you’re not alone because we were doing an interesting little research project here recently and found out that those areas that we just mentioned were amongst the top areas of wellness demand in the whole world; and specifically in the United States people want more energy, they want less stress, they want better digestion and so we thought that those blended really well with another list – what does the scientific literature say that essential oils do the best, specifically essential oils for emotions, specifically essential oils for aiding the digestive system and for aiding the nervous system and the stress response. In connection with the essential oils that actually do those things, today we have on topic the Essential 7 collection. I’m very excited to have with me Karen Boren; welcome Karen.
Karen Boren: Thank you Doug. I’m happy to be here.
Doug: Karen has 13 years of experience in the natural health field, and coming up shortly she’ll celebrate 12 years with Young Living. Karen was mentored by our very own Marc Schreuder in the area of essential oil research; specifically she really learned the ropes of PubMed, which is the website of the National Library of Medicine. She’s constantly poring through the literature and bringing things to our attention that we maybe otherwise would have missed. She’s the editor for Gary Young’s Integrative Medical Guide so gained tremendous experience there; she was the technical editor for The One Gift, and edits Gary’s blog on a routine basis with our very own Alene Frandsen.
A couple of other highlights from her Young Living career are that in 2006 she traveled to Ecuador to work on educational projects personally with Gary Young, and accompanied his team as recently as 2009, traveling the Frankincense trail through Oman, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Israel. When she’s not working personally with Gary and doing his research, Karen also writes for our Research and Discovery Department. In addition to all of that, I know Karen to be a person of great personal faith who has a knack for connecting the spiritual and the scientific, and we’re very blessed to have her with us at Young Living. So again, Karen welcome to this program.
Karen: Thank you.
Doug: So what do you think about today’s topic?
Karen: Well it certainly impacts my life in a number of ways, and I have personal experience with some of these oils so I think it’s going to be a really fun thing to talk about.
Doug: It’s going to be very fun, and it’s very important, and when we look at the mass body of scientific evidence out there, a lot of people might be surprised to find out that the area where oils excel the most, where there’s the most scientific literature, is in the area of emotional support. Now these oils really can profoundly impact our mood, help us to manage stress, and help us to manage other things like anxiety. Maybe just talk a little bit about that, Karen, what has your experience been?
Karen: I did a little bit of digging in the research and found out that people who have serious problems with the blues and being down are also those who have anxiety disorders; about 60 million of them in the United States alone. It seems to be a really tough thing to deal with, and I personally know friends who have tried to deal with these problems with a pharmaceutical end and then often on top of the problem they already had, then they have to deal with some very serious side effects. So I was excited to find out that this is an area that scientists and researchers are spending a lot of time looking at essential oils and how they impact from anything as simple as… if you want to talk about stress, think about a root canal, to me that’s right up there.
Doug: That is bad!
Karen: They found out that Orange and Lavender diffused in a dental office calmed people down so that they were not anxious about having a root canal.
Doug: So now we’re talking about the oils that are actually in the Essential 7 collection; that’s a great lead-in there, Karen, because when we talk about the different oils in the Essential 7, we have to realize that every one of these oils has an emotional response; that when we smell any of the single oils or blends in this kit we will have some kind of an emotional response and for the most part, these are tailor-made to really boost our emotions, help us to manage our stress and anxiety. You mentioned Lavender and Orange; I think of Orange and of course I think what great blend other than Peace & Calming, which has a couple of citrus oils in there; Tangerine and Orange. So talk a little bit about some of the other oils in the Essential 7 collection and what the research is telling us about what these oils do, specifically in the area of emotions and stress.
Karen: One thing that really thrilled me was with Lavender; we know that it’s very sedative and calming but I was very surprised to find out that it is actually an adaptogen; if I’m stressed it will help me calm down, but you take a person who is dealing with terminal cancer and they actually found that Lavender gave them energy. Now that’s a case where this entity, this oil has an inherent intelligence in that it can figure out what the body needs. To me, that was just astounding to think how this oil could be so powerful to help both sides of the spectrum. [see Transcript: Infinite Uses of Lavender]
Doug: That’s a great point. Another one that jumps off the page to me with regard to the Essential 7 and emotions, is the Lemon single essential oil. Here we have an oil that there’s a lot of research on in regards to mood and emotions, and maybe you can talk about that.
Karen: There was a study done at the Mie University School of Medicine in Japan where they found that Lemon was actually more effective than some of the prescriptions given for having the blues and being down. It seemed also to have the ability to calm people down; there’s a term called anxiolytic and so it not only made people feel happier and able to deal with problems better, but it also calmed down their anxiety. They also found in that study that it would restore balance following stressful incidents, so I can’t think of anything better to have in an emergency kit when, say the kids just took a huge can of peanut butter and slicked down the hall and made a slide! [see 34 Amazing Ways to Use Lemon]
Doug: You’ve been in my house, I guess!
Karen: There are all sorts of incidents that come up and sometimes it would help, you know when we are told to count to 10, I would say to grab a bottle of Lemon, take a deep breath, then count to 10 so that you can deal with any situation that’s stressful.
Doug: That’s fantastic. The one that we use a lot in our household is the blend of Peace & Calming. What I love there is that you have a combination of a couple of base-note type oils that are mixed with some good citrus oils like Tangerine and Orange, and with that Tangerine and Orange you get a lot of the uplifting type of scent, but not uplifting to the point where it’s causing us to feel anxious; quite the opposite it’s uplifting where we’re calm and our minds feel clearer. I know that on long road trips or anytime we’re in close quarters with the kids, Peace & Calming is something that we’re constantly diffusing, constantly rubbing on the soles of the feet, and seeing great results there. The other part of that response, of course, is due to the Ylang Ylang.
Karen: Yes it’s interesting that in phytotherapy research they found that volunteers who applied Ylang Ylang essential oil to the skin were more calm and relaxed than those in the control group. I have a friend who witnessed a child having a meltdown on a plane. She very quietly went up to the mother and asked if some oil could be applied to the child’s feet, and the mother I think at that point would have done anything so she accepted having the oils on the feet, and the little one settled down and was peaceful for the rest of the flight.
Doug: What a great result that would be. Now let’s talk a little bit about mind and emotions and the stress response, and specifically this tremendous blend of oils called Joy.
Karen: That is a favorite. It’s one that just kind of grows on you; you just really like to have it around. We know that when we’re stressed that the stress response is supposed to give us energy and speed to handle some kind of an impending threat, but usually our stress is long-term and it will go on for hours and hours; maybe days or weeks. That stress puts us at risk for obesity, heart disease, cancer, and a variety of other illnesses so it’s really important that we learn how to handle stress and not let it take over our life. I just think that Joy is one of the most calming and uplifting blends that we have; that’s one I personally love.
Doug: I like that you mentioned that, and you’ve mentioned that several times now Karen, it’s calming and uplifting. That’s the great thing about the oils is that they can do both things. Most of the time when you’re talking about another option, which might be a pharmaceutical type option or something like that, when you’re getting something that’s calming then it reduces the whole system, it depresses in many ways and can actually make things long-term worse. What you have here with these options, whether it be Joy, Peace & Calming, Lemon, Lavender, all that we’ve mentioned and all are part of the Essential 7, you have products that can do both things. You termed it an inner intelligence and I really like that term.
One of the areas that we haven’t hit yet with regard to our emotional well-being and the area of our mind is mental clarity. That’s another place where the Essential 7 kit can really bring home a great deal of help in the form of Peppermint, and even PanAway.
Karen: Peppermint is such an incredible oil; I use it for a number of things but I was really excited to read the studies on Peppermint, to find the mental clarity that it gave people. It actually helped people who were proofreaders, they were able to spot things and get at them easier. Peppermint is an incredible thing; again, it’s multifaceted. Anyone who gets to that certain age where the joints start creaking a bit will find that Peppermint on the knees is just bliss.
Doug: I’m glad you mentioned that because it really brings us to that perfect bridge from one topic to the next, as we move from talking more about the emotional response of a lot of these different oils in the Essential 7, and we bridge that to talk about the topical response to a lot of these oils in the Essential 7. I think it’s important to realize that when it comes to these essential oils, one of the great things about using essential oil is that it’s a triple threat in many ways; that as you smell it it has an emotional response through the limbic system; secondarily through the tissue or whatever it’s touching, it has a physical response so that it might be a cooling sensation or a warming sensation; and then of course the thing that we can’t see but can only measure with blood tests is the pharmacological response – that both the limbic system and the physical response causes these things to spike different chemicals in the body, to cause different organs and systems in the body to either calm or lift up, all the different hormonal messages in the endocrine system, they are all influenced profoundly by essential oils.
Karen: It’s such an amazing thing that they could have so many effects on so many different levels.
Doug: It really is. We’ve talked about emotional, but now let’s get into topical. You mentioned Peppermint, Karen, and how that impacts us topically. Talk a little bit about some of the research in regard to inflammation and specifically this phytochemical in Peppermint that’s so powerful, menthol.
Karen: It will release a lot of pain just by itself but there are people who have tested it for headaches and rubbed it across the front of the head or on the temples and found that it eased headaches. There was one researcher who read about that and was so astounded to think that something so simple with no side effects would be able to alleviate pain, that the next time he had a headache he actually tried it and it worked, and he wrote it up for one of the journals just as kind of an anecdotal example. He kept saying in his short little piece, ‘Imagine that it helped the headache but it didn’t give me a stomachache!’ So again we see this incredible benefit without the drawback.
Doug: Without a downside, yes that’s fantastic. Let’s talk a little bit about headaches specifically. The most common type of headache is often known as a vascular headache, a lot of people know that as a migraine headache as you get constriction in the different blood vessels and it causes a lot of different problems including blurred vision. Then of course there’s the muscle type of headaches, a muscle headache is when there’s tightening in the neck and all those areas that can cause pain. There is a traction type of headache and these headaches are symptoms of other disorders that can range from sinus infections to stroke, and then inflammatory headaches that are really related to areas where things are inflamed, again like the sinuses, inflamed neck, ears, even the teeth can lead to those. Essential oils can help in a lot of these areas, and you mentioned specifically how Peppermint can help there. On the areas where people get a muscle type headache, that’s when Lavender could be applied.
Karen: Exactly. That would ease the tension, backs down the muscles so that you become more relaxed and then that tension headache will go away.
Doug: One of the things I really like to use at times is also PanAway. Whenever I have a headache, because I’m not always certain where it’s arising from, I usually try a combination of 2 or 3 different things. PanAway is a blend that I use a lot and sometimes, though it’s not in the Essential 7, I use Balsam Fir at times. I see the same response from Lavender and Peppermint. This is a really great yin and yang combination; if you’re unsure where that headache is really originating from, try a little bit of both and it won’t do you harm.
Karen: I think that’s a really key point for people to know; oils impact us all a little bit differently and we need to find which ones work best for us. Like you, I’ve experimented and found out which ones are helpful. I love Balsam Fir as well.
Doug: Absolutely. Now you mentioned your knees and of course you’re not the only one out there dealing with aches and pains; it’s just part of life, especially if you’re active or even if you’re just trying to get around. For that, really PanAway is to the rescue. This would be hands-down a huge majority of Young Living distributors’ favorite product I would think, both PanAway and the Deep Relief Roll-On (not in the Essential 7), it’s an endless debate back and forth about which one is preferred. I tell you there is a real case to say PanAway to the rescue in almost any of these instances, led by of course Peppermint. But what other oils and what other science is there to back up PanAway?
Karen: It’s just one of those oils that the ingredients in it have been studied in other cases, and they really are effective. They work in ways that work with the body but don’t, for instance, just numb you down and then as soon as it wears off, come back. They seem to calm things and make the muscles more relaxed so that the pain is alleviated.
Doug: There are many different pathways to inflammation, to discomfort, and really PanAway attacks many different pathways both with the different oils that are in there because we have Peppermint, which has menthol, but we also have Wintergreen which has a chief component of methyl salicylate and of course many of you recognize methyl salicylate as the chief component of aspirin; essentially that is what aspirin is. So you have a natural form that is not going to have some of the drawbacks of most aspirin out there that is a synthetic form.
Then you have 2 other oils that are really legendary oils in here; Clove oil, which has tremendous antioxidant capacity so it can ease the inflammatory pathways from an antioxidant area; and then of course Helichrysum, which is such a unique and almost mysterious oil. There’s a lot of research that talks about Helichrysum and its multiple effects, including how it inhibits some of the enzymes that contribute to pain and it also has some free radical scavenging effects, it has some corticoid-like effects. But the thing that I found the most is that Helichrysum really contributes to the healing of the structure; with inflammation and structural support it’s so much more than just quieting the enzyme pathways or the COX pathways, it really is also about starting to rebuild the structure and improve the blood flow, which is the great thing about Peppermint, it improves the blood flow, so that’s where healing starts to go. Anything to add there, Karen?
Karen: I think you hit a key point when you mentioned that Wintergreen has the methyl salicylate, as that’s what aspirin is made of. You are able to apply it right to a spot with the PanAway blend; it doesn’t have to go through your digestive tract and irritate it and cause problems, you just put it right where it hurts. I just think that is a pretty amazing thing.
Doug: What I like too, and we’ve hit on this already, is helping the structural support from another angle and that’s the emotional angle as well. With Peppermint, Wintergreen, all these different essential oils, don’t forget that emotional response. There’s so much in trying to handle an inflammatory situation or trying to handle discomfort and diverting your mind and uplifting your mind, which can kind of make you depressed in a situation when you’re dealing with some discomfort and in areas that are constantly challenging, so yet another bonus there.
As we move through this area of structural support and discomfort, we’ve talked about headaches and different things like that, one of the areas that a lot of people don’t realize that actually causes a lot of discomfort including headaches, is that it originates all in the digestion. We led this call off by talking about what a big issue that is, and I read a statistic recently that the #1 reason why people go into the pharmacy is to buy things to help them with their digestion, that’s where they’re spending the most money in the pharmacy. Not specifically in wellness products in general, which is energy like we mentioned, but at the pharmacy people go to buy something that will help them with their digestion. What’s the issue there that you see a lot of times?
Karen: There’s something that we don’t think about – when we interfere with the way the body was set up, which I think was designed perfectly by a higher intelligence – and with people thinking ‘Let’s just shut off the stomach acid’ because maybe someone has acid reflux or they’re feeling heartburn so they take the pills called proton pump inhibitors. They really do shut down the acid in the stomach but guess what that acid also does besides digesting food? It kills germs. Germs come in through your nose and your mouth and they end up going into your digestive tract and the acid kills them. There’s a germ called C. diff (Clostridium difficile) and people who take the proton pump inhibitors are having 4 times the amount of pneumonia caused by this C. diff bug than people who just let their stomach work like it’s supposed to.
Doug: The thing that keeps occurring to me, whether it’s the stress and anxiety that we’ve talked about, mental energy that we hit briefly, and then again talking about structural support and then discomfort; each of those areas where we are seeking out solutions, oftentimes the mainstream solution is causing more trouble than it’s helping. Here again, we have with digestion something where we’re going at it backwards, trying to block some things in the body whereas nature and these natural solutions can really help us to work with the body and help us to stimulate the things to bring the balance, instead of trying to knock down the other pathways to bring the balance which really causes more imbalance. There are some interesting statistics here that 20% of the United States population have some kind of acid reflux symptom at least once a week and, like you mentioned, 14.5 million people with peptic ulcers, 3.7 million with gastritis, and so let’s talk about some of these things that we can do specifically; Peppermint here again to the rescue and now we’ve learned about the emotional aspects of Peppermint, topically how Peppermint works, now when we take it internally what goes on?
Karen: One thing that I really liked was a study that was done in Bombay,India at a medical college there. They found out that people who have dyspepsia (stomachache) especially after eating dinner – think about Thanksgiving Day, I don’t know anybody who doesn’t eat more than they need to and then you suffer afterwards – but they found that if they gave them Peppermint oil it would accelerate the gastric emptying rate, so it helped the digestive tract move that food through so that they were suddenly comfortable again. Peppermint oil is marvelous just for that. They’ve actually done studies that it helps with peristalsis and keeps things moving, and it stops cramping. It’s interesting that it does both things – it will keep things moving but if they’re moving too fast or too hard, it will temper that.
Doug: That’s why it’s oftentimes a part of a natural cleansing program, since it acts in 2 ways – antispasmodic, and the spasms are the things nobody likes because that’s the wrenching feeling – and then there’s also the bloating and the gassy feeling, for which Peppermint is maybe nature’s top carminative next to Ginger. A carminative means that it’s anti-gas, it quiets things and dispels gas and neutralizes it. Peppermint is tremendous for that. Lavender also has some capacity there, and people have oftentimes used that if they get a little bit of a sour stomach, just a little bit of Lavender on the tip of the tongue. It maybe doesn’t taste quite as good as Peppermint does internally. The other big thing with Peppermint, seems like a no-brainer, but it’s super effective here and that is as a breath freshener. I mean there is probably not a better breath freshener out there, the impact can be profound.
Now one of the things I’ve noticed is that when taking Peppermint internally, and really when taking any essential oil internally, it’s great to find a rice milk or an almond milk or something with some fatty molecules in it to mix it into and take it down; it really helps to ease the absorption and slows the dissolution of that Peppermint oil or whatever oil you’re taking internally, and it really can improve the effectiveness over time and take the sharpness of it off; some of these oils are so powerful that initially people are a little taken back by how fast and how strong they are.
Karen: Another point too; you mentioned taking them but sometimes little ones are very picky about what they’ll take so Peppermint rubbed on the tummy is actually calming and helpful. I think that’s pretty exciting to think that not only does it work from the inside out, but from the outside in.
Doug: Great point there. One of the other things that I think is a great stimulant for digestion and one of the areas where our digestion overall is poor is because the liver sometimes needs to get a little stimulation; the gallbladder, and all those different areas. Here now we’re working to stimulate the body and that’s where Lemon is a great thing to start the day off with, drinking a little Lemon oil in your water can really help the detox process and start your day on the right foot. Instead of going out and drinking coffee, which is exactly the wrong thing to do for your digestion, why not stimulate your digestion with a little mint, a little Lemon, and all of a sudden your body is ready to take on everything that’s coming its way instead of starting the day really in the red as far as health goes.
Karen: That’s a good thing to remember!
Doug: Now we’ve talked about some really great points. We’re going to move onto a little area that I like to call Dr. Mom. In this section we’re just going to hit a few areas where we really love these Essential 7 oils and maybe talk about a couple of the oils that we haven’t hit yet. I think we’ve hit most of them, actually, because most of the oils are really profound in that emotional area, but one of the oils that we haven’t hit that is so tremendous is Purification oil. Purification oil is hands-down my favorite blend of oils. I call it the great neutralizer; that is because this oil is tremendous at neutralizing anything that’s causing you problems, be it noxious fumes or toxins or those natural toxins such as insect bites, also toxins that come to you by way of anything that you’re encountering. Purification can be applied to really neutralize that and break down petrochemicals and also natural toxins, and so the applications of that are virtually endless. You had a great story with regard to that.
Karen: I think I have the very best ‘How did you come to Young Living’ story. I was on an archeological dig in Israel and one of the members of the team was stung on her hand by a scorpion. We all freaked out; I thought for sure she was going to die, I was terrified of scorpions. Probably the ones there were not deadly poisonous but it was certainly a concern! My roommate got out these little brown bottles and started pouring something on the bite and I asked what it was. She said ‘You’re from Utah and you don’t know about Young Living Essential Oils?’ So that was my introduction! What was so exciting was that once she had that Purification oil on the sting, they took her to the hospital in Jerusalem and kept her overnight for observation but her hand did not even swell. That was such a testimony to me of the power of the detoxing of a very noxious insect sting that it’s in my medicine cabinet. I have grandchildren who come running to me and say ‘A mosquito just bit me’ and we put Purification on it, it’s marvelous.
Doug: It is, and just as recently as a couple of days ago we were out at a local golf course and it hit 7:30 and for whatever reason at 7:30 the temperature was right and the humidity was right and the mosquitoes came out like you would not believe, and I encountered 31 bites. The crazy part about that was I didn’t have Purification on me or in my golf bag, which just brings up a point that everywhere you go you really need these oils with you. For whatever reason I had a few oils but they just weren’t cutting it like Purification normally does, so when I got back to the truck – I had my oils there in the truck – I made a mixture of Lavender and Purification mixed with a little bit of coconut oil and immediately I applied all over where these bites were. The great thing about that is they never really festered, they never swelled up, it really neutralized those toxins. So even though I had tons of bites and on the course I was itching and very uncomfortable, the next morning I woke up and could hardly find them again.
Karen: Purification is also incredible for wasp stings. That’s a pretty uncomfortable thing to have happen to you, but my son swears by that as well.
Doug: Wasps, ticks, spiders, all those different things that may take hold of your flesh and cause discomfort – Purification is tremendous for all those areas. Lavender as well; Lavender can be very useful and is indicated for those areas, but Purification is a great neutralizer to those natural toxins, also any areas where you have petrochemical adhesives, things that you’re trying to neutralize. Those of you who know me, know my great septic tank story from many years ago at the Convention where ½ bottle of Purification in a septic system that was backed up totally neutralized what was really the most odorous unbelievable smell that you could ever have imagined on this bus, so Purification again really goes forward with a tremendous reputation.
Karen: I think it’s so astounding when we realize how calming and sedative Lavender is, and how soothing it is if you’ve been out in the sun a bit too long. It’s a good thing to have on hand that you can put on a scratch; kids skin their knees and it’s not going to be terribly painful to apply.
Doug: I love what you said there because again, here’s a double threat. It’s something that affects us emotionally so it helps our mind when we’re in a traumatic situation, and then it puts us in a better frame of mind and then it also has therapeutic activity from a pharmacological standpoint, so again essential oils are really tailor-made for having with you all the time. I can’t emphasize enough that the Essential 7 is called the Essential 7 for a reason, and these are the basic oils that you have to at least be dangerous with – meaning you have to know what you’re doing here. We’ve only touched the surface of some of the things that these Essential 7 oils can do. We’ve kind of geared it into the main areas where almost everyone is going to have a problem or knows someone who does. Sunburn; this is another area where the Essential 7 oils, especially the Lavender, can be really helpful in a sunburn situation. You just have to have them with you.
Karen: I just had to laugh, I had a phone call from my youngest daughter who had taken the grandkids out to the lake and they were boating and having a great time, and she talked about having her bag of oils with her; she has a little kit that is a go-to, it goes wherever they go so she is covered by having Purification, Lavender, Lemon, just any number of oils so that she can handle any little situation that comes up. I think that’s kind of like a Dr. Mom kit, and I think the Essential 7 just covers so many areas, like we’ve discussed today. What’s going to pop up, headache, a stomachache, a scraped knee, a bite; all of those are covered.
Doug: Yes they’re all covered and Karen, and this has been a great conversation, we’ve talked a little bit about a lot of important things, but just in review that emotional area, stress and anxiety, everybody is going to encounter people who have that. You never know when you’re going to have these overwhelming periods of time where you just need a bit of a lift. Inflammation, structural support, we encounter those things, if not daily then weekly certainly. So the Essential 7 is tailor-made, strong in the emotional area, with Joy, Peace & Calming, Lemon, Lavender; tremendous emotional support oils and then we go to the inflammation/structural support with Peppermint and PanAway indicated there, and now our digestion too, great oils in all of these instances.
You mentioned a tremendous story to me that’s really left an impression with regard to Joy oil and one of your friends who had a tremendous experience with Rose.
Karen: This is really dear to my heart, the fact that I have a friend who would turn to me and know that I would help her. She had a grandchild just newborn and in intensive care who was not actually expected to live. She said ‘They’ve done everything at the hospital, do you have any Rose?’ I had a bottle at home and I got it to her. She went into the intensive care and put 1 drop on that tiny baby’s little heart and certainly the doctors did their job but who knows but that little uplift, that high-frequency oil, that pure Joy; that little baby pulled through.
Doug: And there’s just story after story, isn’t there Karen, we could go on and on. You know one of the great things to know here, as we’ve talked about how these things can impact us emotionally, most of the time we’re talking about an aromatic application so just a whiff of the smell, the fragrance, and of course we’ve talked about topical and we’ve also talked internally.
Some of the great ways to apply topically is to apply to the soles of the feet. Find a Vita-Flex chart and just use that as a general guide to impact emotions, to impact digestion, to impact all of those things. In fact if you can, but not at the dinner table, it’s great to apply it in at least 2 ways, or 3 ways really. You’re always going to have the aromatic effect but another great thing to do is to apply topically to the area that you want influenced or take it internally as we’ve discussed with regards to a little bit of rice milk or almond milk or something like that; but then also on the soles of the feet is a great way to get that into your bloodstream and affect and impact the different area or body system that you specifically want to impact. Just as a general rule, if you have a neck ache or headache or something like that, you of course apply topically to the area of concern; not a bad idea to take a little bit through the base of the skull, at the neck, and maybe a little bit in the mouth depending on whether you are comfortable with that; and then find that area as a Vita-Flex and massage it in (see How to Perform Vita Flex). That can help improve the results and speed up the results of the essential oils.
Karen: I’d like to add a little point to that, I was reading a book last night that has nothing to do with essential oils and it talked about the fact that the bottoms of the feet have this incredible number of nerve endings. You may wonder why put oils on the bottom of the feet, but that is a place where it just shoots right into the body and goes to work. If I hadn’t seen it work I might not have believed it, but I have seen it work; it does.
Doug: Great point. And many of these oils in the Essential 7 are some of your mainstays with regard to diffusion. It’s not something we’ve really talked about but we’re saying that aromatically you can inhale that directly through just a couple of drops in your hands, but these are also areas where we can diffuse and really impact our environment dramatically. Of course then we impact anyone who comes into our home or into our office space or whatever; specifically I love diffusing many of these oils and combining them but amongst the favorites are Peace & Calming, Purification, little blends of Peppermint and Lemon, and even Lavender is a favorite of mine.
The interesting thing about some of these oils and especially as Karen mentioned Joy essential oil is that Joy is one that you kind of come about slowly a lot of times. Its impact can be so profound and so eye-opening, but at the same time some people smell it and they may say ‘Get me away from that, that is not my cup of tea!’ And so Joy has really been an interesting experience for me in sampling that with brand-new people. I’ve found that if people don’t love it initially, give them some time and give them some other oils. It may be one that grows onto you, Karen even mentioned that, sometimes it’s an acquired fragrance that you fall in love with over time.
So just a couple of helpful hints as you start to experiment and give these oils to other people, a couple of things to watch for and observe and figure out the best way that you can help others get involved with these oils, but you can’t go wrong with the Essential 7 collection.
I’ve really enjoyed our discussion today, and of course as many as we’ve mentioned I’m sure we’ve not mentioned 10 times more than that, because that’s really how profound this Essential 7 kit is. We hope that we’ve at least whet your appetite and given you a little bit of the scientific background, and we hope that the next time we give this Essential 7 presentation that we have 100 more testimonials that come in from your experiences, where you’ve tried some of the things that we’ve talked about here. Anything to add in closing, Karen?
Karen: This is just a purely household hint. I get so irritated with stickers on things that you buy and when you get home and try to scrape them off … Lemon will dissolve those stickers and leave the product, whatever it is you bought, unharmed.
Doug: Lemon is something you must have on hand for just that reason; gum, any adhesive, anything like that, Lemon is the real Godsend in that regard. And Lavender, this is one of the things that I do, it’s daily regimen for me, I love to put Lavender on my pillow at night. I sleep better, I dream deeper and more profoundly with Lavender and there is some science out there that talks about how it increases REM sleep. So we’re back to where we started with regard to Essential 7 and we could go on and on. A really interesting and useful tool out there that is circulating in Young Living and if you don’t have it you should get your hands on it, it’s called 101 Uses for Young Living’s Essential 7 kit. It gets circulated from time to time; look for it on the internet, I’m sure you could find it as well. If you want more energy, if you want to manage stress better and manage your structural support and discomfort, Essential 7 is tailor-made and again the digestion to boot. Again Karen thank you for joining us.
Karen: My pleasure.
Doug: It’s been a lot of fun and we just hope to hear a lot more from you great distributors as you try these oils out and just flood us with all your great testimonials. Godspeed in your quest for health and thanks for listening!
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