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The Emotional Reboot for Good Health

aromatherapy-essential-oilssqWhen your computer is running slowly or you install a new program, it has to reboot in order to get back to functioning properly. Is there also a reboot for you and your health? Of course! Your brain remembers what it feels like to move with ease and flexibility, sleep, breathe deeply and feel happy. Why isn’t so easy for your physical body to follow along?

Part of the answer lies in the chemistry of the body.

We accumulate toxins, feel stressed, eat poorly, or maybe not as well as we think we do, and don’t take the time to relax and rebuild. Those toxins and poor diet also interfere with the proper functioning of everything in the body – right down to our DNA. Aging cells don’t make hormones as well as they used to do. Regular body functions such as digestion feel less than optimal. Our aching joints and inflexible muscles feel better with a little TLC such as massage or the addition of some supplements.

We’re looking for the magic bullet.

The magic may be right here, all around us in nature. It just takes some science to uncover the mystery and reveal what ancient civilizations knew long ago. The earth has everything we need to be well.

Essential oils may provide some of the answers for us.

oil-dropThese chemical wonders – the essence or life blood of plants – may be the missing ingredients our bodies are not able to make themselves. More than a supplement, they provide not only some magic molecules of relief, but also the emotional reboot we seek.

If I mention walking through a pine and spruce forest, you can smell it, right? How about eating a lemon – the classic example – does your mouth begin to water? Why are cinnamon rolls for sale in a mall so successful? It’s the cinnamon that draws the crowd, remembering the fresh-baked smells of childhood hearth and home. There is something to the chemistry of essential oils that resonates with our emotions.

Spiritual & Physical Effects of Essential Oils

On a spiritual level, essential oils can do much more than you may think. Certain oils help us to relax. Others, as single oils or in combinations, help to realign the electrical system of the body making us feel calmer and more grounded. We can also feel an emotional release – crying, for example, or falling asleep, by using other essential oils. Essential oils can enhance meditation because they help to quiet the mind and allow for spiritual energy to flow through.

Physically, these amazing gifts of nature, these distillations of plants, carefully grown and harvested, can help alter and realign the chemistry of the body. Yes, it is possible to reboot! Essential oils can aid in digestion, reduce inflammation, support the immune system and ease discomforts.

Try these reboot strategies accompanied by natural nutritional supplements, earth’s minerals and crystals, and plant’s essential oils.

1.    Scan for and remove “threats”. The threats in your computer are viruses, worms and other “parasites.” For your body, removing threats means detoxification – removing toxins. Physically these toxins may be heavy metals. Emotionally, it may mean distancing yourself from a toxic situation.

  • Supplements to use – Natural Cellular Defense zeolite, Isagenix Cleanse For Life
  • Crystals to use – amber, apophyllite, tourmaline
  • Essential oils to use – enjoy a few drops of pure lemon or grapefruit essential oil in a glass of water. Apply pure helichrysum essential oil to palms, feet and back of neck.

2. crystalsetsq   Shut down. You can turn off your computer, but you can also “shut down” your body and quiet your mind. Feeling relaxed and grounded will help.

  • Mineral to use – magnesium (especially before bed)
  • Crystals to use – amethyst cluster, quartz cluster, rose quartz
  • Essential oils to use – Valor essential oil blend, Sacred Mountain essential oil blend, lavender

 

3.    Recharge. Like your computer, your battery may be running low. You can recharge your physical and emotional self through meditation.

  • Crystals to use – apophyllite points, prehnite, labradorite, clear quartz
  • Essential oils to use – pure frankincense and lavender (either single or mixed)

4.    Reboot. For our computers we hope that this simple process rectifies the issues. In our bodies, we may want to re-teach our cells how to get along. Auto-immune diseases such as diabetes, asthma and allergies really represent a lack of harmony in the body. Killer cells attack healthy cells. Specific essential oils and nutritional supplements are very good at helping us to reboot our emotional health.http://www.dreamstime.com/-image21220104

  • Supplements to use – Waiora’s MegaDefense mushroom blend with zeolite, Isagenix Product B with antioxidants and telomere support, Young Living’s Ningxia Red
  • Crystals to use – jasper, rose quartz, jade, natural citrine
  • Essential oils to use – Harmony essential oil blend, Valor essential oil blend in combination with Ylang ylang, pure Rose essential oil, pure Ocotea essential oil, eucalyptus

 

 

What Is Therapeutic Grade Essential Oil?

concentrated lavender oilI have been using essential oils for many years with my clients and for personal use. Since I knew many people who sold essential oils, I never felt the need to seek out my own supply. However, something recently grabbed my attention. Good quality essential oils did indeed have a profound and often immediate desired effect. How could that be even better?

I began my search for the best essential oils, reading all that I could on therapeutic grade oils. Yes, there is a difference! What I discovered was a sense of “knowing” when I used certain oils. There are many nice quality oils in the world, but I could feel a difference in the oils produced by Young Living.

Here’s an article by Dr David Stewart that will help explain what therapeutic grade means when it comes to the quality of essential oils.

Anyone Can Claim Their Oils to Be “Therapeutic Grade” . . .

But Only Young Living Can Claim “Young Living Therapeutic Grade™”
by David Stewart, PhD

The term, “Therapeutic Grade,” applied to essential oils was originally coined and defined by Gary Young and Young Living. Years ago some aromatherapists and competing companies criticized Young Living for using this term saying, “There is no such term.” They were right in that no government or regulatory agency had defined the term, but Gary and Young Living did define it. You can use any word or term you like so long as you define what you mean by it.

You will find “Therapeutic Grade” defined, not only in Young Living literature, but also in CARE Publications such as “Statistical Validation of Raindrop Technique,” “Healing Oils of the Bible,” and “The Chemistry of Essential Oils Made Simple.” Since Young Living adopted the term and defined it, after first criticizing Young Living for using it, many companies are now using it for their own oils without defining what they mean by the word, thus implying that their oils are “just as good as Young Living’s oils.” That is why Young Living has modified and Trade Marked the statement that YL oils are “Young Living Therapeutic Grade Oils™” No one but Young Living can use that phrase to describe their essential oils.

Whereas meeting standards like those of the French AFNOR (Association Francaise de Normalization) or the ISO (International Standards Organization), ISO and AFNOR only consider whether an oil has sufficient percents of the main compounds to legally claim it to be the species on the label. For example, if an oil contains enough menthol, you can legally sell it as “peppermint” when, in fact, there may be no actual peppermint plant oil present whatsoever. Hence, an aromatic oil can be 80-100% synthetic and meet AFNOR/ISO standards. AFNOR/ISO only takes into account the end product by testing for the percents of a few compounds that account for flavor and/or aroma. These standards do not take into account the manner by which the oil was obtained nor whether any of the healing compounds are present. In fact, the compounds responsible for healing can all be absent and an oil can still meet AFNOR/ISO standards, which may be adequate for perfumes and flavors, but totally ineffective for healing.

By contrast, Young Living’s “Therapeutic Grade” standard takes into account everything from planting the seed to marketing the oil. With Young Living, “Therapeutic Grade” means there has been verification of the correct species when the seed was planted, the purity and manner of cultivation (no chemicals or nearby pollution, etc.), the proper time of harvest to optimize the healing properties in the oil, the proper manner of distillation to capture all of the therapeutic compounds, the right chemical composition as determined by sophisticated laboratory tests, and the purity of the packaging–i.e. nothing added, nothing taken away, stored in light-protected containers (amber or blue bottles) of glass, ceramic, Teflon, or stainless steel, and kept in a suitable environment of appropriate temperatures. All of this is taken into account with Young Living’s definition of “Therapeutic Grade.” No other company maintains or can claim such a standard, even though they may use the word.

When people come to you saying they have found “cheaper oils that are just as good,” ask if they know how the plants were grown, cultivated, harvested, distilled, tested, and packaged and if a true “therapeutic” standard was held and maintained throughout the process. You won’t find another company that maintains such meticulous standards from “seed to seal” as does Young Living. Gary Young and Young Living stand alone in the world of essential oils in measuring up to such standards. You can visit the Young Living farms, distilleries, laboratories, and packaging facilities to verify these standards for yourself. Anyone can. Is this possible with any other company?

The following article can be found at http://www.youngliving.com/en_US/company/therapeutic-grade.html. There are so many competing essential oil companies these days, as Young Living Distributors you need to know how to explain to people how Young Living oils are different than any other brand and have superior attributes that no other brand can rightfully claim. Most companies claim that their oils are “100% pure, Therapeutic Grade, Organically grown, etc.” But most of the time their claims and labels are misleading and do not fulfill the standards they claim.

One thing we all know: Young Living oils work and do so reliably year after year. So how do we convey to others, who have heard claims of other companies, that our oils are the best and have no equal? The following article may help. It breaks down the key qualities of Young Living oils into four “Ps” which are easy to remember and present.

They are 1. Plants, 2. Preparation, 3. Purity, and 4. Potency. You might also visit the archives of The Raindrop Messenger and read the first two articles in the July-August 2008 issue, Vol 6 No 4.

Factors that Make YL Oils a Cut Above All Others

The process Young Living uses when planting, cultivating, harvesting, and distilling a batch of oil is crucial to retaining its vital compounds. Without the exact blend of naturally-occurring plant chemicals, an essential oil can lose its beneficial properties and fail to produce the desired effect.

Young Living Therapeutic Grade (YLTG) means that every essential oil Young Living distills or sources has the optimal naturally-occurring blend of constituents to maximize the desired effect. Young Living is able to make this assertion because of our strict cultivation process—illustrated by the Four Ps—that guarantees the optimal potency of every Young Living essential oil.

1. PLANTS
An oil’s potency can be affected not only by selecting the proper plant to cultivate, but also by where the plant is grown, the quality of soil in which the seed is planted, and even the time of day it’s harvested.

Young Living has extensive experience selecting the correct species of plant for desired oil potency, planting under optimal conditions, using ideal soil and natural methods to encourage growth, and knowing the precise time to harvest each crop. Only those plants that produce the most active and widest array of therapeutic compounds are selected.

2. PREPARATION
Once the optimal soil, plant, cultivation, and harvesting conditions have been adhered to, the plants must be distilled properly in order to meet Young Living Therapeutic Grade standards. Young Living uses a gentle, proprietary technique for steam-extracting the most potent essential oils, which remains unmatched throughout the essential oils industry.

To meet Young Living Therapeutic Grade distillation standards proper temperature must be maintained throughout the distillation process, and pressure, length of time, equipment, and batch size are strictly monitored.

3. PURITY
Young Living Therapeutic Grade standards prohibit the acceptance of any diluted, cut or adulterated oils. Every product Young Living produces—essential oils, oil blends, nutritional supplements, or personal care—meets strict purity standards.

Every batch of essential oils is subjected to rigorous, state-of-the-art analysis at the Young Living chemistry lab. Using some of the most advanced equipment in the world, our scientists subject every batch of essential oils to Gas Chromatograph and Mass Spectrometer testing, and heavy metals analysis. Oils that exhibit even the slightest hint of possible adulteration or tampering are rejected.

4. POTENCY
The culmination of the preceding three stages, Potency means that the naturally occurring compounds contained in each essential oil product are of the highest and most consistent bioactive levels. Without strict adherence to the Young Living Therapeutic Grade standard in the Plant, Preparation, and Purity phases, the final product would not have the necessary potency to create the desired effect.

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