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Essential Oils September 10, 2008

Essential oils can be used in place of most any drug if you know what you are doing.  We use them to heal burns, help reduce high fevers, kill fungus (i.e. ringworm), kill bacterial germs, prevent illness, etc.  We have found Young Living Essential Oils to be the most pure and effective.  To give you an idea about what essential oils are this is the Preface from the Essential Oils Desk Reference (third printing May 2000) compiled by Essential Science Publishing.

Essential oils are the oldest and some of the most powerful therapeutic agents known.  They have enjoyed a millennium-long history of use in healing and anointing throughout the ancient world.  Oils, like frankincense, are cited repeatedly in many Judeo-Christian religious texts and were used to cure every ailment “from gout to a broken head.”  Myrrh, lotus, and sandalwood oils were widely used in ancient Egyptian purification and embalming rituals.  Other oils like clove and lemon were highly valued as antiseptics hundreds of years before the discovery of chemical germkillers.

 With the advent of modern industrial biochemicals during the last two centuries, natural therapeutic agents, like essential oils, have been largely forgotten.  It has been only during the last 20 years that essential oils have enjoyed a resurgence in popularity as their broad-spectrum antibacterial and therapeutic action has been rediscovered by many health-care professionals.  Essential oils are some of the most concentrated natural extracts known, exerting significant antiviral, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, hormonal, and psychological effects.  Essential oils have the ability to penetrate cell membranes, travel throughout the blood and tissues, and enhance electrical frequencies.  As we watch an essential oil work, it becomes clear that the powerful life force inherent in many essential oils gives them an unmatched ability to communicate and interact with cells in the human body.

After using them, there is no doubt that essential oils were ordained as the medicine for mankind and will be held as the medicine of our future:  the missing link of modern medicine, where allopathic and holistic medicine join together for the leap into the 21st century.

 

Homeopathy

Let’s look at homeopathy.  We use homeopathy in place of regular over-the-counter medicines for headaches, colds, flu, teething, gas, etc. It’s always good to have some on hand, especially the Kid’s Kit by Hylands and Oscillococcinum by Boiron.  The Kid’s Kit contains the commonly used homeopathic remedies and a little pamplet on what to use them for.  The other will wipe out the flu quicker then you will believe if you follow the directions.  We also use homeopathy when it is prescribed by our Homepathic Doctor for things that are a little more severe.  

We went to our good friend Dotty’s site www.TheECHOFoundation.com to get some info for you.  Here is the general information:

 

General Information About Homeopathy

Homeopathy is an increasingly popular alternative system of healing whose basic philosophy has attracted much skepticism from the conventional medical profession because it has been difficult to prove ‘scientifically’. However, its success with patients has meant that it has continued to grow and develop over the past two hundred years and has even enjoyed a resurgence in the past twenty years. 
 

Homeopathic Principles:

The principles of homeopathy were first formulated at the end of the eighteenth century by Samuel Hahnemann, a German physician. Hahnemann had given up the practice of medicine because he found the therapies of his time to be ineffective and extremely harmful, and did not resume practice until he discovered, in homeopathy, a means to help people heal gently, rapidly, reliably – and without side effects. Homeopathy spread quickly throughout Europe and to the United States, where at the beginning of this century 15-20% of all doctors were homeopaths. Despite repeated criticism from orthodox medical circles, the validity of Hahnemann’s ideas has been demonstrated for over nearly 200 years.

Homeopathic treatment, like all natural therapies, seeks to stimulate the innate healing power of the individual so that all systems function at their best. As a person moves toward their optimal level of general health, they feel better in themselves. As their symptoms improve their strengthened body defenses become active. The homeopathic remedy does not directly treat a symptom or condition. Instead, it helps to initiate the process by which the person heals him or herself. 

 

Law of Similars:  This is homeopathy’s guiding principle. It states that any substance which can cause a set of symptoms in a healthy person can cure those same symptoms in a sick person. The symptoms the sick person experiences are therefore the most important guide to the choice of the correct remedy.

 

Whole Person:  Homeopaths view a person’s health as a condition of that entire individual rather than as isolated symptoms. A remedy is selected which best corresponds to that person’s total state. Important indicators of general health, like the level of vitality a person experiences, stress factors, and his or her emotional well-being, along with specific physical symptoms, demand close attention.

 

Minimum dose:  As little medicine as possible is employed. After a dose is given the individual’s response is carefully observed, and the remedy is repeated or changed as necessary. 

 

[General Information on Homeopathy written by Miranda Castro FSHom, CCH. Miranda is a British homeopath who has been practicing homeopathy since 1983. She is a Fellow of the Society of Homeopaths (UK) and certified with the Council on Homeopathic Certification. 

Miranda has a background in acupuncture and humanistic psychotherapy and has been teaching and speaking both sides of the Atlantic for 15 years. She is much loved for making classical homeopathy accessible to all through her articles and books, The Complete Homeopathy Handbook, Homeopathy for Pregnancy, Birth and Your Baby’s First years and A Homeopathic Guide to Stress

Please visit Miranda at www.MirandaCastro.com]

 

Supplementation and Medication

When it comes to most things natural is the way to go.  So what do you do about supplementation and when you are feeling ill?  Do you just grin and bare it?  Well, sometimes you should, but you don’t always have to.  We would like to introduce you to a variety of natural alternatives to your everyday vitamins and over the counter medicines (and some prescription ones too).  

Our first step into more natural was with prenatal vitamins while expecting our third in 2001.  This time instead of using the prescription ones, we used a whole foods based vitamin by Rainbow Light.  We also read about and began to use things to keep mom healthy during pregnancy, labor and birth.  For example, raspberry leaf tea, alfalfa and some omega-3’s.  

This was only the beginning of our more natural approach to supplementation and medication.  In the next few blog posts we will give you some information on these.  We’ll give you general information about them.  If you would like more information on a particular subject email us and we’ll help.  Also, if you would like us to include something else, just let us know.