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When to use essential oils or herbs

Not sure if these are actually essential, but they are danged handy

Post Fri Jun 16, 2017 3:44 pm

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Location: Rexburg, Idaho
Could someone explain to me when it would be appropriate to use essential oils instead of herbs?

Post Sat Jun 17, 2017 1:21 am

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I prefer essential oils for the aroma therapy (which I do believe is powerful medicine in its own right). I've also used essential oils for dogs. For example, a few drops of lavender in the water bowl, ( always keep a bowl of plain water available, so the dogs have a choice), a drop of essential oil and olive oil rubbed into the ear leather to help calm an anxious dog. Use essential oils very sparingly on pets, since their sense of smell is extremely sensitive and they could become overwhelmed, rather than helped.

My mother likes to put a drop or two of lime or lemon oil in her water.

The best thing to know about essential oils is that they have highly concentrated levels of terpenes (the plant chemicals responsible for scent and flavor). We are just learning about what these terpenes do, but they are loaded with antioxidants and other health promoting properties.

For example, limonine, the terpene in lemons and limes and other citrus fruits has been isolated and is now sold over the counter as a health supplement. It is a powerful antioxidant, and mood elevator.

Post Sat Jun 17, 2017 10:16 pm

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Oh, and recently my mother had a bit of a scare, and there was some discussion about needing a breast biopsy. She asked her doctor, if, in the event that was necessary, if he would pour essential oil into the wound before suturing. Naturally, sprinkling ground herbs or even a tincture would not be very practical in this case, and so, with surgeon's approval, essential oil would be preferable.

Ps: further imaging scans revealed all is well, and so surgery was not necessary afterall. :)

Post Thu Jun 22, 2017 3:17 pm
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Fundog wrote:
Oh, and recently my mother had a bit of a scare, and there was some discussion about needing a breast biopsy. She asked her doctor, if, in the event that was necessary, if he would pour essential oil into the wound before suturing. Naturally, sprinkling ground herbs or even a tincture would not be very practical in this case, and so, with surgeon's approval, essential oil would be preferable.

Ps: further imaging scans revealed all is well, and so surgery was not necessary afterall. :)


As a surgeon with a fairly strong natural-medicine bent (Yes...i'm not merely warped...I'm actually bent!) I would strongly recommend not putting an oil into a wound and then closing it up. The essential oil will penetrate just fine from the outside.

Post Thu Jun 22, 2017 4:03 pm

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Thank you. I will be sure to pass that along to my mother, should she ever need some sort of surgery in the future. :)

Post Fri Jun 23, 2017 2:52 am

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Boy, I'm glad you said that, Doc. I was not comfortable with that idea at all.
Good to know that the EO will just wander in topically.

Martha
The best way to have a good idea is to have a lot of ideas first.

Post Mon Dec 04, 2017 5:44 pm

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Fundog wrote:
Oh, and recently my mother had a bit of a scare, and there was some discussion about needing a breast biopsy. She asked her doctor, if, in the event that was necessary, if he would pour essential oil into the wound before suturing. Naturally, sprinkling ground herbs or even a tincture would not be very practical in this case, and so, with surgeon's approval, essential oil would be preferable.

Ps: further imaging scans revealed all is well, and so surgery was not necessary afterall. :)


I do a very simple salve to prevent needing a breast biopsy :blink: I would mix 15 gr virgin coconut oil and 15 gr shea butter (I usually do very small quantities and no water so I don't need preservatives), then add 2 drops each of myrrh, frankincense and turmeric essential oils.
Gold, incense and myrrh. Recent studies say that probably the "gold" in the presents to the baby Jesus was not gold but the potent turmeric, to help the baby be healthy and protect from all disease.
True or not, it is fascinating and I love the smell of the salve. I apply it on the breasts and on the lymphnodes every time I shower.

You can try that!
Marisa


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