Aromatherapy In The News
Therapeutic grade aromatherapy essential oils and essential oil-enhanced nutritional supplements are an important factor in wellness ~ now we are making news!
Did you know that your skin is the largest absorbing organ and that whatever you put on it is absorbed into your blood stream? Did you know that every personal care product on the market today contains cancer causing petrochemical ingredients like sodium lauryl sulfate and propylene glycol?
On February 23, 1998 CBS's morning talk show, "this Morning" reported the findings of a study from the US Department of Health and Human Services' National Toxicology Program that sent shockwaves throughout the cosmetics and personal care products industries. Diethanolamine, when applied to the skin, resulted in clear evidence of carcinogenic (causing or contributing to cancer) activity. "Diethanolamine was selected for evaluation because its large-scale production and pattern of use indicate potential for widespread human exposure," this from the US Department of Health and Human Services' National Toxicology Program, NTP TR 478. This 2 year study concluded in late 1997.
DEA is an ingredient formulated into soaps, detergents and surfactants and is found in over 600 home and personal care products which includes shampoos, conditioners, bubble baths, lotions, cosmetics, soaps, etc. It is just one of an estimated 125 ingredients formulated into our home and personal care products that are dangerous to our health. Check your lablels ~ do you see Cocamide DEA ~ if so, throw it out and then purchase our products which are filled with healthy, natural ingredients ~ and then start your cleansing program!
Aromatherapy Oils Could Stamp Out Spread Of MRSA Superbug — Essential oils usually used in aromatherapy have been found to kill the deadly MRSA bacteria according to research carried out at The University of Manchester, UK.
Tests revealed that three essential oils killed MRSA and E. coli as well as many other bacteria and fungi within just two minutes of contact. The oils can easily be blended and made into soaps and shampoos which could be used by hospital staff, doctors and patients in a bid to eradicate the spread of these deadly `super bugs'.
Researchers are now desperately looking for funding to develop their work and carry out a clinical trial. Peter Warn from the University's Faculty of Medicine who worked on the research said: 'We believe that our discovery could revolutionise the fight to combat MRSA and other `super bugs', but we need to carry out a trial and to do that we need a small amount of funding ' around $30,000.
'We are having problems finding this funding because essential oils cannot be patented as they are naturally occurring, so few drug companies are interested in our work as they do not see it as commercially viable. Obviously, we find this very frustrating as we believe our findings could help to stamp out MRSA and save lives,' added Peter, who is based at Hope Hospital.
Essential oils are chemical compounds found within aromatic plants, which the plants use to fight off infections. Researchers tested 40 essential oils against ten of the most deadly bacteria and fungi. Two of these oils killed MRSA and E. coli almost instantly, while a third was shown to act over a longer period of time, meaning that any soaps or shampoos made by blending these three oils would be effective over a period of time.
Jacqui Stringer who is Clinical Lead of Complementary Therapies at the Christie Hospital instigated the research and said: 'The use of plants in medicine is nothing new but some people regard the use of essential oils as unconventional. Our research shows a very practical application which could be of enormous benefit to the NHS and its patients.
'The reason essential oils are so effective is because they are made up of a complex mixture of chemical compounds which the MRSA and other super bug bacteria finds difficult to resist. The problem with current treatments is that they are made of single compounds which MRSA relatively quickly becomes resistant to, so treatment is only successful in around 50% of cases.
'While a wide range of products currently exist to help prevent the spread of MRSA these are often unpleasant for patients as their application can cause skin irritation. MRSA is often carried inside the nose which means that patients often have to insert treatments up their nostrils, whereas these essential oils can simply be inhaled to prevent the patient being at risk,' added Jacqui.
Jacqui works with leukaemia patients at the Christie Hospital using essential oils to help in their treatment. Patients receiving treatment for cancer and leukaemia are often left with weakened immune systems which makes them vulnerable to infection from MRSA.
The National Audit Office estimates that infections such as MRSA kill 5,000 people each year and hospital-acquired infections cost the NHS around $1 billion a year.
NBC Affiliate Tests Essential Oils as Bug Repellent — Michigan NBC 25 station recently tested 3 bug repellent options, an insect fogger, an over-the counter spay-wash, & a mixture of Thieves, lemon, Purification, peppermint & lavender essential oils. The result, all products work well and the essential oils offer the added benefit of being, "natural and non-toxic."
Holistic Health Care — Young Living essential oils are enhancing the lives of cancer patients and providing nurses a complementary modality to support modern medical care. Young Living understands the importance of a complementary relationship between Eastern and Western medicine. In Western culture we tend to treat the disease, while Eastern healing modalities focus on the physical, mental, and emotional struggles faced by the patient. To help bring these two worlds together, Young Living is working in partnership with the Urban Zen Foundation and Beth Isreal Medical Center (BIMC) in New Yourk City on an Integrative Therapist pilot study. This study incorporates Eastern healing modalities like yoga and aromatherapy into traditional medical care to help improve the patient experience.
To advance the journy of health care, we must treat the patient with the same passion we treat the disease. ~ Donna karan, Founder, Urban Zen Foundation
Young Living Frankincense Used in Promising Study, April 2, 2009 — Young Living's frankincense essential oil was recently featured in an independent study from BioMed Central. Researchers used Young Living Therapeutic Grade™ frankincense to test its reaction when exposed to certain types of cells. The results are encouraging, and will hopefully lead to further research and options for those suffering from various health issues. The findings were published online in the British Medical Council journal Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
Two US practitioners' experience of using essential oils for wound care — D. Hartman, J.C. Coetzee, Journal of Wound Care, Vol. 11, Iss. 8, 04 Sep 2002, pp 317 - 320. Though essential oils are a proven antiseptic, little work has investigated their use on chronic wounds. This article describes the progress and problems of a small study of five patients, who were treated with lavender and chamomile essential oils.
There are Over 50 Hospitals Using Aromatherapy in the US:
- Alegent Health Bergan Mercy Medical Center, Omaha, NE
- Aurora Healthcare System, Foxpoint, WI
- Banner Health, Mesa, AZ
- Beth Israel Complementary Care Center, NY, NY
- Children's Healthcare, Roseville, MN
- Elk Regional Health Hospital, PA
- Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, AK
- Florida Hospital Medical Center, Orlando, FL
- Goshen General Hospital, Goshen, IN
- Heather Hill Hospital, Chardon, OH
- Ingham Regional Medical Center, Landing, MI
- Kingston Hospital, Kingston, NY
- Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Oakland, CA
- Manilaq Hospital, Kotzebue, AK
- Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, NY, NY
- Mercy Holistic Health, Cincinnati, OH
- Pinnacle Health, Harrisburg, PA
- St. Barnabas Healthcare System, Toms River, NJ
- St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center, Hartford, CT
- St. John's Riverside Medical Center, Yonkers, NY
- St. Luke's Medical Center, New Bedford, MA
- Sentara Healthcare, Wilmington, DE
- The Valley Hospital, Ridgewood, NJ
- University of Michigan Hospital, MI
- Wishard Memorial Hospital, Indianapolis, IN
Third Largest Hospital Is Using Young Living Essential Oils In A HUGE WAY!
Under the direction of Dr. Toby Cosgrove, a true visionary and President/CEO of The Cleveland Clinic, a $5 billion healthcare system, we became the first major academic medical center to make patient experience a strategic goal, and the first major healthcare system to appoint a Chief Experience Officer. We adopted the Planetree philosophy and have branded our own Cleveland Clinic version, Patients First. Our Patients First program assures world class care that addresses the patient's physical comfort as well as their educational, emotional, and spiritual needs. Our Healing Services program is an integral part of our Patients First program and under the Integrative Therapies umbrella, the Healing Services Team provides Reiki, massage, guided imagery and aromatherapy to our staff and patients.
We initially began by using essential oils on our medical/surgical floor. We encouraged and gave financial assistance to the charge nurse to become a certified aromatherapist. She is now a member of both the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapists and the Alliance of International Aromatherapists, and has done a wonderful job of clinically integrating essential oils into our daily practice. In order to insure consistent quality, we use Young Living Oils exclusively. Most of the oils are used neat (undiluted), and others are diluted with extra virgin olive oil depending on each situation. We also diffuse Young Living Essential Oils at nursing stations, in our PACU, physician's lounges, and in some offices.
Over the last year, our charge nurse has done several in-services and training sessions throughout the hospital. Through her tireless efforts she has created solid educational relationships with both our orthopedic and general surgery doctors, and regularly gets consults on all floors of the hospital. She is currently working to educate our medical doctors to get them on board as well.
We regularly treat gout, neuropathy, carpel tunnel, sinusitis, headaches, abdominal pain, kidney stone pain, neuralgia, tennis elbow, arthritis, back pain, leg cramps, postop hip and knee pain and whatever else comes our way. Each patient's need, including which Young Living Essential Oils were used, is documented in our electronic charting so we can track their outcomes. We always have a good stock of Young Living Lavender, Peppermint, Peace and Calming, Lemongrass, Thieves and plenty of single oils to make blends for gout.
We have great expectations for the future of our aromatherapy program and hope to train enough folks to cover our Cancer Care Center and Pain Clinic, and look forward to the day we can do clinical studies on arthritis, post-op nausea, and hypertension.
We would never even entertain the idea of using any other essential oil in our hospital. Young Living Essential Oils not only provide us with the level of quality we expect, but they are always consistent in their formulation so we are assured of the best possible outcomes for our patients.
— D.J.R., RRT, RM. Co-Chairman, Integrative Therapies, Cleveland Clinic Healing Services Team
Young Living, Urban Zen and Kent State in First-ever Nursing Program
Nurses have always played a critical role in helping others, but that help often comes at the expense of their own personal health and well-being.
That was the primary message shared with 30 nursing students last month at Kent State's College of Nursing. The students were the first to participate in a special curriculum of self-care for nurses, developed to help practitioners avoid being burned out in their demanding line of work. The curriculum is part of the Urban Zen Integrative Therapy (UZIT) program, which focuses on combining Eastern healing techniques (yoga therapy, essential oil therapy and Reiki) with Western medicine.
Young Living partnered with Urban Zen to provide an Everyday Oils kit for each participant, and Young Living Gold Member Tracy Griffiths taught the students about the science behind, and benefits of, essential oil therapy. Additional training was given by another UZIT instructor, who demonstrated yoga and other modalities nurses can use for their personal self-care practice.
"We felt that in order for our nursing students to better understand the potential of complementary and alternative therapies in health care, that they must experience these techniques and gain insight about these modalities on a personal level," says David Pratt, director of advancement for Kent State School of Nursing. "Because of the generosity of Young Living Essential Oils and the expertise of the Urban Zen Integrated Therapist program, our nursing students have enthusiastically embraced their involvement in this unique 'Care for the Caregiver' pilot program."
Urban Zen will continue to develop the self-care program in the coming semesters, and is working with other nursing and medical schools to create similar programs. Young Living will continue to support Urban Zen and other organizations that recognize the role of essential oil therapy and other holistic approaches to wellness.
About Urban Zen
The Urban Zen Foundation is a non-profit organization that helps raise awareness and inspire change in the areas of well-being, preserving cultures and empowering children. To find out more about Urban Zen, visit their website at www.urbanzen.org.
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*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Don't expect the same results unless you are using Young Living Therapeutic Grade™ Essential Oils and supplements. Also each person is unique and different in chemistry and toxicity levels, as well as emotionally and spiritually, so an oil that is suggested for an issue may not work as well as another. If a change is not apparent within three minutes, try another oil.