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Iodine is essential for the production of thyroid hormones that regulate growth and metabolism. A diet deficient in iodine can increase the risk of slow or underdeveloped brains in children (cretinism) as well as high cholesterol, fatigue, depression, weight gain, and even the development of a goiter. Iodine is widely distributed in living plants and animals, although concentrations vary widely across the world. Foods from the ocean contain the highest levels of iodine. Kelp or seaweed is probably the best know source of highly available, readily absorbed iodine. Other seafood and fish are also high in iodine.


The digestive system has 2 basic functions: to supply energy to the body so it can produce ATP at the cellular level and to supply the necessary building blocks for growth and repair of the body.

As the food we each enters the body and begins its journey through our digestive tract, all of the other body's systems interact and work to produce the energy and needed nutrition from the food we eat.

The enteric endocrine system works with the help of many different hormones to ensure that the flow of undigested food (chyme) makes its way out of the stomach and into the small intestine appropriately. Checks and balances also ensure the protection of the stomach lining from too much acidity.

A very necessary hormone associated with digestion is insulin. It is essential for the uptake of glucose out of the blood and into the cell itself. It is actually in the cell where the manufacturing of ATP takes place.

The enteric nervous system controls the tone and the flow of materials through the body. Without the appropriate nervous impulses provide by the brain proper digestion is unavailable. As you can see through the diagram, the nervous system is very closely related to the endocrine system. The processes of each of these systems is interdependent upon the other. A failing in one very often leads to a failing, or at least a malfunction, of the other.

The lymphatic system comes into play as the undigested food makes its way through the small intestine. The hydrochloric acid that the pancreas excretes to buffer the acidic chyme flowing out of the stomach provides a measure of protection against a bacterial invasion. The lymphatic tissues of the small intestine, called Peyer's Patches, are also responsible for protection against disease. The lymphatic system is responsible for the absorption of fats. Along with this is the awareness that the fat soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K are necessary to maintain health. Without adequate vitamin K for example, we wouldn't be able to make prothrombin which is necessary for the blood to clot properly.

The muscular system interfaces with the digestive system on many fronts. The simple act of chewing begins the whole process. Peristalsis, the contractions of the intestinal wall which move food along the digestive tract, is produced by muscle movement (triggered by hormonal activity!)

The urinary tract helps to produce calciferol from vitamins D2 and D3. People with compromised kidneys are most often plagued with maladies of the bones as well due to a lack of sufficient calcium to keep the bones healthy.

The integumentary system, or skin, also plays a vital role in the digestive process. It protects the body and internal organs as well as absorbing sunlight for the conversion of D3 to calciferol.

The role of the skeletal system, although small, is still significant. The simple act of chewing our food begins the whole digestive process. Without teeth or a strong jaw bone we would be forced to consume a very different diet. The rib cage is designed to protect a great deal of the internal organs necessary for digestion.

The respiratory system carries oxygen to the cells and carbon dioxide away from the cells. Oxygen is necessary for the muscles to move, thus making it vital for life itself.

The cardiovascular system circulates not only the oxygen needed for life but the hormones necessary for these functions to occur. The blood is the medium by which all of the nutrients as well as this oxygen are delivered to places that need them.

The digestive system is dependent upon all the other body systems. A break down in one can lead to a break down in another. It is very important to keep the whole body balanced and communicating with itself. This will ensure the overall functioning of the body at its most optimal point.



INGREDIENTS: citronella, grapefruit, lemon, lemongrass, orange sweet, spearmint, tangerine

AFFINITY FOR: skin, muscles, bones

RESONANCE: physical, emotional

APPLICATION: LeSunburst can be used as a perfume or cologne and added to bath water. It is excellent added to the dish water, dishwasher, or laundry. LeSunburst makes an excellent oil for cleaning surfaces throughout the house.

AROMATIC CONSIDERATIONS: LeSunburst can be diffused to purify the air, remove odors, or just to enjoy a nice citrus aroma.

EMOTIONAL / SPIRITUAL / MENTAL ASPECTS: LeSunburst is a favorite among the citrus blends because it is relaxing and calming, especially for children. This blend promotes a sense of well-being and is an excellent remedy for insomnia. LeSunburst is not a sedative, however. It promotes restful sleep from which you wake in the morning feeling energetic and refreshed.

Some citrus oils have proven effective against eating disorders. Because of the variety of citrus oils contained in LeSunburst, it has been used in treatments for anorexia and bulimia.

PHYSICAL ASPECTS: LeSunburst is useful for circulatory problems, varicose veins, and lymphatic congestion. It is a powerful immune stimulant. When used as a cleaner, it retards the growth of mold and mildew. This is my personal favorite blend for use in the wash or in housecleaning. It always leaves behind a wonderful, uplifting, absolutely delightfully clean aroma.


INGREDIENTS: eucalyptus, gingergrass, juniper berry, lemongrass, marjoram, peppermint, spikenard, thyme, wintergreen

AFFINITY FOR: skin, muscles, bones

RESONANCE: physical

APPLICATION: Use LeTendaCare by placing a small amount of carrier oil in the palm of your hand. Add a few drops of LeTendaCare. Use this as a massage oil for tired, overworked muscles, or to help you relax at the end of a long day. LeTendaCare can be added to a bath as an excellent muscle relaxant and overall tonic.

AROMATIC CONSIDERATIONS: LeTendaCare has an aroma that is pleasant and light for lifting the mood and clearing the mind.

PHYSICAL ASPECTS: LeTendaCare is intended to be used when muscles are tight, strained, or injured. This blend is analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, and has some excellent nervine properties. Besides sports injuries and muscle relaxation, LeTendaCare can be used for back pain, sciatica, bruising, and charley horses.

COMMENTS: Essential oils added to a carrier immediately begin to ?break down? and become less effective therapeutically. Following the method described above will insure that the essential oils are potent and effective each time you use them.


INGREDIENTS: allspice, copaiba balsam, cypress, geranium, helichrysum, mandarin, marjoram, palmarosa, ylang ylang

AFFINITY FOR: cardiovascular system, respiratory system, pulmonary system, lymphatic system, vein health, urinary tract, root and crown chakra-our connection to both Heaven and Earth, governing vessel meridian

RESONANCE: physical, emotional

APPLICATION: LeVitality should be diluted and applied on the chest over the heart area several times a day. LeVitality can also be applied to the acupressure heart area on the left foot, or alternatively, to the heart points found under the left ring finger and corresponding toe on the left foot. Additional points that may be of benefit are found on the arms just above the elbow. It may also be of benefit to apply LeVitality on the arteries of the neck, and to massage it along the spine between the 1st and 4th vertebrae.

AROMATIC CONSIDERATIONS: The aroma of LeVitality is useful for shock. It also increases vitality, energy, and stamina.

EMOTIONAL / SPIRITUAL / MENTAL ASPECTS: This blend provided me with a hopeful feeling about the state of my health. When I applied this essential oil blend, and smelled the aroma, I felt more confidence in my body?s ability to heal and be strong again. LeVitality gives one more enthusiasm for life. As stamina and strength improve, there is more energy and you feel good enough to enjoy life more fully.

PHYSICAL ASPECTS: LeVitality is very specific for the cardiovascular, circulatory, pulmonary, and lymphatic systems. It should be tried for all heart related and circulatory conditions, but LeVitality has amazing uses in so many other areas. It is often useful for lowering high blood pressure and reducing stress levels. This blend can increase stamina among the sick or the elderly.

LeVitality is a remedy for the treatment of shock and has been used to stop or slow the progress of an oncoming stroke. For an impending stroke, LeVitality should be quickly applied to the neck and forehead. Encourage the person to breathe as deeply and calmly as possible.

LeVitality is an adrenal stimulant, aids the function of the kidneys, and clears lymphatic congestion. The anti-inflammatory properties of LeVitality make it useful for arthritis, pleurisy, and sciatica. LeVitality can help balance hormones and is useful in treating toxemia during pregnancy if it is related to heart or circulation problems. LeVitality reduces the size and painfulness of hemorrhoids; be sure to dilute well.


(Betula lenta)

INGREDIENT IN: LeBreezey, LeDeeper, LeEZ Traveler, LeMagi, LePaine

THERAPEUTIC PROPERTIES: anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, disinfectant

AFFINITY FOR: muscles and joints , nerves, urinary system, lymphatic system, lung meridian

RESONANCE: physical, emotional



EXTRACTION METHOD: steam distilled

APPLICATION: Birch should be applied, well diluted, to areas of pain or inflammation.

AROMATIC CONSIDERATIONS: Birch awakens the senses, increasing awareness and alertness.

EMOTIONAL / SPIRITUAL / MENTAL ASPECTS: Sometimes we get into a frame of mind where we are very much afraid of the truth. We are sure that we will not be able to handle the truth if it is forced upon us. We spend a lot of mental and emotional energy hiding from the truth. Birch is eye opening. It shatters our illusions and brings us up against reality. This sounds harsh, but honesty in looking at oneself is a liberating force. The most important truth we can learn in this life is the truth about our own motivations. This truth will truly set us free and birch essential oil can help us grasp it and keep hold of it.

PHYSICAL ASPECTS: Birch essential oil has analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. It is useful for arthritis, muscle and bone pain, tendonitis, osteoporosis, and any inflammatory condition. Birch is also a treatment for bladder infections, recurring cystitis, gout, edema, and kidney stones. Birch helps with eczema and other skin disorders. One of its outstanding uses is reducing fevers.

GENERAL INFORMATION: One of the key compounds in birch (and wintergreen) essential oil is methyl salicylate. In birch oil, this compound makes up 85-90% of the oil. Methyl salicylate is an aspirin-like compound which has much the same effect on muscles and nerves as cortisone, but as a constituent of an essential oil it does not have the side-effects of cortisone.

Methyl salicylate is easily and cheaply produced in laboratories, but the man-made substitute has very toxic side effects. This is not true of birch essential oil?in spite of what you may have heard or read. There are two basic reasons for the natural one being harmless and the chemical version being deadly.

The first has to do with molecular structure. Methyl salicylate is comprised of 19 atoms?8 of carbon, 8 of hydrogen, and 3 of oxygen. Imagine how many different combinations could be made using these ?building blocks?. Nature makes only one?methyl salicylate. Forced together in a laboratory, this set of atoms combine into 25 known structures. These various structures are called isomers. The components of each isomer are the same but the structure is different. Two of these isomers are quite similar to natural methyl salicylate but are not quite right! Different isomers of the same compound can have entirely different, often opposite, properties?some helpful, most harmful. This is the case with man-made methyl salicylate. It has nasty side effects.

Secondly, the 10-15% of other compounds that occur naturally in birch oil balances the methyl salicylate and keep it from being toxic. This ?balancing act? of naturally occurring compounds is common in the natural world. (The lack of balancing components is why drugs have side effects and herbs do not!!) Research done by aromatherapists of the British school of thought was conducted using perfume grade essential oils (in other words, synthetic laboratory produced oils diluted in carrier oil). This research has been given extensive coverage in print. These synthetic oils proved toxic?even when diluted. The research has no relevance to the safety or efficacy of pure therapeutic grade essential oils.

Therapeutic grade birch essential oil is safe to use; synthetic reproductions are not!

I visited a web site where it was explained that birch oil had aggravated a toxic condition established by medications which contained large amounts of ?fake? methyl salicylate. This was sited as a reason to not use birch essential oil at all. The fact that the reaction was set up by the synthetic compound was brushed aside as irrelevant. It was assumed that the reaction would have been the same with pure birch oil. Although the natural and the man-made compounds have the same name, they are not the same! A study of simple chemistry shows this clearly. (See Dr. David Stewart?s book The Chemistry of Essential Oils Made Simple, page 221). The methyl salicylate in the birch oil continued to aggravate the condition because the natural compounds meant to balance it were insufficient for a battle against the synthetic compound in the medications and the natural compound in the birch oil at the same time. More simply put, the ?balancing? substances in the birch were sufficient for the birch; they were wholly inadequate to deal with a deliberate drug over-dose.

Essential oils heal because they are naturally occurring substances, balanced by nature and nature?s Creator. They heal quickly, without the side effects of drugs. Never forget, drugs have side effects!!


(Citrus aurantifolia)

INGREDIENT IN: LeIntention, LeLiteN, LeTomorrow, LeTurmoil, LeWeightless

THERAPEUTIC PROPERTIES: antibacterial, antiseptic, antiviral, restorative, tonic

AFFINITY FOR: digestive problems, respiratory problems, immune function, lymphatic system, liver & gallbladder meridians, solar plexus chakra

RESONANCE: physical, mental, emotional




AROMATIC CONSIDERATIONS: Beautiful, fresh, and refreshing fragrance. A favorite for diffusing.

APPLICATION: Lime is a delightful addition to baths, body lotions, and deodorants. LeIntention, with a large percentage of lime, is a very nice massage oil.

EMOTIONAL / SPIRITUAL / MENTAL ASPECTS: Lime essential oil is a perfect choice for the very weary?those who are so weary of trials and troubles that they feel far older than their years on earth would indicate. The lively fragrance of lime is stimulating and refreshing. It can help one overcome exhaustion, depression, apathy, and listlessness. Good oil for improving memory and concentration.

PHYSICAL ASPECTS: Lime essential oil is said to soothe broken capillaries, stimulate the muscles around the eyes, brighten a pale, dull complexion by removing dead skin cells, and is capable of tightening skin and connective tissue. Lime is a good oil for digestive difficulties, particularly gallstones and gallbladder inflammation. This oil is recommended for liver deficiencies and liver cleansing in infants and children. Lime stimulates the immune system to increase production of leukocytes that aid in fighting infections. Lime oil is also used to stabilize blood pressure fluctuations.

GENERAL INFORMATION: Lime oil works extremely well in removing gum, wood stain, oil, and grease spots from clothing.

CAUTIONS: Photo-toxic. Avoid sunlight or UV radiation on skin where lime has been applied.


(Pinus pinaster)

INGREDIENT IN: LeAspire, LeEnergy, LeGrateful Heart, LeSanctuary

THERAPEUTIC PROPERTIES: anti-infective, antifungal, tonic, pectoral, expectorant, diuretic, balsamic, stimulant, depurative, restorative

AFFINITY FOR: respiratory system, circulation, metabolism, skin care, brow chakra, crown chakra, governing vessel meridian, stomach meridian, lung meridian

RESONANCE: physical, emotional


PART UTILIZED: needles, leaves

EXTRACTION METHOD: steam distilled

AROMATIC CONSIDERATIONS: The aroma of pine essential oil can bring us true wisdom through acceptance of what was and acknowledgement of what is and what can be.

APPLICATION: Pine is especially nice in a bath or sauna. Dilute to apply to the feet or the body.

EMOTIONAL / SPIRITUAL / MENTAL ASPECTS: Pine essential oil is useful for moving on from regrets and self-judgement. It can bring relief from feeling the necessity to ?carry the whole world? on our own shoulders. Pine helps us to establish a healthy respect for our own needs, including the need to rest and rejuvenate from time to time. Pine is also for those who confuse the acquisition of more and more ?facts? as wisdom.

PHYSICAL ASPECTS: When pine essential oil is massaged into the skin, it promotes healthy circulation and brings comfort to sore joints and muscles. Pine is an excellent massage oil for arthritis.

Pine oil increases metabolism and nutrient absorption. Pine has a beneficial action on both the kidneys and the intestines, aiding them in their function of removing cellular waste and toxins from the body. This essential oil is a pleasant way to disinfect the air or any surface.

GENERAL INFORMATION: Pine needles were used by the ancient Romans and Greeks and by the American Indians to treat respiratory problems, relieve muscle aches, and prevent scurvy.