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Iodine and Your Thyroid
By Sharon Moran

Your thyroid is part of the endocrine system. It secretes hormones into the blood which regulate certain body functions. These functions help your body stay warm, regulate your metabolism and how your body uses energy, and keeps your muscles and organs functioning properly. Without enough iodine in the body, the thyroid gland may not function optimally. This decreased thyroid function can cause some unpleasant side effects which can affect your health.

It is usually not difficult to consume enough iodine. Using a good, high quality sea salt (yes, Himalayan pink salt is mined from old sea water deposits) which has naturally occurring iodine is important. Other foods which contain iodine naturally include: all sea vegetables such as kelp, most fish and shell fish, eggs, and even strawberries.

When iodine need is not met through normal dietary intake and thyroid function is compromised, supplementation might be necessary to give the body a "boost". Butterfly Express sells several herbal tinctures which contain kelp -- TY tincture, Kelp, Nettles, and Alfalfa tincture, and MIN are a few of my favorites. These herbs provide a wide variety of minerals besides iodine....without any adverse side affects!!

Orange, Sweet

(Citrus sinensis)

INGREDIENT IN: LeAngel, LeBeloved, LeBountiful, LeCinnamonBear, LeDiscernment, LeEternity, LeEverlasting, LeExhilaration, LeEZ Traveler, LeGoodNite, LeHeartSong, LeHoliday Spirit, LeHousewarming, LeInsight, LeIntention, LeJulia, LeKadence, LeKey to My Heart, LeKindred Spirit, LeMoonlight, LeQuietEssence, LeReflections, LeSolitude, LeSpiceC, LeSunburst, LeTomorrow, LeTranquility, LeVisibility, LeWakeUp, LeWisdom

THERAPEUTIC PROPERTIES: disinfectant, diuretic, calmative, anticoagulant, sedative, stomachic, cholagogue (encourages the production of bile and the digestion of fats), diuretic, tonic, antispasmodic, antiseptic, antibiotic, depurative, anti-inflammatory

AFFINITY FOR: digestive system, respiratory system, skin, wood element, spleen meridian, sacral chakra

RESONANCE: physical, emotional

PLANT FAMILY: Rutaceae

PART UTILIZED: peel of fruit

EXTRACTION METHOD: steam distilled

AROMATIC CONSIDERATIONS: Orange sweet has a delightful fragrance. It promotes feelings of well-being and happiness. By itself, or as an ingredient in a essential oil blend, orange sweet promotes restful sleep.

APPLICATION: The aroma of orange sweet is an excellent remedy to alleviate nausea or morning sickness. It is sometimes helpful with these conditions to apply a drop or two of the oil behind the ears. Orange sweet oil can be diluted and applied anywhere on the body. It is also a lovely oil to diffuse in your home or workplace.

EMOTIONAL / SPIRITUAL / MENTAL ASPECTS: The emotions of frustration and discouragement block the flow of energy to and from the liver. Any block in energy creates tension. The tension created by blocked energy in the liver results in moodiness, irritability, nausea, headaches, insomnia, and expecting more of ourselves and others than is reasonable. Orange sweet is an excellent oil for all of these conditions and emotions.

Orange sweet essential oil brings peace and happiness to the mind and body and joy to the heart. It provides emotional support to overcome sadness and courage to escape emotional and physical abuse. This oil reestablishes optimism and a sense of humor when they have become lost through abuse or sadness. Orange sweet can make even the most mundane practical task flow along easily and enjoyably.

PHYSICAL ASPECTS: Orange sweet can relieve cardiac spasms and false angina that are the result of stress or depression. The nicer, lighter attitude produced by orange sweet oil improves overall immune function, aids respiration, increases lymphatic drainage, improves digestive function, and raises low blood sugar levels.

Orange sweet is particularly effective when a complaint has anxiety, depression, or nerve weakness at its core. Orange sweet is one of the essential oils used in programs to treat eating disorders. The astringent properties of orange sweet oil improves a dull, oily complexion. It is of benefit in the treatment of wrinkles as it hydrates and strengthens the cells of the epidermis.

GENERAL INFORMATION: This is a very versatile and inexpensive essential oil. It works very well as a cleaner, removing sticky adhesive residue from most surfaces.

MIND AND MATTER
By Sharon Moran
Your mind and your emotions play a vital role in your overall state of health. This link is often overlooked when we try to deal with our bodies and our state of health. There is a very intimate relationship between your feelings and thoughts and what is going wrong (or right) in your physical body. Science is now able to prove a direct relationship between these two. The emotions of happiness, hopefulness, and contentment appear to reduce the risk of coronary artery disease, pulmonary disease, and hypertension and even the length and severity of colds. On the other hand, emotions such as depression and anxiety can worsen these symptoms.

The emotions we feel and exhibit can directly affect our health and wellbeing. We feed and water our bodies. We take it for regular walks and exercise. We allow it to interact in our world. However, we generally regard the mind and the body as separate entities. But the mind is linked to the physical body. Think back to the last time you were really self-conscious, like a job interview. The emotion of self-consciousness will make your body respond in some very specific ways. You begin to sweat more than usual, you get "butterflies" in your stomach, and the muscles of the buttock tighten.

Your emotional state affects you physically. It is easy to see the relationship between virus and bacteria and illness. It is a bit harder to see the connection between the emotions and the physical body. Geoffrey Cowley said in a Newsweek article once: "People may not be surprised that they blush when they are embarrassed, that frightening thoughts can set their hearts racing or a sudden piece of bad news can throw all their systems temporarily out of whack. Yet they find it hard to believe that mental abstractions like loneliness or sadness can also, somehow, have an impact on their bodies."

If you begin to look at your mind and body as one - a single body mind - it is easier to see these connections. It does not mean that you won't need to deal with your physical body. It simply means that you begin to understand that the two are connected and influence each other.

Thoughts as well as emotions have energy. They can make you say and do certain things and act in certain ways. This energy does not just disappear if it is held back or repressed. When you cannot - or choose not - to express what you are feeling on an emotional level, that energy becomes trapped and manifests itself through the physical body. Rage (and anger) are the emotions most often inappropriately repressed. These severe emotions are often linked to the loss of control.

These repressed emotions can be from childhood experiences, current situations, and generally anything that life can throw at you. It builds up to what we term "stress". Some of the symptoms of stress are headaches, high blood pressure, muscle tension, disturbed sleep and irritable bowel syndrome. Now you have a physical symptom created by an emotion.

There are many modalities of healing that help address the underlying emotions that are contributing to physical symptoms. Essential oils work very well on physical symptoms while helping the emotional symptoms level out at the same time. Using essential oils regularly can help overcome the mountain of stored emotions that may be spilling over into physical imbalances.

LeHoliday Spirit

INGREDIENTS: benzoin, cinnamon bark, fir siberica, orange sweet, orange sweet dark, spruce

AFFINITY FOR: respiratory system, emotions

RESONANCE: emotional, spiritual, physical

APPLICATION: LeHoliday Spirit is especially appropriate applied to the crown of the head. It can also be placed on pine boughs and cones, cedar chips, logs to burn in the fireplace, and used to scent potpourri.

AROMATIC CONSIDERATIONS: When diffused, LeHoliday Spirit creates a delightful holiday atmosphere. It reminds us of fond family events and emotions. LeHoliday Spirit is a great blend when diffused for purifying the air at any time of the year.

EMOTIONAL / SPIRITUAL / MENTAL ASPECTS: The aroma of LeHoliday Spirit is reminiscent of Christmas. For most people this blend brings feelings of happiness and security. LeHoliday Spirit brings a desire to hold on to and build relationships with family and friends. The holiday season seems less stressful and more enjoyable when this blend is kept diffused in the house. LeHoliday Spirit can help us deal with the stress of Christmases past if our memories are of things that were not just as we wished them to be. This blend really increases the Christmas Spirit in your home - or in your favorite Christmas Scrooge!

PHYSICAL ASPECTS: Besides all of its wonderful emotional aspects, LeHoliday Spirit has shown itself to be beneficial at purifying the air, killing airborne "bugs", and soothing respiratory ailments. It has also been used successfully in the treatment of anorexia.

Cautions: LeHoliday Spirit contains cinnamon and can irritate the skin if used topically undiluted.

LeTranquility

INGREDIENTS: blue tansy, geranium, chamomile German, lavender, palmarosa, patchouli, orange sweet, tangerine, ylang ylang

AFFINITY FOR: nervous system, circulatory problems, emotional stability

RESONANCE: physical, emotional, spiritual

APPLICATION: LeTranquility can be used as a perfume or cologne. It is an excellent essential oil for a relaxing bath. This blend can be placed anywhere on the body.

AROMATIC CONSIDERATIONS: Diffuse or wear LeTranquility as a perfume. Everyone around you will get to enjoy it and reap the benefits. The aroma of LeTranquility has been known to reduce or eliminate panic attacks and other anxiety based disorders.

EMOTIONAL / SPIRITUAL / MENTAL ASPECTS: One of the best loved of the Butterfly Express, llc, blends, LeTranquility can help us develop inner strength, patience, understanding, and confidence. LeTranquility promotes relaxation, relieves anxiety, stress, tension, and depression.

LeTranquility is useful as a sleep aid, especially when the problem is "mind chatter" that just won't quit. Instead of sleeping, even though we need sleep badly, we lay there reviewing the past day in our minds or making plans for tomorrow. LeTranquility helps us take a step back from a situation so that we may come to a fuller understanding of all aspects of the situation. From this perspective we are usually able to see solutions to our dilemmas more easily.

PHYSICAL ASPECTS: Physically, LeTranquility can be useful for circulatory problems to the extremities. Stress takes a high toll on the vitamin and mineral levels of the body, especially the levels of calcium. The use of LeTranquility, which promotes calmness and quells anxiety, has been helpful in cases of osteoporosis.

LeTranquility is one of the best blends to relieve migraines and tension headaches. Since so many of our minor, but annoying physical distresses have their roots in our emotions and our thought patterns, LeTranquility has proven useful in a very wide range of physical discomforts.

LeTranquility has been used in programs to help children and adults get off Ritalin and Prozac. Of course, it is recommended that you work closely with your doctor.

GENERAL INFORMATION: This essential oil blend is the first thing you should reach for whenever someone is having a panic attack. More times than not, LeTranquility will stop the attack completely. This is a great blend for any type of anxiety disorder.

LeWhispering Hope

INGREDIENTS: chamomile Roman, juniper berry, lemon, melissa blend, myrrh, spruce, St. John's wort, ylang ylang

AFFINITY FOR: emotions, gallbladder meridian

RESONANCE: physical, emotional

APPLICATION: It should be diluted and applied on the outer edges of the ears, on the chest, heart, temples, solar plexus, back of the neck, and wrists. It is also good in the bath, diluted and massaged over the feet or as a massage oil for the whole body. It would be a unique scent to wear as a perfume.

AROMATIC CONSIDERATIONS: The aroma of this blend promotes feelings of peace, security, confidence, and optimism.

EMOTIONAL / SPIRITUAL / MENTAL ASPECTS: LeWhispering Hope should be used to stimulate feelings of hope and a sense of potential and achievement if one has become discouraged. This essential oil blend can help us turn around feelings of hopelessness and helplessness. This is one of the most effective blends for suicidal thoughts.

LeWhispering Hope is particularly helpful for feelings of frustration we may have at other people's choices and the impossibility of "stepping in and doing it right for them." LeWhispering Hope can help us find peace when it seems that all we can do is stand by and pray for them.

Whether you choose to us this oil for yourselves or others, be assured that the influence of this blend is very subtle. It very literally"whispers" its message of hope.

There are many uses for this oil during a woman's childbearing years. LeWhispering Hope can help when a young mother (or any one else, really) is feeling stressed and overwhelmed. It helps to create a more positive attitude and a sense of optimism. This blend can help a young woman understand and move past feelings of ambivalence or non-acceptance of a pregnancy. LeWhispering Hope is useful during certain stages of labor and delivery.

Cassia

(Cinnamomum cassia)

INGREDIENT IN: LeBountiful, LeCinnamonBear, LeHousewarming, LeJourney, LeLiteN

THERAPEUTIC PROPERTIES: stimulant, antiseptic, antibiotic, antiviral, antiputrescent, analgesic, antidiarrheal, antimicrobial, antiemetic, carminative

AFFINITY FOR: circulatory system, immune system

RESONANCE: physical, emotional

PLANT FAMILY: Lauraceae

PART UTILIZED: leaves, bark

EXTRACTION METHOD: steam distilled

APPLICATION: Cassia should be diluted with particular care.

AROMATIC CONSIDERATIONS: Cassia has a warm, spicy aroma, like cinnamon. Cassia, diffused or inhaled, reduces drowsiness and lessens irritability.

EMOTIONAL / SPIRITUAL / MENTAL ASPECTS: Cassia is a good oil for those who display few emotions. It can be stimulating and relaxing to those who are rigid and inflexible in their thinking, and consequently, rigid and inflexible in their bodies. Cassia can help us see new solutions to old problems, or look at old relationships in new ways.

Physical Aspect: Cassia, like other Cinnamonum family members, is a powerful oxygenator. Cassia has a stimulating effect on the whole body, but its action is gently insistent. As a cardiovascular tonic, this oil is excellent. Cassia oil is strongly antimicrobial; virus spores, bacteria, and fungi cannot live in its presence. The anti-inflammatory properties of this oil are helpful with arthritis and other aches and pains. Studies have shown that cassia stimulates T-lymphocyte activity and immuno-globulin production by the B-cells of the immune system. Increased activity of these key elements of the immune system strengthens resistance to disease.

CAUTIONS: Cassia should be avoided, except in blends, when pregnant or nursing. It is too strong to be used in the bath. Care should be taken to dilute especially well when using with children or those with sensitive skin.

Frankincense

(Boswellia carterii)

INGREDIENT IN: LeAboutFace, LeAcknowledge, LeAgeLess, LeAssurance, LeBelieve, LeBountiful, LeEternity, LeEverlasting, LeExpressions, LeEZ Traveler, LeFaith, LeGrateful Heart, LeInner Peace, LeIQ, LeJourney, LeKindred Spirit, LeLifeForce, LeMagi, LeMeditation, LeMillenia, LePatches, LeTomorrow, LeRefreshMint, LeTrust, LeTurmoil, LeUnity, LeVictory

THERAPEUTIC PROPERTIES: tonic, stimulant, expectorant, antidepressant, antiseptic, revitalizer, anti-catarrhal, anti-tumoral

AFFINITY FOR: respiratory system, digestive system, circulation, urinary tract, skin, cellular structure and strength, earth meridian, crown chakra

RESONANCE: mental, emotional, spiritual, physical

PLANT FAMILY: Burseraceae

PART UTILIZED: resin

EXTRACTION METHOD: distilled

AROMATIC CONSIDERATIONS: Frankincense can be used to reduce anxiety and nervous tension, and in times of stress or fear.

APPLICATION: Frankincense can be applied to any area of the body. It is of great benefit diffused.

EMOTIONAL / SPIRITUAL / MENTAL ASPECTS: Frankincense is an excellent choice for those who are afraid of death, fear coming changes in their lives, or have suffered the loss of a loved one. Helps us link the past with the future, allowing us to connect cause and effect, actions and consequences, to one another. As we make these connections, we can choose our course more wisely in the future.

PHYSICAL ASPECTS: Frankincense has a reputation worldwide for crossing the blood/brain barrier, carrying oxygen and nutrients to the pineal and pituitary glands within the brain. It is the sesquiterpenes contained in frankincense that give it this ability. (There are many essential oils besides frankincense which contain sesquiterpenes. Some of them even contain more sesquiterpenes than frankincense.)

Frankincense is useful for skin disorders and circulation problems. It has a very beneficial effect on respiratory conditions such as cough, bronchitis, and pneumonia. Frankincense is of benefit in any condition that is caused or worsened by nervous tension and emotional trauma.

GENERAL INFORMATION: Frankincense is considered a holy oil in the Middle East. It has been used since ancient times in meditations. It is said that frankincense improves communication between us and our Creator.

In ancient Israel, frankincense was used to anoint the newborn sons of kings and priests. Perhaps, the magi brought frankincense to the infant Jesus as a symbolic representation of who he really was.

Frankincense was also used during the time of approaching death. It was thought to assist a person in making the transition from life to death. Certainly, Christ's eventual death for all of us was the purpose of his life. I find the reverse symbolism of life from death - resurrection - to be equally powerful.

Frankincense was also used in the embalming of the dead. Perhaps its inclusion in the rare and precious gifts was an acknowledgement of the life and mission of the Savior of the World.

Spikenard

(Nardostachys jatamansi)

INGREDIENT IN: LeEverlasting, LeJourney, LeMariah, LeMoonlight, LeNoMore, LeTendaCare, LeTurmoil, LeUnity, LeVallee, LeWoman Wise

THERAPEUTIC PROPERTIES: antiseptic, antibiotic, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, calmative, sedative, deodorant, skin tonic, laxative

AFFINITY FOR: intestinal tract, reproductive system, skin, nervous system, crown chakra

RESONANCE: physical, emotional

PLANT FAMILY: Valerianaceae

PART UTILIZED: roots, wildcrafted

EXTRACTION METHOD: steam distilled

AROMATIC CONSIDERATIONS: Spikenard has a wet earth, animal-like, or perhaps, mossy aroma that I find pleasant only when I am really in need of the soothing, sedating qualities of this essential oil. Whether the aroma is pleasant in your opinion or not, the aroma of spikenard will create a soothing, back-to-nature atmosphere around you.

APPLICATION: Spikenard should be diluted and applied wherever it is needed.

EMOTIONAL / SPIRITUAL / MENTAL ASPECTS: Spikenard is the emotional equivalent of packing up and leaving the old ways of thinking and reacting behind. Spikenard oil is not about repair of attitudes or relationships; it is about doing a clean sweep emotionally and beginning again.

Spikenard is a good oil for use at the time of approaching death. It can give one the courage needed to seek release from this life and move forward to the new. Spikenard is an oil of forgiveness. It can help us come to terms with the experiences of our life and to feel at peace with those who shared our journey with us. It was a flask of spikenard oil that Mary Magdaline used on the Savior's feet. There may have been several reasons for her choice of this precious and expensive ointment. Perhaps it was in preparation of his coming death, to aid him in forgiving all the injustices that had and would be done to him, or it could have been to help the mortal side of his nature find the courage to complete the great task assigned to him. Maybe it was just out of love and a desire to serve that she chose to anoint her Lord with oil of spikenard.

PHYSICAL ASPECTS: Spikenard is a wonderful oil for ailments resulting from bacterial infections on the skin or in the body. Spikenard will protect wounds from bacterial infections while soothing and calming the victim. The essential oil of spikenard makes an excellent deodorant. Problems in the intestinal tract are at the root of many of our physical ailments. Spikenard has a gentle laxative action. Spikenard helps maintain proper hormone levels throughout the reproductive system. Spikenard has a much higher percentage of sesquiterpenes than frankincense.

GENERAL INFORMATION: Spikenard is also known as false valerian. There are a small number of people who react negatively and quite strongly to valerian, even in less concentrated herbal forms. Spikenard accomplishes many of the same things as valerian. Spikenard is a little less potent but it has always accomplished whatever I have needed it to. Spikenard presents less likelihood of a negative reaction.