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Digestive System
by LaRee Westover & Sharon Moran
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In last December's article I wrote, "A systematic way to work through this vast amount of information is imperative. Knowledge of the physiology of the body and how the body's systems interact with each other is imperative." Continuing with this line of thought, each month's newsletter this year will deal with a different body system.

The following is a excerpt from the book "Butterfly Miracles with Herbal Remedies"

DIGESTIVE

STOMACH, GALLBLADDER, INTESTINES, COLON, LIVER, AND NUTRIENT ABSORPTION

DISEASES

Anorexia, bad breath, dyspepsia, gallstones, gingivitis, heartburn, hiatal hernia, motion sickness, tooth decay, ulcers, candida, colitis, constipation, diarrhea, diverticulitis, hypoglycemia

STRESSORS

Emotional stress, antacids, antibiotics, tranquilizers, sleep aids, blood pressure medications, Pepto-bismal, Pepcid and Tagamet, aspirin, atropine, (motion sickness medication), anti-depressants

VITAMINS / MINERALS / FOODS

Whole grains, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds

HERBS / SUPPLEMENTS

acidophilus, enzymes, cascara sagrada, slippery elm bark, plantain, papaya, elecampane, peppermint, fennel, catnip, cramp bark

EMOTIONAL CONNECTIONS — DIGESTION, IN GENERAL

This is not a topic that can be treated in just a few words. Each part of the digestive system seems to have its own emotional drivers. I highly recommend that you purchase (and read) books on the emotional drivers of various ailments. My favorite of the many that are on the market is Your Body Speaks Your Mind by Deb Shapiro. Her descriptions are very specific and she asks some good, insightful questions to help you relate emotions to the issues of your own life.

Two examples of emotions for general digestive difficulties are listed below, along with further comments under specific organs of the digestive system, below. This is not meant to be a comprehensive treatment of the subject, only a starting place for your own study and pondering.

INDIGESTION: May be a structural problem or it may be related to stress or to your reaction to what you are being required to take into your life. Sometimes we eat as compensation for stress or because we want to be totally “fed up” with something or someone in our lives. We must remember, however, that our perception may not be reality. Perhaps our indigestion is the result of our own attitudes and not from someone else’s behavior or because of a certain situation.

APPETITE AND FOOD CRAVINGS: Increased appetite may indicate inner insecurity, fear, guilt, or unexpressed needs. Lack of appetite may indicate a withdrawal from participation with others which may occur anytime relationship issues are causing pain. In children, a lack of appetite often accompanies bullying at school or lack of self-confidence.

Stomach

GENERAL COMMENTS

The production of hydrochloric acid (that portion which is produced naturally by the body and is necessary for digestion) begins in the kidneys and comes into the stomach from the blood stream.

HERBS / SUPPLEMENTS

acidophilus, enzymes, slippery elm bark, plantain, papaya, elecampane, peppermint, fennel, catnip, gentian, hops, juniper, marshmallow, oregon grape, osha, spearmint, vervain, yarrow

EMOTIONAL CONNECTIONS

Although stomach ulcers are thought to be caused by a virus, the virus seems to only take hold when there is stress in your life. Worry—literally eating you alive—is the basic emotion. Ulcers can arise when we feel intimidated by others and defenseless against their ideas of who we should be and what we should do with our lives and our resources.

Gallbladder

The gallbladder is the repository of bile, which is an absolutely necessary digestive agent. Bile contains poisonous substances that have been removed from the blood by the liver. Bile also contains cholesterol, bile salts, and other substances. Abnormal concentrations of these substances can result in the formation of gallstones and, eventually, a diseased gallbladder.

SYMPTOMS

Aching muscles, headaches, indigestion, belching, excessive gas, heartburn, abdominal pain, bloating, nausea, acid stomach, gallstones

STRESSORS

Rapid changes in weight, lack of exercise, high blood cholesterol levels, improper diet, excessive consumption of sugar and animal fats

HERBS / SUPPLEMENTS/ VITAMINS

alfalfa, barberry, catnip, cleavers, cramp bark, dandelion, fennel, ginger root, horsetail, parsley, turmeric, wild yam, lecithin, enzymes, vitamins A, B, C, D, and E

EMOTIONAL CONNECTIONS

Gallbladder congestion, attacks, and stones often indicate a need to relinquish bitterness, spite, malice, or resentment. Stones, in particular, indicate a need to convince yourself that you can request, firmly but gently, that your needs be met without anger or resentment.

Small Intestine

The small intestine is lined with millions of little organs, the villi. The villi collect the individual molecules of the material that has arrived in the small intestines from the stomach. These molecules are then moved into the blood stream where they are taken to the liver. In the liver, the molecules are broken down into individual atoms which are used to form the molecules needed by the cells and tissues of the body.

SYMPTOMS

The possible symptoms of dysfunction in the small intestine are as many and varied as the nutritional deficiencies that have been produced. They may included bloating, pain, acid reflux, and hiatal hernias. Trouble in the small intestine is often a contributing factor with bone problems, muscles weakness and fatigue, and unhealthy skin.

STRESSORS

Carbonated beverages, chocolate, sugar, a wide variety of drugs

VITAMINS / MINERALS / FOODS

Whole grains, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds

HERBS / SUPPLEMENTS

barberry, cleavers, gentian, hops, oregon grape, osha, plantain, sage, yarrow

AN UNHEALTHY CHAIN REACTION:

Kidneys become stressed from fear or soda pop or chocolate or whatever and this results in a lack of hydrochloric acid in the stomach. This in turn results in improperly broken down proteins moving into the small intestines. Nutritional deficiencies develop as these proteins clog the small intestine, the pancreas gets into trouble, blood sugar problems such as hypoglycemia follow, acid reflux and hiatal hernias develop, and structural problems in bones and muscles become increasingly more likely due to nutritional deficiencies. The skin of the face and the facial features develop a clogged, unhealthy appearance.

EMOTIONAL CONNECTIONS

The buildup of proteins which have not been properly broken down can create or, perhaps has been created by, a tendency to focus so completely on a minute detail or two that the whole of the picture becomes lost to view. Sometimes this myopic vision causes us to reject a potentially beneficial experience because a particular detail or person is irritating to us. Often there is such a fear of missing some essential detail that, when the big picture has been lost, important details elude us completely.

Large Intestine

GENERAL COMMENTS

The is no question that diet plays a huge role in bowel function. To achieve and maintain colon health, be sure to choose foods wisely, take time to chew food sufficiently, avoid between meal snacks, and visit the bathroom three times daily—after each meal, to encourage the Olsen Point neural plexus to do its job in the most efficient manner possible.

OLSEN POINT: There is a reservoir in the colon designed to handle the contents of one reasonable meal at a time. As the next meal is ingested signals are sent, and the contents of the colon move along one step and a previous meal presses against a neural plexus called, by some, the Olsen Point. This neural plexus then activates the peristaltic muscles. Snacking between meals can really foul up this process and is a major contributor to constipation. (Snacking between meals also contributes to tooth decay and poor dental hygiene and health.)

SYMPTOMS / DISEASES

Diarrhea, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis, bloating, rectal bleeding, diverticulitis, appendicitis, bad breath, body odor, gas, headaches, hemorrhoids, hernia, insomnia, and malabsorption of nutrients.

LAZY BOWEL SYNDROME: Laxatives can create lazy bowel syndrome as the body becomes dependent on them to perform normal functions. Laxatives create the depletion of minerals such as potassium, which can then lead to heart attacks and a host of other ills.

DIARRHEA: There are many physical reasons for diarrhea. Among them are bacterial or viral infections, food allergies, and food poisoning. If the situation is persistent or is chronically repeating itself in our lives, it may be time to ask ourselves what is affecting us so deeply and why we are allowing it to do so.

LACK OF NUTRIENT ABSORPTION: Some nutrients are absorbed into the blood through the walls of the colon. The nutrients are carried by the bloodstream to the liver, from which they are dispersed throughout the body. Crud along the colon walls drastically reduces the uptake of many nutrients.

CONSTIPATION: Besides poor diet, lack of fluids, and lack of exercise, there are a host of less well-known causes of constipation. Among them are high levels unabsorbed calcium, low levels of thyroid hormones, kidney failure, diabetes, depressions, injuries to the nerves of the spine that control peristalsis, hemorrhoids, anal fissures, infection of the anus.

ENDOTOXINS: It is estimated that at least 80% of common ailments begin in a toxic and constipated colon. Poisons from the colon can stress the heart, lodge in joints, invade muscles, cause fatigue and weakness, create skin problems, irritate the lungs, and drastically overtax the liver.

There are places in the rectal area of the colon where absorption bypasses the liver entirely. This means that bacteria and toxins from a constipated and toxic colon move directly into the bloodstream. This contaminated and dirty blood may even contain cancer cells! These circulating toxins and bacteria are called endotoxins and they are able to reach, very quickly, every organ, system, and cell blood circulation reaches.

The herb sarsaparilla binds with these endotoxins. Once bound with the molecules of the sarsaparilla, the endotoxins can be safely excreted from the body. I like to take red clover herb from time to time just to keep a handle on any possible circulating cancer cells.

STRESSORS

Lack of water, lack of fiber and bulk in the diet, laxatives, antacids, antibiotics, anti-depressants, a diet high in refined sugars, carbohydrates, and animal proteins

VITAMINS / MINERALS / FOODS

Acidophilus, enzymes, whole grains, vegetables, lots of fruits — with a particular emphasis on papaya, nuts, and seeds

HERBS / SUPPLEMENTS

catnip, fennel, cascara sagrada, barberry, slippery elm bark, cramp bark, sarsaparilla, marshmallow, peppermint

EMOTIONAL CONNECTIONS

There is no question that diet plays a huge role in bowel function but there are a variety of emotions that have an impact here, also.

Constipation is often the result of not letting go of old ideas or behavior patterns that no longer serve us well. Perhaps it is old angers and resentments which we are holding on to.

Diarrhea, the opposite of constipation, has exactly the opposite emotional pattern. Diarrhea, when not caused by a bacteria or a virus, may be an indication that we are too quick to reject new ideas or ways of doing things. Perhaps, we lack objectivity, about both people and ideas, and we tend to make snap judgements and then become defensive if criticized.

Deeply stressful emotions such as anxiety or fear may also contribute to chronic diarrhea. If we suffer from chronic diarrhea or from periodic bouts of debilitating diarrhea, we might benefit from asking ourselves what emotion(s) is it that we are unable to “assimilate” or, perhaps, what emotion or situation we are trying to rid ourselves of completely.

Problems with bowel function may also be linked to feelings of powerlessness, lack of control, or feeling that we have no real say in decisions that affect our lives. We may alternate between constipation and diarrhea as we alternate between going along with other people’s opinions and stubbornly demanding to do it our way, or at least the way it has always been done.

One of Deb Shapiro’s insightful questions for problems in this area is, “What is needed for you to develop a greater trust in the unknown?”

Just as the intestines are responsible for the absorption of nutrients, they are also responsible for the assimilation of the details of your personal reality. It is in the intestinal tract, large and small, that we all process our “stuff”.

Liver

The liver performs over 500 functions:

  • One very important function of the liver is the production of the enzymes needed for digestion. Supplementing enzymes may be helpful but it is a “Band-Aid” approach at best. The problem must be corrected in the liver, where it began. There is such an interplay between the various organs and systems of the body. For example, the small intestine is responsible for the uptake and distribution of the minerals needed by the liver.
  • The liver secretes bile which breaks down fats and is necessary for the absorption of vitamins and the uptake of calcium. The liver stores nutrients until there is a need for them.
  • The liver draws off and stores toxins until they can be eliminated from the body.
  • Proper liver function promotes peristalsis. If you are constipated, consider a mild liver cleanse. Constipation, in turn, causes serious stress on the liver. This can become a vicious cycle.
  • Liver malfunction is a known cause of hypothyroidism.
  • The liver is important in the regulation of blood sugar (discussed below).
  • The liver breaks down hormones, such as adrenalin, when the need by the body for them is past. In other words, the liver helps the body return to normal following a period of high stress.
  • The liver is a “manufacturing site” for the components that will be made into new blood cells.

The liver is affected by excesses of any kind, whether it is addictive substances such as alcohol or just more than you can deal with physically, emotionally, or psychologically. The result of liver imbalance or toxicity is also excess. Liver emotions are typically excesses of rage or extremely intense emotions that are being covered up or mollified by other addictive behaviors.

Sometimes, because of social conventions or religious convictions, a person may have learned to control the outward expression of the anger or rage. Instead they will be intolerant of those who do not control their anger. They have come to value self-control above all other virtues. The predominant emotions then become sadness and bitterness as rage is internalized.

SYMPTOMS

Fatigue, loss of appetite, waking (1-3 am), light colored stools

ENZYMES

The lack of any enzyme needed for digestion begins in a toxic liver. The liver, in turn, controls the balance of bacteria in the small intestine.

CANCER

Cancer has a difficult time living very long, or even developing, in a body if the liver is functioning in an efficient and healthy manner.

VITAMINS / MINERALS / FOODS

High potassium foods aid the liver. Kelp, dulce, molasses, rice, wheat bran, raisins, and bananas all contain large quantities of potassium.

HERBS / SUPPLEMENTS

Rosemary, calendula, dandelion, yellow dock root, burdock, raw beet root, molasses

LIVER STRESSORS

All drugs and pollutants damage and overstress the liver because of its function as the collection place for toxins and drugs. It is important to keep the liver clean because aging blood cells are sent to the liver where they are broken down into the base components of cellular rebuilding. The “junk” is passed on for excretion and the viable components are recycled, becoming part of the structure of new cells. It is possible, even common in our world of chemicals and pollutants, for new cells to be born already contaminated or crippled if our livers are toxic.

Other causes of problems in the liver: 1) cumulative environmental poisons, 2) overeating, 3) high carbohydrate/fat diet, 4) drugs, 5) candida overgrowth, 6) contraception, 7) caffeine

As you can see, the digestive system is a very intricate and complex system. So much of our health depends upon nutrition – not just what we eat, but how what we eat is digested and absorbed (or not absorbed as the case may be). Since the digestive system includes so many individual organs it is a good idea to understand these organs separately and then work on putting the whole system together. I find it is also helpful to work backwards, from the absorption of nutrients up to the stomach. That way you can hopefully affect what is happening the whole way through.

Let’s take for example, heart burn and acid reflux. The initial idea of having too much stomach acid coming up into the esophagus is very often met with reducing the acidity of the stomach acid so that when the reflux occurs, the “burning” does not seem so bad. However, when the acidity of the stomach acid is lowered, a domino effect occurs throughout the rest of the digestive system. The stomach does not empty appropriately and when it does, the contents are not accepted into the small intestine correctly. As this inappropriately digested food tries to move through the system, the nutrient content is not available to be absorbed effectively. It can also cause a sluggish digestive system, backing up and creating more stomach pressure. More stomach pressure will cause more reflux and the cycle continues. With the same scenario of symptoms, working backwards might go something like this. To relieve the effects of a sluggish colon plenty of water and fiber are a must. To be sure that the intestinal flora is balanced, take a super probiotic supplement for a good month or two to make sure that the colon has an ample supply of the good kind of bacteria to be able to function optimally. With the colon working and moving food along efficiently, the stomach will be able to empty into the small intestine in a more timely fashion. If the stomach acid is not buffered, the contents will be effectively digested enough to be accepted by the small intestine for further digestion and absorption. If the stomach is not full and stretched beyond its capacity it is likely that the pressure will be too great for the cardiac valve. Without the excessive pressure, the reflux does not occur and thus the heartburn is eliminated.

Due to the many different organs included in the digestive system and their specific roles in the body, there are a lot of oils and herbs which have an ability to impact this system. I have listed some of the major ones here, but please study the specific organ you are concerned about to learn all the various ways to impact that part of the digestive system.

Oils which have an affinity for the digestive system include: LeBabyMe, LeBalance,LeEternity, LeEZTraveler, LeGrace, LeHoliday Spirit, LeInsideOut, LeJulia, LeKadence, LeLetting Go, LeLife Force, LeLiteN, LeMelaPlus, LeMillenia, LeQuietEssence, LeRevitalize, LeSafeguard, LeSunburst, LeSynopsis, LeTrust, LeVision, LeWarmDown, LeWeightLess, calamus, anethi, basil, bergamot, black pepper, caraway, cardamom, carrot seed, celery seed, chamomile German and Roman, coriander, dill, fennel, fenugreek, ginger, grapefruit, lemon, lime, litsea cubeba, mandarin, marjoram, Melissa, orange sweet, patchouli, peppermint, rose geranium, saro, spearmint, turmeric

Herbs which have an affinity for the digestive system include: CD, COL, COLA, catnip/chamomile, GI, NAUS, acidophilus, alfalfa, barberry, burdock, cascara sagrada, catnip, cramp bark, dandelion, elecampane, fennel, gentian, ginger root, hops, horsetail, juniper, marshmallow, Oregon grape, osha, papaya, peppermint, plantain, raw beet root, rosemary, sage, sarsaparilla, slippery elm bark, spearmint, turmeric, vervain, wild yam, yarrow, yellow dock root


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LeAway

INGREDIENTS: catnip, cedarwood, cinnamon berry, citronella, clove, eucalyptus peppermint

APPLICATION: LeAway should be diluted in water or Miracle II Neutralizer and applied, either by misting or rubbing on, just as you would with any other insect repellent. You can also spray the diluted solution on clothing and on the bottoms of pant legs, sleeves, and hats, being careful to avoid contact with the eyes.

GENERAL INFORMATION: Insect bites can be dangerous as well as just annoying, but slathering yourself with chemicals may not be a good solution. LeAway is a blend of some of the single essential oils most often used to repel insects.

LeConnection

INGREDIENTS: angelica, cedarwood, fir, sage, spruce, ylang ylang

AFFINITY FOR: root/base chakra, solar plexus chakra, emotional balance

RESONANCE: spiritual, emotional

APPLICATION: LeConnection is very nice applied to the back of the neck, on the temples, or just about any where that you can imagine.

AROMATIC CONSIDERATIONS: LeConnection has a delightful aroma which is centering, grounding, and emotionally balancing. This is a good oil to diffuse or wear when life has become too crazy and overwhelming. This blend can assist us in rebuilding our confidence and faith in our ability to cope, even under these stressful circumstances.

EMOTIONAL / SPIRITUAL / MENTAL ASPECTS: LeConnection is designed for people who are characteristically over-enthusiastic and have unrealistic expectations of themselves, of others, or of life in general. This blend is helpful in moderating a tendency to make hasty decisions and choices. It is also of benefit to those who escape too often into their own fantasy world.

The spruce in this blend has an affinity for the solar plexus chakra. The solar plexus chakra connects us to divine energy and gives us balance and joy in our service to others. LeConnection is an excellent oil to use as part of a journal or prayer session. LeConnection can help us see where our perceptions have parted company with reality and truth. If we have been basing our decisions and behaviors on our mis-perceptions, this oil can help us make more appropriate decisions and behave in more appropriate ways.

PHYSICAL ASPECTS: The sage in this blend has an affinity for the pelvic area chakras and the organs contained in the pelvic region. This is an important thing to remember when trouble in these areas is connected to emotions and misperceptions.

LeTrust

INGREDIENTS: angelica, frankincense, helichrysum, lavender, lemon, melissa blend, palmarosa, rose, rosewood, sandalwood, spruce

AFFINITY FOR: emotional balance and stability, lung meridian

RESONANCE: LeTrust is a very high frequency essential oil blend.

APPLICATION: LeTrust should be massaged over the heart or around the navel. It is also good when applied behind the ears or on the wrists.

AROMATIC CONSIDERATIONS: This blend makes a very nice perfume or cologne. LeTrust, diffused in the home, can make changes for the better in family communication, especially at meal times.

EMOTIONAL / SPIRITUAL / MENTAL ASPECTS: LeTrust helps us be more accepting, tolerant, compassionate, and forgiving of ourselves and others. This blend can be useful in leaving behind old hurts, guilts, and frustrations. The emotions supported by LeTrust can help us evaluate our relationships and leave behind attitudes of co-dependency. Finding a balance between trusting others and ourselves and reasonable caution of new situations and old relationships is a very important life skill.

PHYSICAL ASPECTS: Although LeTrust is a high frequency blend and definitely a spiritual/emotional oil, it has proven useful for the relief of pain with pleurisy and gallstones. Some people report that used as a mouth rinse, this blend is good for gum disease.

Birch

(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

PLANT FAMILY: Betulaceae

PART UTILIZED: bark

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!!

Cumin

(Cuminum cyminum)

INGREDIENT IN: LeEndoRelief, LeStefanie

THERAPEUTIC PROPERTIES: antibacterial, antiseptic, antiviral, antioxidant, antiparasitic, aphrodisiac, digestive, diuretic, emmenagogue, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory

AFFINITY FOR: digestive system, lymphatic system, respiratory system, endocrine system, muscles, nervous system

RESONANCE: physical, emotional

PLANT FAMILY: Umbelliferae

PART UTILIZED: seeds

EXTRACTION METHOD: steam distilled

APPLICATION: Cumin oil should be diluted well or used as part of a blend.

AROMATIC CONSIDERATIONS: Cumin essential oil has a very strong aroma. It can be quite appealing if it is diffused for a short period of time. The aroma lingers in the air for a long time after the diffuser has been turned off.

EMOTIONAL / SPIRITUAL / MENTAL ASPECTS: People who would benefit from cumin oil are usually very determined individuals. They are proud of their strength and determination. They do not tolerate people they consider to be fools or lazy. Unfortunately, they put most everyone but themselves into these categories. It is possible for these people to become wise and beloved as they mature.

PHYSICAL ASPECTS: Cumin is anti-inflammatory and warming to strained or damaged muscles. It relieves muscular pains and the pains of arthritis. Cumin is a stimulant to the digestive system. It should be considered for colic, flatulence, bloating, and indigestion. Cumin is an excellent nervous system tonic. It is often employed to relieve headaches, migraines, and to boost energy fatigued from nervous exhaustion. Diluted and applied to the chest, cumin can be useful for asthma, bronchial spasms, and spasmodic coughs. One of the outstanding characteristics of cumin oil is its action in clearing the lymphatic system and ridding the body of excess fluids and toxins. Cumin also increases circulation. Recent studies show strong indications that cumin oil acts as a thyroid stimulant.

GENERAL INFORMATION: Cumin has an over-powering aroma. This is a very strong, almost caustic essential oil.

CAUTIONS: Cumin is an oil that I appreciate in a blend, but use very rarely by itself. You should avoid cumin if you have sensitive skin or if you are pregnant. This essential oil is best as part of a blend of essential oils.

Fir, Idaho balsam

(Abies balsamea)

INGREDIENT IN: LeConnection, LeDeeper, LeLivN, LeMillenia, LeSanctuary, LeWarmDown

THERAPEUTIC PROPERTIES: antiseptic, antibacterial, deodorant, antitussive, expectorant, astringent, laxative, antispasmodic, analgesic, diuretic, immune stimulant, nervine

AFFINITY FOR: central nervous system, respiratory system, endocrine system, lymphatic system, immune system, urinary tract, muscles, tendons, joints, heart chakra, solar plexus chakra

RESONANCE: physical, emotional

PLANT FAMILY: Coniferae

PART UTILIZED: needles (leaves)

EXTRACTION METHOD: steam distilled