Essential Oils for Healthy Joints


Essential Oils for Healthy Joints and Inflammation

Many times our lifestyle over the years can be the reason we have inflammation in our bodies that ultimately causes disease. My husband has been battling major joint pain in his knees. In an effort to find some healing through essential oils, I came across this study documented in 2010 in the Journey of Lipid Research;

“Here, we show that COX-2 promoter activity was suppressed by essential oils derived from thyme, clove, rose, eucalyptus, fennel, and bergamot in cell-based transfection assays using bovine arterial endothelial cells. Moreover, from thyme oil, we identified carvacrol as a major component of the suppressor of COX-2 expression and an activator of PPARα and γ. PPARγ-dependent suppression of COX-2 promoter activity was observed in response to carvacrol treatment.”

Read the whole study here:

In addition to the use of essential oils for inflammation and pain, we attempt to aid the healing of our bodies in the following ways:

Get a Good Night’s Sleep – reduced sleep and insomnia does not allow the body time enough to repair and heal during the night. Essential oils, such as Lavender, Peace and Calming, Surrender and RutaVala can help us sleep better.
Reduce Stress and Anxiety – reducing your stress or anxiety also helps reduce the inflammatory response in your body. Essential oils help us manage anxiety.

Eat a Healthy Diet – eating a healthy diet with plenty of water, fruits, vegetables and complex carbohydrates reduces inflammation. Adding healthy fats such as omega 3s and olive oil to your diet will also help.

Detoxification – detoxing the lymphatic system of pollutants and chemicals.

Exercise Regularly – Exercise removes toxins from the lymph system and reduces inflammation.

Supplements/Vitamins – Choose a whole food vitamin and mineral supplement, not one that is synthetically made. Folic acid, B vitamins, and vitamins C, D and E have anti-inflammatory effects for the body.

Support Immune system – support your immune system with probiotic and enzyme supplements for a healthy intestinal tract.

Reducing Inflammation,


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Relieve It Essential Oil

muscle-painRelieve It Essential Oil for Deep Tissue Pain

This is another oil I’m trying this week as it came up on a Zyto Scan I did for someone and I found out it is the “go-to” oil for deep tissue pain. Are you familiar with that gripping pain that shoots from your lower back down the back of your leg? I know I am!  It is an extraordinary blend of:

Peppermint Essential Oil (Mentha piperita) is cooling to the skin. It blocks discomfort and enhances the other effects of the oils.

Spruce Essential Oil (Picea mariana) relaxes body and mind and soothes muscles. It is grounding and emotionally releasing.

Black Pepper Essential Oil (Piper nigrum) is  that is good for severe tissue discomfort.It is supportive of the digestive system and is useful topically for soothing muscle discomfort following exercise.

Hyssop Essential Oil (Hyssopus officinalis) has purifying properties.

Apply on location and anywhere there is deep tissue pain. Alternate with PanAway when there is bone discomfort

Relieve it!


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Marjoram Essential Oil | Relaxes Muscles


Marjoram Essential Oil is High in Antioxidants and Relaxes Muscles

This is the new oil I am trying this month because we have a lot of sprains and muscle strains at our house.

Known as the “herb of happiness to the Romans and “joy of the mountains” to the Greeks, Marjoram has been used as a muscle relaxant, arterial vasodilator and digestive stimulant.

Historical uses: fluid retention, muscle spasm, sprains,  muscle fatigue, balancing blood pressure, upset stomach, calming the respiratory system. Because of its high antioxidant properties, many have believed it would increase longevity.

Since it is a great muscle relaxant, combining this oil with the connective tissue properties of Lemongrass may promote support of muscle, tendon and ligaments.

Apply 1-2 drops on the Vitaflex points of the feet or area of concern. Diffuse for a peaceful sleep.



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Oregano Essential Oil | The Natural Support for Immune System

oregano essential oilOregano Essential Oil – The Natural Antibiotic

We have been cooking with Oregano for years, but Oregano Essential Oil has been a great alternative to prescription antibiotics in my home.  I would not go through a winter without it.  Last winter our family went through a bout of bronchitis and Oregano Essential Oil was my go to oil for getting us through.  Studies noted below show it has antiviral properties, making it a great immune stimulant.  This oil may help digestive problems, metabolism balance, as well as supporting the immune system during times of distress.

Read this study on the efficacy of the antiviral properties of oregano oil:

And here is a study from the University of Arizona on the effect of Oregano oil on the norovirus.

Oregano is considered a “hot” oil and should be applied to the vita flex points of the feet diluted with a carrier oil, such as coconut oil.  You can diffuse it as well.  It is generally regarded as safe for consumption (GRAS) by the FDA and one drop can be diluted and taken in 1 tsp honey or 4 oz. soy/rice milk.

Oregano Essential Oil is definitely one for the medicine cabinet!

Stay well this winter!


Head Start For Winter


Golden Touch Kit

It’s time to get a head start on the things we are bombarded with in the winter.  Remember that plants are seasonal, so you want to get the oils you need for winter while they are in stock.  My favorites are all in this great kit.  This oils can address everything from stomach issues (DiGize) to liver cleansing (Juvaflex) thyroid function (EndoFlex), skin conditions (Melrose), to the amazing immune boosting properties of Raven, RC and Thieves.


Golden Touch 1™ provides immune protection all throughout the year. The oil blend formulas in this collection have been specifically created to take advantage of essential oil constituents that support many functions of the body. A growing number of today’s professionals consider essential oils to be an important component in health care. Refer to individual oil blends for specific benefits.

Contains: Seven Blends (5ml bottles): Di-Gize™, EndoFlex™, JuvaFlex™, Melrose™, Raven™, R.C.™, and Thieves®.

You can get them individually or take advantage of this reduced price kit for all!

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Stay well this winter,


Surrender to the Deepest Sleep You’ve Ever Known

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Surrender to the Deepest Sleep You’ve Ever Known!

My husband was shocked at the results when I first tried my new Young Living Essential Oil Surrender!  He was having trouble shutting his mind off and, therefore, he was waking up at 2 a.m and not able to go back to sleep.  I always like to try one new oil in my order each month and I was feeling I needed to experiment with some new oils for a restful sleep.  I had researched Surrender and decided to try it.  The first night in the diffuser, we slept so soundly and much later than normal. Same thing the second night.  I felt it was truly clearing out some negative emotions for me during the night and I was able to work through some things stuck in my mind, if that makes sense.  How this works, I don’t know, but it does.  I’ve never had experience with the oils emotionally before, so this was a first.  Then I read this:

“Surrender Essential Oil is a blend designed to balance and calm the emotions; and release controlling or unfocused behaviors. Many times when we tend to be overbearing and committed to our ways so we become one sided and can’t see what is in front of us; even if it is an opportunity or a solution to our problem. Surrender oil will help us relax and clear the mind so we can be more open minded and see our way through.”  Source:

Wow! I had no idea an oil would really do all this, but if you study the oils in this blend, you can see the design in mind.

Spruce Essential Oil – for muscle tension and emotional release.

Lavender Essential Oil –  Because it is the most versatile of all essential oils, no home should be without it. Lavender is an adaptogen, and therefore can assist the body when adapting to stress or imbalances. It is a great aid for relaxing and winding down before bedtime, yet has balancing properties that can also boost stamina and energy.

Roman Chamomile Essential Oil has a warm, sweet, herbaceous scent that is relaxing and calming for both mind and body. Its gentleness makes it especially valuable for restless children. Soothing to all types of skin, it is used extensively in Europe in skin preparations. Roman chamomile is also beneficial when added to massage oil for relief of muscle discomfort after exercise.

Mountain Savory Essential Oil  provides support for the immune, nervous, and circulatory systems.

Lemon Essential Oil -has a strong, purifying, citrus scent that is revitalizing and uplifting. Lemon consists of 68 percent dlimonene, a powerful antioxidant. It is delightfully refreshing in water and may be beneficial for the skin. Lemon may also be used to enhance the flavor of foods. Lemon essential oil is cold-pressed from the rinds of lemons. It is purifying and uplifting.

German Chamomile Essential Oil – has been used to support the body’s natural response to irritation and injury. This oil contains chamazulene, a compound studied for its ability to help the body’s natural inflammatory response. Soothes and clears the mind.

Angelica Essential Oil – In Germany, angelica was historically referred to as the “oil of angels,” in part because of its ability to calm anxiety, restore happy memories, and bring peaceful sleep. Traditional medicine practitioners used angelica as a stimulant, digestive tonic, and expectorant. Helps to release and let go of negative emotions.

You can use this oil without dilution and apply it topically to your ears, wrists or the vitaflex points of the feet.  Directly inhale it or diffuse it, as I did, for a restful sleep!



Healing Crisis Detoxing with Essential Oils

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Healing Crisis……Detoxing is Worth it!

My body was so toxic from years of digestive issues when I started using essential oils.  I began feeling worse than ever as the oils attacked the toxins and my body tried to get rid of them.  I did not know what was happening to me and I was tempted to call it quits, but I knew first-hand how these oils have healed other issues for me and my husband, so I was determined to push through and get to my goal of healing the root cause of these problems.

Our bodies do have “reactions” to essential oils. That is why we find them so desirable and beneficial, but in some cases, a person can have a reaction that is too intense. The oil may need more dilution, or they may be having a detox reaction, which is also known as a “healing crisis.” These “reactions” are actually a good sign that the body is attempting to get rid of toxins. Attempts to “stop” the symptoms, will stop the body’s detoxification process.

It’s essential that you drink at least ½ your body’s weight in ounces of pure water daily, and it may prove beneficial to add a few drops of citrus oils to every quart of water to help facilitate moving the toxins out of the lymph system.

 Detox Symptoms

This Healing Crisis can sometimes present symptoms that make you feel worse as the body deals with cleaning out impurities and restoring balance. Such reactions are temporary and can occur immediately or within several days or even weeks of a detox. They usually pass within 1-3 days, but can last for weeks. Some cleansing protocols cause a large scale die-off of bacteria, and a significant amount of toxins within the bacteria itself are released into the body.

 Here are some possible symptoms of a healing crisis:

extreme fatigue
headache (possibly caused by buildup of toxins in the blood or acidity)
aches and pain similar to the flu
insomnia (possibly due to acidity)
sinus congestion
fever (usually low grade)
drop in blood pressure
skin eruption including boils, hives, rashes
cold or flu-like symptoms
strong emotions and/or mood swings

What Should I do?

Dr. David Stewart, author of Chemistry of Essential Oils, suggests that when a detox reaction happens, you may want to stop using the oil for a time or reduce the frequency and/or quantity of use in order to slow down the release of toxins. I chose to push through by reducing the frequency because I could see that my body was getting better and I wanted to get these toxins out!

Acidic or Alkalinic?

People with acidic body conditions (low pH) are more prone to unpleasant detox reactions, such as skin rashes, than those with a more alkaline (healthy) body chemistry. Acids attack oils and destroy them, which means an acidic system does not respond to essential oils as well as a healthy, alkaline system. Acidic people may respond negatively to the scent of essential oils saying, “That stinks,” or “I can’t take that smell,” or “That essential oil gives me a headache.” This reaction is not because the oils themselves are unpleasant. What is unpleasant is that the oils have stirred up toxins which need to be eliminated. It is the toxins that cause the unpleasantness. When a person’s acidity and toxicity levels are reduced, they will find that they actually like and enjoy the very fragrance they formerly could not tolerate. It is when our bodies are acidic that disease can grow and flourish.


Those that soak up essential oils like sponges are alkaline people whose bodies readily accept and utilize them. Incorporating essential oils into one’s daily life will increase the alkalinity of the body.


Detoxing Naturally:

  1. Drink lots of Water:  This helps us move everything through the body.
  2. Use Young Living Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils: Citrus oils like lemon, lime, grapefruit or orange are great for helping the liver naturally detox. I add them to my water. Lemongrass is a powerful emotional cleanser. 1-2 drops on the bottoms of the feet in the morning or diffuse. Peppermint helps with headaches. DiGize or Frankincense will help calm any nausea or major cramping.
  3. Epsom Salt Baths: Soak for at least 30 minutes and use about 2-4 cups per bath. This will help draw those toxins out and support the body while helping to soothe and relax. Add Lavender essential oil for further relaxation and calmness.

I can personally say that if you can push through the detox period, you will find renewed energy and feel great as your body reestablishes healthy function. My body is functioning better than it has done in years!


Stay the course,



DISCLAIMER: I am not a medical professional. The information shared in this blog is not intended to treat, cure, or diagnose any illness, nor is it meant to replace professional medical attention or advice. Advice and testimonies are all based on use of Young Living brand of oils specifically. Use and application of this information is done solely at your own risk.

Grounding Essential Oil


Grounding Essential Oil

The name of this oil really describes its effects on your mind, body and spirit. This oil has been really helpful to me on this emotional rollercoaster ride of sitting with a parent in end stage kidney failure and walking through the stages of letting go with the other parent.  Personally it aids in a restful sleep for me.

This oil will stabilize and calm a person upon first application. This is a good oil for those who are simply in denial of their own true reality. Many times this happens because we just don’t know how to deal with the emotional aspect of what we are going through, so we get paralyzed and can’t move forward. This oil can help.

It contains 7 essential oils blended together to stabilize emotions and bring a sense of calm as it reaches the nervous system.

  • Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
  • Spruce Essential Oil
  • Cedarwood Essential Oil
  • Juniper Essential Oil
  • White Fir Essential Oil
  • Pine Essential Oil
  • Angelica Essential Oil

Documented Uses for Grounding Essential Oil Abuse, anger, balance,  clearing, confusion, despair, disappointment, grounding, overwhelmed, panic,  rejection, shock, spacing out and transition in life.

Application:  This oil can be applied undiluted.

Apply several drops (2-4) on ears, throat, back of neck, wrists or temples or on the vitaflex points of the feet

Inhale or diffuse

So if you need a little “grounding”, this oil is for you!


Texas Hospital Trains Nurses Using Essential Oils

Essential Oils in Hospitals

I find it amazing that physicians now are encouraging and training nurses and other health care professionals to use essential oils. This is a fact being played out in hospitals across the United States, aromatherapy treatments do have a legitimate role in modern medicine. In a recent article written and published at by Debra Wood, RN, she states:

“At Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital in Texas, for instance, nurses have learned to tap the healing art of aromatherapy to lower patients’ stress levels and their own.”

Susan Shield, MBA, RN, NE-BC, director of the cancer program at Harris Methodist and certified clinical aromatherapy consultant and instructor states in the article:

“We see reported decreases in the use of pain medications.”  “Patients tell us they seem more relaxed. In people who are not verbal, we see decreases in agitation and decreases in muscle twitching.”

Some of Harris Methodists nursing supervisors heard about aromatherapy at a conference led by international expert Jane Buckle, Ph.D., RN, and critical care nurse. She was brought to the hospital to train 15 practitioners. The hospital drafted guidelines for the use of essential oils and their therapy.

I predict we will see more and more traditional medical professionals turn to aromatherapy through essential oils in exponential numbers. Why? Because it works. I am so grateful that I have discovered essential oils at this point in my life. Essentials oils have been around for centuries and their uses and success have been documented way before “modern western” medicine noticed their extraordinary benefit.

Not only do patients experience benefit from the aromatherapy, but the nursing staff on duty when the oils are diffused all saw a decrease in their stress levels. I will share one more insight from this article from Susan Shields in the benefit of helping cancer nurses using essential oils to help start IVs.

“There are chemical components in the essential oils, like pepper, that are vasodilators,” Shields said. “We dilute it in a carrier oil and apply it to the skin. About 15 minutes later, the veins pop up. It also deadens the skin somewhat.”

My journey has just begun with essential oils. I thoroughly find great delight in helping others find a solution to their pain, and other ailments through essential oils.