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Can Essential Oils Support Freedom from Addictions?

My husband suddenly noticed that he no longer wanted his four cups of coffee he was used to drinking each morning.  In fact, he realized this as he could not bring himself to finish his first cup! As we discussed why this was happening, I told him that his daily routine of oils was cleansing his body of toxins and removing the cravings, thereby causing his body to reject the reintroduction of them.

Addiction is characterized by the inability to consistently abstain, impairment in behavioral control, craving, diminished recognition of significant problems with one’s behaviors and interpersonal relationships, and a dysfunctional emotional response.

Addictions can include substances such as drugs, alcohol, tobacco, prescription drugs, as well as sodas, caffeine, chocolate, sugars, or even food itself.  Behaviors such as gambling, sex, internet and other habits that cannot be controlled, can cause psychological dependencies and be classified as addictions.

A symptom of addiction is the feeling of being compelled to continue the negative activity. This can lead to feelings of guilt, hopelessness, and anxiety. Withdrawal symptoms such as cravings, irritability, headaches, and nausea can result when addictions are addressed.

Essential oils can strengthen resolve, reduce cravings, and address many of the negative symptoms. Here are the oils that can help with these symptoms:

*Cravings: Clove, Cilantro, Cinnamon, Grapefruit, Peppermint

*Anxiety: Lavender, Ylang Ylang

*Workaholic: Basil, Geranium, Lavender, Marjoram, Orange, Ylang Ylang

*Withdrawal: Lavender, Grapefruit, Marjoram, Sandalwood, Orange, citrus oils

*Alcohol: Helichrysum, Rosemary

*Caffeine: Basil,  Grapefruit

*Drugs: Grapefruit, Chamomile. (Marijuana: Basil)

*Food: Grapefruit

*Sugar: Grapefruit

*Tobacco: Clove, Black Pepper

It’s a journey,
Lori G

Fighting Superbugs with Essential Oils

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What is a superbug? 

The scenario is the same, played out countless times every day. It’s part of our everyday lives. We talk about it all the time. We get sick. We go to the doctor. We have an infection. We get what?… an antibiotic.  Bacterial infections range from mild conditions (eg. minor skin or ear infections) to potentially deadly illnesses (eg. meningitis, pneumonia or staph bloodstream infections).  But what happens when those medicines no longer work?

Superbugs are strains of bacteria that have changed (or mutated) after coming into contact with an antibiotic. Once this happens, these bacteria are ‘resistant’ to the antibiotic to which they have been exposed, which means the antibiotic can’t kill the bacteria or stop them from multiplying.

So you end up with bacteria in effect equipped with “bullet proof vests” that deflect our “magic silver bullets” of antibiotics, says Peter Collignon, a professor of infectious diseases and microbiology at the Australian National University.

You may say, “I’m not worried about that, I don’t take that many antibiotics. If I really get sick antibiotics should work on me.”  The overuse of antibiotics in people is not the whole story.  Collignon says almost two thirds of antibiotic misuse occurs in the agricultural sector, where livestock are routinely given these drugs to help prevent illness and promote growth.

Last-line antibiotics given to chickens and other livestock cause superbugs to develop. These superbugs can then easily transfer to the human population’s food and water supply and increase the risk of antibiotic resist bacteria in people.

“There is ample evidence if you stop giving certain drugs to animals there are a lot less superbugs in people,” Collignon says.    Source: ABC Health and Well Being

The World Health Organization has identified antibiotic resistance as one of the greatest threats facing human health.

Can Essential Oils Fight the Superbug?

Essential oils could be a cheap and effective alternative to antibiotics and potentially used to combat drug-resistant hospital superbugs, according to research presented at the Society for General Microbiology’s spring meeting in Edinburgh.

Professor Yiannis Samaras and Dr Effimia Eriotou, from the Technological Educational Institute of Ionian Islands, in Greece, who led the research, tested the antimicrobial activity of eight plant essential oils. They found that thyme essential oil was the most effective and was able to almost completely eliminate bacteria within 60 minutes.
The essential oils of thyme and cinnamon were found to be particularly efficient antibacterial agents against a range of Staphylococcus species. Strains of these bacteria are common inhabitants of the skin and some may cause infection in immunocompromised individuals. Drug-resistant strains, such as meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) are extremely difficult to treat. “Not only are essential oils a cheap and effective treatment option for antibiotic-resistant strains, but decreased use of antibiotics will help minimize the risk of new strains of antibiotic resistant micro-organisms emerging,” said Professor Samaras.

The Greek team believes essential oils could have diverse medical and industrial applications. “The oils — or their active ingredients — could be easily incorporated into antimicrobial creams or gels for external application. In the food industry the impregnation of food packaging with essential oils has already been successfully trialled. They could also be included in food stuffs to replace synthetic chemicals that act as preservatives,” they said. Source:

The entire reason I started researching and using essential oils was to help my family and friends gain a level of wellness in their lives. Certainly, drug companies don’t want us to know this type of information. They keep working on a better pill.  All along help can be found in what previous cultures have known for centuries.  You can go as close as your bible to find that information.  Start your own journey of research. Ask questions. Seek a better solution, if possible.

Be well,


Frankincense ‘Fights Cancer’

Frankincense Cancer Treatment

Honestly, I read this headline and took a big deep breath. The news is based on a University of Leicester press release entitled “Christmas gift brings treatment hope for cancer patients”. Unfortunately, many more Christmases are likely to pass before anyone is treated with frankincense for ovarian cancer. The report states:

The “aromatic substance from the Nativity story could help treat ovarian tumors”

I love what essential oils can do for my daily life. My problems seem so insignificant dealing with digestion issues and hormones when compared to someone battling cancer.  What brings my heart hope is this; traditional medicine and health care professionals are at least open to alternative ways to treat and battle cancer.

This report based on positive early findings from research carried out on the AKBA compound found in frankincense and ovarian cancer cells in a lab. Researchers have been able to show the ability of the compound to combat cancer cells in late-stage ovarian cancer.

Ovarian Cancer  affects thousands of  women each year and is the fifth most common cancer among women.  As the symptoms of ovarian cancer can be similar to those of other conditions, it can be difficult to recognize, particularly in the early stages of the disease. However, there are early symptoms to look out for, such as persistent bloating, pain in the pelvis and lower stomach, and difficulty eating.

The study has not yet been published in a peer reviewed scientific journal, so the findings reported should be treated with caution. With only the press release available it is not possible to fully appraise the design and methods of this study.

Even with all of the disclaimers, the amazing properties of frankincense and their effect on the body is at least, noteworthy and cause for hope with those that struggle with cancer.

Frankincense is a fragrant plant resin that comes from the Boswelllia sacra tree found across Africa and the Arabian peninsula, including Yemen and Oman. It is one of the famous gifts said to have been given by the Wise Men when they visited newborn Jesus.

Frankincense has been used as a folk medicine for centuries due to its anti-inflammatory properties. Previous studies have linked the AKBA compound as a potential treatment for other cancers as well as osteoarthritis.

I can breathe now. These findings and research are hopeful, but not yet conclusive. It certainly could not hurt to use frankincense. In fact, one day we may find it is a major player in the fight against ovarian cancer.

Be Blessed. Keep Praying. Keep Oiling.


Source used: PubMed Health

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.


Young Living Essential Oils | My approach

essential joy Lori GoodenI have always believed that the way to solve a problem, change behavior, or alleviate a symptom is to find the root cause.  Sure anyone can smooth over a problem, will yourself to modify the way you act and cover up a symptom with a band aid.  However, in order to permanently change, solve and alleviate you have to find the source, the root cause, deal with it and then behavior is changed, problems are solved and symptoms alleviated.


This belief is one I have implemented in my life and now it is the approach I take with my essential oils.  Young Living therapeutic grade oils have so many properties that can address health problems, alleviate symptoms and make you feel better, BUT I want to do my research to find out if there is a deeper, underlying root to my health concerns, find that oils that address that root, so that the symptoms never return.


This is why I love my Zyto Compass.  The scan is able to focus in on the weak areas in my body at that moment and search essential oil ingredients to suggest the oils and supplements that would get to the root cause for the biomarkers to be out of range.  I then research the ingredients in those suggested oils and try to figure out what the biomarkers are really telling me.  Yes, I can put some valor or lemongrass on and find relief from aching joints and a painful sciatica, but my quest is not to just relieve the symptoms without finding that root cause and treating it.  I want to be healthy!  I encourage you not to settle for band aids, when you can have healing!
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Cedarwood Essential Oil from Young Living

I am in love with this oil! It is like my body can’t get enough of it right now. Diffusing it puts me in the deepest sleep more quickly than Peace and Calming and I definitely see the diuretic benefit.

It has an earthy aroma (great as a men’s cologne) that is soft yet spicy and is soothing, grounding and encourages feelings of inner strength. It is important to know that Cedarwood oil is extracted from the wood chips of the cedarwood tree. Many people say they can’t try Cedarwood because they are allergic to cedar. Doctors say that, generally, allergy to trees are to their pollen not the wood. You know your body, so if you have a cedar allergy, check with your allergist if you need to before diffusing it.

Cedarwood is mentioned over 40 times in the Bible and contains the highest amount of sesquiterpenes. What are Sesquiterpenes? They are a hydrocarbon group that is found in essential oils and are identical to hemoglobin in our blood for their ability to oxygenate at the cellular level which brings the release of toxins and promotes circulation. This explains why Cedarwood Essential Oil is a very powerful lymph decongestant and has been used to reduce cellulite.

What are the Properties of Cedarwood Essential Oil? Anti-fungal, antibacterial, anti-infectious, antiseptic, astringent, stimulant, diuretic, sedative, lymphatic stimulant, oxygenator.

What are the Documented Medical Uses for Cedarwood? ADD/ADHD, skin conditions (acne, hair, eczema, psoriasis), anger, air purification, anxiety, arthrisitis, respiratory conditions (asthma, bronchitis, colds, coughs), mold elimination, arteriosclerosis, cellulite, diuretic, hair loss (alopecia areata) tuberculosis, urinary infections, anxiety, dandruff, water retention, insomnia, cellulite, kidney and bladder conditions.

Cedarwood Essential Oil is safe for all ages. Diluting for those under 6 is always a good practice, along with applying to the foot vitaflex points.

Like I said, I love the smell and benefits of this oil!

Top 5 Essential Oils for Babies

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My Top 5 Essential Oil Picks for Babies

Mom’s today are asking more questions than ever regarding the safety of food choices, medicines and vaccines.  I really wish I had known about these oils when my kids were babies, but I’m grateful to be able to have these safe alternatives for my grandbabies!

Below is a list of oils I keep on hand for the precious babes in my life:

#1 Thieves

This blend is part of my germ-fighting regimen.  Thieves contains clove, lemon, cinnamon bark, eucalyptus radiata, and rosemary.  This blend is extremely antiviral and antiseptic. Research shows viruses cannot live in the presence of cinnamon bark.  I love to make a spray with distilled water and 8 drops of Thieves to clean areas where my babies eat, door handles, and countertops.  I use it any time there is evidence of germs attacking!

Documented uses:  Coughing • Teething • Fever • Hand, Foot, & Mouth Disease

How to use:  Diffuse or Dilute with coconut oil and rub on feet.

#2 DiGize

Babies can experience lots of tummy issues, especially the first 12 months. Di-Gize is a blend containing tarragon, ginger, peppermint, juniper, fennel, lemongrass, anise, and patchouli.  These oils help with problems related to the digestive system.

Documented uses:  Colic • Jaundice • Constipation • Diarrhea

How to use: Mix 1 drop with 1 Tblsp carrier oil and massage on abdomen clockwise to follow the direction of the colon.

#3 Lavender

Lavender is one of the most versatile oils.  It can induce calm sleep, cleanse skin irritations, and relax the mind and the body!  Lavender is known as sort of the Swiss Army knife of oils, and has traditionally been known to balance the body and work where there is a need.

Documented uses: Cradle Cap • Crying Baby • Diaper Rash • Fever

How to use: 1 drop in 1 Tblsp carrier oil and rub on feet, back of the neck, behind the ears, chest or back.

#4 Melrose

One of my favorite oils!  Melrose is a blend containing two types of melaleuca, rosemary, and clove.  It has strong antiseptic properties and can fight infection.  It also helps with tissue regeneration.

Documented uses:  Ear Infection • Cradle Cap • Eczema

How to use: 1 drop in 1 Tblsp carrier oil and rub on area effected or around ear (not in) for earache.

#5 Peace and Calming

Peace and calming is a blend containing tangerine, orange, ylang ylang, patchouli, and blue tansy.  It can promote relaxation, help with insomnia, and help reduce stress and anxiety.  This oil is GREAT for mom and dad, too!

Documented uses:  Crying Baby • Sleeplessness • Coughing

How to use: Diffuse and/or dilute with carrier oil and rub on feet before bed.

A great resource for moms to find out details on how to use essential oils on babies is Debra Rayburn’s book, “Gentle Babies”.


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Information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any illness.  Statements have not been evaluated by the FDA.  Recommendations are based on the pure therapeutic quality of Young Living Essential Oils only.  Other oils may not be 100% pure or safe to use in this way.

The Dangers of Statins

statin side effectsStatins, I believe, are one of the most unnecessary drugs on the market. A small group of people with familial hypercholesterolemia, a genetic defect that causes cholesterol levels above 325-350, do seem to benefit from statins. However, in my clinical experience over more than two decades and tens of thousands of patients, I had a grand total of three patients that fell into this category as it’s a relatively uncommon genetic problem. — Dr. Joseph M. Mercola

Here is another path that we have gone down. How to prevent heart attacks and strokes? Our doctors quickly prescribe statins. Of course we quickly gobble them down just like 1 in 4 Americans over the age of 45. The real facts are … we probably don’t need them and they are probably doing us more harm with their toxic side effects.  It can actually worsen cardiovascular disease progression.

From this article written by Dr. Mercola

The drugs also come with an avalanche of other potential side effects, which tend to be dose dependent. 5 In fact, as of 2009 there were well over 900 studies proving their adverse effects, which run the gamut from muscle problems to increased cancer risk. One of the primary mechanisms of harm appears to be CoQ10 depletion. If you take statin drugs without supplementing with CoQ10 (or ideally, the reduced form, called ubiquinol, which is far more effective), your health is at serious risk.

In talking with a friend the other day whose husband is taking statins, she did not know that it was very important to be taking the CoQ10 along with the statins. Statins will bring your cholesterol down, but it brings all of your cholesterol down … even the good cholesterol, the kind your body needs to be healthy.

The answer in our family to balancing our cholesterol is Young Living’s Ningxia Red along with diet and exercise. The key is knowing that oxidized cholesterol is the culprit in damaging arteries. Free radicals in the blood causes oxidized cholesterol. Statins do NOTHING to prevent oxidized cholesterol. The facts — Whole foods are far more powerful antioxidants than statins or isolated vitamins. The Ningxia wolfberry is the most powerful whole food antioxidant known to man and Ningxia Red from Young Living has the highest SOD (superoxide defusing) on the market today.

The chart that is at the top of this article is a great help in knowing the side effects of statins. That chart is found here.

Already love essential oils, but want to get them at a discount? Sign up to get a Young Living kit for $150 and get $300 worth of product.   Just click this link and click sign up as a distributor on the left hand side. You never have to do parties or sell and you only have to order $50 a year to keep your discount!

Information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any illness.  Statements have not been evaluated by the FDA.  Recommendations are based on the pure therapeutic quality of Young Living Essential Oils only.  Other oils may not be 100% pure or safe to use in this way.