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Essential Oils to Treat Bad Breath

Essential Oils to Use: Essential Oils: Peppermint Also consider: Wintergreen, Ginger Suggested protocols: Two drops of Peppermint essential oil directly in the mouth will work. For those that are more sensitive to Peppermint essential oil, consider diluting the oil in water or a carrier oil first. Sometimes the root cause of halitosis (“bad breath”) is the digestive tract. Using one or two drops of the Peppermint and Ginger oil in water after each meal will aid the digestive system.  Also consider using a digestive tract cleanse formula followed with a probiotic. Experiences & Testimonials Please note: The information provided below is a compilation of the experiences of others who have used essential oils and has NOT been scientifically verified with clinical tests nor reviewed by medical experts. It is anecdotal information and should be treated as such. For serious medical concerns please seek professional medical attention. Patricia – Any ideas or solutions on bad breath…

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Understanding Aneurysms and Essential Oils

Health Description An aneurysm is an abnormal swelling or bulging of a weakened blood vessel. These may be small and slow in developing with no noticeable symptoms or larger, faster developing requiring immediate emergency medical intervention with a risk of death. The most common locations for aneurysms are in the aorta, which is the major artery from the left ventricle of the heart or a cerebral aneurysm, which is the widening of an artery in the brain. The aortic aneurysm is described as thoracic if it occurs in the upper aorta and abdominal if it occurs in the lower aorta.

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Black Pepper Essential Oil

Black pepper is one of the most popular spices or condiments all over the world. It is mostly used in cooking and the aroma can be appetizing. There are over 2,000 species of piperaceae and most species are only suitable in cooking. The essential oil is steam distilled from the berries or peppercorn from the plant. The essential oil, from a therapeutic standpoint, may help support the digestive and nervous systems. It may help sooth sore muscles and joints. It may reduce bruising because it of its ability to increase blood circulation. When cooking with the oil it should be used sparingly as it is usually strong. One drop in a recipe is usually sufficient. It is believed that the emotional benefits of the black pepper aroma include mental clarity, uplifting mood, and courage. In ancient times Egyptians used black pepper in the mummification process. In India it was once…

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Birch Essential Oil

Birch is a deciduous tree and comes in two varieties. These two kinds of birch known as Black Birch, Sweet Birch, or Cherry Birch whose botanical name is Betula Lenta and Silver Birch or White Birch, whose botanical name is Betula Pendula which was previously known as Betula Alba. The main organic chemical compounds that make up birch are Betulene, Betulenol, Methyl Salicylate, and Salicylic Acid. The essential oil is steam distilled from the tree bark. The bark is harvested often in Canada. Botanical Name: Betula lenta Aroma Description: Sweet, sharp, camphorous Properties: Analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antirheumatic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, disinfectant, diuretic, stimulant, warming Uses: Can be used topically and aromatically. Testimonials: It has an amazing scent – definitely NOT woody like you would expect, but rather minty! In researching the common uses for this particular scent, I did notice that you should avoid using Birch during pregnancy, if you have a…

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Benzoin Essential Oil

This oil has been used in religious ceremonies for centuries. The essential oil is extracted from a thick resin from the Benzoin tree. For centuries benzoin has been used throughout Asia as incense and perfume. It may serve as a disinfectant and antidepressant. The essential oil is often used in soaps because of its aroma. This oil blends well with many other essential oils such as coriander, frankincense, ginger, juniper, lemon, myrrh, rose, and sandalwood. Botanical Name: Styrax benzoin / Styrax tonkinensis Aroma Description: creamy, rich, slightly woody, warm, vanilla Properties: Anti-Inflammatory, antioxidant, antiseptic, astringent, carminative, cordial, deodorant, diuretic, expectorant, sedative, styptic, vulnerary Uses: The aroma from this oil can be calming and grounding. Testimonials: I purchased this product because I plan on adding it to my homemade soap, soaks, lotions and balms. The smell is heavenly and the oil is nice and thick, like syrup. – Michelle O. I…

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Bay Laurel Essential Oil

Bay laurel is an evergreen tree with berries that grows up to 64 ft or 20 m tall. It grows native to the mediterranean region. It is especially cultivated for its berries in France, Spain, Italy, Morocco, former Yugoslavia, China, Israel, Turkey, and Russia. The essential oil is largely produced in former Yugoslavia. The leaves were used in by the ancient Greeks and Romans to crown their victors. Historically the leaves and berries have been used for various afflictions such as colic, fever, hysteria, indigestion, loss of appetite, and to help promote menstruation. It is not to be used internally nowadays because of the narcotic effects. The essential oil of bay laurel, extracted from the berries, is used by many people today for sprains, bruises, and earaches. Botanical Name: Laurus nobilis Aroma Description: spicy medicinal odor Properties: Antirheumatic, antiseptic, bactericidal, diaphoretic, digestive, diuretic, emmenagogue, fungicidal, hypotensive, sedative, stomachic Uses: sprains,…

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Basil Essential Oil

Basil essential oil is extracted from steam distillation from its leaves and flowering tops. The oil has a yellow-green color and the plant originates in the Pacific Islands and tropical Asia. It is now largely grown and cultivated in Europe and in the USA. In India the herb is considered sacred and is often chewed before religious ceremonies. The color of the flowers on basil range from pink to white. Basil is regarded as a great stress relief essential oil and may help reduce the symptoms of headaches, migraines, stress, anxiety, and stress related allergies. In some cases it may reduce symptoms of asthma, bronchitis and sinus infections. Because of the chemical properties it may also help reduce symptoms of constipation, nausea, vomiting and cramping, and is also good when used for menstrual problems. It has been reported by some that the aroma has uplifting properties in cases of depression….

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Asafetida Essential Oil

This essential oils is primarily obtained through steam distilling the resin. The oil is yellow in color and has a smell similar to garlic. Asafetida was used as a nerve stimulant to treat neurasthenia in Chinese medicine. It is used in India medicine to help stimulate the brain. It may help reduce symptoms of asthma, bronchitis, coughs, constipation, flatulence, and hysteria. The herb can reach 10 feet high or around 3 meters. Ayurvedic medicine suggests Asafoetida oil provides relief from nervous disorders, bowel spasms, colic, and for spasmodic coughing due to whooping cough, pneumonia, bronchitis, etc. Botanical Name: Ferula assa-foetida Aroma Description: garlic-like, strong odor reminiscent of cooked onion Properties: Antispasmodic, carminative, expectorant, hypotensive, stimulant, repels animal pests Uses: When diluted it can be placed on the chest to relieve symptoms of asthma and coughing. Testimonials: I enjoy placing a few drops in a bath salt with orange oil to…

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Arnica Essential Oil

The plant is commonly called leopard’s bane. The essential oil is extracted from its flowers and its roots using steam distillation. This oil can be applied with a carrier oil on bruises and sprains. It may help relieve pain when placed diluted on the skin if the skin is not broken. Never to be used internally because of toxic levels. It may help improve blood flow when applied topically and may help warm the body. It may help relieve rheumatic pain.     Botanical Name: Arnica montana Aroma Description: strong bitter scent, some say it has some resemblance to pine and sage Properties: Anti-inflammatory, stimulant, vulnerary Uses: Aromatically and topically on unbroken skin Testimonials: I was having knee problems, I used this for a couple weeks and pain is gone. – Jen F. This product works well on arthritic joints. It’s properties can help relax muscles! It is great for…

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Arborvitae Essential Oil

This essential oil comes from a tree by the name of Giant Arborvitae. The word Arborvitae means “tree of life”. It has been used by natives in Canada for making baskets and canoes for years. The aroma of Arborvitae essential oil has many great emotional benefits. It helps encourage feelings of grounding, calming, courage, stability, and trust. Arborvitae may also have insect repellent properties because of the tropolone chemicals, such as hinokitiol. These tropolone organic chemicals may also provide great purifying properties as well. Botanical Name: Thuja plicata Aroma Description: earthy, camphoraceous, fruity Properties: Antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic, astringent, expectorant, insect repellent, stimulant Uses: Can be used topically and aromatically. Testimonials: I use a few drops in my laundry. It helps get rid of the bad smells. – Daina I. I love the way it smells, it fills my home with a rich earthy scent the keeps me calm and relaxed….