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As research regarding the human body and how we can heal it naturally continues to make leaps and bounds in our time, one of the therapies coming to the forefront of alternative medicine is the use of essential oils. Essential oils are volatile liquids distilled from shrubs, flowers, trees, roots, bushes and seeds. Essential oils are the “lifeblood” of plants, and protect the plant in ways similar to what our own blood does for our bodies: they fight infection, contain hormone-like compounds, and initiate regeneration. The essential oils of a plant protect it from attacks by insects and animals, and possess antibacterial, antiviral and anti fungal properties. Essential oils have a similar chemical structure to that found in our own cells and tissues, which makes them compatible with human protein and enables them to be readily identified and accepted by the body. Because of their unique chemical makeup, essential oils can penetrate cell membranes and diffuse throughout the blood and tissues, enabling them to have a wide range of effects on the body and its systems. Diffused and inhaled, applied topically, or even ingested, essential oils can trigger the secretion of antibodies, neurotransmitters, endorphins, hormones, and enzymes, strengthening the body’s own ability to heal itself and maintain optimal health. Essential oils also do not disturb the body’s own natural balance (homeostasis) the way that synthetic chemicals can. The chemical constituents in each oil balance each other, if one constituent is too strong, another will block or counteract it. Synthetic chemicals only have one action and often disrupt homeostasis.
One of the main reasons that therapeutic essential oils may be able to effectively ease symptoms of certain diseases, such as Multiple Sclerosis, is the ability of some essential oils to cross the blood-brain barrier to directly effect the brain, spinal cord, and nerves of the central nervous system. Viruses easily cross the blood-brain barrier, and while many researchers believe that Multiple Sclerosis has strong genetic or environmental components, others believe that it could potentially be triggered by a virus, such as Epstein-Barr. Some essential oils contain chemical compounds called sesquiterpenes, which enable them to cross the blood-brain barrier. Thus far, pharmaceutical companies have had difficulty in creating drugs with therapeutic agents able to cross the blood-brain barrier. Sesquiterpenes have the ability to increase the oxygen concentration in the brain cells, creating an oxygen-rich environment in which viruses or bacteria cannot survive. Therefore, these essential oils, such as peppermint, frankincense and sandalwood, could potentially be very successful in treating or minimizing the symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis or other neurodegenerative diseases, depression, dementia, or schizophrenia.
The Essential Oil Desk Reference, published by Essential Science Publishing, is a compilation of years of research by practitioners and physicians who are at the forefront of understanding the clinical potential of essential oils to treat disease. In it are protocols which have worked for others to treat and ease the symptoms of everything from the common cold to cancer. The recommendations for MS are as follows:
“Daily MS Regimen:
- Layer neat (without dilution) applications of 4-6 drops of helichrysm, wintergreen, rosemary and peppermint, Raindrop style (dropping oils directly from the bottle onto the spine) along the spine. Lightly massage oils in the direction of MS paralysis. For example, if it is in the lower part of the spine, massage down; if it is in the upper part of the spine, massage up. Follow the application with 30 minutes of cold packs (change packs as needed).
- Apply 4-6 drops of Valor on the spine. If the MS affects the legs, rub down the spine; if it affects the neck, rub up the spine.
- Apply 2-3 drops each of cypress and marjoram to the back of the neck and then cover with 2-3 drops of Aroma Siez.
To give additional emotion support to the person with MS symptoms, use Acceptance and Awaken. Be patient. Overcoming MS is a long-term endeavor.”
The oils mentioned in the above protocol have nerve-regenerating, muscle relaxing, anti-inflammatory and cooling properties, and the oil blends of Acceptance and Awaken have emotional benefits.
Also recommended are regular Raindrop Technique Sessions. Raindrop is a technique developed by Gary Young, the founder of Young Living Essential Oils, which is an application of highly antimicrobial essential oils directly to the spine with effluerage (finger stroking) techniques to distribute healing energy throughout the body. Since its formal adoption in 1989, it has been praised highly by users all over the world for its help with relaxation, emotional release, tissue cleansing and help with spinal misalignments. Learn more about Raindrop Technique.
Last but not least is Ningxia Red. This incredibly nutritious, powerful antioxidant juice combines whole-food nutrition with powerful essential oils in a delicious daily boost for your body. The nutrients in Ningxia Red support healthy liver function, increase healthy immune activity, promote cellular health, encourage healthy eyesight, support healthy cholesterol levels, and improve cellular energy production. Many people have found that adding Ningxia to their daily routine improves their overall health in many ways. When we feed our bodies correctly, they tend to be able to fix many things on their own!
Here are some interesting testimonials from Www.Oil-Testimonials.com regarding Young Living products and MS:
Relief from Multiple Sclerosis symptoms
Author: Neka Wilson
Location: VA, United States
Skills: Raindrop Technique
Posted: Jul 12, 2007
Questions received: 13
Keywords: ningxia red, raindrop technique
I have MS and took Betaseron injections for a year when I decided I would try using only natural treatments. I had been drinking NingXia Red for about six months and noticed an improvement in my energy levels so I gradually went off the injections and began having Raindrop treatments weekly. I no longer have tingling in my extremities and very little fatigue. I know it is the combination of NingXia Red AND the Raindrop because I didn’t drink the NingXia Red for a month and experienced extreme fatigue. I have a great outlook and hope that others will benefit from my experience. It has been ten months since my last injection and I am living proof that the natural way does work.
I also give Raindrop treatments to a friend who has Multiple Sclerosis and has been bed-ridden for several years. Her tremors have subsided as well as leg spasms. She also is regaining some feeling in her feet. We are both so encouraged by the progress.
Author: Susan Stone
Location: FL, United States
Posted: May 24, 2010
Questions received: 5
Keywords: ms, multiple sclerosis, helichrysum
Although there is no current study going on that I am aware of regarding the use of specific essential oils to combat the affects of Multiple Sclerosis, I would love to find a doctor/biochemist who would like to study what I have been doing for the past year. I feel that I owe the most to the healing oil of Helichrysum Italicum. I had never felt such a feeling before!
In a nutshell, I was diagnosed in 2004 with Multiple Sclerosis and had to quit my job just a year later due to weakness, cognitive issues, fatigue, you name it! I was going downhill and the pace seemed to be picking up. It was so bad that my neurologist had me taking a combination of two different injections (Copaxone and Betaseron)to try to stop my lesions, especially in the brain stem, to stop growing. With the cocktail of RX medication and the shots, I was on a road to eternal doom, at least I felt like it.
In 2007, I was told that I was heading toward Secondary Progressive MS. I suspected that the meds were not working and had already stopped taking some of them. Starting in October of 2008, I decided to start weaning myself off of all of my medication. I started with the easiest and ended with the shots, just in case they were helping.
By the end of April 2009, I was virtually RX-free! I was able to do this by using the ‘MS Recipe’ I found in an essential oil recipe book. I started using a combination of Rosemary, Basil, Peppermint, and Helichrysum oils along with Aroma Siez, Marjoram, PanAway, Idaho Fir Needles, and several others. These oils have brought me back to life, so to speak. No one would even know I have MS now! There are a lot more facets to what brought me up to this level, but the use of the oils were a big part of it!
Raindrop helps Multiple Sclerosis symptoms
Author: Victoria Willoughby
Location: NY, United States
Posted: Apr 21, 2007
Questions received: 3
I have a regular client for Raindrop treatment who has been suffering with MS symptoms since the early 1980s. I do the MS version of Raindrop on her going from the base of the neck down instead of from the lower back up. Instead of the hot towel compress MS sufferers need cold so I put her towel in the freezer before we get started.
I put a liner towel on her back first and have to warm the freezer towel just enough to bend it to put it in place. She finds it to be very relieving to her symptoms and walks much better directly off the table than she was before, the improvement stays with her for several weeks.