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Eucalyptus and Citrus Essential Oils for Alzheimer’s

The benefits of essential oils are due to in part the fact they contain aromatic terpenes. Terpenes have known benefits as individual medicinal compounds. Each terpene exhibits properties, such as antioxidant, anti-septic, anti-anxiety, anti-depressant and anti-cancer. They boost the immune system and they relax the nervous system. Their effects are dramatic and subtle. The whole plant also contains polyphenols, vitamins, minerals.

Science studies the individual terpenes from a plant, but it is the full spectrum, whole plant extract that provide a unique proportion of terpenes. Eucalyptus and citrus essential oils are showing promise in the treatment of inflammation and conditions such as Alzheimer's Disease.

Without the whole plant blend of terpenes the individual components are in most cases too strong or produce toxic effects if taken on their own.

In the study below strongly suggests that eucalyptus and citrus benefits Alzheimer's Disease. This is due to an effect they induce on inhibiting a compound in the body called acetylcholinesterase.

Antioxidant and antiacetylcholinesterase activities of some commercial essential oils and their major compounds.

The commercial essential oils of Citrus aurantium L., Cupressus sempervirens L., Eucalyptus globulus Labill., Foeniculum vulgare Mill. and Thymus vulgaris L., isolated by steam distillation by a company of Morocco were evaluated in terms of in vitro antioxidant activity through several methods. In vitro acetylcholinesterase inhibitory activity was also determined. Citrus limon (L.) Burm. f. oil was also studied, but it was obtained by peel expression.  Concerning the acetylcholinesterase inhibition activity, E. globulus was the most effective.

The most recent experiments have focused their attention on the main wasted part of these fruit, the peel, in which citrus fruits is composed of a colored outer layer (skin) and a white inner layer (pith).

Present exclusively in plants of the genus Citrus are antioxidant, antitumor, anti-inflammatory, but above all neuroprotective properties, owing to a particular group of flavonoids called Polymethoxyflavones, 

According to some experiments, Polymethoxyflavones could prevent the formation of senile plaques (extracellular formations composed of residues of amyloid protein and neuronal deposits) and neurofibrillary tangles (bundles of filaments formed around the nucleus of the neuron), by inhibiting two specific enzymes:

  • the enzyme BACE-1 (responsible for cutting the precursor protein of the beta-amyloid that repairs the neurons) that, when it becomes hyperactive, causes the formation of a tangle of cut parts that blocks the transmission of the nervous impulse;
  • the enzyme Acetylcholinesterase (responsible for demolishing the neurotransmitter Acetylcholine after it has transmitted the signal from the nerve cells to the muscle cells) which, when it no longer acts properly, lowers the Acetylcholine values.

The inhibition of Acetylcholinesterase is helped by the essential oils whole plant extract of eucalyptus globulus and citrus fruit. Citrus provides (Citrus limon) and sweet orange (Citrus sinensis), thanks to the presence of coumarins and monoterpenes, which have also shown to increase memory capacity.

Essential oils of eucalyptus are an extracted from the leaves of the plant and citrus oils from the peel. Given the difficulty in consuming any considerable portion of these plant leaves or fruit skin, the extracted, concentrated essential oils are the preferred form for use.

Consider applying these to beverages, in diffusers (plug in or aromatherapy jewelry) or diluting into carrier oils as a topical for use on the neck or chest.

Avoid contact with the eyes and avoid sunlight exposure when wearing citrus essential oils.

 

 

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A Spiritual Guru’s Guide to Manifestation, Affirmations and the Law of Attraction

Manifestation, Positive Affirmations and the Law of Attraction

The Law of Attraction, meditation and the power of positive thinking has many perspectives.

Here are three useful and informative videos about the teachings of Thich Naht Hanh ,Abraham; by Esther and Jerry Hicks, there was the Law of Attraction by William Walker Atkinson.

Each offers powerful tools in manifestation and the power of positive affirmations.

Thich Naht Hanh

William Atkinson

Esther Hicks

Science and Spirituality Behind Dreams and Manifestation

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The below excerpt is a perspective on dreams, manifestation and spirituality by a noted psychologist and a leading neuroscientist who researches the phenomenon of meditation. From the psychologist our manifestations derive from the stress of necessity to protect ourselves and survive in the face of threat or a challenging situation.  The neurologist believes A leading meditiation reseacher seeis it differently: "Religions have always encouraged believers to let go and 'allow the grace of god to flow through us.' To let go, to ponder the greatness of creation, such as the flow of a river, is to allow the imagination to see things on such a grand perspective. Such is the state of mind that has clearly induced individuals to have a "religious experience." Something so devine, brought about by allowing ourselves to open up to the limitless possibilities can indeed bring about miracles.
The Law of Attraction as told by Abraham, aka Esther and Jerry Hicks and William Walker Atkinson creates a complete framework for manifestation through meditation, focus, awareness and joy.

The Science Of Spirituality: A Psychologist And A Neuroscientist Explain Being 'In The Flow'

From the psychologist:

“A lot of research looks at what happens when you’re stressed,” he says. “The study that I like a lot is the one looking at Israeli paratroopers – they had them look at these pictures that look very fuzzy. In first one, you can clearly see through fuzz, an image of Saturn. In the next, there’s nothing there, just fuzz. If you give these paratroopers these two diagrams, they see Saturn, and most will say, ‘I don’t see anything’ in the other. But if they take the test right before they do a jump, they’re much more likely to see something in the one where there is nothing.”

This is very much like what’s happening when we’re going out about our daily lives, stressed out, trying to control things in that tense, clenching way. “We end up looking for patterns where they don’t exist,” says Michaelis, “which are physical manifestation of stress. We’re pattern-seeking creatures. But the idea is to come from the outlook of, ‘there may or may not be a pattern, but I’m not going to worry about it.’ So first, you get out of own way by not making situation worse.”

A neuroscientist explains it differently

These are some really valuable psychological takes on the phenomenon. But what would a neuroscientist say? Judson Brewer, MD, PhD, who’s done some of the leading research on how meditation affects the brain, offers an interesting analogy for our usual way of being: “The simplest metaphor is that it’s like driving a car with one foot on the break and one on the gas,” he says. “In the analogy, the gas is our brains’ the natural function, and the brake is self-referential processing. If you take foot off the break, the brain functions more effortlessly. Our brain is like ‘thank god, you got out of the way.’” And that’s when we get into the flow.

Brewer has talked about this phenomenon (see his TEDx talk here) and his research, which has shown that meditation quiets the areas of the brain that are the equivalent to the “brakes”—the default mode network (DMN)—which helps us get into a flow state very quickly. He adds that to get out of our own way, and even out of more significant states, like depression, you have to utilize other methods besides your usual mode of thinking: What got us into this mess can’t get us out, he says. “Here’s the paradox: You’re the problem. You can’t solve the problem with the same consciousness that created it. Saying to yourself, ‘I’m going to make myself one with the universe’ is a futile task. It’s just like someone telling you to relax. It doesn’t work. We naturally let go, when we see how painful our usual process is.”

He acknowledges that there’s a place for “the universe prompt,” as he calls it—the idea of consciously giving in to something bigger. “Every religious tradition that I’ve seen has something like this, just with different words. It’s letting go of the small self, so grace of god can flow through us. ‘Advaita vedanta’ [from the Upanishads]; in Catholicism, it’s emptying so god can flow. The universe prompt is helpful,” he adds, “where I realize I don’t need to do anything. That can be part of the work, but it’s not all of it.”

As to whether flow is our natural state, or the product of being in tune with something greater, he says this. “Does something (like the universe or God) need to be creating something that is our natural propensity? In other words, what makes water flow downhill (instead of uphill)? Our brain has evolved for efficiency. 'Flow' is likely a manifestation of the brain working in optimal conditions.”

The teachings Esther and Jerry Hicks in the Law of Attraction, a channeling biography sees things more spiritually.

Many have overcome their inhibitions to manifest by thinking on the principals of the universe that may be invoked to open our minds open and clear the heart.

In channeling Abraham they propose that a "guidance system that indicate how close or distant that person is to how their source"  and that life is meant to be fun and easy.

The essence of Abraham–Hicks' teachings since 1986 has been presented as follows:

  • Individuals are physical extensions of the non-physical.
  • People are in their bodies because they chose to be.
  • The basis of life is freedom; the purpose of life is joy; the result of life is growth.
  • People are creators; they create with their thoughts and attention.
  • Whatever people can imagine clearly with emotion, by creating a perfect vibrational match, is theirs to be, or do, or have.
  • Individuals choose their creations as they choose their focus.
  • Emotions indicate what people are creating, either consciously or unconsciously.
  • The universe adores people; it knows their broadest intentions.
  • Individuals are invited to happily relax into their natural well-being and know that all is well.
  • Life is not meant to be a struggle, but a process of allowing.
  • People are creators of "thoughtways" on their unique "paths of joy".
  • Desirable physical manifestations such as money, relationships, and lifestyle success are by-products of focusing on joy.
  • Individuals may depart their body without illness or pain.
  • People cannot die; their lives are everlasting. Death of the physical body does not end the life of the individual.
  • The nature of the universe is life-affirming. It is infinite, creative and expanding.
  • All desire can be fulfilled.
  • Individuals are not only a part of the universe but are the very source of it.

A large part of Hicks' work centers around the law of attraction, a concept which William Walker Atkinson (1862–1932) wrote about in his book Thought Vibration or the Law of Attraction in the Thought World (1906).

Thich Nhat Hanh

Thich Nhat Hanh

Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh is a global spiritual leader, poet and peace activist, revered throughout the world for his powerful teachings and bestselling writings on mindfulness and peace. His key teaching is that, through mindfulness, we can learn to live happily in the present moment—the only way to truly develop peace, both in one’s self and in the world. A prolific writer, Thich Nhat Hanh has published over 100 titles in English, ranging from classic manuals on meditation, mindfulness and Engaged Buddhism, to poems, children’s stories, and commentaries on ancient Buddhist texts.

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Aromatherapy Essential Oils for Anxiety, Fatigue and Relaxation

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This recent Japanese study supports aromatherapy essential oils for fatigue and anxiety. The study focuses on mothers with recent newborns, a group that often experiences insomnia and depression.

As aromatherapy becomes more common alternative to anti- anxiety and insomnia medicines, we are finding studies conducted in hospital settings to be an important step in educating physicians and hospital staff in the importance of this effective therapy for fatigue, relaxation and anxiety.

The Effect of Aromatherapy Treatment on Fatigue and Relaxation for Mothers during the Early Puerperal Period in Japan: A Pilot Study.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Early in the postpartum period, mothers are often nervous and tired from the delivery, breast-feeding and caring for a new-born. The aim of this study was to evaluate the process and outcome of using aromatherapy treatments to increase relaxation and decrease fatigue for mothers during the first to the seventh day of the postpartum period.

METHODS:

This non-randomized controlled study with a quasi-experimental one-group pretest-posttest design was used to evaluate scores in relaxation and fatigue before and after the intervention. Aromatherapy hand treatments were performed on a purposive sample of 34 postpartum mothers in Tokyo, Japan, from May to July 2016. The single treatment included a choice of one of five essential aroma oils through hand and forearm massage. Relaxation and fatigue were measured by self-administered valid and reliable questionnaires.

RESULTS:

The majority of participants (77.8%) were satisfied with the treatment.

CONCLUSION:

The aroma treatments significantly improved relaxation and reduced fatigue for mothers in the early puerperal period and were well received.

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Affirmations and Self Hypnosis for Menopausal Symptoms

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Below is an excerpt from the Clinical Journal of Experimental Hypnosis

The study indicates that hot flashes were decreased by 72% when mental imagery or self hypnosis was practiced  with post menopausal women. Earth Solutions recognizes the benefits of self hypnosis and pairs it with synergistic aromatherapy essential oil blends in order to create a scent-memory association to help recall the affirmation. Using positive affirmations with therapeutic essential oil blends works on many levels to help users achieve the desired outcome.

A pilot investigation of guided self-hypnosis in the treatment of hot flashes among postmenopausal women.

 2013;61(3):342-50. doi: 10.1080/00207144.2013.784112.

Abstract

Previous research has demonstrated that a hypnotic intervention can reduce hot flashes, a significant problem for some women. Based on the authors' previous research, the present study was developed to evaluate the feasibility of a guided self-hypnosis intervention for hot flashes. Thirteen postmenopausal women received 5 sessions of guided self-hypnosis in which all hypnotic inductions were recordings. Guidance regarding symptom monitoring, individualization of mental imagery, and practice of self-hypnosis were provided. Hot flashes were determined through diaries. Results indicated average frequency of hot flashes decreased by 72% (p < .001) and hot-flash scores decreased by 76% (p < .001) on average. Guided self-hypnosis reduced perceived hot flashes in the pilot study with postmenopausal women supporting the possible feasibility and potential benefit of the intervention.

 

Another article in Menopause Magazine suggests that hypnosis worked as well as commonly used prescription medicines:

Efficacy of a biobehavioral intervention for hot flashes: a randomized controlled pilot study.

 2017 Jul;24(7):774-782. doi: 10.1097/GME.0000000000000837.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

"The need for effective nonhormonal treatments for hot flash management without unwanted side effects continue."

CONCLUSIONS:

"Hypnosis alone reduced hot flashes equal to venlafaxine alone"

 

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