Saturday, August 23, 2014

Day 54 - 90 Day Challenge - Getting In Tune with InTune, Part 6 (Wrap-up)

This update is part of a set of updates discussing this month's doTERRA special, InTune! It is 10% off this entire month (August 2014). This is our "focus blend", and I love using it when I really need to get my head in gear. Lots of times when trying to manage life, I have so many things on my plate that I'll mix things up entirely. InTune is a really great oil for helping keep me on task. Many users find this to be profoundly supportive for children and adults with ADD and ADHD, as well as other symptoms related with the Autism Spectrum.

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How do I use it, when I use it? I love putting a drop on my forehead. I know some team members put it on their neck, and as one member shared, her body chemistry made it smell like "Love Potion #9"! haha! Another team member makes homemade Terracotta necklaces, and places a drop on the back, where it rests on the wearer's skin. This is a highly aromatic oil blend, so this is a great solution for users who are in spaces where the aromas are not as well appreciated by others.

Digging in to the remaining oils in this blend...

Previously we've looked at Amyris, Patchouli, Frankincense and Lime. The last three oils in this blend are Ylang Ylang, Hawaiian Sandalwood, and Roman Chamomile. All three of these latter oils are also in Serenity blend, which we looked at in great detail last month! So rather than rehashing through all of those, I'm going to link to those posts for easy reference. Here are some detailed insights on those:

Ylang Ylang: http://www.jenheadjen.blogspot.com/2014/07/day-46-90-day-challenge-insights-on.html
Hawaiian Sandalwood: http://www.jenheadjen.blogspot.com/2014/08/day-47-90-day-challenge-insights-on.html
Roman Chamomile: http://www.jenheadjen.blogspot.com/2014/07/day-45-90-day-challenge-insights-on.html

As those posts are regarding their inclusion in Serenity, I will suggest some ideas why they may be included also in InTune. Unfortunately we don't know the ratios and proportions in which these fill InTune, except that they are in decreasing volumes as we get later on the ingredients list. All three of these are very calming oils, and both Ylang Ylang and Sandalwood are described as demonstrating sedative properties. (See Modern Essentials, 5th Ed., p. 118.) Ylang Ylang and Roman Chamomile can be thought of as somewhat middle notes, having a consistency that lingers a moderate amount of time, aromatically. Sandalwood is a base note, so its aroma may linger quite a long while. It is also noted in the Modern Essentials book to be up to 98% SESQUITERPENES! There's that beautiful name again. See here if you'd like to read a discussion on why those are important.

Interestingly, all three of these oils have been used as flavorings in candies and soft drinks.  If you decide to give them a try that way, be sure to remember how concentrated they are! They can definitely change the taste of a dish!

If you have any thoughts or experiences you'd like to share with these, please leave me a comment below.  I hope you have gained some insight on how this oil might help you or your loved ones!

~Jen:)

Sources: 
Modern Essentials, 5th Ed.
A Golden Guide to Herbs & Spices, p. 113, 81, 153

*doTERRA IPC #90718. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration, and are strictly the opinions of the author and citations of sources as noted within. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. If you would like to learn more about essential oils, or doTERRA products, please don't hesitate to contact me at jenheadjen [at] gmail [dot] com for more information. Or if you're ready to jump in, feel free to shop my website or join with a wholesale account to purchase at the best prices!  When emailing, please include a detailed description of what kind of information you would like to know about, so I can more quickly address your questions or interests. xoxo!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Day 53 - 90 Day Challenge - Getting In Tune with InTune, Part 5 (Lime)

Today we continue looking at InTune!  Lime is the 4th oil in this awesome "focus blend". This one might be a bit easier to envision what it looks like, as lime is a fruit many of us are quite familiar with! 

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As is common with citrus oils, lime oil comes directly through cold pressing of the peel. In studying up for this post, I found a really fun story!

Ever hear of in pirate talk, the word "Limey"? Here's some fun back story on that, and what it has to do with limes!

"To prevent scurvy during the 19th century, British sailors were issued a daily allowance of citrus, such as lemon, and later switched to lime, which was not as effective at preventing scurvy but was easier to obtain in Britain's Caribbean colonies. It was later discovered that the greater effectiveness of lemons derived from the four-fold higher quantities of vitamin C contained in lemon juice compared to the West Indian limes used by the British. This was initially a closely guarded military secret, as scurvy was a common enemy of various nations' navies, and the ability to remain at sea for lengthy periods without contracting scurvy was a huge benefit for the military. The British sailor thus acquired the nickname, "Limey" because of their usage of limes."

Fun, right? Arrgh! haha! I never knew that!!! So what can we do with our lime oil, and why was it added to InTune to help with focus? 

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Lime on its own is one we need to definitely take care when using, as it can cause skin photosensitivity when followed with direct sunlight. It is advised to avoid direct sunlight for 12 hours after topical use, as severe burns could result! That said, it is a wonderful antibacterial, antiseptic, and a mild antiviral oil. Imagine what this could do to freshen a bathroom, add to a diffuser, or as I did for a class tonight, add it to salsa! Yum!

Emotionally this is one of my *favorite* oils for heart wellness. During times of grief, this is one of the first oils on my list. It is said to restore a "zest" for life, and supports one in rising above the mire. This is one of my favorite oils to send to loved ones dealing with the passing of family or friends, as it is incredibly buoyant and restorative to the heart. I truly love it.

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Why is this in InTune? Consider when and why we might use InTune. While the oils in this blend so far have helped with promoting oxygen flow to the brain, this oil perhaps could be envisioned as "cleaning" out the junk, whether it's emotional or physical. See if you can't detect it when you smell your InTune!

As always, I would love to hear your experiences with Lime or InTune. Feel free to share with me via email, or on my Facebook page.

Wishing you a great day!
~Jen:)

Sources: 
Modern Essentials, 5th Ed.
Emotions & Essential Oils, 2nd Ed.

*doTERRA IPC #90718. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration, and are strictly the opinions of the author and citations of sources as noted within. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. If you would like to learn more about essential oils, or doTERRA products, please don't hesitate to contact me at jenheadjen [at] gmail [dot] com for more information. Or if you're ready to jump in, feel free to shop my website or join with a wholesale account to purchase at the best prices!  When emailing, please include a detailed description of what kind of information you would like to know about, so I can more quickly address your questions or interests. xoxo!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Day 52 - 90 Day Challenge - Getting In Tune with InTune, Part 4 (Frankincense)

Frankincense is the third oil in InTune! Of all the times I've talked about InTune to people, I never realized Frankincense was in there! Why is this oil useful in the "focus blend"?

Back to the idea of sesquiterpenes, Frankincense is definitely a contributor. This is an oil often referred to as an oil that "crosses the blood-brain barrier", and is believed to help support brain health. That's a heavy claim! We could probably spend a whole month on this one oil, and the studies done on it, but I think I'll save the serious study for December. (That's the month doTERRA historically has had a special Frankincense deal. Keep an eye out!) For tonight, I'll keep it a little more simple. 

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Regarding Frankincense, the variety doTERRA uses is called Boswellia frereana, and while much Frankincense is produced in Somalia, doTERRA sources theirs from Oman. Both countries are very arid climates. The tree from which Frankincense grows is noted to be extremely hardy, even growing in and through rocks! To be harvested, the trees are literally slashed with cuts, and the sap seeps or sweats from those cuts. As it is collected it hardens, and turns into resin, which is later steam distilled to extract the essential oil. While many of us have taught that this oil has been found in King Tut's tomb, I have learned that this is a myth! Sad but true! Dr. Pappas shares on his Facebook page that steam distillation only was invented to extract oils in the 11th Century AD. So it appears that the Frankincense referenced was in a different form. That's ok! We still love it, right? :) 

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In some cultures and countries, they actually eat the resin. It's said to be even stickier than gum, but has a variety of health benefits. I have heard from various individuals on their personal experiences with this oil. One woman, a professional singer, used this oil on her throat when dealing with laryngitis for an extended period of time. She said she dropped it onto her throat, at least once a day for some time. (I wish I could remember the details - it's been almost 3 years. Karyn Grant was her name, and she does classes on this oil.) I have heard other stories of this oil being applied on post-surgical scars, and the users saying how efficiently it supported rapid healing. I personally have used it when I had a seriously upset stomach, and had no other oils with me. It worked great! It is well known as a powerful anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, and anti-depressant oil. It is included in doTERRA's Lifelong Vitality Pack vitamins, because it is beautiful as a daily supplement especially for conditions like arthritis.

I would love to hear your personal experiences with this one!  Certainly a favorite of mine!

~Jen:


Sources:
Modern Essentials, 5th Ed. 


*doTERRA IPC #90718. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration, and are strictly the opinions of the author and citations of sources as noted within. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. If you would like to learn more about essential oils, or doTERRA products, please don't hesitate to contact me at jenheadjen [at] gmail [dot] com for more information. Or if you're ready to jump in, feel free to shop my website or join with a wholesale account to purchase at the best prices!  When emailing, please include a detailed description of what kind of information you would like to know about, so I can more quickly address your questions or interests. xoxo!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Day 51 - 90 Day Challenge - Getting In Tune with InTune, Part 3 (Patchouli)

This update is a bit fun for me to relate. Not sure why, but my husband hates Patchouli! And my mom does too! I think it's one of those oils that trigger memories that some would rather not think about. Kind of like the smell of chocolate chip cookies reminding someone of their mom, but the opposite! Oils can do that for us, by triggering the amygdala. The amygdala is a part of the brain responsible for storing and releasing emotions. Being able to activate the amygdala can do wonders for those looking to release old emotional baggage, but for those not prepared or interested in "going there", it can open up a giant mess. This is one reason oils are so powerful, and sometimes we can see quite negative responses in some people who "just don't like them". On the same token, they can likewise offer the opposite, and can be soothing, and bring back positive memories. Pretty fascinating. If you want to learn a bit more about this, feel free check out the Modern Essentials book, 5th Ed. p. 36.

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I used to believe Patchouli was the dominant oil in InTune, however after comparing my InTune directly with my Patchouli, I realize that it is not the domineering oil I believed it to be. With them side by side, I feel I have a better idea what true Amyris might smell like. Scientifically called "Pogostemon cablin", Patchouli is in the Labiatae, or Mint Family.

Emotionally, Patchouli supports those in need of connecting with their physical body. Due to life's experiences, some people tend to "disconnect" and have uncomfortable views of their bodies. One of the most impactful lines from the Emotions & Essential Oils book regarding this oil is that it "reminds individuals of their childhood experiences when they used their bodies for play and fun." We can read between the lines and see that this oil can be very supportive for those healing from emotional trauma, as well as those who simply have a hard time feeling comfortable in their own skin.

Remember sesquiterpenes from our previous post? This one is noted to be up to 63% sesquiterpenes. It is mild enough to be safely used without dilution (NEAT), however due to its thick nature you may get better coverage of application by adding some coconut or olive oil to your hands when applying. It's great for chapped lips, toning loose skin (I may try this on my belly after 4 kids!), insect and snake bites, cellulite, and bad breath. There are many primary uses that duplicate many of our other favorite oils. This may be one of those "When in doubt, use... patchouli" kind of oils.


Why is this included in InTune? It may be that the Patchouli helps one stay more "present", rather than prone to frequent distraction. Patchouli is commonly used during yoga or thai chi practice, as well as meditation, where focus is essential, and often part of the intended goal. I would love to hear any experiences you have had with Patchouli.  And as always, please let me know if you have any questions or interest in learning more about these beautiful oils.  

~Jen:)

Sources:
Modern Essentials, 5th Ed.
Emotions & Essential Oils, 2nd Ed.

*doTERRA IPC #90718. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration, and are strictly the opinions of the author and citations of sources as noted within. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. If you would like to learn more about essential oils, or doTERRA products, please don't hesitate to contact me at jenheadjen [at] gmail [dot] com for more information. Or if you're ready to jump in, feel free to shop my website or join with a wholesale account to purchase at the best prices!  When emailing, please include a detailed description of what kind of information you would like to know about, so I can more quickly address your questions or interests. xoxo!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Day 50 - 90 Day Challenge - Getting In Tune with InTune, Part 2 (Amyris)

It's worth learning as much as possible about Amyris, as the first ingredient in InTune is the one with the greatest overall volume comprising the blend. Ironically though, this one is a bit challenging to find very much specific information in the resources we normally use. I turned to wikipedia first to see if I could find its scientific name. After going there and growing a bit confused, I wrote Product Support for clarification. Why the confusion?

Amyris is written on my current bottle as "Amyris (West Indian Sandalwood)". Wikipedia says that Amyris is actually not in the same family of plants as the other Sandalwoods I've studied, but is actually called Amyris balsalmifera. The family name comes first, and this one is not Santalum, like other Sandalwoods! What does that mean?

So I wrote Product Support to get the real deal on it. They responded to my first request telling me it's an oil in Terrashield!   ha! Who knew? I had to rewrite with more specific questions. Why is it called Sandalwood if it's not Sandalwood? Unfortunately they weren't able to give me too much info, but referred me to a website at www.essentialoils.org. Upon exploring there, I learned that this is the site run by Dr. Robert Pappas, who runs the testing company that does much (if not all) of doTERRA's state of the art testing. His company is one of the "third parties" we often speak of. On his website, there are charts and tables listing many of the oils out there, and then he breaks them down by property and chemical makeup. His report on Amyris can be found here: http://essentialoils.org/eoudb/view/oil/2951. (You will need to create a free account to view the info.)

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Dr. Pappas writes this about Amyris: "Amyris oil, (W.I. Sandalwood), Haiti Amyris Oil is a viscous liquid of pale yellow, or brownish-yellow hues. It smells woody, sweet and sometimes faintly peppery. The body notes are long-lasting and fresh. It is recommended as a low-cost alternative to Indian, Indonesian and Australian Sandalwoods in some cases where scent is not the primary concern. In the past Amyris was used in the fragrance industry to adulterate Vetiver and today is still sometimes used to adulterate Indian sandalwood. Typically yields range between two and three percent."

In the description for InTune in the Modern Essentials book, it describes this oil as containing a high level of sesquiterpenes, and says it may help promote calmness and relief from stress and tension (5th Ed., p.119). Interesting! That's not typically what I think of when I consider whether or not to use InTune. But going back to yesterday's post, the sesquiterpenes are what help support the increase oxygen levels around the brain.

One more quick highlight or this post. When exploring Dr. Pappas' site, he has a course to learn more about the Chemistry of oils. While it is a paid course, he refers the potential student to first get up to speed by viewing a series of basic Chemistry videos, which are FREE! I started watching them, and the teacher does a really great job of teaching basic Chemistry to people like me, who never really excelled in that class. I wanted to share it here, in case any of you would like to dig into it a little bit. You can't beat free education from great teachers! 

Would love to hear your thoughts or experiences with Amyris. Have you ever tried it, independent of InTune?

~Jen:)

Sources:
Modern Essentials, 5th Ed., 2013

*doTERRA IPC #90718. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration, and are strictly the opinions of the author and citations of sources as noted within. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. If you would like to learn more about essential oils, or doTERRA products, please don't hesitate to contact me at jenheadjen [at] gmail [dot] com for more information. Or if you're ready to jump in, feel free to shop my website or join with a wholesale account to purchase at the best prices!  When emailing, please include a detailed description of what kind of information you would like to know about, so I can more quickly address your questions or interests. xoxo!

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