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A Woman Who Overdosed On Essential Oils


Author: Deborah C.
Skill: Raindrop Technique
Date: 08-23-2006
Views: 3,933
Word Count: 541
Questions Received: 0
Testimonial ID: 1677-OR
Brand Neutral: No
Scientific Studies: 8

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Several years ago as I was just becoming familiar with the oils, I visited a friend in Utah. At the end of the trip, she offered to stop at the Young Living Visitor Center in Mona, UT as we would be driving right by it.

As soon as we arrived I became engaged in conversation with one of the ladies at the center, talking about the oils uses, and we were so focused that I didn't notice my friends' activities. Eventually something felt amiss and I excused myself to look over the partition, noticing she was acting kind of funny.

I witnessed was a sort of "black cloud" emitting from above her head as she walked over and said that she was going outside and didn't feel very well. I finished my conversation, paid for purchases and went outside.

She was sitting on the bench looking rather sorry and said she had a migraine coming on, so we headed back to the truck. I gently queried how many oils had she inhaled and she snapped, "No, that's not the problem, I just did not have any coffee this morning and I have a headache. Okay, I'll just be quiet over here.

We drove 3 hours back to Park City in silence. Upon arrival, Susan quickly retreated to her bedroom and I judiciously left for a few hours.

Later she confessed, "I think I may have played with too many oils." Really? Um, just how many? She replied, "All of them." ALL OF THEM? Yes, all of them.

At the Young Living Visitor Center, all of the products and oils are on display for testing and purchase. I admit, it can be a bit overwhelming. I had brought along a few oils for support during this trip and apparently she was a bit curious about them, but declined them when offered.

When faced with that selection, she pretty much went wild, opening every single and every blend, inhaling them and applying those she liked liberally! And for whatever reason, the universe allowed it. The center was quiet and no one happened to detect what was happening until it was all done.

Can you imagine what her body must have been experiencing? Every oil signaling a variety of marching orders to align, purge, repair, release as it entered her system via the olfactory and the additional topical applications? And PURGE she did, both north and south, though this did little to improve her temperament the next day.

Later, as I became more versed in the oils I realized that my use of Lavender and other oils had been triggering her emotional stuff all week and bringing up a lot of repressed anger. It also brought up the truth of the friendship, and this was the parting of ways. A reason, a season or a lifetime, everything happens as it should.

So next time someone says, "Essential oils are just to smell nice," here's a great example of what can happen when someone uses them without common sense or moderation. As our favorite oils man says, "More is not better!"

And as I say, "Our bodies require gentleness and respect in the process and moderation rather than excess is a wise foundation to wellness."


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Supporting Scientific Studies
1.Associated topics: emotions-/-feelings — "The present study indicated that lavender aromatherapy as a potential therapeutic modality could alleviate premenstrual emotional symptoms, which, at least in part, is attributable to the improvement of parasympathetic nervous system activity. This study further implies that HRV could evaluate the efficacy of aromatherapy using various fragrances to relieve premenstrual symptoms, and ultimately, support the mind and body health of women."Link
2.Associated topics: migraine — "Peppermint and its active ingredient menthol have long been used for the treatment of various pain conditions including headache.... Menthol solution can be an efficacious, safe and tolerable therapeutic option for the abortive treatment of migraine."Link
3.Associated topics: emotions-/-feelings — "Beta-Caryophyllene [component of cannabis, clove, copaiba], a CB2 [cannabinoid] receptor agonist produces multiple behavioral changes relevant to anxiety and depression in mice.... these preclinical results suggest that CB2 receptors may provide alternative therapeutic targets for the treatment of anxiety and depression. The possibility that BCP may ameliorate the symptoms of these mood disorders offers exciting prospects for future studies."Link
4.Associated topics: anger-/-frustration — "Most studies, as well as clinically applied experience, have indicated that various essential oils, such as lavender, lemon and bergamot can help to relieve stress, anxiety, depression and other mood disorders. Most notably, inhalation of essential oils can communicate signals to the olfactory system and stimulate the brain to exert neurotransmitters (e.g. serotonin and dopamine), thereby further regulating mood."Link
5.Associated topics: emotions-/-feelings,migraine — "Lavender essential oil has been used as an anxiolytic [anxiety] drug, a mood stabilizer, a sedative, spasmolytic [muscle spasms], antihypertensive [high blood pressure], antimicrobial, analgesic [pain] agent as well as a wound healing accelerator.... The present study suggests that inhalation of lavender essential oil may be an effective and safe treatment modality in acute management of migraine headaches."Link
6.Associated topics: migraine — "We report on a patient whose severe post-ECT headaches responded completely to methyl salicylate [wintergreen] ointment, applied to the area of his temporalis and masseter muscles. Topical methyl salicylate is generally well tolerated and may be a viable option for some patients with post-ECT headache."Link
7.Associated topics: migraine — "This controlled study showed for the first time that a 10% peppermint oil in ethanol solution efficiently alleviates tension-type headache. Peppermint oil thus proves to be a well-tolerated and cost-effective alternative to usual therapies."Link
8.Associated topics: anger-/-frustration — "[P]re-clinical and clinical research available today demonstrat[es] the power, safety, and effectiveness of natural compounds [particularly aromatherapy] for relieving stress and anxiety.... [S]imple inhalation of patchouli and rose oil reduced sympathetic nervous activity by 40%, with rose oil reducing adrenaline concentrations by 30%.... Lavender oil... has also been studied for the ability to reduce stress, anxiety, aggression,and cortisol levels, among two dozen other potential therapeutic properties."Link

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