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Surgeon Running On Empty Sees The Light

Author: Deborah C.
Skill: Raindrop Technique
Date: 08-10-2009
Views: 5,431
Word Count: 510
Questions Received: 2
Testimonial ID: 3697-OR
Brand Neutral: No
Scientific Studies: 8

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Those of you on my regular mailing list know that I now work as a scheduler for six trauma and critical care surgeons.

Unfortunately, summer is "high trauma season" when all too many individuals will drink alcohol and operate cars, boats and motorcycles, harming not only themselves but others. These are the docs who will perform the many extensive skin grafts, repair deep lacerations, set broken bones and this often entails being up all night doing surgery, and often the following day. Egad!


Recently our elder surgeon appeared in the office and was headed to the respite room for a hopeful hour or two of sleep between surgeries. He was completely fried, having used up his reserve tank, the emergency reserve... and then some - a point where the adrenals are so fatigued that often sleep if not possible. Since Dr. J had already heard about his colleague's episode of breaking the great toe and experiencing the Deep Relief oil blend, which was most intriguing, I asked if he would like to try a few oils to de-stress and support the possibility of sleep?

With his permission, I first offered a few drops of the Valor oil blend to apply to the back of his neck and inhale deeply, explaining only that this is the area where humans hold stress, and certainly he might have some of that... I followed with a few drops of Lavender and suggested that he coat his hands, apply it to his throat and again, inhale deeply. This might help ease the fatigue enough for him to disconnect and actually sleep for however long. He thanked me and I headed back to work.


The following day Surgeon #1 (broken toe) was at my desk and asking what oils to use at home to support peace? I was explaining diffusion and he said, "I'll order anything, just tell me what to get. Just then Surgeon #2 (fatigue) appeared and overhearing the conversation piped in, "I don't know what you gave me the other day, BUT IT WORKED! I slept, and I felt a whole lot better when I headed back to surgery." The two of them began traded stories of how the oils had helped in situations where neither had expected relief, nor believed it was possible.


The elder surgeon (#2) concluded it was good that he continued to be "The Skeptic" and just enjoy what happens and I agreed, saying The Skeptics play a particularly important function in every oils class, often asking the questions that others might be thinking but don't dare to say. It's all perfect, and everyone plays a vital role in this great classroom called life.

PS: Both surgeons have said they want more oils for home and personal use. Surgeon #2 said, "I may not be able to dispense these, but I can certainly use them myself... and I have a LOT of things I would like to use them for.

Stay tuned for more...

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Supporting Scientific Studies
1.Associated topics: breathing-/-inhale — "In confirming the presence of peripheral airways dysfunction in nonsmokers with uncomplicated common colds, our data imply that the changes can be modified favorably by short-term aromatics inhalation."Link
2.Associated topics: breathing-/-inhale — "Cineole has mucolytic, bronchodilating and anti-inflammatory properties and reduces the exacerbation rate in patients suffering from COPD, as well as ameliorates symptoms in patients suffering from asthma and rhinosinusitis.... The effects of Cineole in the treatment of acute bronchitis were clearly measurable and could be proven after a treatment period of merely 4 days. This study corroborates the fact that Cineole actively and significantly reduces cough frequency after four days."Link
3.Associated topics: stress-/-tension-/-burnout,adrenals,fatigue — "After inhalation of clary sage oil, cortisol levels were significantly decreased.... Thyroid stimulating hormone was also reduced.... Clary sage oil has antidepressant-like effect...."Link
4.Associated topics: exhaustion,stress-/-tension-/-burnout,sleep,fatigue — "Lavender, mint [peppermint], orange, rose, chamomile, rosemary, and sage were used.... Depression levels in the touch-music-aroma therapy group... showed a larger decrease than in the... control groups [that did not include aromatherapy].... [FMS] symptoms such as restless sleep, headache, morning fatigue, exhaustion, feeling like crying, and bowel complaints were also significantly reduced."Link
5.Associated topics: stress-/-tension-/-burnout — "A number of essential oils are currently in use as aromatherapy agents to relieve anxiety, stress, and depression. Popular anxiolytic oils include lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), rose (Rosa damascena), orange (Citrus sinensis), bergamot (Citrus aurantium), lemon (Citrus limon), sandalwood (Santalum album), clary sage (Salvia sclarea), Roman chamomile (Anthemis nobilis), and rose-scented geranium (Pelargonium spp.)."Link
6.Associated topics: stress-/-tension-/-burnout — "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
7.Associated topics: stress-/-tension-/-burnout — "The ylang ylang oil caused a significant decrease of blood pressure and a significant increase of skin temperature. At the behavioral level, subjects in the ylang ylang oil group rated themselves more calm and more relaxed than subjects in the control group. These findings are likely to represent a relaxing effect of the ylang ylang oil and provide some evidence for the usage of the ylang ylang oil in aromatherapy such as causing a relief of depression and stress in humans."Link
8.Associated topics: stress-/-tension-/-burnout,sleep — "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

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