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The Importance Of Reapplying Oils Several Times

Author: Rebecca L.
Date: 04-10-2010
Views: 7,397
Word Count: 375
Questions Received: 0
Testimonial ID: 4237-OR
Brand Neutral: Yes
Scientific Studies: 8

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I would like to make a comment here about continuing to apply oils often, specially right after the incident. There may be people out there saying, 6-8 times in an hour isn't that a lot? No, and it is necessary. The oils are not a silver bullet, apply just once and its all better but if you use them they do work.

If you get a hornet or bee sting or even a burn don't just apply the oil once and be done. For a sting I apply once every 3-5 minutes for about 20-30 minutes then maybe once an hour to be sure the poison is neutralized.

Case in point. Last week my mother was working in the kitchen and reached over a steaming tea pot and burned her hand. We applied Lavender oil just once. Because the pain left immediately and we were busy we forgot about the burn and it got a nasty blister.

I have never seen a burn blister after using Lavender oil but then I always apply the oil once every 3-5 minutes for at least 20-30 minutes. We should have kept up with the oil and I know the burn would have cleared up nicely. Lesson learned!

For topical use the main rule is: dilute, dilute, dilute. Irritation, sensitization, and phototoxic reactions as well as systemic toxicities can be mitigated or avoided altogether by appropriate dilution. Diluting an essential oil means adding it to a carrier such as jojoba oil, almond oil, olive oil, coconut oil, or aloe vera gel.

Oils that are irritating can also be sensitizing, and different individuals may react to any given essential oil. Irritation is a temporary, localized effect, often recognized by redness and itching.

Sensitization is an immune reaction, which may not show up until the second exposure, or even later, to the essential oil. Sensitization reactions last longer and are usually a life-long issue. Both irritation and sensitization risk can be minimized by appropriate dilution.

Essential oils are more concentrated and have different chemical profiles than their corresponding herbs, which means they come with their own set of rules. What applies to herbs does not always apply to essential oils, and vice versa. Used correctly, essential oils are a powerful and safe addition to our herbal tool kits

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Supporting Scientific Studies
1.Associated topics: virus — "The presence of beta-caryophyllene in many essential oils might contribute strongly to their antiviral ability. These results indicate that phenylpropanoids and sesquiterpenes present in essential oils contribute to their antiviral activity against HSV [herpes simplex virus]."Link
2.Associated topics: virus — "Taken together, we found an essential oil blend [Orange, Clove, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus, and Rosemary] notably attenuates influenza virus PR8 infection in vitro via inhibition of viral protein synthesis at the post-transcription level. The lack of toxicity and potent specific inhibition ability make the essential oil a possible antiviral drug for influenza virus proliferation control and treatment."Link
3.Associated topics: skin — "Local application of frankincense essential oil may provide a non-surgical treatment alternative, with no or minimal side effect for carcinoma in situ, minimally invasive carcinoma and pre-cancerous conditions such as actinic keratosis."Link
4.Associated topics: immune-system — "DHEA [a component of PD 80/20], an androstene hormone [precursor to estrogen, testosterone, progesterone, cortisone, and other hormones], has been shown to possess a wide range of beneficial biological effects mainly attributed to immune system modulation.... thus leading to beneficial effects in diverse human diseases including resistance to infection, neuroprotection, wound healing, diabetes, hepatic injury, cardiovascular disease, and cancer."Link
5.Associated topics: skin — "[M]any curative properties attributed to various plants in indigenous medicine are also present in their essential oils.... These oils exert a number of general effects from the pharmacological viewpoint. When applied locally, the essential oils mix readily with skin oils, allowing these to attack the infective agents quickly and actively.... In vitro studies [were] conducted by the author on antimicrobial and anthelmintic [destructive to parasitic worms] properties of some essential oils...."Link
6.Associated topics: immune-system — "Immunomodulatory activity of frankincense oil: Biologically, the oil exhibited a strong immunostimulant activity (90% lymphocyte transformation) when assessed by a lymphocyte proliferation assay."Link
7.Associated topics: immune-system — "Anti-inflammatory, spasmolytic [muscle spasms], antimicrobial, antioxidant, carminative [flatulence] and immunomodulatory properties of caraway suggest that it might exert beneficial effects on inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).... CHE and CEO [caraway essential oil] at all doses tested were effective in reducing colon tissue lesions and colitis indices and the efficacy was nearly the same when different doses of plant fractions were administered p.o. or i.p..... These data suggest that caraway fractions are both effective and possess anti-colitic activity irrespective of the dose and route of administration."Link
8.Associated topics: burns — "Burn Healing Potential of Nigella sativa seed oil in rats.... Nigella sativa L. (Black cumin) has shown a broad spectrum of pharmacological effects like antipyretic [fever reducing], analgesic [pain reducing], anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial.... The present study suggests the burn wound healing action of seeds may be due to anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antimicrobial activities of major compounds in the oil."Link

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