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Endobiogénie is What?

Endobiogénie is probably not a word you have heard of before.

A decade and a half ago we moved to southeast Idaho where we had the pleasure of meeting Annette and Eric Davis.  In 1972 Annette’s grandmother, Annmarie Buhler, started Time Laboratories, a pioneer in the natural products industry.

According to the Time Labs website, “Mrs. Buhler is an innovative and highly respected formulator who brings her knowledge and expertise in the natural products industry from Switzerland to the USA.  She holds a California State Board of Pharmacy Certificate, and has more than forty years of experience in cosmetic and dietary supplement manufacturing. She was instrumental in the development of the first true time-release process used for vitamins and minerals (thus the name Time Laboratories) and was one of the first to import therapeutic aromatherapy essential oils and functional plant extracts to the USA from Europe.

“Annemarie was the Chairman of the Board of the first American Aromatherapy Association (AATA) founded in 1987.  She first brought Dr. Jean Claude Lapraz, a world-renowned pioneer in the field of clinical phytotherapy and aromatherapy, to the USA from France in 1989 to teach seminars to American health professionals.  She founded the Phyto-Aromatherapy Institute in 1992, and the Endobiogenic Integrative Medical Center (EIMC) in 2004.  Known internationally for her skill and dedication to phyto-aromatherapy, Mrs. Buhler was selected in 1993 as the U.S. delegate to the International Conference for Phytotherapy and Aromatherapy held in Tunisia, Africa.”

Dr. Jean Claude Lapraz, M.D.

Dr. Jean Claude Lapraz, M.D.

I learned Dr. Lapraz would be speaking in Pocatello, Idaho and dragged my physician husband with me.  My husband is always open to new ideas and learning, but went that night with the thought that this guy was practicing some kind of “kooky” medicine.  When we left his head was spinning, “So, what did you think?” I asked.  “This guy was at the very top of my level of medicine.”  We’ve been friends with the Davises, her parents and Dr. Lapraz ever since.

We made a job change in 2006 that took us around the world, but we would still consult with Annette whenever we were ill.  It is with great pleasure that we landed in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas this past year where my husband is helping to open the Family Practice Residency Program (opening this July) and UTRGV Medical School (opening 2016).  The opportunity came for my husband to take a fellowship.  Finally he was able to learn all that Dr. Lapraz has to offer in the form of Endoiogénie.

Endobiogénie is all about balance.  Being physiologically balanced is like trying to walk on a tightrope.  You are usually teetering to one side or the other while trying to stay upright.  Most imbalances tend to be minor, but a few are clearly significant.  Endobiogénie seeks to restore balance as much as possible, with special emphasis on the more serious imbalances and those imbalances that are thought to be directly contributing to your symptoms or disease.  Often, in correcting the major imbalances, the minor imbalances will be able to correct themselves.

Blood work is evaluated not based on high, low or normal range, but rather, how the levels relate to each other.  We have seen miracles, by today’s standards, in medicine.

Carol Silverander's Book, "With the Help from Our Friends from France"

Carol Silverander’s Book, “With the Help from Our Friends from France”

We had the pleasure of meeting Carol Silverander, diagnosed with breast cancer in 2000 that metastasized to her liver.  She lived with stage 4 cancer for 8 years.  She lived an amazing “normal” life with cancer because of Endobiogénie and the work of Dr. Lapraz and Time Labs.

If you are tired of traditional medicine and want to take a journey on a more natural path to healing consider Endobiogénie.  Essential Anew is proud to carry Time Labs products.

Contact Essential Anew to find out how you can start on your path of natural healing.

 

Ready for Summer Fun

The groundhog has predicted six more weeks of winter … but, in other parts of the country he said summer is on it’s way.  Either way, summer is coming, though we have a cold front coming to south Texas this week which will drop our temperatures down into the mid-60s.  Sorry New York.

We’ve had our windows and back doors opened the last few weeks and the mosquitos are starting to come to life.  There is nothing more irritating than finally getting out in the sunshine and being attacked by gnats and mosquitos or brushing through shrubs, brush and trees that can sting and prick.

Mosquito or other insect bites ~ if they don’t require much attention just dab a little Lavender or Tea Tree EO for relief.  Both Chamomile and Lavender EOs reduce swelling, itching and inflammation, and together with tinctures of Echinacea and Plantain often you can avert an allergic response. (If an allergic reaction does happen, take 1/2 t. Echinacea Tincture internally).

Following are blends to be made ahead of time and stored in glass blue bottles for use when needed.

Ready for Summer Fun with Essential Oils ~ Essential Anew

Outdoor Owie Cure
3 drops each:
Lavender
Tea Tree
Chamomile
Helichrysum
1 oz. calendula infused oil
Mix together, store in a blue glass bottle and shake before using.
This remedy is excellent for skin irritations, bites, stings, burns, inflammation, bruises or scrapes.

Many people will use clay for bee stings and insect bites, but adding essential oils and tinctures to clay will keep the poultice reconstituted, preserved and ready for use.  As the clay dries it pulls toxins from stings and bites to the skin’s surface and keeps them from spreading.  It will also pull out puss or splinters.

Summertime Clay PoulticeGet read for Summer with Essential Oils ~ Essential Anew
12 drops Lavender EO
1 tablespoon bentonite clay
1 teaspoon each:
Echinacea Root Tincture
Chamomile Flowers Tincture
Plantain Leaves Tincture
Put clay in storage container. Add the tinctures slowly, stirring as the clay absorbs them. Add lavender oil, stirring to distribute it evenly. Store poultice in a container with a tight lid to slow dehydration; it will last at least several months.  If the mixture dries out, add distilled water to reconstitute it.

Many people don’t care for the smell of Citronella EO, a traditional repellant, but this formula smells great.

Keep the Bugs Away SprayReady for Summer Fun with Essential Oils ~ Essential Anew
5 drops Eucalyptus EO
2 drops Orange EO
4 drops Lavender EO
2 drops Lemon EO
8 drops Cedarwood EO
1 drop Peppermint EO
1 drop Clove EO
1 drop Cinnamon EO
2 ounces Carrier Oil
Mix together, store in a glass blue bottle.  Apply liberally. Keep out of eyes.

Essential Oils Basics

Essential Oils have become more mainstream. But before you use them it is important to understand and know how to use these very powerful oils. So today I bring you Essential Oils Basics.

Essential Oil Basics with Recipes ~ Essential Anew

*Always store essential oils in a cool, dark place with caps tightly secured. Air and light are the great offenders of essential oils.
*ALWAYS properly dilute essential oils before you use them on skin or in the bath.
*ALWAYS keep essential oils away from eyes.
*If you are pregnant consult a qualified health practitioner before using any essential oil preparation.
*Do NOT ingest essential oils except on advice of a qualified healthcare professional.

REMEMBER ~ Blends are most effective when combining 2-5 EOs. Keep in mind these ratios when blending.

Mixing and Blending Essential Oils

Air Freshener ~ Fill a 4 oz. spritzer bottle with distilled water and add 40-60 drops EO. Always shake before spraying.

Bath ~ To relieve tension, muscle aches, sluggish circulation, and general fatigue simply add essential oils to a bath. Add 5-10 drops of pure EO to 1 tsp. of carrier. Use a natural bath gel base, natural shampoo or grape seed oil. Add to a fully drawn bath and gently stir into bath water just before getting in. Relax in tub for 20 min. and rest for another 30 minutes after. NOTE: Never add EOs to bath without diluting first. “Hot” and citrus oils added to a bath may cause irritation to sensitive skin.

Essential Oil Basics with Bath Recipes ~ Essential AnewTry Using these Blends:
Calming, Soothing Bath ~ Lavender, Rosewood, Roman Chamomile, Rose, Jasmine, Geranium, Neroli or Petitgrain, Frankincense, Patchouli, Mandarin, Spikenard, Tangerine, Angelica, Sandalwood
Energizing, Toning Bath ~ Spruce, Rosemary, Juniper, Eucalyptus, Grapefruit, Pine, Fir, Basil, Lime
Winter, Detox Bath ~ Rosemary, Ginger, Black Pepper, Eucalyptus, Pine, Fir, Spruce, Myrtle, Lavender, Juniper, Cypress, Cardamom, Tea Tree, Laurus Nobilis, Ravensara
Summer, Cooling Bath ~ Lavender, Geranium, Rose, Juniper, Spearmint, Palmarosa, Lime

Foot Soaks ~ Everyone benefits from foot treatments; a foot soak can revive, relax or restore your entire system. These effective remedies can easily be done yourself. Fill a tub for your feet with water and stir in essential oils. After soaking, wrap feet in a large towel and relax an additional 5-10 minutes.

Essential Oil Basics Foot Bath Recipe ~ Essential Anew

Try these blends:
Soothing, Stress-Release Foot Bath ~ Use very warm to hot water, soak feet for 20 minutes, add 12 drops Marjoram, 2 drops Lemongrass and 6 drops Cedarwood
Reviving, Fortifying Foot Bath – Use very cold to icy water, soak feet for 5 minutes, add 10 drops Pine, 5 drops Peppermint, 5 drops Rosemary
Cleansing Foot Bath ~ Use tepid to warm water, soak feet 15-20 minutes add 8 drops Lemon, 8 drops Eucalyptus, 8 drops Tea Tree

Body Balm ~ To enjoy your own custom lotion add 15-20 drops EO for each ounce of lotion base.

Body Spritzer ~ Mix 4 oz. distilled water or pure floral water with 30-50 drops of pure EO. Shake well before each use. Remember always avoid spraying EOs in eyes.

Quick Cool Therapy ~ To quickly revive the senses and increase mental acuity, put a few drops of EOs on an icy cold damp cloth, apply over or wrap around hands, back of neck or feet. Try this with 2 drops Rosemary, 1 drop Basil and 3 drops Eucalyptus.

Inhalation ~ Place 2-5 drops of pure EO on a clean tissue, inhale. A quick method would be to rub a few drops of EO in the palms of your hands, then inhale. To revive your senses use Rosemary EO.
Try using these blends:
Energizing ~ Rosemary, Basil, Eucalyptus, Pine, Lemon, Fir, Peppermint, Grapefruit, Tangerine, Spearmint.
Calming/Sedative ~ Lavender, Chamomile, Bergamot, Neroli or Peititgrain, Rose, Clary Sage, Marjoram
Soothing ~ Lavender, Rose, Jasmine, Roman Chamomile, Angelica, Neroli or Petitgrain, Mandarin, Lime, Ylang Ylang, Frankincense

Steam Inhalation ~ Pour steaming hot water into a glass or stainless steel bowl. Add 5 drops of

Essential Oil Basics with Steam Inhalation Recipe ~ Essential Anew

essential oil combination (Breathe Easy, ImmuBoost Extra) to the water. Close eyes to avoid irritation, drape a towel over your head and bowl and inhale 3-5 minutes. Repeat several times a day as needed. Useful for sinusitis, bronchitis, pneumonia, and other respiratory issues.

Steam Facial/Sinus Inhalation ~ Place 5-8 drops of EO into a bowl of hot water. Sit comfortably, your face over the vapors with a large towel covering your head and the bowl. Remember to keep your eyes closed. When the water cools, rinse your face with cool water and apply a true floral water, a hydrolat or hydrosol, hydrating toner or soothing facial oil.
Try these blends:
Facial Cleanser/Detox ~ Lavender, Chamomile, Fennel, Tea Tree, Bergamot, Geranium, Laurus Nobilis, Eucalyptus, Ravensara
Sinus Congestion ~ Lavender, Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, Pine, Fir, Peppermint, Spruce, Frankincense

Full Body Massage ~ Add 10-15 drops of pure EO to 1 oz. of carrier such as grape seed oil, sweet almond oil, olive oil, massage lotion or body butter.

Partial Body Massage ~ Add 20-40 drops pure EO to 1 oz. carrier.
Try these blends for pain. Massage on painful areas as needed:
Everyday Aches and Pains ~ Rosemary, Juniper, Lavender, Helichrysum
Cool Penetrating Relief ~ Peppermint, Juniper, Cajeput, Eucalyptus
Deep Warming Relief ~ Ginger, Black Pepper, Eucalyptus, Juniper

Compress is a simple, but powerful form of treatment that is too often overlooked. A compress is basically cloth saturated in hot or cold water and applied to a specific area of the body. The placement, temperature and moisture content determines its effectiveness. To greatly enhance the benefits of a compress treatment just add essential oils.

In a clean bowl mix 6-10 drops of EO with 8 oz. of steaming hot or icy water. Place a clean cloth into the bowl of water with essential oils and wring out enough excess water so that the cloth is not dripping. Place this cloth compress on the desired area, cover the compress with plastic wrap and top snugly with a large dry towel. Use soothing essential oils such as Lavender, Chamomile, Helichrysum, Laurus Nobilis or Ravensara.
Use a Hot Water Compress to increase circulation, apply for 2 hours. Use a Cold Water Compress to reduce swelling, apply for 30 minutes.

Ratios to Remember
Full Body Application ~ 10-15 drops of EO per 1 oz. of base
Partial Body Application ~ 20-40 drops of EO per 1 oz. base
Facial Blend ~ 6-10 drops of EO per 1 oz. base
Bath ~ 5-12 drops EO to bath water
Skin Care Tonic ~ 10-15 drops EO per 2 oz. distilled water
Body Spritzer ~ 15-25 drops EO per 2 oz. distilled water
Room Freshener ~ 20-30 drops EO per 2 oz. distilled water

Measurements to Remember
30 mL= 1 oz. or 2 Tablespoons
15 mL= 1/2 oz. or 1 Tablespoon
5 mL= 1/6 oz. or 1 teaspoon

 

Ward Off Winter Blues Bath Mixes

This winter has seemed to be unusually cold … even here in south Texas.  Now, I am not complaining because after living in a part of the world where it was perpetual summer with nearly 100% humidity and temperatures in the 90’s all year long, I’ve decided that I am not a purely summertime girl and I’ve been enjoying the change of temperature.  I just don’t like being cold for too long.

I’m also a bath every night kind of girl, rain or shine, hot or cold.  I love taking a good bath. Bath time is when Michael Bublé pays me a visit, via my iPad, and we sing duets together every night.  What could be better?

Wintertime Bath Oil Mixes

Perhaps a bath that softens and nourishes dry, damaged or stressed skin.  That is why I am going to share with you this hint today. Add some essential oils to your bath.  The warm bath water helps the oil absorb into the skin and is excellent for moisturizing in the drying winter season.

Always add oils to the bath with a carrier oil; they offer emolliency and nourishment for your skin.  Adding essential oil to the carrier oil promotes subtle energetic effects.

To ward off wintertime blues, colds and chills try this mix.

Warm Me Up Bath Mix

The blessings of Lavender

The blessings of Lavender

3 drops Lavender Essential Oil
2 drops Clove Bud Essential Oil
1 drop Cedarwood Essential Oil

Mix with 1-2 oz. Carrier Oil such as sweet almond, hazelnut, jojoba, or grape seed

Shake well. Blend in your bath water prior to getting in.

 

You may also like to try this one

Pick Me Up and Warm Me Up Bath Mix

Wintertime Bath Oil Mix

3 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil
3 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
1 drop Wintergreen Essential Oil

Mix with 1-2 oz. Carrier Oil such as sweet almond, hazelnut, jojoba, or grape seed

Shake well. Blend in your bath water prior to getting in.

How to Care and Use Your Essential Oils

Because of the nature of this topic can be quite lengthy, this discussion will be divided into  several posts.

Essential Oils are delicate and need to be cared for.  Always store them in a cool, dark environment with the bottle caps tightly secured.

How to Care and Use Your Essential Oils

General Cautions

  • Always properly dilute essential oils before use on the skin or in the bath.
  • Always keep essential oils away from the eyes.

If you are pregnant consult a qualified health practitioner before using any essential oil preparation.

  • Do not take essential oils internally except upon the advice of a qualified healthcare provider.
  • Except when otherwise stated, recipes are intended for adults or children over 16 years of age.  Consult a qualified practitioner to adjust percentage ratios and applications suitable for younger children, infants or pets.

Possible Adverse Reactions to Essential Oils

It is possible to have an adverse reaction to an essential oil just as it is to any other natural substance.  Reactions, however, are rare and it is worth noting that people allergic to numerous commercial fragrances and skin and body care products generally have no such difficulties with pure, genuine essential oils.

Toxicity:  Usually by ingestion and dependent on dosage.  (The internal use of essential oils is not recommended without the guidance or supervision of a qualified health professional.”

Sensitization:  Allergic reactions from internal or external use.

Irritation:  The least harmful response to essential oils usually resulting from topical application.

Essential Oils for Inhalation

Place 2 to 5 drops of pure EO on a clean tissue, then inhale.  Another quick method is rubbing a few drops of EO in the palms of your hands to inhale.

Energizing:  Rosemary, Basil, Eucalyptus, Pine, Lemon, Fir, Peppermint, Grapefruit, Tangerine, Spearmint

Calming/Sedative:  Lavender, Chamomile, Bergamot, Neroli, or Petitgrain, Rose, Clary Sage, Marjoram

Soothing:  Lavender, Rose, Jasmine, Roman Chamomile, Angelica, Neroli or Petitgrain, Mandarine, Lime, Ylang Ylang, Frankincense

Essential Oils for Quick Cool Therapy

To quickly revive the senses and increase mental acuity, put a few drops of essential oils on an icy cold damp cloth, apply over the wrap around the hands, back of neck, or feet.  Try this with 2 drops Rosemary, 1 drop Basil and 3 drops Eucalyptus.

How to Care and Use Your Essential Oils

Essential Oils for Baths

Gain relief from tension, muscle aches, sluggish circulation, and general fatigue by simply adding essential oils to a bath.  Mix 5 to 10 drops of EO with 1 teaspoon carrier such as natural bath gel, natural shampoo, or vegetable oil. Add to your fully drawn bath and gently stir bath water just before you enter. Relax in tub for 20 minutes, then afterward rest for another 30 minutes.

Calming, soothing bath:  Lavender, Rosewood, Roman Chamomile, Rose, Jasmine, Geranium, Neroli or Petitgrain, Frankincense, Patchouli, Mandarin, Spikenard, Tangerine, Angelica, Sandalwood

Energizing, toning bath:  Spruce, Rosemary, Juniper, Eucalyptus, Grapefruit, Pine, Fir, Basil, Lime

Winter, detox bath:  Rosemary, Ginger, Black Pepper, Eucalyptus, Pine, Fir, Spruce, Myrtle, Lavender, Juniper, Cypress, Cardamom, Teat Tree, Laurus Nobilis, Ravensara

Summer, cooling bath:  Lavender, Geranium, Rose, Juniper, Spearmint, Palmarosa, Lime

Note:  Never use undiluted essential oils in the bath.  Use caution with “hot” and citrus oils as they may irritate those with sensitive skin when added to the bath.

Note:  The statements made in this informational guide have not been evaluated by the FDA.  The products listed are not intended to diagnose, cure or prevent any disease, and should not be used as a substitute for medical care. Individuals using essential oils should be educated about their use, properties, safety precautions, and dosage or be under the care of a qualified health professional.