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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.

Heal an Owie Cream

Heal an Owie Cream

Over the holidays our teenage and twenty-something year old kids went paint balling. They had a great time!  But I was surprised by the oozing wound on our daughter’s neck. Even though the kids had a 20 foot rule it turns out big brother is a poor judge of distance.

Doctor Daddy suggested it would be wise to put an anti-biotic cream on it just as a precaution and to help it heal.  She doesn’t even like to take acetaminophen or ibuprofen, so an ointment was out of the question.  One summer her hands got so dry that her knuckles began to crack and bleed. She refused to put lotion or Aquaphor on it to keep it moist and heal.  I had to apply the Aquaphor if she would agree to it.

A few weeks of healing

A few weeks of healing

Looking at her neck made my stomach turn. But, she is a tough girl having four big brothers.  She never cried, nor did she complain.  I think it helped that her brothers’ friends thought it was a cool battle wound.

 

A few weeks later it began to slowly dry over and begin to heal.  She continued to refused any ointments or Aquaphor to help it stay moist.

I wish I had had this Heal an Owie Cream recipe then to put on her neck and help it heal.  Over a month later, it looks much better, but there is still a discoloration in her skin color.

There are many effective antiseptic essential oils, but the most effective ones are:  Bergamot, Lavender, Tea Tree, Clove, Myrrh, Basil, Clary Sage, Eucalyptus, Fennel, Lemon, Pine, Thyme and Rosemary.

A word about Tea Tree essential oil.  It has both antiseptic and antibiotic qualities.  It should be used topically.  Unlike over the counter antiseptics such as iodine, mercurochorme (that red stuff we used to use as kids), it does not damage healthy tissue while killing bacteria so it does not interfere or slow the healing process.

Heal an Owie Cream

 

Heal an Owie Cream

50 ml dark colored glass jar
43 ml Base Cream 
20 drops (1 ml) Lavender Essential Oil
15 drops Geranium Essential Oil
15 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil

Blend all ingredients together and keep in a dark colored glass jar to preserve the integrity of the essential oils. Use this antiseptic blend to assist in the healing of cuts and wounds. Use directly onto injury and cover with bandage or band-aid.

Heal an Owie Cream ~ Essential Anew

Tea Tree ~ The Go To Essential Oil

Tea Tree essential oil is often called Melaleuca.  Oil is extracted from a tree only found in Australia.  It does not grow naturally anywhere else in the world.

Tea Tree OIl

Tea Tree is anti-fungal, anti-septic, anti-biotic and infection reducing benefits thus it is a cure all oil for skin ailments.  It should NEVER be taken internally (here I should also state that no essential oils should be ingested without professional care and supervision) and should NEVER be used on babies younger than 6 months.

In Home Uses for Tea Tree Oil

1.  Use in homemade toothpaste.  (For years my mother used it on her toothbrush to help infection, gingivitis, freshen breath.
2. Mix a few drops of Tea Tree in water to clean and disinfect yoga mats, bathroom, kitchen sinks and counter and any other areas you want to disinfect.
3. Mixed in a Aloe Vera Gel, Tea Tree will help soothe and heal a sunburn.
4. Dab a few drops on acne with a Q-tip at night and rinse off in the morning.5. Tea Tree soothes and helps heal itchy rashes.
6. Add a few drops to your shampoo to prevent lice.
7. Helps remove skin tags. Dab a few drops on a cotton ball and tape the Tea Tree wetted cotton ball on skin over tag. Repeat several times a day until the tag falls off.
8. Dab a few drops on attached tick and watch it slide out.
9. To freshen breath after brushing swish a few drops of oil and water in mouth.
10. Put a few drops in and around dog kennels and beds to ward off fleas.
11. Tea Tree has been found beneficial in curing warts. Using carrier oil to dilute oil and place a few drops on wart and cover with a bandage. Repeat until wart dies.

Tea Tree Tree

12. Helps soothe insect bites.
13. Add a few drops to your humidifier to ease asthma and other breathing conditions. (This will also disinfect the humidifier)
14. Use on small cuts as an antiseptic.
15. If you forget to remove your laundry from washer, put a few drops in washer and rewash clothes to remove mildew and freshen clothes.
16. Found mold on household items? Mix a few drops of Tea Tree with Apple Cider Vinegar and scrub on item. Set item outside in the sun to dry.
17. Use in your DIY deodorant to kill odor causing bacteria.
18. For earaches mix 1 drop Tea Tree with 1 tsp. Olive Oil. Put a drop of the mixture in ear and remove by tilting head.
19. Use in homemade kitchen cleaners to disinfect.
20. Mix 1/2 cup baking soda with 20-40 drops of Tea Tree. Sprinkle on carpet and vacuum up. This will not only leave your home fresh, but disinfect your carpet. You can also add other essential oils with Tea Tree oil such as lemon, lavender, grapefruit or lemongrass.

Stock up on Tea Tree so you always have it on hand when the need arises.  Use coupon code: teatree15 to get 15% off your bottles through 5 January.

 

 

 

 

A Cold, the Flu and a Hot Cup of Tea

Several years ago I picked up an herbal healing book (okay, it was more like nearly two decades ago), in it I found this amazing recipe for helping colds and flu.  I have long since packed the book away, but the recipe was written down faithfully in my personal recipe book for safe keeping.  One night I was telling my mother-in-law about this amazing drink and she said, “That sounds like a hot toddy.”  Well, we don’t drink so I still don’t know what a hot toddy is, but I do know that it is my go to “medicine” when I start to feel a cold or the flu coming on.

How to Brew a Cup of Healing TeaMy husband likes to tease me about being an alcoholic when I start to brew a cup.  I just remind him how much alcohol is in his Nyquil and he stops the teasing.  😉  About ten years ago I read about a man who swore by Cayenne Pepper to “cure what ails you.”  So, during an especially grueling cold I added a titch of Cayenne Pepper and it did the trick.  All the congestion was cleared up so nicely (just be sure to have a few tissues around while drinking tea with Cayenne Pepper).  This is now my secret ingredient to my wintertime ills.  It is such an easy tea to brew I always keep the ingredients on hand and need it so rarely they last for quite a while.

A Tea to Cure What Ails You

Brew a cup of herbal tea to cure what ails you 2 c. water, Small stick of Cinnamon, and a few whole Cloves (5-6). Bring this to a low boil and simmer for about 3 minutes. Turn off the heat and add 2 t. Lemon Juice, 1 1/2 T. Honey or Blackstrap Molasses, and 2 T. good quality Whiskey.  Stir well, cover and let steep 20 minutes. This is where I add a titch of Cayenne Pepper. Just remember, the more you add the more your nose will run. Drink 1/2 cup at a time every 3-4 hours.  This is what the directions say, but I usually find that I drink the 2 cups up and make more, if needed. I have also found that you need to strain the Cinnamon and Cloves out of the brew or it becomes bitter if you don’t drink it right away.

How to Make Your Own Anti-Bacterial EO Combination AKA Thieves®

It has been said that during the plague thieves would go through all the corpses to see what goods were left behind.  To protect themselves from contracting the plague it is also said that they used a blend of oils or spices.

Wives’ Tale?  Perhaps.  But, today a blend has been used in much the same way … minus the plague.  Thank goodness!

Try making this blend and using it as a an oil, in your hand or body soap to help disinfect and keep illness at bay.  Let me know what you think.  How does it work for you?

This makes about 280 drops, enough to fill a 15ml bottle

80 drops Clove Bud oil
70 drops Lemon oil
40 drops Cinnamon oil
30 drops Eucalyptus Radiata oil
20 drops Rosemary oil
Up to 40 drops total other oils such as Tea Tree, Frankincense and/or Lavender

Add oils to your EO bottle and use topically with a carrier oil or in a diffuser (without a carrier oil).

Eucalyptus oils have a component that is poisonous.  Remember, you would need to ingest 3.5 ml of Eucalyptus oil to be fatal. Be safe, keep these oils out of the reach of children. Make sure to read the labels on your essential oils bottles carefully before using.

Remember that it is never safe to ingest essential oils, always use topically diluted with your choice of a carrier oil such as coconut or grape seed.  You may also choose to add it to your hand soap or body wash.

Use this oil in a mixture of coconut oil as a mouthwash to help with dental issues, wound care, cleaning and disinfecting, for illness rub on chest or diffuse (without a carrier oil).  Be sure to use your carrier oil when using on your body.

Thieves Blend

This post is not meant to diagnose or treat your ailments, always seek medical advice when sick or ill.

How to Use Frankincense

I first learned about Frankincense essential oil as a young wife and mother.

Frankincense Tree and the benefits of the essential oil

I received my homesteading magazine and there was an article all about it.  To this day I still remember reading about how it was used anciently on the royal mothers and babies after birth was given.  It was rubbed on both mom and baby to ward off infection.  How great is that?!  The article went on to connect the dots to the rare gift given to the Christ child and his mother, Mary.  It truly was a gift fit for a king!

Frankincense is extracted from the gum or resin of the  tree. It has even been found in the remains of ancient Egyptian and Anglo-Saxon civilizations. Furthermore, It is closely associated with religious traditions and rites, particularly in the Christian tradition.

Frankincense Resin and the benefits of the Essential Oil

Frankincense helps to fade stretch marks and scars, is good for uterine health, helps wounds heal faster, cures symptoms associated with menstrual syndrome, lowers blood pressure, relieves pain associated with rheumatism and arthritis, boosts the immune system, is effective as an antiseptic and reduces stress, protects from premature loss of teeth and hair, improves digestion, provides relief from bronchitis and congestion of nasal tract and lungs and has anti-aging properties.

While frankincense is great after birth, it is not recommended during pregnancy since it promotes menstrual discharge and causes contractions.

Knowing all of these wonderful properties of Frankincense and recognizing symptoms of a yeast infection I grabbed my bottle as we ran out the door for a weekend trip.  Becoming more and more uncomfortable I took that treasured bottle and my new found knowledge to the bathroom with me and proceeded to treat myself.  Forgetting to bring a carrier oil on our trip I shrugged and put a few drops (or maybe a little more than a few drops) into my hand and proceeded to apply the precious drops of oil to the affected area.  This is when I learned the importance of using a carrier oil.  Imagine treating your yeast infection with Icy/Hot and that was the feel of Frankincense.  I vowed never to forget a carrier oil again … and to this date I have not.  Eventually the overpowering sensation subsided and I forgot all about the incident.  But, the next day I remembered why I had used Frankincense and realized that all my symptoms were gone.  

Dermacalm oil with Frankincense and Lavender (calming) for all your skin mishaps

Since that day many years ago I have always had a bottle of Frankincense in my cupboard.  But, imagine my relief when I learned of a wonderful new product made just for users of Frankincense EO users who frequently forget a carrier oil or don’t want to lug around two bottles.  Dermacalm oil is the perfect combination of primrose oil, Frankincense and Lavender (for calming) oils for bump, scraps, boo-boos and yes, even for yeast infections.  Always apply this oil topically and do not ingest.  Find out why Frankincense is a go to essential oil and keep it in your medicine chests.

Through 10 September 2014 use the coupon code Frankincense10 to receive 10% off your order of Frankincense Essential Oil or Dermacalm Oil.

Kid’s Aroma Oil and an Earache

Kid's Aroma Oil Concentrate

While we were traveling my daughter began complaining of an irritated ear. She said it felt stopped up and just hurt.  I pulled out the Kid’s Aroma Oil and put one drop in each night and had her gently rub her ear to massage it in.  Three days later she said it didn’t bother her any longer.

I am so grateful for essential oils and the ability we have to heal ourselves naturally.  An base oil filled with Lavender, Geranium, Tea Tree, and Cloves essential oils are very healing.  This oil blend could also be used as a massage oil.

More Ways to Use Your Essential Oils

I hope you enjoy this post today and look for more ways to use your essential oils in the coming days.

Essential Oils for Foot Soaks

Everyone benefits from foot treatments.  A foot soak can revive, relax or restore your entire system, and these effective remedies you can easily do for yourself.  All you need is a tub for your feet, then fill with water and stir in essential oils.  After soaking, wrap feet in a large towel and relax an additional 5 to 10 minutes.

Ways to Use Your Essential Oils

Soothing, Stress Release Foot Bath (use very warm to hot water, soak feet for 20 minutes):  12 drops Marjoram, 2 drops Lemongrass, 6 drops Cedarwood

Reviving, Fortifying Foot Bath (use very cold icy water, soak feet for 5 minutes):  10 drops Pine, 5 drops Peppermint, 5 drops Rosemary

Healing, Cleansing Foot Bath (Use tepid to warm water, soak feet 15 to 20 minutes):  8 drops Lemon, 8 drops Eucalyptus, 8 drops Tea Tree

Essential Oils for Steam Facial/Sinus Inhalation

Place 5 to 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 (hydrolat/hydrosol), hydrating toner or soothing facial oil.

Sinus Congestion:  Lavender, Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, Pine, Fir Peppermint, Spruce, Frankincense

Facial Cleanser/Detox:  Lavender Chamomile, Fennel, Tea Tree, Bergamot, Geranium, Laurus Nobilis, Eucalyptus, Ravensara

Essential Oils for Hair and Scalp

Gently Massage a few drops of EO diluted in carrier oil onto clean, damp scalp.

Thinning Hair:  Rosemary, Lavender, Bay, Basil, Fir

Dry Flaky Scalp:  Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Rosemary, Petitgrain, Cedarwood, Geranium, Spikenard, Myrtle, Tea Tree

Oily Scalp:  Rosemary, Lemon, Lemongrass, Lavender, Bergamot, Cypress, Geranium

Infestation:  Tea Tree, Red Thyme, Bay, Cedarwood, Eucalyptus

Essential Oils for Pain

Add 20-40 drops of pure EO to 1 oz. (30mL) of a carrier such as grapeseed oil, sweet almond oil, olive oil, massage lotion or body butter.  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, Pepper, Eucalyptus, Juniper

Essential Oils for a Compress

This simple but powerful form of treatment is too often overlooked.  A compress is basically cloth saturated in hot or cold water, 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 to 10 drops of EO with 8 ounces of steaming hot or icy cold 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.  The bowl of water with essential oils and wring out enough excess water so that th ecloth is not dripping.  Then 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, Helichruysum, Laurus Nobilis or Ravensara.

For Hot Water Compress to increase circulation, apply for 2 hours.

For Cold Water Compress to reduce swelling, apply for 30 minutes.

 

Homemade Bath Salts

I LOVE BATHS!!!

I take a bath EVERY night.  I love relaxing in a tub.  I might read in the tub, but I always listen to Michael Bublé crooning to me, sometimes we even sing a duet or two together.

Several years ago a friend gave me bath salts scented with essential oil blends.  I have always loved the relaxing feel of bath salts and have only recently discovered the benefits of bathing in bath salts.

Ease Stress and Relax the Body ~ Magnesium in Epsom salt replenishes the body through skin absorption.  Experts believe that bathing with Epsom salt at least three times a week helps you to look better, feel better and gain more energy. Magnesium ions also relax and reduce irritability by lowering the effects of adrenaline.

Relieve Pain and Muscle Cramps ~ An Epsom salt bath is known to ease pain and relieve inflammation, making it beneficial in the treatment of sore muscles, bronchial asthma and migraine headaches.  It was even recommended to me for help in my Plantar Fasciitis.  It has also been known to heal cuts and reduce soreness from childbirth. Epsom salt softens skin and will even neutralize foot odor.

Eliminates Toxins from the Body ~ The sulfates in Epsom salt help flush toxins and heavy metals from the cells, easing muscle pain and helping the body to eliminate harmful substances. It can actually pull salt out of your body, and harmful toxins along with it.

Make Your Own Healing Bath Salts

Homemade Bath Salts

Makes about 1 ½ cups

Ingredients:

1 cup Epsom salt

½ cup sea salt

1 tablespoon baking soda

1 tablespoon oil of choice (coconut, almond, avocado, walnut, etc)

10-15 drops of your favorite essential oil  Here are my favorite: Composure, Beautiful Gardens, Euphoria, Nite Cap, Serenity, South Seas, Tranquility, and Winter Silk for rest and relaxation. When feeling ill, suffering from the flu or cold, congestion, aches and pains try one of these blends Breathe Easy, Energize, ImmuBoost, ImmuBoost Extra or ImmuBoost Spice.  For muscle aches due to exercise, over exertion, cramps, or growing pains try Ortho-Flex Extra, Ortho-Flex Original or Ortho-Flex Spice.

DIRECTIONS:

In a bowl, combine all ingredients and stir well. Pour into container with a good fitting lid.

Put about 3-4 Tablespoons into a hot bath and enjoy!