St. Jude’s miracle oil ® has an anti-histaminic action and anti-inflammatory action. Many essential oils have different uses. The essential oils information here is from the Essential Oils Desk Reference (5th Edition), and medical references.
St. Jude’s miracle oil ® contains a special blend of 9 special essential oils:
(Gaultheria procumbens)contains 98 percent methyl salicylate that has a cortisone-like activity. It is beneficial for bone, muscle, and joint discomfort. It has been helpful in decreasing pain from arthritis, tendonitis and rheumatism.
(Mentha piperita) is one of the oldest and most highly regarded herbs for soothing digestion. Jean Valnet, M.D., studied the beneficial effects of peppermint on the liver and respiratory systems.
Daniel Penöél, M.D., reports that it may help to reduce fevers, candida, nausea, vomiting, and strengthen the respiratory system. Adding peppermint oil to drinking water helps cool body temperature during hot weather. This essential oil can be used to clear the head and ease headaches, helps pain in general. Peppermint oil is well known for calming any digestive problems. It is an effective anti-spasmodic. It is excellent for general muscular aches and pains. Peppermint oil, with its candy-like aroma, is a great mind stimulator when inhaled, promoting mental clarity and enhancing focus. It also works wonders on headaches and stomach discomfort. This oil has been used since ancient times in Japan and China, and may have been used by Egyptians as early as 1000 BC, according to Esoteric Oils. Peppermint oil can be irritating to the skin and should be kept away from the eyes.
Analgesic, diuretic, styptic, refreshing, relaxing, and calming. For rheumatisms, muscle’s pain, colics, dyspepsia, depression, headaches, hypertension, insomnia, stress and skin diseases . Reduces inflammation, relieves emotional stress, and anxiety. This oil is truly excellent for migraines. Helps heal wounds, bruises, burns, sunburn, acne, boils, eczema, and psoriasis. Caution Lavender should not be used during the early stages of pregnancy. Use Lavender with caution if you have low blood pressure. Lavender is one of the most popular essential oils and often has a starring role in everything from skin lotion to pillow mist to “green” household cleansers. Lavender promotes rest and relaxation, especially when inhaled. It also has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties according to Aroma Web, making it a good remedy for acne, eczema and other skin problems.
It is used for all sorts of breathing problems, such as asthma, bronchitis, congestion, sinuses. Excellent for urinary infections, and cystitis, also reduces fluid retention. Good for herpes, cuts, and wound healing. Eases muscle aches and rheumatism. Caution Eucalyptus should not be used if you have high blood pressure or suffer from epilepsy and can be fatal if ingested.
5. Clove bud
Chinese used clove for treatment of hernia, diarrhea and bronchitis. Traditionally clove was used for intestinal parasites, skin infections, digestive upsets and toothaches. Its anti-infectious properties include: anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. Clove essential oil killed more than 60 types of bacterial strains, 15 strains of fungi plus several viruses (Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, 2004), reduced Candida by 75% after 8 days which is equivalent to the use of Nystatin. Nystatin is the most common antifungal drug used to treat Candida. (Journal of Drug Targeting, 2005)
Reduces fluid retention, balances hormones, will help to reduce hot flushes, (for a more peaceful night). Helpful for varicose veins and haemorrhoids (piles), helps to stop bleeding. It will ease anxiety, depression, and nervous tension. It helps to balance all skin types. It is a good hormonal balancer for women menopause and PMS. Aids digestion, jaundice, gastritis, colitis, cleans digestive system of mucus, and liver tonic. Aids poor circulation, and stimulates lymphatic system. Geranium has a long history as an ingredient used in fine cosmetics because it can be used on dry, oily or even sensitive skin. Properties of the herb help to increase blood circulation and skin elasticity. When added to massage oil, geranium oil acts to reduce dry skin and sagging by retaining moisture in the skin. The botanical also helps fight wrinkles when added as an ingredient to skin moisturizers and toners.
7. Clary Sage
Clary Sage Oil has been used for centuries to alleviate female conditions. It is very rich in antioxidants and contains sclareol which is very rare when distilling essential oils. Sclareol, a diterpene alcohol, is very similar to the chemical structure of the hormones produced in the human body. Therefore, clary sage stimulates our bodies to produce more hormones and thus has a balancing effect for both men and women. Hormones are also important when it comes to hair loss and growth. Clary sage promotes estrogen balance and prevents thickening in the membrane tissue around the hair follicle that creates hair loss. Clary sage is an essential oil that helps to remove fines lines and wrinkles, especially when used in combination with skin moisturizers. Both an antiseptic and an antibacterial, clay sage oil aids in balancing sebum production, which helps to tighten pores. Closing open pores improves skin texture and tone. Firmer skin gives a smoother appearance, making facial wrinkles less noticeable.
Frankincense essential oil also known as Boswellia Frankincense essential oil is good for relieving muscle aches and pain. It also helps to lessen the pain caused by rheumatism. Beneficial in helping anxiety, asthma, bronchitis, stress, cough, scars & stretch marks. Frankincense and myrrh also had medicinal uses. In the Papyrus Ebers of 1500 B.C., priests recommended both resins for the treatment of wounds. Other ailments they were once reported to cure include hemlock poisoning, leprosy, worms, snakebites, diarrhea, plague, scurvy and even baldness! As of May 2008 FASEB Journal announced that Johns Hopkins University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have determined that frankincense smoke is a psychoactive drug that relieves depression and anxiety in mice. The researchers found that the chemical compound incensole acetate is responsible for the effects. In a study published in March 2009 by the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center it was reported that “Frankincense oil” appears to distinguish cancerous from normal bladder cells and suppress cancer cell viabilit.
In an attempt to determine the cause of its effectiveness, researchers examined the individual ingredients of an herbal formula used traditionally by Kuwaiti diabetics to lower blood glucose. Myrrh and aloegums effectively improved glucose tolerance in both normal and diabetic rats. Myrrh was shown to produce analgesic effects on mice which were subjected to pain. Researchers at the University of Florence (Italy) showed that furanoeudesma-1,3-diene and another terpene in the myrrh affect opioid receptors in the mouse’s brain which influence pain perception. Mirazid, an Egyptian drug made from myrrh, has been investigated as an oral treatment of parasitic ailments including fascioliasis and schistosomiasis.
Myrrh has been shown to lower Cholesterol LDL (bad cholesterol) levels as well as to increase the HDL (good cholesterol) in various tests on humans done in the past few decades. One recent (2009) documented laboratory test showed this same effect on albino rats. Myrrh is an antibacterial and antifungal oil that can be used topically or as massage oil to smooth out wrinkles. Antibacterials are powerful antioxidants that aid in repairing and preventing skin cell damage caused by free radicals. The molecules known as free radicals produce chemical reactions, which break down collagen and other proteins in the skin. Unfortunately, free radical damage increases with age.
Sesquiterpenes: Among my favorites containing this terpene are Patchouli and Myrrh (although these are found in peppers and ginger and aloes too). These molecules deliver oxygen to your tissues. Cancer, viruses, and bacteria have a hard time existing in an oxygenated environment. Whereas monoterpenes reprogrammed the misinformation in your DNA, sesquiterpenes erase the misinformation.
Exciting new research on myrrh has been published in the last few years, supporting ancient use of myrrh as a cancer cure. Co-researcher, Mohamed M. Rafi, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor in the Department of Food Science at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Rafi and his colleagues believe myrrh works by inactivating a protein called Bcl-2 which is overproduced by cancer cells found particularly in breast and prostate cancers. This action in myrrh may be due to the high number of sesquiterpenes myrrh contains. Rafi reports, “The myrrh compound definitely appears to be unique in this way; it is working where other compounds have failed.”
“It’s a very exciting discovery,” says Rafi, “I’m optimistic that this compound can be developed into an anticancer drug.”
In his laboratory research he also found that the myrrh compound inactivated MCF-7, a protein found in many breast tumor cells that has been resistant to traditional treatment. Although myrrh is estimated to be 100 times less potent as other anticancer drugs such as paclitaxel, vinblastine and vincristine, it seems to be able to kill cancer cells without killing healthy cells, something the other treatments aren’t able to accomplish. It also doesn’t build up resistance as the other drugs do.
Rafi says, “This is very exciting news; the fact that something that is so safe…can actually kill cancer cells – this could be the basis for a very important new treatment.”
Skeptics are cautious however, and Rafi warns, “The research is still much too new to make any recommendations of any kind about myrrh supplements.”
Mohamed Rafi’s studies were published in the Nov. 26, 2001 issue of the Journal of Natural Products (Rutger’s News)(Bouchez). Earlier, in 1994 another study showed the anti-carcinogenic potential of Commiphora molmol. The study took mice that had Ehrlich-solid-tumors and evaluated the total count and viability of the tumors before and after 25 and 50 days of treatment. 250 and 500 mg/kg body weight per day was given to the mice. The anti-tumor potential of myrrh was found to be comparable to the standard cytotoxic drug cyclophosphamide (al-Harbi et al., Anticarcinogenic 337-347).
More recent studies have also documented the ability of essential oils to penetrate the stratum corneum (the upper layer of the skin) to reach the subdermal tissues and blood vessels beneath. (Huang et al., 1999; Ogiso et al., 1995.)
What Are Essential Oils?
Essential oil are the subtle, aromatic and volatile liquids extracted from the flowers, seeds, leaves, stems, bark and roots of herbs, bushes, shrubs, and trees, through distillation. According to ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics and Chinese manuscripts, priests and physicians were using essential oils thousands of years before Christ to heal the sick. They are the oldest form of remedies and cosmetics known to man and were considered more valuable than gold. There are 188 references to oils in the Bible. Science is only now beginning to investigate the incredible healing properties of essential oils. The Properties of Essential Oils Pure Essential Oils have very high frequency. The effectiveness of Essential Oils cannot be fully understood without some discussion of frequency. Frequency is the measurable rate of electrical energy flow that is constant between any two points. Everything has frequency.
In his book The Body Electric, Dr. Robert O. Becker establishes that the human body has an electrical frequency and that much about a person’s health can be determined by the person’s frequency. In 1992, Bruce Tainio of Tainio Technology, an independent division of Eastern State University in Cheney, Washington, built the first frequency monitor in the world.
Tainio determined that the average frequency of the human body during the daytime is 62 to 68 MHz. (A healthy body frequency is (62 – 72 MHz.)
When the frequency drops, the immune system is compromised.
If the frequency drops to 58 MHz, cold and flu symptoms appear. At 55 MHz, diseases like Candida take hold; at 52 MHz, Epstein-Barr and at 42 MHz, Cancer.
According to Dr. Royal R. Rife, every disease has a frequency. He found that certain frequencies can prevent the development of disease and that others would destroy disease. Substances with higher frequency will destroy diseases of lower frequency. The study of frequencies raises an important question about the frequencies of the substances we eat, breathe, and absorb. Many pollutants lower healthy frequency. Processed/canned food has a frequency of ZERO!! The frequency of fresh produce is only 15 MHz, dry herbs from 12 to 22 MHz and fresh herbs from 20 to 27 MHz. Essential Oils start at 52 MHz and go as high as 320 MHz.
According to researcher Jean Valnet,M.D., an essential oil that is directly applied to the skin can pass into the bloodstream and diffuse throughout the tissues in 20 minutes . St. Jude’s miracle oil is applied topically, and usually begins to relieve within 3 minutes and in 20 minutes has the full effect. (image source wikipedia.org)
In France, therapeutic essential oils have been extensively researched, and are documented in French medical texts. Dr. Valnet – a medical doctor in Paris, France – experimented with essential oils in the post World War II years, and experienced amazing results. Jean Valnet was a pioneer in the field of aromatherapy. With Rene Maurice Gattefosse, Doctor Valnet can be regarded as one of the founders of modern Aromatherapy. He created his own blends with the essential oils.
Dr. Jean Valnet was born on June 27, 1920 in Chalon-sur-Marne, France. He died May 29, 1995. Valnet studied with the Military Academy of the Arrow, the School of the Military Department of Health and the Medical college of Lyon. He earned many diplomas and amongst them one in Medicine and another in Psychology. During World War II, while serving as a medical physician in the French Army – and at a time when he ran out of the usual antibiotics and chemical medication – he resorted to using essential oils, and to his amazement, they had a powerful effect in reducing and even stopping infection. Dr. Valnet was able to save the lives of many soldiers who possibly would have died even with the use of antibiotics. After the war, Dr. Valnet continued his work with essential oils, and several of his students assisted him in conducting extensive research into the properties and actions of several essential oils. Together, they discovered that essential oils contain antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and antiseptic properties, as well as being powerful oxygenators with the ability to act as carrying agents in the delivery of nutrients into the cells. As a result of his work in the military and as a doctor he received many titles and distinctions amongst which the Legion d’Honor – the highest of military honors, Commander of the League for the Child welfare, and many other military and civilian honors. (source Jean Valnet)