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September 2003

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Oil of the Month
Favorite Websites
Upcoming Classes
Book of the Month
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Oil of the Month

Aroma Siez Blend


Do you ever get sore after too much exercise or yard work? Do you ever get sore from intense Rolfing, physical therapy or other bodywork? This proprietary oil blend when applied topically, may help relax, calm, and relieve tight, sore, tired, and aching muscles resulting from overuse, fatigue, and stress.


Basil (Ocimum basilicum) can be relaxing to smooth muscles (the involuntary muscles including the heart and digestive system). It may soothe insect bites such as, bees, wasps, and spiders, and may also help with snakebites. Basil has been found to alleviate mental fatigue, muscle spasms and rhinitis, and help when there is a loss of smell due to nasal congestion.

Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens) is one of the oils most used for the circulatory and lymphatic systems. It may help with edema, cellulite, varicose veins, and water retention. It is anti-infectious, antibacterial, antimicrobial, mucolytic, antiseptic, refreshing, and relaxing. It may help improve the cardiovascular system and circulation as well as help relieve other lymphatic and capillary problems.

Marjoram (Origanum majorana) is used for calming the respiratory system and soothing sore and aching muscles. Marjoram helps regenerate smooth muscle tissue, and assists in relieving spasms, sprains, bruises, migraine headaches and calming the nerves. It is antimicrobial, anti-infectious, antibacterial, antiseptic and may work as a diuretic.

Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) is known as the universal oil because of its wide range of usage. It is beneficial for skin conditions such as, burns, rashes and psoriasis. It is antispasmodic, hypotensive, anti-inflammatory, anti-infectious and anticoagulant. It prevents scarring, stretch marks and relieves headaches and PMS symptoms.

Peppermint (Mentha piperita) contains a large amount of menthol, which accounts for most of its therapeutic action. It is extremely invigorating. It 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.
Other scientists have researched its effect on impaired taste and smell as well as improved concentration and mental accuracy. Alan Hirsch, M.D., studied peppermint’s ability to directly affect the brain’s satiety center, triggering a sensation of fullness after meals, which may help in weight loss by curbing the appetite (Hirsch, 1997). Daniel Penöél, M.D., reports that it may help to reduce fevers, Candida, nausea, vomiting and strengthen the respiratory system. Adding peppermint to drinking water helps cool body temperature during hot weather.

Body System Supported

Apply on location for muscles, neck, feet, and to relax during stress headaches. Add to water or dilute with V-6 Mixing Oil or Massage Oil Base for a full body massage. If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician prior to use. May be irritating to those with sensitive skin. Avoid eye contact. In case of accidental contact, put a few drops of any pure vegetable oil in the eye and call your doctor if necessary. Never use water.


Soreness after bodywork
I am getting physical therapy sessions twice a week to recovery from whiplash received in an auto accident. I use Aroma Siez after every session directly on the muscles that were worked to prevent soreness and keep them relaxed. I also soak that night in an Epsom Salt bath using Idaho Balsam Fir, Lemongrass and Aroma Siez mixed with Young Living's Bath Gel. I have eliminated two days worth of sore muscles and only experience minor discomfort after the most intense sessions.

--Russell Louie, Golden CO

Cramps in legs
I woke up and began to stretch in bed. Then I got shooting pains in both legs. The pain was so intense I got to my oil box and applied Aroma Siez. This took the pain down in less then one minute. I then went to take 4 Super Cal. When I felt better I made it to the kitchen and had 2 heaping spoonfuls of Sulferzyme powder in hot water with cherry juice. I had these cramps before and stopped taking the Super Cal because I was taking more Sulferzyme.....Well, I now know I need both, to give me leg strength and keep me out of pain. I always keep a bottle of Aroma Siez in my purse for emergencies. Thank goodness for Young Living.

--Elaine Jay Finster, Golden CO

The information in this article is from the Essential Oils Desk Reference, which can be ordered here:

Essential Science Publishing
1216 South 1580 West
Orem, Utah 84058
(800) 336-6308

To order Aroma Siez online, go to our online Young Living site.

Favorite Websites

This month we feature some of our favorite holistic health-oriented websites for people and their animals:

For Pets

This is our favorite website for holistic care of cats. Also, there is an associated list where you can post questions about your cat and get responses from owners with years of experience in raising their cats holistically. Occasionally the list has guest authors, such as holistic cat veterinarians, who answer questions from members. This is a very active list with digests coming out at least once a day. You can find the archives for the list here: http://vlists.net/hypermail/holisticat.

This is the website by a cat breeder who raises her cats naturally on raw food and uses homeopathy to treat any health issues. She recently self-published an excellent book on natural cat care that we feature below in our Book of the Month.

This is the website for the LittleBigCat company which offers behavior consulting by a holistic cat veterinarian and a cat behaviorist. There are numerous informative articles available on this site and you can order their specially blended flower essences from Spirit Essence.

This is the website for Kate Solisti-Mattelon and Patrice Mattelon, who offer animal communication, nutritional counseling and energy work. You can also order their books and raw diet videos on this website.

American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association. This is a good website to go to if you are looking for a holistic vet in your area.

The Whole Dog Journal is an advertising-free monthly newsletter with the latest information on holistic care and positive training for dogs. If you only have time to read one publication on dog care, this is the one to get.

Good, detailed scientific information on cat nutritional needs.

For People

Weston Price Foundation--contains many excellent articles on nutrition, debunking modern myths such as the idea that soy is good for us.

Source for grass-fed beef. Like game meat, this is low in fat and has the healthiest ratio of fats available (high in Omega 3 fats), so this is good for you.

Website of Dr. Mercola, holistic, nutrition-oriented doctor.

National Awareness Campaign for Upper Cervical Care. This explains a chiropractic technique that focuses on the upper neck. We have found this technique to provide benefits we have not achieved with other chiropractic techniques.

Information on Nambudripads Allergy Elimination Technique to remove allergies and sensitivities from the body. This site also includes a directory of certified practitioners.

Information on the negative effects of fluoride on our health.

Flower Essence Services. Provides an alternate source for Bach Flower Remedies that is less expensive than the Bach brand. Also includes an extensive line of flower essences from flowers grown in California.

The Flower Essences Society (FES) is an international membership organization of health practitioners, researchers, students, and others interested in deepening knowledge of flower essence therapy.

Unique, pain-relieving footwear.

Upcoming Classes

Add Years To Your Pet's Life With Natural Pet Care

Saturday, October 4, 10:00-2:00

Panera Bread, Grant & 13th Avenue, Denver, CO

This workshop will show pet owners how they can play an active role in extending the life expectancy of their pets through optimum nutrition and complementary wellness therapies. We will present many natural options for pet owners including the raw foods diet concept, natural shampoos, aromatherapy, Reiki, Bach Flower remedies, and canine massage. Participants are invited to bring their pet food package labels for a free analysis and to receive recommendations for necessary diet modifications.

The cost is $22 per person with advance registration through Saturday, September 27 and the price includes lunch (the price is $27 after September 27). A portion of ticket sales will be donated to the Table Mountain Animal Center in Golden.

Add Years to Your Pet’s Life will cover topics on how to:

  • Design an optimum nutrition program for your pets
  • Avoid the dangers of today’s pet fast-food diets
  • Properly read pet food package labels
  • Boost your pet’s immune system
  • Wash coats and treat wounds with natural shampoos and ointments
  • Improve your pet’s health with massage, Reiki and flower remedies

To register, contact Optimum Choices at (303) 271-1649 or Russell@OptimumChoices.com.

Beyond Aromatherapy — The Wonderful World of Essential Oils

Saturday, September 20, 3:00-6:00 PM    $20 through Sept. 13 ($25 after)
Saturday, November 22, 12:00-3:00 PM    $20 through Nov. 15 ($25 after)

Journey Books & Gifts, Lakewood, CO

Essential oils have been around since the beginning of recorded history. Ancient Egyptians used essential oils for medicinal purposes and to cleanse the emotional body. Come join us as we rediscover the therapeutic value of essential oils. The class will include hands on use of oils for physical conditions, emotional release and clearing mental blocks for a fully integrated mind, body and spirit.

Call Journey Books at 303-239-0382 to register.

Living the Ancient Tao in a Modern World

Sun, Sept 28, 12:00 PM–5:00 PM    $65 by Sept 21 ($75 after)
Saturday, December 6, 12:00-5:00 PM    $65 by Nov. 26 ($75 after)

Journey Books & Gifts, Lakewood, CO

Could you be good at playing tennis without ever using a backhand stroke? Would you like to have double the amount of options in figuring out a problem at work? Would you like to go through life without ever being disappointed? Answers to these questions can be found in this ancient Eastern philosophy of life. Students will be introduced to the Tao with a comparison between today’s modern Western ways of life. Readings will be done from the Tao Te Ching. Emphasis will be on how to make this ancient Taoist knowledge practical in every day life including the corporate world. Come discover the Universal Truths inherent in all religions and spiritual practices. Come learn the basis for most metaphysical principles and see how the new age thought is not so “new.”

Call Journey Books at 303-239-0382 to register.


Book of the Month


Raising Cats Naturally:

How to Care for Your Cat the Way Nature Intended

by Michelle Bernard


This is the best book yet on how and why to feed your cat a healthy, homemade raw diet. Unlike other books, the author does not include grains and vegetables (which cats don't need) in the recipes. Also, she recognizes cats' unique biology and nutritional needs, as pure carnivores, and does not treat them like little dogs as some authors have.

There is extensive scientific information on the nutritional needs of cats, backing up her dietary recommendations. Several pages describe the experiences of cat owners who switched their cats to raw food and cleared up severe, intractable medical problems, such as irritable bowel disease. Additionally, there is a section explaining how homeopathy works and how to use it to benefit your cat's health.

This book should be read by every veterinarian and cat owner. I wish a major publisher would pick it up so that it can become widely available to the public, as it is currently self-published.

You can purchase this book online directly from the author here: http://www.blakkatz.com/raisingcatsnaturally.html.

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