CBS News Report – Young Living Oils and UCLA Cancer Therapy

Below is a link to a CBS news story about how Young Living oils and other non traditional forms of therapy are helping cancer patients.  Currently, two hospitals, UCLA & Beth Israel, have partnered with the Urban Zen Institute.  Urban Zen trains nurses in aromatherapy and enlists other professional to use alternative therapies like aromatherapy, massage and yoga to help cancer patients deal with stress, pain, nausea, insomnia and constipation.   Urban Zen does not use just any essential oils – they only use Young Living Essential Oils.    Peace & Calming is mentioned in the video and it is a great oil to use to ease stress and anxiety.  I like to use Peace & Calming at night if I can’t sleep either on myself or on my kids.  I have also used it when I feel stressed or when my kids are cranky.  It is one of our must have oils.



I would love to hear your thoughts on the video either in the comments below or on my facebook page.  Have you used any alternative therapies when dealing with an illness?  Let us know what worked for you.



Dr. Mahmoud Suhail on Frankincense


Below is a new video from Young Living that features Dr. Mahmoud Suhail discussing  his current research using Boswellia Sacra.  Young Living is the only essential oil company that bottles Boswellia Sacra (as Sacred Frankincense).  

About halfway through Dr. Suhail cites two different cancer cases from pre-clinical trials happening in Oman and Northern Africa.  The results are very exciting.  In one case the carcinoembryonic antigen was 210.  A reading of 10-20 is high (mostly likely that you would have cancer).  A reading of more than 20 would indicate metastases for certain.  Carcinoembryonic antigen went from 210 -18 in less than 21 days and the primary tumor disappeared in an additional 3-4 weeks!   So many people are affected by cancer.  Please watch this video and share it with others.  




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Why Plants Are (Usually) Better Than Drugs

YES!  Below is an amazing article by Dr. Andrew Weil from the Huffington Post.  This article explains so beautifully why essential oils, which come from plants, are often more effective than modern medicine.  Plants and essential oils contain many chemical compounds.  When drug companies take only one chemical out of a plant then make that chemical into a drug, many healing chemicals are left behind.  Not so with essential oils.  The compounds in essential oils work synergistically to heal, something that modern medicine cannot offer.  YL tests every oil to insure that the chemical make-up meets its high standard.  If the key constituents (note the plural) are not up to par, that oil does not get bottled.  Don’t get me wrong, I know that  modern medicine is a real blessing.  If I, or someone in my family, needed emergency care, I know that I would have the best treatment that the medical community has to offer and I would be very appreciative of that care.  But for most of us, our health issues are mainly chronic degenerative conditions.  And for those conditions I would reach for oils first.  Why?  Because when you have pure therapeutic grade essential oils, you have natures finest medicines.  - Francine

Why Plants Are (Usually) Better Than Drugs by Dr. Andrew Weil

I have always been fascinated by the difference between plants and the drugs that are isolated from them. This goes back to my student days at Harvard in the 1960s, where I received my undergraduate degree in botany, and then went on to medical school. It’s rare — too rare, I have to say — for botanists to become doctors. The experience gave me a unique perspective on health and medicine.

For four decades, I’ve been skeptical of a prevailing belief in Western medicine: when a plant shows bioactivity in humans, we must attribute that effect to a single, predominant compound in the plant. We label that the “active principle,” isolate it, synthesize it, and make a pharmaceutical out of it. Then, typically, we forget about the plant. We don’t study any of the other compounds in it or their complex interactions.

This belief persists for two reasons. First, it makes research much easier. Single compounds can be manufactured in pure, standardized dosages, which simplifies clinical trials. (However, technology has largely solved this problem. Modern growing and processing methods make it possible to produce standardized, complex, whole-plant-based medicines. Clinical trials of these compounds have become quite sophisticated, especially in Europe.)

Second, and this is clearly the major reason, it makes drugs far more profitable for drug companies. Isolating and synthesizing a single molecule allows a drug company to patent that molecule. Making slight chemical modifications allows further patent potential. Such exclusivity can be worth billions, whereas a whole plant offers little opportunity for profit.

Expensive as it is to the consumer, this faith in “single-agent” drugs would be acceptable if they actually yielded better results. But the fact is, the natural, whole plant often has both benefits and safety that put the isolated compounds to shame.

Medicinal plants contain a wide array of chemical compounds. At first, this looks like chaos, but more investigation reveals a distinct order. Natural selection pressures push a plant to “try out” variations on molecules to enhance the plant’s odds of surviving stressful environments. So, often, one molecule is present in the greatest amount and has the most dramatic effect in a human body — but along with it are variations of that molecule in the same plant.

For example, for several years, I did ethnobotanical study in South America, researching native uses for coca leaf, which most of us know only as the source of the isolated, problematic, addictive drug cocaine. For Andean Indians, whole coca leaf is the number one medicinal plant. They use it to treat gastrointestinal disturbances; specifically, for both diarrhea and constipation. From the perspective of Western pharmacology, this makes no sense. Cocaine stimulates the gut, it increases bowel activity, so obviously it would be a good treatment for constipation, but what could it do for diarrhea except make it worse?

However, if you look carefully at the coca leaf’s molecular array, you find 14 bioactive alkaloids, with cocaine in the greatest amount. While cocaine acts as a gut stimulant, other coca alkaloids can have precisely the opposite action, they inhibit gut activity.

This means that when you take the whole mixture into the body, the potential is there for the action to go in either direction. What decides it? The state of the body, which is a function of which receptors in the gut’s tissues are available for binding. During my time in Andean Indian communities, I collected many reports about whole coca’s paradoxical, normalizing effect on bowel function, and experienced it firsthand, as well.

Herbs like coca that can “tone” the body and bring it back to homeostasis are known as adaptogens, a term coined by Soviet physician and scientist Nikolai Lazarev in 1947. Examples include schisandra, reishi mushroom, eleutherococcus and ginseng. Asian ginseng, for example, has an array of active constituents known as ginsenosides. One of them, Rg1, can stimulate the nervous system, while another, Rb1, has been found to calm it. But even this is an oversimplification. Other constituent cofactors apparently increase the adaptogenic properties of ginseng, making the therapeutic whole more than the sum of its parts. Ultimately, this non-specific response boosts resistance to stress — whether the stress is physical exertion, infection, or some other problem.

So using whole-plant remedies is a fundamentally different — and, I would argue, often better — way to treat illness. In Western medicine, we typically give the body no choice. We use single compounds that, essentially, shove physiology in one direction.

Let me be clear — sometimes, that is very appropriate and valuable, if the body is dramatically out of balance and must get back on track very quickly. For example, during a case of anaphylactic shock, there is no time for the body’s receptors to select specific effects, so a drug such as pure epinephrine can be lifesaving.

But in many cases, particularly with the chronic, degenerative diseases of modern civilization, there is time to allow the body to participate, to choose just what it needs. As it slowly heals, it can develop a new balance; a dynamic equilibrium that helps it cope with stress in the future.

Human beings and plants have co-evolved for millions of years, so it makes perfect sense that our complex bodies would be adapted to absorb needed, beneficial compounds from complex plants and ignore the rest. This is an established fact in nutrition, but the West’s sharp distinction between food and medicine somehow blinds us to these properties when it comes to botanicals. The most successful medical philosophies make no such division — Okinawans, the world’s longest-lived people, believe that the food they eat is “nuchi gusui” which roughly translates as “medicine for life.”

So I will continue in my lifelong skepticism, and persist in my belief that plants are (usually) better than pharmaceutical drugs.

Andrew Weil, M.D. is the founder and director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine and is the editorial director of Dr. Weil invites you to join the conversation: become a fan onFacebook, follow him on Twitter and check out his Daily Health Tips Blog.


Young Living March Promotions

Young Living is offering a 5 ml bottle of PanAway and an 8 oz bottle of Ortho-Ease this month with a 190 pv order.  When we have our aches and pains we reach for  PanAway and Ortho-Ease.  I use PanAway after I run if I have any soreness or if my ankle starts to hurt, which happens sometimes.  I also like to use both PanAway and Ortho-Ease if I have any neck and shoulder pain like I had this week.  I like to use them together because PanAway is great for spot pain relief and Ortho-Ease is great when you have a larger area to cover like the back or legs.  I also love using PanAway for headaches.  By the way, PanAway is one of the oils in the everyday oils kit.

If you really want to know what essential oils can do and you want to know more about the science behind essential oils please listen to this talk with Toby Palmer and Marc Schreuder.  Marc is the Director of Product Formulation at Young Living and talks about PanAway, Ortho-ease, and Australian Blue.  I have not tried Australian Blue but after hearing Marc Schreuder talk about it I’m looking forward to getting it this month.  It’s a 15 minute conversation that is worth listening to.

Here is the link

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By: Marc Schreuder

Get Panaway and Ortho Ease FREE!Get PanAway and Ortho Ease Massage Oil FREE!

From March 1–31, 2011, when you place a single order of 190 PV* or more, you’ll receive a 5 ml bottle of PanAway™ Essential Oil Blend and an 8-ounce bottle of Ortho Ease® Massage Oil absolutely free!

That’s a retail value of $82.23!

Although some of us are still looking out the window and seeing snow on the ground, it is March—and March is the month where we officially welcome spring! It’s time to get serious and shake off the extra pounds we gained this past winter. Whether you enjoy walking, yoga, weight training, gardening, running, or something else entirely, when you start a new exercise regimen, you are sure to get more than a few sore muscles.

PanAway and Ortho Ease Massage Oil continue to be two of Young Living’s best-selling products because of how well they ease the discomfort of sore and tight muscles. The powerful essential oils penetrate deep to relieve and relax. So even if spring cleaning is as close as you get to exercise this March, don’t miss your chance to get these two amazing products absolutely FREE!

PanAway essential oil blend is a proprietary blend of helichrysum, wintergreen, clove, and peppermint designed to relieve minor muscle soreness and tension. This amazing blend can also help counter stressed nerves and soothe joints and ligaments.

-  Dilute with V-6™ or a massage oil in a 1-1 ratio and then apply topically on location as often as needed.
-  PDF Product Information Page

Ortho Ease Massage Oil
Containing wintergreen, eucalyptus, thyme, juniper, lemongrass, and peppermint, Ortho Ease Massage Oil soothes and warms tired and stressed bodies. If an invigorating, therapeutic massage is what you need, Ortho Ease is the massage oil you want.

-  Shake well before using and apply liberally to affected areas.
-  PDF Product Information Page


  • Offer valid from 12:00 a.m. MST March 1, 2011, to 11:59 p.m. MDT March 31, 2011.
  • Limit one free 5 ml bottle of PanAway and one free 8-ounce bottle of Ortho Ease Massage Oil per order.
  • Offer valid on orders of 190 PV or more. Limit of five qualifying orders per month.
  • PV minimum must be reached in a single order. Partial orders placed throughout the qualifying month cannot be combined in order to receive the promotional product(s).
  • Offer available to Young Living Independent Distributors, preferred customers, and retail customers.
  • Valid on phone, Essential Rewards, and Web orders only.
  • Offer does not apply to Essential Rewards point redemption orders.
  • PV not earned for free product.
  • Customer responsible for shipping costs associated with free product.
  • Offer valid in the US and all NFR markets, except where restrictions prevent promotional product(s) from entering your country.

10% off Australian Blue

10% off Australian Blue

Get 10% off Australian Blue™ Essential Oil Blend purchases March 1–31, 2011.

This blend includes an Australian aromatic called blue cypress, which is distilled with rare Callitris intratropica wood in Australia and revered throughout the aboriginal culture. It also contains ylang ylang, cedarwood, blue tansy, and white fir. Its aromatic influence uplifts and inspires while simultaneously grounding and stabilizing.

  • Diffuse for up to one hour daily during meditation, yoga, or stretching exercises.
  • Apply two drops to wrists, neck, temples, or bottoms of feet.

Discounted pricing:  Wholesale $53.75  /  Retail $70.76  /  PV 53.75

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Offer Details:

  • Offer valid from 12:00 a.m. MST March 1, 2011, to 11:59 p.m. MDT March 31, 2011.
  • No limit per customer.
  • Offer available to Young Living Independent Distributors, preferred customers, and retail customers.
  • Valid on phone, Essential Rewards, and Web orders only.
  • Offer does not apply to Essential Rewards point redemption orders.
  • Offer valid in the US and all NFR markets, except where restrictions prevent promotional product(s) from entering your country.

Can’t wait to get started using Young Living Oils?  Great! See my “How to Order Young Living Oils” page for more details.

Francine Smith blogs about Young Living Essential oils.  You can find more posts at


A Natural Apothecary with Young Living Oils – Part III

This is Part III of how to use Young Living oils every day as a natural apothecary.  These amazing oils can be used to relieve pain, to reduce stress or depression, or to fight colds, to name just a few of the many benefits.  Better quality oils generate more therapeutic effects.  If you use an oil of lesser quality, it might have little to no effect at all.  This isn’t because essential oils aren’t beneficial, it’s because that particular oil has little to no therapeutic value.  As with so many products, quality makes a difference.  For my family, I want the very best essential oil that I can find.

If you have not read Part I or Part II please read those as well.  Once again, when I suggest ingesting an oil I am only talking about Young Living essential oils.  I personally would never ingest any other oil and I would never recommend doing so with any other oil.

Lemon – This is such an amazing oil.  Can you think of any  substance that can eat through styrofoam with just one drop and also be safely used on an infant?  I certainly can’t.  Here is a fun thing to do with your kids – one drop of YL lemon oil on a styrofoam cup.  Watch as it instantly begins to eat away at the chemicals in the cup.  It’s pretty cool.  It makes me think about all those uninvited chemicals that are floating around in my body and I wonder (and hope) that when I add some lemon to my water or on my skin it is able to eat up all those unwanted invaders.  I really hope so.  Lemon oil gives a boost to our immune systems and is gentle enough for infants and young children.  It’s also part of my anti-wrinkle, brighten up my skin bed time routine (see the recipe under Frankincense below).  It is a photosensitive oil so use on areas that are not exposed to direct sunlight (like the bottom of the feet) if you are going outside after applying.  Here is a link to a PubMed abstract about D-limonene, which is found in lemon oil, and it’s clinical applications.

  • I like to add  a few drops to my water bottle for taste and so that I get a nice dose of limonene, an antitumoral that has been shown to not only inhibit tumor growth but to regress it as well.
  • Permanent marker on your walls?  Not a match for lemon oil.  Also works on sticky residues as well.
  • Massage into the feet for an immune boost if you are sick or feel like you might be coming down with something.  Can be used on infants, children or adults.

Purification – This is such a handy oil to have around the house.  It is awesome at deodorizing unwanted smells like my dogs when they are in need of a bath or when, on the very rare occasion,  I forget my laundry in the washing machine for a day too long.  My favorite ways for using this oil are…

  • A few drops in a spray bottle with water.  I use it in the bathrooms, on the dogs beds, even on the dogs themselves!
  • As a bug repellent, use the same spray bottle and spray clothes, skin or dogs to repel bugs.  Also use directly, undiluted,  on a bug bite.
  • A few drops on a cotton ball and vacuum up and you will deodorize your rooms as you clean them!
  • Use to clean cuts & scrapes.

Frankincense - I love Frankincense (ok, I love them all)!  At first I was not that  enamored with this oil when I got it.  But it has certainly grown on me.  I love using it at night before bed on my face.   It is a great oil for meditation or prayer and has shown in numerous studies it’s ability to shut down cancer cells without harming healthy cells ( genius!).  For links to that study and a lot more information about this incredible oil please see my post, “The Awesome Power of Frankincense”. Frankincense supports the immune system, is an anti-tumoral and is also great for skin.

  • Anti -wrinkle routine:  One drop lemon – use only at night, brightens skin (and lightens sun spots).  One drop frankincense & one drop lavender.  I put them on one by one.   As our skin cells take at least 30 days to regenerate do this at night for at least that amount of time.  I have personally seen improvement in less time though.
  • If you feel sick this oil can be taken internally, diffused or applied right on area of concern.  If you take internally, start with 3 drops in a double oo capsule.
  • Use one drop directly on warts or moles.  Repeat as often as needed until the desired effect has been achieved.

I hope you have enjoyed this three part series.  I have just touched on some of the many, many uses for these oils.  All of the oils in this three part series can be found in the Everyday Oils kit.  It is an awesome kit to have whether you are new to oils or have been using them for years.  The small bottles are perfect to keep in your bag or are great to travel with.  I love sharing these oils and I know that once you try them you will notice the difference.  Please contact me if you have any questions about any Young Living oils or products.

Can’t wait to get started using Young Living Oils?  Great! See my “How to Order Young Living Oils” page for more details.

Francine Smith blogs about Young Living Essential oils.  You can find more posts at


A Natural Apothecary with Young Living Essential Oils – Part II

This is the second of a three-part series.  Please note that when I speak of ingesting an essential oil, I am talking about ingesting only Young Living essential oils.  I would never recommend any other brand of essential oil.  If you would like to read Part I please check it out here.

Peppermint – I love this oil!  It is hard to pick favorites but if I had to, peppermint would be in my top ten.  It is one of my first-aid oils so I always have some on hand.  One drop of peppermint oil is equal to 28 cups of peppermint tea!  Essential oils are so concentrated, which is why one drop can be so effective.  For more information on how peppermint oil has been shown to reduce the symptons of I.B.S see this post.  Studies have also shown that by smelling peppermint you will feel more satiated after a meal.  Smelling peppermint will also help to soothe any feelings of nausea.

  • In water.  One drop (seriously, that is all you need) in a 32 oz bottle of water.  I keep used glass juice bottles around and use them to keep oil flavored waters on hand.  Peppermint is my favorite flavor for water.  It cools in the summer, soothes upset stomachs quickly and tastes sooooooo good.
  • Fever reducer.  When my son awoke in the middle of the night uncomfortable with a fever he said no to medicine but yes to oils.  I put 1-2 drops of peppermint oil on each foot and in less than 10 minutes his fever was dropping and he was able to get back to sleep (and so did I!).
  • One drop in your hand , rub hands together and inhale deeply….aaahhhhhhhhh!  Helps with sinus troubles and can also help with mental clarity and focus.
  • A drop across the brow can alleviate headaches.  Why use an oil over headache meds?  Oils work faster.  Really.  Way faster.  It’s very cool.

Peace & Calming – This is the oil that really got me started on Young Living.  My kids were having a hard time settling down at night and I was in need of some help.  My mother (aren’t mothers the best?) gave me a bottle of Peace & Calming.  Honestly, this was not my favorite scent (I do love it now) but reluctantly I gave it a try.  Long story short, after witnessing a miracle ( yes, it was!) when my kids finally fell asleep, I ran to my computer to see if I could order a vat of this stuff.

  • Peace & Calming. Knocks. Me. Out.  If I can’t sleep or have a chatty mind at bedtime, a drop on my neck or wrists or even on my feet will do the trick.  My kids love this oil (it was made for kids) and they drift off to sleep much faster when we use it.
  • Eases anxiety and can be used if you are stressed.
  • Can soothe cranky or hyper children.  I have seen my kids go from cranky to calm with just a drop or two.  If you have young kids you want this oil.  It’s amazing!

PanAway - Rocks!  If you have any pain, this is an oil that you want.  It is a blend that has wintergreen, helichrysum, clove and peppermint.  What do these oils do?  They will help reduce pain and inflammation, increase circulation and accelerate healing.  They will relieve swelling and discomfort from arthritis, sprains, and muscles spasms.  The two main ingredients in Bengay are methyl salicylate, which is wintergreen, and menthol, which is synthetic peppermint oil.  So why use the diluted, synthetic version for pain relief when you can use the pure undiluted essential oil?  Yeah, I have no idea why you would want to either.

  • Apply directly on area of pain – it doesn’t get much easier than that. If you have sore muscles, sciatica,arthritis or any kind of muscle or ligament pain.  Apply liberally.
  • Use across the brow or on the temples for headache relief.
  • Can also be used on pets to reduce arthritic pain.

Of course, these are just a few suggestions for what to do with these oils.  You can use Young Living oils in so many different ways, everyday.  Part of the fun is finding out what the oils can do for you.

Part III will be coming soon.  I would LOVE to hear how you use your favorite essential oils (hint, hint – some feedback please!)

Can’t wait to get started using Young Living Oils?  Great! See my “How to Order Young Living Oils” page for more details.

Francine Smith blogs about Young Living Essential oils.  You can find more posts at


A Natural Apothecary with Young Living Essential Oils – Part I

My husband had just left with the kids to run some errands, at least that was what I thought, when the door opened and  he came back in.  He had accidentally closed the car door on his hand which left a big gash on his thumb.  My first thought was to grab my oils and I ran for my lavender.  I could see he was in pain and the gash was nasty.  He rinsed his finger and put some pressure on it.  He was a bit resistant about using the lavender but he finally did relent and immediately I could see he felt some relief.  We put a few drops on, bandaged him up and off he went.  When he took the band-aid off later that day he was amazed at how nicely his wound was healing.  His comment to me was something like you need to tell everyone about this stuff!

This post is about using oils every day as an at-home apothecary for boo-boos and wrinkles and everything in between.  I invite you to leave comments about your favorite oils and how you use them.  All of these oils are safe to use on children unless otherwise noted.

I know I say this in every post but quality really does make a difference.  If you want therapeutic results than you have to use a therapeutic grade essential oil.  Otherwise, you may have a nice smelling oil without the therapeutic benefits.

From the Young Living website:

“The process Young Living uses when planting, cultivating, harvesting, and distilling a batch of oil is crucial to retaining its vital compounds. Without the exact blend of naturally-occurring plant chemicals, an essential oil can lose its beneficial properties and fail to produce the desired effect.

Young Living Therapeutic Grade (YLTG) means that every essential oil Young Living distills or sources has the optimal naturally-occurring blend of constituents to maximize the desired effect. Young Living is able to make this assertion because of our strict cultivation process—illustrated by the Four Ps—that guarantees the optimal potency of every Young Living essential oil.”

The four P’s are – Plants, Preparation, Purity, Potency.  By planting the right plants, in the right place, distilling them at the right time and in the right way, testing every batch to insure purity and using the highest standards to maximize the effectiveness of the oil.  See this link for more details on YL’s four P’s.

Lavender – I have to start here because it is my go-to oil for injuries.  When in doubt, use lavender.  Lavender was used in WWII in field hospitals to relieve pain and speed up the recovery process.

  • Cuts, scrapes, bruises, burns – apply as quickly as possible and as often as needed
  • Calms the nervous system, aids better sleep, may help prevent snoring – rub on the back of the neck, the chest, the wrists or feet
  • Great for skin, stretch marks
  • Wrinkle recipe – 1 drop lavender, 1 drop lemon, 1 drop frankincense – use at night directly on face

Thieves – is a Young Living blend that has clove, lemon, cinnamon, eucalyptus radiata, and rosemary.  It is an antimicrobial, antiviral, antibacterial combination that has been shown to kill mold more effectively than more traditional cleaners, like bleach.  What’s more, it’s not toxic.  Use to boost immunity and to prevent sickness.

  • Take internally when you think you might be coming down with something start with 3 drops in a capsule – add 2 drops of oregano if available
  • Rub on the bottom of the feet for general immunity
  • Take a drop on the tongue or add a drop or two to a small glass of water and gargle for a sore throat
  • Drop on the thumb and press to the roof of the mouth for a headache
  • Apply directly to warts or nail fungus

Valor - has become one of my favorite oils.  It is a great grounding blend and is known to support energy alignment in the body.  It can also quickly reduce swelling caused by injuries.

  • One drop on wrists or one on each foot to help align the body
  • Use with Harmony, Joy and White Angelica as part of the mood elevating protocol
  • Use as much as needed as quickly as possible on injuries like broken bones or “goose egg” bruises.  When my son broke his nose valor was the first oil I was able to put on him and I noticed a visible difference in the swelling after applying.  It’s truly remarkable to see.
  • also good to use for trauma, postpartum or grieving

These are just 3 of the 9 oils that are part of the everyday oils collection and of course, these are just a few of the ways you can use these oils to enhance a healthy lifestyle.

Can’t wait to get started using Young Living Oils?  Great! See my “How to Order Young Living Oils” page for more details.

Francine Smith blogs about Young Living Essential oils.  You can find more posts at


Peppermint Oil for Symptoms of Irritable Bowel -NYT article

Here is a link to a recent NYT’s article about the positive effects peppermint oil has on symptoms such as abdominal pain, bloating and frequent trips to the bathroom. Millions of  Americans are effected by Irritable Bowel Syndrome and they don’t always find relief through the more traditional uses of prescription drugs, fiber supplements and laxatives.  Studies have shown that  peppermint oil, when consumed twice daily in capsule form ,for a period of one to three months, relieves the symptoms of I.B.S in 74 percent of the patients.

Peppermint has long been known as an aid to digestion and can also help people who have milder stomach upsets.  My husband and I will add a drop or two to our water bottles if we have indigestion or other stomach pain.  We also use it to help keep us cool during our long, hot, desert summers and since peppermint is also an appetite suppressant I always seem to eat a little less on the days when I have peppermint in my water.

I have to add that when consuming essential oils it is important to know that the oil is a pure, unadulterated, undiluted pure essential oil.  I will always only recommend using Young Living Oils especially if you intend to ingest them.   Please see my “Why Choose Young Living Oils” page for more information on the importance of using therapeutic grade essential oils.

And if you are ready to start enjoying the benefits of essential oils please see my “How to Order Young Living Oils” page for more information.

Francine Smith blogs about Young Living Essential oils.  You can find more posts at


Tea Tree Oil and Skin Cancer

In my last post I mentioned that, to me, essential oils are not only about healing, they are about hope.  Here is another example of how essential oils offer hope for a less expensive, less invasive, and less painful treatment for one of the most common forms of cancer.

The application of tea tree (Melaleuca Alternifolia) essential oil to skin cancer has shown very promising results in a three year clinical study by The University of Western Australia.  Tea Tree may be a fast, cheap and effective treatment for non-melanoma skin cancers and precancerous lesions.

Researchers have found tea tree essential oil to be successful in causing the inhibition of tumor growth and tumor regression within a day of treatment (one day!!!).  Within three days the tumors cannot be detected.  The study was conducted using mice and researchers are now hoping to find funding to start a human trial.

It is not surprising to hear that traditional skin cancer chemotherapy involves 3-16 weeks of treatments and can cause nausea and flu-like symptoms.  The tea tree formulation caused some slight skin irritation which disappeared once the treatment was completed.

Dr. Sara Greay, one of the researchers of the study, said further experiments indicated the anti-cancer effect of a tea tree oil formulation appeared to involve activation of the immune system.

Another benefit of tea tree oil is that it is a natural, renewable resource that comes from a tree native to New South Wales, Australia.  The rural areas where the tree grows would benefit from this new-found use for the oil.

Below are some traditional uses for tea tree essential oil

  • fungal infections (athlete’s foot, ringworm)
  • skin conditions (acne, sores)
  • yeast infections (candida)
  • bee stings
  • tooth/gum disease


Tea tree is such a powerful antibacterial, anti-fungal, and antiviral essential oil that you will find it in soaps, shampoos, and many other personal care products.  Of course, if it is not a pure therapeutic grade essential oil it will not be as effective or possibly as safe as an oil that is.  Please do your homework and find an essential oil company that you can trust, one that tests every batch of oil before bottling.  Or you can save yourself some time and effort by ordering from Young Living, a company with the highest standards in the industry.

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The Awesome Power of Frankincense Oil

I am sure it doesn’t come as a surprise to anyone that I love essential oils.  I love them because they smell good, I love them because I get results fast.  I love that my kids love them and that they ask for them when they are hurt or sick.  What I also love about essential oils, is that they are about hope.

Frankincense has been a part of human history for thousands of years.  It is even mentioned in the Ebers Papyrus, the oldest known medical record and dates from the sixteenth century B.C.  Ancient Egyptians listed frankincense in hundreds of recipes and prescriptions.  Frankincense was once considered more valuable than gold, was often stolen from Egyptian tombs (instead of real gold) and was used to treat every conceivable ill.

When I started looking for information on essential oils, one of the first articles I came upon was this one from the BBC News entitled “Frankincense:  Could it be a cure for cancer?.  I remember feeling so excited after reading the article.  Just imagine if cancer could be treated with an essential oil instead of chemo?    The studies show that frankincense basically shuts down cancer cells without doing any harm to healthy cells!  The article mentions Dr. Mahmoud Suhail.  He is an immunologist who is studying frankincense for the answers about what it is in the oil that causes the cancer to react in such a way.  I actually met Dr. Suhail at the Young Living Farm this past June.  Dr. Suhail talked about his research and about how uncommon cancer is in Oman, where he has a medical practice.  He sees about 1 cancer patient per year!  He believes that using frankincense has contributed to the low cancer rate in Oman.  The Omanis will drop a piece of resin in water to soak overnight and will consume it in the morning.  They also burn the resin on a frankincense burner or they will chew it.  Frankincense has traditionally been used to treat ailments such as asthma, arthritis, Crohns, ulcerative colitis and irritable bowl syndrome.

I found this PubMed study on frankincense and bladder cancer.  Below is the conclusion from the study….

“Frankincense oil appears to distinguish cancerous from normal bladder cells and suppress cancer cell viability.  Microarray and bioinformatics analysis proposed multiple pathways that can be activated by frankincense oil to induce bladder cancer cell death.  Frankincense oil might represent an alternative intravesical agent for bladder cancer treatment.”

Isn’t that awesome??!!  One of the researchers on the bladder cancer study  is Dr. H.K. Lin, an immunologist and cancer researcher from the University of Oklahoma.  Dr. Lin  was also at Young Living’s convention this past June where he showed slides of his research on patients with bladder cancer.  Some patients were treated with frankincense while others received traditional cancer treatment.  Remarkably, the patients treated with frankincense showed an almost 100% cancer cell death without showing ANY healthy cell death!  Not only is that unheard of in cancer treatment but the patients also did not experience ANY side effects.  I remember Dr. Lin expressing his sincere surprise and excitement over the results.  He is now conducting more research using Young Living’s essential oils including Frankincense, Sandalwood, Balsam Fir, Palo Santo, and Tsuga against breast, colon, lung, prostate, and pancreatic cancers.  Dr. Lin also mentioned that using therapeutic grade frankincense on a daily basis would be an effective cancer preventative.  I found this quote from Dr. Lin on e! Science News: “Frankincense oil may represent an inexpensive alternative therapy for patients currently suffering from bladder cancer.”

One of the very best features of essential oils is that they are not one hit wonders.  Yes, frankincense may be a cure for cancer but it can also be used everyday for many different purposes through topical application, diffusion or ingesting (I recommend ingesting only YL oils) such as:

  • to support the immune system
  • to alleviate congestion
  • to promote peace and calming
  • to remove warts
  • to help smooth wrinkles (one of my favorites)

For me, frankincense was not a love at first whiff.  I had seen seasoned oilers go on about it and I just didn’t get it.  It’s aroma took some getting used to as I  prefer more floral and citrus scents.  But now, I love the smell of frankincense.  It has become one of my must-have oils because I feel better when I use it.  It grounds me, it supports me, it soothes me and it reminds me that people thousands of years ago used frankincense for the very same reasons.

Francine Smith blogs about Young Living Essential Oils.  You can find more posts at