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Amazing New Essential OIl App

New essential oil app empowers those who love essential oils to use them more safely and effectively! Get on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/aromatic-database/id1114709857?mt=8(Please note: A glitch is currently being investigated in the subscription process (subscribe button not working). This statement will be updated when this is corrected.) Get on Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ebeor.app&hl=enLearn more: http://authorscott.com/essential-oil-therapy-mobile-appJust as an FYI: I subscribe to a similar app for herbs and dietary supplements and pay $159 annually for the subscription.**Sorry, had technical difficulties with the live stream, but here is a recording.**

Posted by Scott A. Johnson on Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Evidence-Based Essential Oil Resource app is an authoritative resource on the clinical use of essential oils that includes information for over 100 botanical species of essential oils. The intent of the database is for professionals and laypersons to evaluate the evidence in support of essential oils for specific aspects of human health according to the strength of the available evidence. In addition, drug interactions, contraindications, and safety information is shared for each essential oil. For best results, this database should be used in conjunction with the book Evidence-Based Essential Oil Therapy, which contains comprehensive information regarding the safe and effective use of essential oils. This book provides the insight and evidence necessary for one to use essential oils as part of an integrative approach to medicine, including safety information, dosing, administration methods, and known drug interactions and cautions.
The Evidence-Based Essential Oil Resource database features:

  • brief descriptions of over 100 botanical species of plants and their native habitats;
  • short accounts of the historical use of over 100 botanicals, including traditional medicinal and folk-remedy use;
  • common names and botanical synonyms of plants;
  • efficacy ratings of essential oils (from one oil drop to five oil drops, with five being the highest) based on an in-depth, methodical review of the scientific evidence for more than 100 botanical species of essential oils;
  • drug interactions, contraindications, cautions, and safety information for each essential oil;
  • and links to the supportive research used to determine the essential oil’s rating and safety.

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Download the resource every serious essential oil user and clinician should have today!

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Salicylate Sensitivities and Essential Oils: What you need to know!

A common question I am asked is whether people need to avoid all essential oils if they have a salicylate sensitivity (SS). A number of blogs and websites include essential oils as something to avoid with SS, and many of these advocate avoiding essential oils completely. Hopefully, this post will help clear up the confusion and misinformation that is so widely spread on the internet.

What are salicylates and where are they found?

Salicylates are naturally occurring compounds found in many plants, foods, herbs, medications (pain relievers, both topical and oral), fragrances, and other products. Plants produce salicylates to protect them against predators and diseases.

What is a salicylate sensitivity or salicylate intolerance?

Most people can handle the amounts of salicylates found in foods and other products without any adverse effects. It typically takes very large doses of salicylates to harm the average person. However, for those with a sensitivity or intolerance to salicylates, even a small amount can cause a severe reaction. Theses effects can be cumulative, meaning that a salicylate sensitive person may be able to tolerate a small amount of salicylates, but over time this build-up causes symptoms from excessive exposure. It is believed that only a small portion of the population is sensitive to salicylates, but some people with co-occurring conditions may be more likely to experience this unpleasant condition.

  • People with asthma (1)
  • Children with ADD/ADHD (2)
  • People who experience migraines, headaches, or itchy rashes from certain foods (3)
  • People with irritable bowel syndrome (3)

What essential oils have salicylates?

As reported in Evidence-Based Essential Oil Therapy, both birch and wintergreen contain significant amounts of methyl salicylate (a compound similar to aspirin), usually over 95%. These essential oils should obviously be avoided through any method of administration by those with SS. In addition, a few other essential oils have from 0.5% to 15% methyl salicylate: ylang ylang from Madagascar (I and II), clove bud, and clove stem essential oils. These essential oils should be used cautiously or not at all by people with SS. The same would go for any blends that containhigh salicylate essential oils.

The takeaway 

As you can see, only a handful of essential oils contain enough methyl salicylate to be of concern. It is irresponsible to contraindicate all essential oils and forbid people with SS the opportunity to benefit from EOs just because of a few outliers that contain appreciable levels of salicylates. Those with SS should carefully read product labels (looking for the offending essential oils) to determine if they should use products that contain essential oils.

Do you know the anti-aging benefits of essential oils?

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We are just beginning to understand the anti-aging benefits that essential oils provide. Discover 5 scientifically proven anti-aging benefits of essential oils in this short quiz.

1. Telomere length is a key to the healthy lifespan of cells. Which of the following essential oils are known to elongate shortened telomers?

 
 
 
 

2. Which of the following essential oils are known to preserve telomere length, therefore expanding the cells healthy lifespan?

 
 
 
 

3. Which common compound widely distributed in essential oils activates the Nrf2 protein, which can determine longevity and protect against age-related diseases?

 
 
 
 

4. Elastase is an enzyme involved in the breakdown of elastin. Which of these essential oils is known to inhibit elastase activity, which may lead to tighter, more supple and flexible skin?

 
 
 
 

5. Which of the following essential oils reduces the appearance of wrinkles and aging according to preclinical research?

 
 
 
 


Surviving a World Overwhelmed with Toxins

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Let’s face it. We live in a toxic world where exposure to harmful chemicals regularly occurs. These chemicals are pervasive in our air, water, and the products we use on our bodies and in our homes every day. It really isn’t realistic to avoid toxins in today’s world, but we can mitigate their harmful effects and reduce exposure to them through some reasonable actions and the use of essential oils.

In a new report, Project TENDR: Targeting Environmental NeuroDevelopment Risks, released July 1, 2016, dozens of scientists, health practitioners, and child advocates seek to draw attention to the damaging effects of chemicals to children. They particularly point out the host of chemicals that endanger child brain development. Some of the chemicals this panel is concerned about include lead, mercury, organophosphate pesticides, phthalates, flame retardants, and air pollutions produced by burning wood and fossil fuels.

The human brain continually develops into early adulthood, but the largest growth occurs during gestation when neurons are forming, migrating, maturing, and differentiating into specialized nerve cells. If exposure to chemicals disrupts this process, permanent brain damage can occur. In addition, the endocrine system is intimately involved in every aspect of brain development through the production and release of thyroid hormone. Many of these chemicals are known to disrupt endocrine system function (called endocrine disruptors), which puts developing babies at risk of reduced neuron formation, and reduced myelination of nerve cells. Reduced myelination is associated with developmental delays and behavioral disorders.

Fortunately, we have essential oils to help reduce the damaging effects of toxins and exposure to them by creating our own personal care and home cleaning products. Here are some examples of the protection afforded by essential oils from Evidence-Based Essential Oil Therapy:

  • Black pepper essential oil prevents chemicals from bonding to DNA, which may reduce the risk of cancer.
  • Geranium essential oil has been shown to protect neurons from toxicity caused by excess zinc.
  • Inhalation of lavender essential oil protects neurons from degeneration by increasing antioxidant levels and activity.
  • Lemongrass essential oil reduces the death of neurons caused by glutamate toxicity.

Take the steps today to reduce the toxic chemicals in your home, replacing them with natural essential oil-infused homemade products. And continue your aromatic lifestyle to realize the virtually unlimited health potential of essential oils. For more information about the harmful effects of chemicals and how to encourage normal cleansing and detoxification read my book Surviving A World Overwhelmed with Toxins, which includes a remarkable 48-hour cleansing protocol.

DIY essential oil bleach alternative

Chlorine bleach is one of the most common chemicals found in homes, but it is also one of the most corrosive and dangerous materials we regularly expose ourselves to. And our children suffer the most from its toxic effects because of their smaller size.

The dangers of bleach include:

  • Respiratory problems (including an increased risk of infections in children)
  • Skin burns
  • Sensory irritation
  • Headache or migraine
  • Asthma flares
  • Damage to the nervous system
  • Vomiting
  • Creates a deadly gas when mixed with ammonia (in fact, mixing chlorine with dish soap can create deadly mustard gas used in chemical warfare)
  • Damage to the mucous membranes of the digestive tract
  • and much, much more

Don’t expose your family to chlorine bleach! Use a safe alternative made from just six ingredients found in Synergy, It’s an Essential Oil Thing.

3D-SynergyIngredients:

  1. Enough distilled water to fill half-gallon jug (after all other ingredients are added)
  2. 1.5 cups 3% hydrogen peroxide
  3. ½ cup lemon juice
  4. 1 tablespoon citric acid
  5. 20 drops of lemon essential oil
  6. 10 drops of thyme essential oil

Instructions: Add all ingredients except water to half gallon glass jug. Fill the remainder of the jug with distilled water. Shake well and use as you would regular bleach.

DIY Essential Oil Foaming Hand Soap

Ingredients:

  • 5 ounces water
  • 2 tablespoons liquid castile soap
  • 2 tablespoons aloe vera juice
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable glycerin
  • 5-10 drops of essential oils 

Instructions: Fill an empty foaming soap dispenser with 5 ounces of water. Then add the other ingredients in the order listed and shake vigorously. Use each time hands are washed.

For more essential oil recipes like this, see Synergy, It’s an Essential Oil Thing.

Essential oils: The unacknowledged and underutilized superheroes of the global superbug crisis

Health professionals, scientists, and world leaders are growing increasingly concerned as bacteria continue to build resistance to front-line antibiotics at an alarming rate. This concern was brought to the forefront by Professor Mark Woolhouse, of the University of Edinburgh, and Dr. Jeremy Farrar, director of the Wellcome Trust, at a 2014 event hosted by the Royal Society in London. During the even Woolhouse and Farrar outlined the need for a rapid and immediate global response to the superbug crisis in order to prevent simple infections from becoming deadly.

In addition to presenting their recommendations at the event, the study authors published their commentary on this frightening crisis online May 22, 2014, in the journal Nature.(1) In this study, the authors point out that overuse and misuse of antibiotics in humans and animals has fueled a rapidly accelerating fire of antibiotic resistant germs. The authors specifically mention physician’s go-to drugs for Salmonella typhi (a bacterium that causes typhoid), Mycobacterium tuberculosis (a bacterium that causes tuberculosis), methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (a bacterium associated with pneumonia, heart, bone, would, organ, joint, and bloodstream infections), multidrug-resistant Escherichia coli (a bacterial cause of diarrhea, anemia, and kidney failure), and Klebsiella pneumoniae (a cause of bacterial meningitis) are now largely ineffective.

The number of “Superbugs,” or bacteria that have adapted to become resistant to treatment with first-line antibiotics, has been growing at such a rapid pace that the treatment of many infectious bacteria-106583_1920 (1)diseases is reliant on only one or two drugs. Some strains of infections have even become resistant to all known classes of drugs. And without a viable remedy for superbugs, many current medical and surgical procedures would be impossible to perform and potentially deadly. This all adds up to a serious threat to public health.

These facts led the study authors to recommend the formation of a global organization to direct an international response. They assert that without a united effort to this worldwide concern one country’s actions could have universal ramifications. For example, the use of antibiotics is increasing in most developing countries due to unregulated, over-the-counter sales of antimicrobials of all kinds according to the authors. It’s no surprise that nations with the strictest policies on antibiotic prescriptions (Scandinavian countries) have the lowest superbug rates. The study authors further state that the international response to the crisis thus far has been meager and ineffective.

According to the study, the development of new therapies should be accelerated to prevent further resistance and combat existing superbugs. Mounting evidence suggests that the superhero of the superbug crisis may be pharmaceutical-grade essential oils. These potent botanical extracts possess substantial antibacterial properties — including against drug-resistant strains —  proven by numerous studies.

While scientific research surrounding the ability of essential oils to kill and prevent the spread of superbugs is continuing to accumulate, the medical community has been reluctant to integrate natural alternatives to combat this alarming crisis. Most of this boils down to money. Natural essential oils are not patentable, and therefore don’t provide windfall profits to greedy pharmaceutical companies. Because of this they continue to search for molecules they can isolate from plants and synthesize in a lab to create new drugs, rather than embrace the viable option right in front of their face.

Even more important than killing superbugs, evidence suggests that these menacing microbes are not able to adapt to essential oils and become resistant. This is largely due to the fact that essential oils naturally have varying percentages of the dozens to hundreds of constituents they contain. Therefore, the superbug is not exposed to an identical essential oil each time, thwarting its ability to adapt. Quite the opposite is true with synthetic drugs that produce the same molecular structure consistently, allowing for easy adaptation by bacteria.

isolated-1188036_1920A July 2012 study published in the journal Expert Review of Anti-Infective Therapy concluded that according to published research essential oils and their constituents are effective against many species of resistant bacteria.(2) Another study from the June 2013 edition of the Journal of Cranio-maxillo-facial Surgery reported that some common essential oils (lemongrass, tea tree, and eucalyptus) are consistently effective against multi-resistant bacteria associated with hospital-acquired infections.(3) This last fact is crucial for life-saving surgeries and procedures to be performed without acquiring a secondary infection that could be lethal. Other studies suggest that certain essentials oils could potentiate the action of antibacterial drugs when used concurrently.

Scientific research suggests that eucalyptus, cinnamon, lemongrass, oregano, tea tree, thyme and other essential oils warrant further investigation as potent antibacterial agents to prevent the further spread of superbugs. These clinically significant essential oils should be immediately employed in healthcare settings to combat the superbug crisis, and individuals should regularly use these essential oils to cleanse their environment and bodies.

Until the medical community, world leaders and scientists embrace these proven remedies the world will continue to travel down the path towards scraped knees becoming deadly. Get your essential oils ready and be prepared to survive when modern medicine fails.

(1) Woolhouse M, Farrar J. Policy: An intergovernmental panel on antimicrobial resistance. Nature. 2014 May 29;509(7502):555-7.

(2) Kon KV, Rai MK. Plant essential oils and their constituents in coping with multidrug-resistant bacteria. Expert Rev Anti Infect Ther. 2012 Jul;10(7):775-90.

(3) Warnke PH, Lott AJ, Sherry E, et al. The ongoing battle against multi-resistant strains: in-vitro inhibition of hospital-acquired MRSA, VRE, Pseudomonas, ESBL E. coli and Klebsiella species in the presence of plant-derived antiseptic oils. J Craniomaxillofac Surg. 2013 Jun;41(4):321-6.

Diffusing essential oils: Harmful or beneficial to human health?

Hundreds of thousands of people enjoy diffusing essential oils daily to improve mood, relax, and create a more pleasant environment. But, a growing number of consumers are concerned that this practice may be harmful based on widely publicized reports that terpenes found in essential oils may interact with constituents in the atmosphere (carbon dioxide, methane, ozone, etc.) to form toxic oxidation products. Is this concern warranted or just hype from those who don’t believe essential oils have a place in the home?

Evidence suggests that terpenes in essential oils (limonene, alpha-pinene, linalool, etc.) are not harmful by themselves. However, their structure — comprised of one or more carbon to carbon bonds — makes them extremely susceptible to reactions with atmospheric constituents.(1,2) When these reactions occur, toxic oxidation products are produced such as formaldehyde, acetaldehyde, organic acid, and hydrogen peroxide, which are called hydroxyl radicals and secondary organic aerosols (SOAs).(3-6) These oxidation products can be harmful to human health.

Short-term exposure to oxidation products may cause sensory irritation, headache, dizziness, chest pain, and respiratory problems.(7-9) Children, the elderly, people who are obese, diabetics, and people with chronic respiratory disorders are more likely to experience these adverse health effects.

The risk of reactions between terpenes and atmospheric constituents is dependent on temperature and the amount of ozone present indoors. Reactions are more likely to occur in warm seasons when temperatures are higher as opposed to the colder temperatures of cold seasons.(10) In addition, higher levels of ozone provide more atmospheric constituents for essential oil terpenes to react with. Indoor ozone quantities can increase based on the amount of ozone present outdoors or use of certain equipment (laser printers, photocopiers, and some air cleaning units).

Limonene (found in two isometric forms: d-limonene — citrusy scent and found in citrus oils; and l-limonene — piney scent and found in tree oils) is more susceptible to these reactions than other terpenes like linalool. This suggests that essential oils with significant amounts of limonene may require more caution when diffusing, particularly during warm seasons and when the presence of ozone is elevated. To identify some essential oils with high limonene levels see Appendix A of Evidence-Based Essential Oil Therapy.

Synthetic terpenes are often used in cleaning products as scents and solvents. One study determined that the ordinary use of terpene-based cleaning products (typically synthetic limonene, not the limonene naturally found in essential oils) will not produce enough terpene reaction products to exceed safety levels set by regulatory agencies.(11) In other words, use of these cleaning products under normal circumstances is not likely to produce enough oxidation products to be harmful. And this is from an isolated synthetic molecule, which is far more prone to cause adverse effects than a balanced essential oil with all of its natural constituents.

Increased levels of ozone-terpene reaction products have also been observed in spas where essential oils were frequently used during massages and other treatments.(12) This is not surprising considering the amount of essential oils that could be used in a single day in a busy spa. By the end of a day, hundreds of drops of essential oils could have been used during spa treatments. But, remember all chemicals — even water — are dangerous at too high a concentration, and the research thus far suggests that the oxidation of terpenes does not reach levels considered unsafe. In addition, spas often offer other services that produce harmful chemicals like nail care, hair dyes, make-up treatments, and more.

The bottom line is that reasonable diffusing and use of essential oils is not likely to create enough oxidation products to be harmful to human health. The vast benefits of diffusing essential oils far outweigh the minimal risks of producing oxidation products. However, certain populations — children, the elderly, people who are obese, diabetics, and people with chronic respiratory diseases should be more cautious when diffusing essential oils. In addition, it is prudent to take steps to reduce the risk of forming terpene oxidation products.

Here are some tips to reduce the risk of excess formation of terpene oxidation products:

  • set your diffuser to intermittent so it is not constantly diffusing essential oils into the air, but releases them at intervals;
  • add only 3-5 drops of essential oils to your diffuser at one time;
  • diffuse for shorter periods of time (30 to 60 minutes continuously before taking a few hours break);
  • limit diffusion of citrus and tree oils that are high in limonene;
  • make sure the room you diffuse in is well ventilated;

Secondly, here are some tips to reduce ozone in your indoor environment by:

  • avoiding the use of indoor “air cleaners” that emit ozone intentionally (ozone generators) or as a byproduct of their design (ionizers, electrostatic precipitators);
  • making sure rooms with office equipment (laser printers, copiers, etc.) are well ventilated;
  • avoiding the use of oil- and solvent-based paints, degreasers, and lighter fluid;
  • and increasing the number of indoor plants in your home.

(1) Nazroff WW, Weschler CJ. Cleaning products and air fresheners: exposure to primary and secondary air pollutants. Atmos Environ. 2004;38:2841-65.

(2) European Collaborative Action. Urban air, indoor environment and human exposure, report No. 26: Impact of Ozone-initiated Terpene Chemistry on Indoor Air Quality and Human Health. 2007.

(3) Wang B, Lee SC, Ho KF, et al. Characteristics of emissions of air pollutants from burning of incense in temples. Hong Kong Sci Total Environ. 2007;377:52-60.

(4) Waring MS, Wells JR, Siegel JA. Secondary organic aerosol formation from ozone reactions with single terpenoids and terpenoid mixtures. Atmos Environ. 2011;45:4235-42.

(5) Waring MS. Secondary organic aerosol in residences: predicting its fraction of fine particle mass and determinants of formation strength. Indoor Air. 2014;24:376-89.

(6) Pathak RK, Salo K, Emanuelsson EU, et al. Influence of ozone and radical chemistry on limonene organic aerosol production and thermal characteristics. Environ Sci Technol. 2012;46:11660-69.

(7) Nojgaard JK, Christensen KB, Wokoff P. The effect on human eye blink frequency of exposure to limonene oxidation products and methacrolein. Toxicol Lett. 2005;156:241-51.

(8) Wolkoff P, Clausen PA, Wilkins CK, et al. Formation of strong airway irritants in terpene/ozone mixtures. Indoor Air. 2000;10:82-91.

(9) Wolkoff P, Clausen PA, Larsen ST, et al. Airway effects of repeated exposures to ozone-initiated limonene oxidation products as model of indoor air mixtures. Toxicol Lett. 2012;209:166-72.

(10) Geiss O, Giannopoulos G, Tirendi S, et al. The AIRMEX study VOC measurements in public buildings and schools/kindergartens in eleven European cities; Statistical analysis of the data. Atmos Environ. 2011’45:3676-84.

(11) California Air Resources Board and the California Environmental Protection Agency: California Air Resources Board Research Division Indoor Air Chemistry: Cleaning Agents, Ozone and Toxic Air Contaminants. 2006 Apr.

(12) Hsu DJ, Huang HL, Sheu SC. Can Aromatherapy Produce Harmful Indoor Air Pollutants? Environ Engineering Sci. 2011 Oct.

An evidence-based guide to caring for children with essential oils and free quick reference

3D_EBEOTOur children are extremely precious, and as parents, we are the first responders when it comes to their health and well-being. Children get sick, and as parents we want to do everything in our power to make them feel better. When our actions don’t provide our children relief, it can be a very frustrating experience. Without the proper knowledge and the right tools, caring for children can be an intimidating undertaking. As a parent, it is your right and responsibility to determine what health care your child receives and to determine whether the condition can be safely and effectively managed at home or requires professional care.

Essential oils are a valuable tool for the parents who seek to raise their children using what is found in nature. Many parents prefer natural options when it comes to the care of their children, but they may feel ill-equipped to employ the healing power natural remedies possess. This hesitancy or uncertainty leads to frequent trips to the pediatrician’s office, often to be told that the illness is caused by a virus for which Western medicine provides very limited support. Or the illness has occurred when the doctor’s office is closed and you can’t get in for several hours. Indeed, many pediatricians and other doctors now outsource their after-hours operations to third-party sources that are less qualified, provide very limited support, and do not know your family and child. These can be long nights for both the parents and the child, unless the parent is prepared to handle the situation at home.

Some believe that parents are incapable of caring for the well-being of their children alone. But the reality is a parent can choose to receive directions for the care of their children from a trained physician (who will intrinsically prescribe what he or she is trained on and comfortable with — synthetic chemical options) or a reliable resource — like an evidence-based and well-researched book — that shares detailed instructions about how to use natural remedies effectively and safely.

There is a  lot of confusion and misinformation out there when it comes to using essential oils for the well-being of children. No parent wants to do something that could potentially cause an unintended consequence with their children. This makes an evidence-based guide, that merges ancient healing practices with evidence available from scientific research, imperative to the safe and effective use of essential oils with children. Reviewed and endorsed by two integrative-minded pediatricians, Evidence-based Essential Oil Therapy is the standard for essential oil therapy for children. Detailing the safe and effective use of essential oils for the most common ailments children experience it is a must have for the natural parents.

Below is a downloadable quick reference that can be used in conjunction with Evidence-based Essential Oil Therapy.

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The Waterfall Technique: A new essential oil application technique to encourage homeostasis | And the damaging effects of blind allegiance

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The Waterfall Technique: A new essential oil application technique to encourage homeostasis | And the damaging effects of blind allegiance

The number of people enjoying the benefits of essential oils is growing daily, and more people are looking for effective ways to use essential oils to encourage homeostasis. This can be achieved in many ways from simple inhalation to foot massages with essential oils, to oral administration; but one way to really promote optimal well-being is an application to the spine and feet.

Dr. Daniel Penoel was the first to introduce the application of a specific sequence of essential oils to the spine in the 1980s, referring to it as “live embalming.” His technique involves applying large amounts of undiluted essential oils to the spine followed by the use of a hair dryer to drive them into the skin.

In the spirit of Dr. Penoel’s remarkable technique, I have developed a technique called the Waterfall TechniqueTM that employs a special sequence of clinically-significant essential oils and proven restorative touch techniques, each of which serves a specific purpose to balance, renew, oxygenate, protect, soothe, quench, synergize, enhance, and rejuvenate. I had the privilege of meeting Dr. Penoel in October 2015 as we both attended a wellness summit. We discussed this technique, my books and new certification program, and Dr. Penoel walked away happy and excited to read the course materials for my certification program (which I gifted to him).

The Waterfall TechniqueTM is the culmination of thousands of hours of essential oil research, years of clinical experience, and scientific evaluation, united with the art of essential oil application techniques and reflexology. It serves to support and rejuvenate cells (clean cell receptors, enhance cellular communication, and affect cellular behavior) and key body systems (nervous, circulatory, immune/lymphatic, musculoskeletal, and endocrine systems), and reduce limiting factors in health (stress, toxins, harmful substances, and negative emotions). Through this technique many have experienced extraordinary and wide-ranging wellness benefits.

To learn more about the why behind this remarkable technique, I invite you to join my new certification program, which contains all the details.

Now to a disheartening related subject. I believe in the regular use of essential oils and my wife and I regularly perform the Waterfall TechniqueTM on our children and each other. Our family finds it very relaxing and supportive of greater wellness. In the spirit of sharing how my family has enjoyed this, I posted about it on my personal Facebook page. To my astonishment, some felt the need to attack me both publicly and privately.

I was forwarded screenshots from a member of a private group who was very upset that this group was attempting to defame and disparage me. This group claims that my technique is “stolen” from an individual who developed a spinal application technique adapted from Dr. Penoel’s technique.

As is typical of members of this organization, they refuse to do objective research before coming to their conclusion. They choose blind allegiance rather than to be a free-thinking intellectual. They erroneously believe that only one person has the rights to a spinal application technique using essential oils and anyone who develops their own techniques has stolen and copycatted. I find this laughable, since it is reported and widely accepted that the individual they claim my technique was “stolen” from adapted his technique from Dr. Penoel’s live embalming.

In addition, this thinking is akin to providing a drug manufacturer a patent for all applications of drugs to the skin simply because the manufacturer was among the first to apply drugs topically. No government in their right mind would grant this patent, just as no reasonable person would say that only one person/company can develop a technique to apply essential oils to the spine and feet.

The fact, is my technique was not adapted from this other individual’s technique. None of the application methods are the same and the essential oils I chose are also different and were selected solely on their benefits to specific body systems and cells.

Indeed, since Dr. Penoel first introduced his technique, several other individuals have created unique spinal and foot applications using essential oils, which benefits all who love essential oils. No one person knows everything and so having multiple people exercising creativity and knowledge drives innovation. Each individual (or group of individuals) infused their knowledge into their technique to make it unique, and each technique has merit and positive experiences to report.

One of the comments from this private group was particularly laughable and shows just how much of a blind follower the poster is—not to mention how she has not done any independent or objective research. She states “He [referring to me] is dead wrong using a company that has known synthetics in their oils. And he surely missed out on the fact that brokering oils from manufacturers isn’t to be trusted and that manufacturers are corrupt.” I find this statement ironic for many reasons:

  • All companies (even the one she has chosen) buy the MAJORITY of their essential oils from brokers. In fact, industry experts estimate that fewer than 10% of her chosen company’s oils come from their own farms. So, she is eating the proverbial ‘crow’ after stating “brokering oils from manufacturers isn’t to be trusted.”
  • She claims I am using a company that has synthetics. First, I never identified what company I prefer, I simply stated that I have lists of essential oils for people to use their preferred brand during the Waterfall Technique. Though I assure you that I have chosen to use essential oils from a company that consistently provides pure oils that meet clinical standards established by the scientific community—a company that provides me proof in test results for every bottle of essential oil I buy.
  • She decries synthetics in other’s products, yet she doesn’t ask for any proof that her own company has pure oils. Where is the proof (all the testing available per batch of essential oil) that her chosen company is pure? I find it funny that she accuses others of adultering their products without any proof that her own products are pure.
  • It is an indisputable scientific fact that more than one company has pure essential oils. This is proven in testing and can’t be disputed. In fact, some companies buy essential oils from the same broker and so their oils are virtually identical. While, this may not be across the board at each reseller of essential oils, I have had the opportunity to review test results from multiple companies and find pure oils in several companies. I have also found some misbranded and adulterated oils. This is why transparency in providing test results is so important and should be an industry standard.

It’s unfortunate that these people feel the need to attack and demean others without facts. Ultimately, they are the ones who will suffer for their blind allegiance, and I feel sorry for them.