Friday

Essential Oils and MS

The Benefits of Essential oils

Essential oils (EOs) have been tickling and delighting noses for centuries.  The ability to create a spa-like atmosphere in one’s home or the scent of holiday cookies in the oven can instantly warm a heart.  And now they are proving that these oils make for a healthier, more natural way of living.  From house cleaners to medical treatments, EO’s are growing in popularity and proof and showing up in homes across the country.

Essential oils are highly condensed byproducts of plants and have been used therapeutically for centuries.  But there is little published research on many of them. This is beginning to change as more scientific studies on essential oils are conducted around the world.

EOs are applied one of three ways:  ingested, diffused aromatically, or taken topically.  Oils are considered to have relatively low toxicity and safe with proper application.  Oils such as oregano are “hot” and need diluting before application as they may burn or irritate the skin.  Citrus-based oils like orange or grapefruit may cause sun sensitivities and it is advised to wait 20-40 minutes before going outside.  Other oils like tea tree, or melaleuca, are safely used directly on the skin.

Oils are extracted from plants in a natural form.  Different parts of the plants are used as well as different extraction methods.  Plants from all over the world are sought after for quality and quantity.  They are used in perfumes, food flavorings, and medicine as well as in aromatherapy where the oils alter one's mood, cognitive, psychological, and physical wellbeing.

Because oils come from plants their qualities change with location, geography and local weather conditions, the time of day they are harvested, how they are packaged, shipped and stored.  EO’s are never exactly the same, a much different scenario than the synthetic-controlled substances of western medicine.   Because of this they are not standardized making it difficult for the blind studies necessary in getting funding and research.  It is also difficult to blind test an essential oil due to its aroma.  Masking the scent can be difficult or impossible. 

And because EOs come from plants that anyone could grow, big pharmaceutical companies do not tend to want them due to difficulties with patents, limiting potential profits.   Despite this, more and more tests are being performed to look at the efficacy of these natural ingredients as a result of consumer demand and popularity, driven by the demand for a more organic way of life. 


EOs have been found to have antibacterialanti-inflammatory, and analgesic effects.  Several clinical trials involving patients with cancer have also been published. And eucalyptus has even proven to have antimicrobial effects against e. coli.

Popularity in natural remedies has also been driven by those looking to avoid side effects from many pharmaceuticals including those often prescribed for MS patients.

Reducing stress and anxiety is key in helping those with MS and improving quality of life. Clinical trials have investigated aromatherapy primarily in the treatment of stress and anxiety in patients with critical illnesses and have been found to be helpful.

MS Patients often complain about insomnia. Diffusing essential oils such as lavender is proving to be a safe alternative to pharmaceutical interventions for mild to moderate sleep disturbances as well as a natural pain reliever.   

Nerve pain and muscle cramps are annoying problems caused by MS. Holistic healing sources also suggest peppermint oil for nerve pain while muscle cramps might respond better to lemon grass.

Dr. Axe promotes a specific essential oil protocol for MS patients on his website, touting the use of frankincense and helichrysum as an aid for multiple sclerosis.  In addition he recommends oils for holistic treatments from the flu to reducing cellulite.  

Essential oils are purchased at natural food stores or via one of the fast growing, multi-level marketing oil manufacturing companies such as doTerra and Young Living, found throughout the internet and social media. 

In 2014, as the industry gained momentum, the FDA took notice and instigated higher standards for manufacturing companies who claim that their products are being marketed as unapproved drugs including doTerra and Young Living.  No longer can an EO company or representative make medical claims toward their product. This is not slowing down the industry.  The $7.5 billion essential oil industry is expected to reach $11.67 Billion by 2022.


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Thursday

#MorethanMS CONTEST!

Life is more than MS!

AND WE HAVE A WINNER!  

In a random drawing of all the entries across social media the winner is...... @REDHEADNUT - one of the +Multiple Sclerosis pals (MSpals) administrators!  

Thank you all for participating!    And thank you Christopher and Banks for your new easy wear every wear line.   This stuff makes life so easy.  I went from camping in the desert to dinner out with friends and felt comfortable the whole time.  Washing was a piece of cake.  Now that December is right around the corner, you will be seeing a lot more of me in my Christopher and Banks black and red outfit.  Fun, easy and comfortable.  #TAKETHATMS.

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We know that #LifeismorethanMS and boy did folks respond!   While running our contest with Christopher and Banks clothing stores we encouraged folks to post a photo on social media and #morethanMS.  We LOVE the response!

The contest ended on November 22 and the winner will be announced next week.  Here are some of the AWESOME contest entries!   Check out some of the entries from around the US:





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Because Life is #MORETHANMS!     JOIN US for a CONTEST


We know that.


And so do the folks at Christopher and Banks clothing stores. They've created a new line of clothes which are perfect for folks with MS - it's the new Easy Wear. Every Wear collection, designed to let us go out and live life while remaining comfortable.

Some of the collection:

   

Here's a chance to win a $75 gift card toward your next CB outfit - allowing you to get comfortably out in the world and do what you love.

Simply take a photo of you out and about - at a farmer’s market, out to eat with friends, on vacation—using the hashtag #MorethanMS, showing that your life is about more than your MS. 

Enter as many times as you want!    


CONTEST RULES
  • Participants can submit as many entries as they would like. 
  • Contest duration: Early November – Nov. 22
  • One winner will be randomly drawn and awarded a $75 gift card toward their next CB outfit that allows them to comfortably get out in the world and do what they love. 

This is going to be fun...   Because life is #MorethanMS!


This blog post was sponsored by Christopher and Banks.



Saturday



Time to implement the 5/20 aka “five-twenty” - my new plan to do some centering prior to the holidays.  So often folks make big, rash changes in their lives when maybe just a small adjustment will do the job.  



Summer is over and boy did I have a great one!  Lots of fun making memories.   Now that fall is here the rush of meetings, work, family and holidays is on the approach.  With this rush comes the desire to speed through life.  We start to breath too quickly and too shallow.  We eat in our cars and on the hoof as we walk around multitasking.   We lose our graceful intentions in life and it's these intentions that help ground us.

Each morning my 5/20 happens before anything else.  Or at least before I hop on the computer and start working.   

Here is my 5/20:   

Five minutes journaling
Ten minutes writing
Twenty minutes exercise

Taking time to breathe deep.  


Breathe deep.  

#TAKETHATMS