Monday, October 25, 2010

Shingles, again

Google Health defines Shingles so:

Shingles (herpes zoster) is a painful, blistering skin rash due to the varicella-zoster virus, the virus that causes chickenpox.

They go on to describe the wide array of symptoms (almost all painful!) that occur with it, and say that it is normally a self limiting illness, but usually treated with oral antiviral drugs.

I've never suffered from Shingles, for which fact I am well and truly grateful.

Now...according to the law of the land, I am not allowed to make any statement that any product of ours can affect the course of a disease, or could possibly " cure, mitigate, treat or prevent" disease.

I believe I can still quote Dr. Kurt Schnaubelt, who writes in Medical aromatherapy: healing with essential oils that a dilution of Ravensara essential oil in a base of Calophyllum inophyllum (Foraha or Tamanu) can treat Shingles effectively.
And Dr. Jane Buckle writes of the use of Ravensara in Calophyllum to treat Shingles, and, in fact, any sort of Herpes outbreak.  She writes in Clinical Aromatherapy "the most successful essential oil Ihave used has been Ravensara Aromatica. "

Len Price, in Carrier Oils for Aromatherapy and Massage writes of Calophyllum (which he calls Tamanu "a combination of tamanu vegetable oil and Ravensara aromatica essential oil has been used successfully as a treatment for Shingles."

What triggered this rash of quoting?  An email received this week from Dusti Martin in Longbow TX.  Dusti has been a client since before my oldest records,  I think I made my first major error on one of her orders... received an order from a Dusty Miller and Dusti Martin on the same day...and switched the contents.  Dusti obviously forgave me, because she's been ordering from us ever since.  At any rate, she wrote Oct. 11:
I can really use your help with my new ailment!  Oct. 2 I felt "odd" in that I had a mild headache, felt weak for no reason I could think of, and the skin on the right of my torso was very sensitive to touch.  Wednesday night I discovered bumps on my right back waist (and they are multiplying and roaming along my right front).  I consulted WebMD for shingles and that was what I had.  On Thursday I saw my doctor who confirmed my hunch.  She prescribed an antiviral med to take 3 x daily for 7 days.  She also prescribed med for pain for when the blisters are gone.

Long story short, I have no Calophyllum and none of your Ravensara Aromatica.  I do have a 5ml? bottle!  Can you help me out here not only with the carrier and oil, but also number of drops of Ravensara in the Calophyllum?  Massage directly on the bumps?  Apply how often?  Sorry to be such a novice but this is my first excursion into medical application. 

I'm trying to get to where it's comfortable enough to wear jeans by next Sunday.  Our choir begins rehearsals for the Christmas Concert and I really want to participate!
We immediately shipped her both Calophyllum and ravensara.  Yesterday (12 days later) she wrote:

Hi All,

Three weeks ago I was developing a case of shingles, only didn't yet know why I was feeling "odd".  My doctor prescribed an antiviral medication which I took the requisite seven days.  In the meantime, I contacted Marge after looking up the article regarding shingles on your web page.  I ordered the Calophyllum and Ravensara and added the entire bottle of Ravensara to Calophyllum, per suggestion.  That was on October 15.  By the 17th, I was able to fairly comfortably wear jeans to choir practice in the evening.  That in itself was amazing!  I've applied my "Wonder Serum" daily, several times a day this past week and I cannot describe adequately the improvement in the way I feel!  The extreme skin sensitivity is almost gone.  The spots/bumps are drying up and going away.  I am finally able to wear clothing with a waistband and am NOT in pain!  I can drive and not cringe with every bump or hole in the roadway.  I knew this solution would be helpful but I
 had no idea just how much or how quickly it would bring welcome relief :)

Thanks so much,
When I wrote asking her to share, she replied:
Yes, PLEASE share it.  It's been a blessing, this "Wonder Serum", and it can help others IF they know about it!
We've written about this blend for Shingles before.  In December 2001, our newsletter contained the following thank you:

Beth Werner's husband John managed to contract a case of Shingles...
Nasty, PAINFUL stuff.  Beth had us shoot some callophyllum innophyllum and some ravensara her way. This is John's Emailed message the day after he received it:


The stuff Beth ordered for treating my shingles arrived today, and she whipped up a batch.  I put it on before laying down for a nap at 4:00 and popped a Co-Tylenol.  It was the best few hours of sleep I have had in a week.  When I woke up, the angry red color of the shingles had noticeably subsided.  The swelling in my eye lid was also greatly reduced.  (My wife says I have an eye again.)  Even Beth is amazed at how well it worked.


- John
In October, 2002 From Juliana Lipe, in Shreveport:
Hi Marge,

Just wanted to give you some feedback on the Ravensara oil that I recently purchased for a friend with shingles. I did a 10% dilution in Calophyllum for her and she told me today that, in her words, "it healed me!" She said that it relieved the itching and healed the lesions that had plagued her for weeks. Another wonderful EO success!! Thanks again for your help!

 And some of you remember Courtney raving about her mother's finally believing that what we make available WORKS when, after dealing with a Shingles outbreak for almost a month she finally agreed to try "some of your snake oil."... the next morning she was singing our praises.

Over the years we've had requests to offer this combination 'preblended', and always refused.  We finally decided that when someone is absolutely miserable and in pain they don't need to be measuring and blending. It seems an act of mercy to make the combination available preblended and ready to order.  So we are. Our description of Ravensara now gives a description of both the undiluted oil, and the Calophyllum dilution.    I hope the information given will be helpful to some of you.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Creating a New Blend for Sleep & Relaxation

By Christi R. Pugh
for Nature's Gift

One of the most frequent inquiries we receive concerns using essential oils for insomnia & of course we always first recommend our Sleep Ease Synergy comprised of Lavandin Super, Roman Chamomile, Green Mandarine, & Sweet Marjoram. This blend proves effective for many clients & we continue to receive lots of positive feedback.

Marge often mentions "taking a break" from certain oils so they don't lose their effectiveness & that includes synergistic blends such as Sleep Ease. A friend who has chronic sleep problems used it with success but the sleep issues began recurring after a period of time, so I decided to work on another sleep blend as a case study for the certificate course I am taking at the Integrative Institute of Aromatherapy founded & led by Laraine Kyle & Valerie Cooksley.

Having heard about the relaxation benefits of Fragonia™ essential oil, I began thinking about formulating an anti-anxiety, sleep, and/or relaxation blend featuring it. The oils I selected for the blend all have calming & sedating properties: Lavender Mailette (angustifolia), Green Mandarine (citrus reticulata), & aforementioned Fragonia™. The aroma is quite lovely & soothing to this nose, with the Lavender & Fragonia fluttering underneath the surface of the Green Mandarine.

After distributing small 2 ml bottles of the blend to my friend for the study as well as coworkers, friends, & family; I began getting feedback about the sleep benefits & without fail the blend enhanced the ability to fall & stay asleep. I can personally attest to it as well. It was diffused in a variety of ways, but mainly as a few drops in an aromastone near the bedside, or a few drops on a tissue placed inside the pillowcase.

We've been calling it, "RELAX."

For a 5 ml blend you will need:
-1 5 ml glass cobalt bottle
-Disposable pipettes for blending
-50% Green Mandarine (150 drops or 2 ml)
-25% Fragonia™ (75 drops or 1 ml)
-25% Lavender Mailette (75 drops or 1 ml)
Optional: Small 2 ml amber bottles to share with friends.

We don't recommend driving a car or operating machinery when using this blend, as it so relaxing. If you are searching for something to alternate with Sleep Ease or interested in trying a blend featuring Fragonia™Essential Oil, this would be a great option.