Essential Profiles: PanAway

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Name(s): PanAway

Type: Blend

Ingredients: Clove, Helichrysum, Peppermint, Wintergreen

Uses: Pain relief

Price per drop: $0.32

Historical Information

Unlike the other oils I’ve profiled so far, PanAway is a special blend that can only be found with Young Living.  Gary Young, founder of Young Living, created PanAway to provide natural pain relief after sustaining a ligament injury in his leg.  As this is a very “young” blend, there isn’t really any other historical information to provide on PanAway specifically.  However, we can easily research the background of the different oils included in the PanAway blend.

  • Cloves:  Evidence of clove trading has been discovered as far back as the 18th century BC!  Historically, cloves were often used in dentistry as they are a local anesthetic.  Additionally, they have antibacterial and anti-parasitic properties, as well as many others, and were also used for anything from digestive issues to bad breath.
  • Helichrysum: Historically, this flower was used as an anti-inflammatory, as well as for treating wounds, coughs, colds, headaches, and more.  It was viewed by some African tribes as a powerful aphrodisiac and was burned as ritual incense.
  • Peppermint: Here is a previous post I’ve written on Peppermint that includes its history.
  • Wintergreen: This plant has been called “nature’s aspirin”.  Native Americans are said to have brewed the leaves into a tea with which they treated headache, sore throat, and any other aches or pains.

Modern Usage

PanAway was formulated specifically to provide powerful, natural pain relief.  Uses for PanAway include muscle soreness, headache, backache, menstrual cramps, and more!  Some users report that it can help to prevent bruising if applied quickly.  Additionally, PanAway may help to relieve chronic pain associated with arthritis or fibromyalgia. To use, dilute in a carrier oil and apply topically.  Massaging the oil in or using a warm compress may speed and boost effectiveness.

Cautions

These cautions apply to any form of self treatment, including Essential Oils.  Additionally, the following cautions apply to PanAway specifically:

  • PanAway is a very powerful blend and needs to be well diluted before application, especially if used on children.  I would not recommend using PanAway on babies or small children for this reason.
  • Even when diluted, PanAway produces a sensation similar to that of Icy Hot.  Be aware of this and take care not to get it near the eyes.  Additionally, spot testing before a larger application would be a good idea.
  • Most or all of the oils in PanAway (clove and wintergreen in particular) are incredibly potent and can be toxic in small doses.  Do not take this oil internally, and be sure to keep it away from children.  1-2 teaspoons of clove oil can be fatal to a small toddler, and 1 ounce of wintergreen is reportedly equal to over 170 adult aspirin.  Again, be sure to heavily dilute just a drop or two of PanAway prior to application.

Final Thoughts

PanAway can be a great alternative to over-the-counter drugs like Tylenol, Motrin, or Aspirin, especially for individuals who have chronic pain that requires frequent medication, or for those who experience unpleasant side effects from conventional pain relief.  This oil definitely earns its place in Young Living’s Premium Starter Kit and is an asset to any natural medicine cabinet!

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Essential Profiles: Peppermint Oil

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Name(s): Peppermint Oil

Type: Single oil

Ingredients:  Peppermint

Uses:  Headache, stomach ache, allergies, sinus pressure

Price per drop:  $0.10

Historical Information

Mint has been values for many centuries, although there is some controversy as to exactly when Peppermint specifically came about.  According to this article,

In Greek mythology, Minthe was a river nymph in the Cocytus River (one of the five rivers of Hades). When Hades was driving his golden chariot, he came upon Minthe and was about to seduce her when his wife Persephone caught them. Persephone then turned Minthe into a lowly mint plant that people would walk upon. Mint supposedly got its pungent, sweet smell when Hades softened the spell so that when people walked upon his lover they would smell her sweetness.

Mint in general is mentioned in texts dating as far back as 1550 BC and is mentioned in the Bible as a valued spice.  Most ancient uses for it center around its use as a relief for issues with the digestive system, although it was also used as a spice and was thought to ward off disease.  Additionally, it was often grown as a ground cover or strewn on floors so that stepping on it would produce a pleasant odor.

Modern Usage

Much like in ancient times, Peppermint Oil today is used most often for digestive issues.  A drop or two may be diluted in a carrier oil and rubbed on the abdomen, or diluted in a capsule or drink and taken internally.  One study indicates that up to 79% of patients with IBS showed a decrease in symptoms when treated with Peppermint Oil.

Peppermint Oil may also be used to treat headache, especially if caused by sinus pressure.  Method for this include diluting it and rubbing on the forehead or temples, smelling some of the oil, or pressing a drop to the roof of the mouth.  Additionally, Peppermint may help with sinus-related allergy issues.  The LLP Protocol, or Lavender, Lemon, and Peppermint, is commonly used to treat allergies among Essential Oil users.  To use this blend, mix equal amounts of each oil in a roller bottle with a carrier oil for topical application, or put 1-2 drops of each in a capsule for internal use.  Many allergy sufferers swear by this remedy as a natural alternative to Benadryl!

Cautions

These cautions apply to any Essential Oil or any other form of self treatment.  Additionally, the following apply specifically to Peppermint Oil:

  • While this oil is fantastic for treating stomach ache, it has been shown to increase heartburn or acid reflux in some patients, so avoid using it for those issues.
  • Peppermint Oil feels very, very cold when applies topically.  For this reason, dilution is recommended.
  • For the above reason, make sure not to get Peppermint Oil in the eyes or nose, on a fresh wound, or on any especially sensitive area.

Final Thoughts

Peppermint Oil is an incredibly handy oil to have around the house, especially for families with children.  It’s a perfect alternative to medication for treating the inevitable sniffles, headaches, and tummy aches!  It also smells really, really good – a great option to diffuse as an air freshener!  I would definitely recommend Peppermint Oil as a foundation to any oil collection.

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Essential Profile: Lavender Oil

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Name(s): Lavender Oil, Nard, Spikenard

Type: Single oil

Ingredients: Lavender

Uses: Skin care and moisturizer, healing of burns/scrapes/scars, relaxation/sleep

Price per drop: $0.11

Historical Information

Lavender has a history that dates back several thousand years.  In ancient times it was called Nard or Spikenard and is mentioned in the Bible under that name.  Historically, Lavender had many different uses.  In ancient Rome, it was used to scent baths for the rich and sold for a month’s wages per pound, in addition to being a perfume, insect repellant, and seasoning.  Greeks used crushed Lavender for relaxation and also touted it widely as a miracle cure for many varied ailments.  In Egypt, it was used for perfume or mummification.  In medieval times, Lavender was used for deodorizing and disinfecting, especially during the time of the Black Death, and was often sewn into a little sack and placed in a dresser to scent clothing and linens.  Finally, Cleopatra is rumored to have used Lavender to seduce Mark Antony and Julius Caesar.

Modern Usage

Obviously Lavender has a rich past, but the present more than keeps up with it.   Young Living calls it “the most versatile of all Essential Oils”, which is no small feat!  Lavender oil can be diffused, ingested, and applied topically with or without dilution.  It is commonly used for the following:

  • relaxation
  • scent
  • burns
  • cuts
  • scrapes
  • acne
  • moisturizer
  • insect repellant
  • scar treatment
  • stomach pain
  • allergies
  • aromatherapy
  • hair loss
  • headache
  • joint pain
  • deodorant

And much more!  If that isn’t exhaustive enough for you, take a peek at this extensive list of 50 uses for Lavender Oil.

Cautions

Lavender is considered one of the safest essential oils.  However, these cautions apply not to Lavender in particular but to self-treatment and Essential Oils in general.  Additionally, a 2007 study claims that Lavender Oil is estrogenic and can cause breast development in prepubescent boys.  However, since the time of the article I just linked to, many strong rebuttals have come out (see here and here for examples).  I personally feel that the rebuttals appear stronger than the original argument, but please do your own research and come to your own conclusions!

Final Thoughts

Lavender Oil is a personal favorite of mine due to its extreme usefulness and versatility, not to mention the amazing smell!  If I could only have one Essential Oil, I think this would be it – and in fact, back when my mom still believed that Essential Oils were voodoo, Lavender Oil was the only oil we owned!  If you are at all interested in Essential Oils and don’t yet own Lavender Oil, that needs to be fixed immediately.  Right now.  Today.

So, what are you waiting for?

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