OMG, OMG, OMG it was frigging awesome!
If you didn’t manage to jump on you missed these wonderful people:
Don’t worry though I’ve got you covered with a quick round-up of what went down. This is going to be in two parts though because there was a lot to cover… So in part 1 (what you’re reading right now), you get Dr Z, Dr Gittleman, and Dr Pappas.
Dr. Eric L Zielinski: What Every Aromatherapist, Blogger, Distributor & Mom Needs to Know!
In true Dr Z style he laid everything bare and stuck to his word about keeping the event as a non-branded event. But as he always he went straight to the heart of the essential oil debate and threw it right out there by saying “There’s no number one essential oils company. It’s not like the Super Bowl…” . I really respect him for this, and while I do use, and sell a specific brand I chose that brand because of a whole host of reasons outside of the ‘oils’ or the company name. It has to be
I really respect him for this, and while I do use, and sell a specific brand I chose that brand because of a whole host of reasons outside of the ‘oils’ or the company name. Remember the reason you’re exploring essential oils in the first place is because you want to look after your health, and going for a brand which doesn’t align with your own ethical compass is not the way to go.
So Dr Z covered the following in his talk:
- 6 Tips to discovering the right brand for you
- contamination concerns
- is organic necessary
- how to check for quality
- essential oil regulation
- supplement label and internal use
- what I am coining the great aromatherapy debate
Getting to grips with the right brand for you:
In a nutshell, he says to do some digging – speak to the reps, or the company and get facts around sourcing, quality, and their ethical stand point. Remember not to just take the ‘marketing’ materials for their word and get real information.
He also suggests you start off with the 3 basic oils – lemon, lavender, and peppermint. These oils are super versatile, not overly expensive and should (if they’re of good quality) support your body without any nasty side effects (including an instant headache after taking a sniff…).
Should we all go organic?
An important note about ‘organic’. This is almost impossible to achieve. Just because the ground where the plant is grown does not use pesticides if a neighbouring farm, or field does then wind, rain, animals… and a whole host of other things will bring pesticides onto the essential oil plants. The only way to get organic oils is to produce them on a farm in the middle of nowhere. Now this is important because the plants will absorb the pesticides, and this will change the chemical constituents of the essential oil, and it does so in such a way that it cannot be filtered out.
“To date, approximately 589 samples have been tested, representing 28 different oils. And each sample is tested for approximately 217 substances. The good news is that 314 samples have shown no residue at all. That is 53% of all samples. However, 275 samples have had one positive result. And 1,150 results were contaminated with more than one pesticide” (The Petersons Report 2016)
In light of this Dr Z recommends not being soely focused on ‘organic’ because with all the will in the world the liklelyhood is it’s actually not…
What about internal use?
The FDA (Food and Drug Standards Authority) say its OK and in the 1950’s gave a list of those which are GRAS (generally recognised as safe).
Plus it’s important to remember that if you consume artificial flavours, spices and/or natural flavours you’re actually consuming essential oils because they’re used to make flavourings, food colourings…
The NAHA (National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy) state “Essential oils may be applied on the skin, they may be inhaled, diffused or taken internally.” The NAHA is one of the largest essential oil, aromatherapy professional organisations on the planet.
So in short yes – internal use is fine. But like everything check your brand, check the oil and follow your brand’s recommended guidelines. Remember essential oils are highly concentrated so don’t go overboard!
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Dr. Robert Pappas: Debunking the Most Common (and Dangerous!) Myths
Dr. Robert Pappas is the leading authority in the field of analytical testing, specialising in GCMS analysis and reporting the chemical breakdowns of literally hundreds of different essential oils, CO2s, and absolutes.
How we need to protect the oil industry:
And interestingly it’s not through regulation. Dr Papas says regulation would just cause more red tape”, and in my opinion (mine as Katie, not Dr. Pappas) often when government officials get involved there’s far more chance of corruption…
Dr Pappas says that as distributors, and users need to stop making cure, treat and prevent claims. The more people do that the harder the FDA is going to come down on us.
Are synthetic oils inferior?
No, and yes…
Now it took a while to work this out but what Dr Pappas essentially says is that scientists can copy singular molecules, and replicate them exactly when the molecules are then combined with all the other bits this is when they tend to go a little awry and be less effective.
So no they’re not inferior on a molecular level, but they are inferior in effectiveness because of everything else thrown in the bottle.
Can you take oils internally?
Yes, you can – but don’t go crazy.
Essential oils are hyper-concentrated so make sure when you are supporting people to look after their own health using oils talk about dilution, and safe use.
To find ou what other myths Dr. Papps debunked you’ll have to backtrack and buy the talks:
Dr. Ann Louise Gittleman: The Truth About Essential Oils & The Bible
Ann is an award-winning author, highly respected health pioneer and has spent her career continually breaking ground in traditional holistic health. She has been recognised as one of the top 10 nutritionists in the USA.
The Bible as a nutritionist source
During her research Dr Ann (who is Jewish), started looking into the Bible, and all the foods it was recommending. She realised that all the foods the Bible was talking about happened to be all the same foods that are super important to health and longevity.
The Pomegranate is mighty:
The Pomegranate (which is actually what the ‘apple’ was in the garden of Eden), has been found to be extremely high in antioxidants and reduce arterial lesions.
The pomegranate has phytoestrogenic properties meaning the oil can be used instead of traditional hormone replacement therapies by women during perimenopause, and menopause. But it’s awesomeness doesn’t stop there it’s also great for the skin, hair, nails, fertility and impotence!
In my book pomegranate is definitely a winner and something I will be shelling out for on my next food shop 🙂
Frankincense ‘it kind of does everything‘
Frankincense is antiviral, antibacterial and anti-cancer.
Dr. Ann recommends keeping it to just 1 or 2 drops because of their purity, and how concentrated they are. She also uses all her oils with a carrier and uses camelina oil which his high in omega-3 and vitamin E.
She uses frankincense on her wrists and her neck when she is feeling really down, or depressed.
“They’re profound. I wish it wasn’t so expesnive.” (Dr A. Gittleman)
“It’s alot more expensive to be sick.” (Dr E Zielinski)
Myrrh is exceedingly antiseptic. Dr. Anne recalls using myrrh with a lady who had a serious case of athlete’s foot which just wouldn’t go away. After using myrrh and a few drops of olive oil (the only carrier the lady had), it went completely. ‘Her athlete’s foot problem disappeared.’
‘Interestingly Myrrh has been found to be more potent against cancer cells compared to frankincense but over the past few years frankincense has just become super popular and is the only one that’s talked about.’ (Dr Z)
Interjection from me (Katie) Wow – I didn’t know that myself. I watched the truth about cancer documentaries and they only mentioned frankincense, not Myrrh. I think this is a super useful takeaway point and definitely a reminder to make sure we all do a bit of digging before recommending anything.
To find out more about the other oils Dr. Gittleman talks about yep, you’ve guessed it you’ll have to grab all of them and you can do so by following this link:
So folks, that’s it for now, and I’ll be popping back this afternoon with part 2!
“I hope you enjoyed this roundup, and if you’ve registered you’re enjoying the talks. I feel as though I have learned so much already and it’s only day 1! Have an awesome morning, and catch up soon – Katie x”
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