Peppermint oil may help those suffering IBS

PeppermintPeppermint oil is made from the peppermint plant, which has been used for many years as a tea to calm the digestion. Peppermint has an anti-spasmodic action, and calms      the   smooth muscles of the stomach, intestines, and uterus. Peppermint also has analgesic (pain-killing) properties. Peppermint oil is used for all the main symptoms of IBS, but it may be particularly effective at relieving cramps, spasms and pain. There have been several published scientific studies showing that peppermint oil is useful in treating IBS symptoms.

In a national survey conducted in October 2015, U.S. gastroenterologists were asked about their use of peppermint oil in the management of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). The survey revealed that the majority (83 percent) of these gastrointestinal specialists were recommending peppermint oil for their IBS patients.

In an American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) monograph on the management of IBS published in August 2014,[2] the ACG summarized, “In specific formulations, which may not be universally available, peppermint oil is effective in IBS.” No strong recommendation was made for any product category, including peppermint oil, for the management of diarrhea predominant (IBS-D), one of the most prevalent types of IBS. When data were pooled, the incidence of adverse events was not significantly higher among those taking peppermint oil as compared with placebo. This monograph also identified a need for more studies and longer clinical trials with peppermint oil.

First peppermint oil natural health product approved by Health Canada for the relief of IBS symptoms (see International Journal of Digestive Diseases).

It’s obvious that peppermint oil may help people suffering from IBS (among several other treatment options).  My opinion is that you should call your doctor and discuss the different available treatment options before you determine what kind of treatment you want.

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Trainability and Aging

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Hi, I’m 66 and I’ve  been told that as we age, we can expect a rapid decline in physical attributes, especially those that determine performance in endurance sports. There are many questions we athletes typically have about this topic:

  • Are the changes inevitable?
  • How rapidly can we expect the changes to occur?
  • What is the cause of the changes?
  • Can we do anything to slow or stop the decline?
  • Is it possible to reserve the changes?
  • Can older athletes adapt to the stresses of training as well as young athletes can?
  • Are they able to physically cope with high-intensity workouts?

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ANTI – ITCH

lavender_15ml_high_res_image_us_englishFor the last week a friend of my was dealing with a rash that started on the left underarm to the elbow…. then forearm and then wrist. Well, you get the picture… it was spreading. Of course she fell into automatic pilot and reached for Benadryl Gel…. and it continued to spread. When talking with a good friend she said, “Have you tried Lavender Oil or Frankincense Oil?

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She used 2 cotton balls – On the first she put lavender oil w/ coconut oil and the second frankincense with coconut oil. (She didn’t know if one was better than the other so… she tried one on each arm.)

She rubbed that stuff from armpit to wrist. The very next day the rash was 100% better and by day 2 it was GONE! Much better than the Benadryl Gel.

She found on the Internet… .

“Anti-Itch –Whether you’re battling a rash or poison ivy, applying some peppermint oil mixed with lavender oil is certain to cool and soothe any itch.”

She was sooooo glad she had the Lavender Oil, Frankincense Oil and Coconut Oil ready to use. Next time she will use the Peppermint Oil and save her Frankincense!

My opinion is that you should call your doctor if you have any kind of rash, especially if you have a fever too.  If the rash isn’t a symptom of any serious disease you could try essential oils to reduce the discomfort. You may also discuss this option with your doctor.

If you want to try essential oils please go to: http://mydoterra.com/olivo

 

Best regards

Kjell H Kjellevold

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What is an Essential Oil?

An essential oil is a concentrated hydrophobic liquid containing volatile aroma compounds from plants. Essential oils are also known as volatile oils and ethereal oils or simply as the oil of the plant from which they were extracted. An oil is “essential” in the sense that it contains the “essence of” the plant’s fragrance—the characteristic fragrance of the plant from which it is derived. The term essential used here does not mean indispensable as with the terms essential amino acid or essentila fatty acid which are so called since they are nutritionally required by a given living organism.

Over 3,000 varieties of volatile aromatic compounds have been identified to date. The nature of an essential oil varies from plant to plant, within botanical families, and from species to species. The delicate ratio of aromatic constituents found in any given essential oil are what make it unique and give it specific benefits.

Even with pure essential oils the composition of the oil can vary depending on the time of day, season, geographic location, method and duration of distillation, year grown, and the weather, making every step of the production process a critical determinant of the overall quality of the essential oil product.

Essential oils can be used for a wide range of emotional and physical wellness applications. They can be used as single essential oils or in complex essential oil blends depending on user experience and desired benefit. Want to learn how to use essential oils?

If you want to try essential oils go to: doTerra

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