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Our Amazon Adventure: Steamed and Swimming in Essential Oils!!

Well traveled oils that went to the Amazon and back.

Well traveled oils that went to the Amazon and back.

These oils faithfully accompanied my dad and I on an international trip over 6000 miles to a foreign country. They made it through 6 airplane rides and numerous moto-cab rides. They helped many people on our team during our adventure from Austin, Texas through 4 Peruvian cities and back. They went on long bus drives, 2 hour boats rides, and walks down a muddy road in the rain. Our oils were used on sore throats and sore muscles, on bug bites and machete cuts, in water and on mattresses. They certainly had as much of an adventure as we did!
This August my father (Charles) and I went on a 10 day mission trip to Peru. We brought a large array of Young Living oils, supplements, and personal care products with us. I brought the Bon Voyage travel kit and love how convenient it was to have all my favorite personal care items in one pack. As we packed for our mission trip we sprayed all of our clothes with a strong mixture of Purification, citronella, Idaho Tansy, before putting them in our bags to have as much anti mosquito oils on us as possible.
One of the first things my dad and I used was the Thieves hand sanitizer. As soon as we got to the Austin airport the Thieves hand sanitizer came out, and it stayed out for the remainder of our trip. After arriving at our “hotel” in Nauta, Peru, where we spent most of our trip, we used the same spray that we had put on our clothes in our room. We used that mixture many times a day for the entire trip. In our room we sprayed down the old, dirty mattresses, put down our own sheets, and then sprayed it again to feel at ease about bed bugs and other creepy crawlies. That spray mixture worked great as a bug repellant against the many, many mosquitoes. We got a few mosquito bites but not as much as some of our team mates who used DEET. One girl on our team had her legs covered in mosquito bites and one of the guys had some bug bites that looked infected. Our missionary team of 7 people worked together on building a church and we completed it in 4 days! We made some great friends.

Water, Purification EO, Citronella EO, and Idaho Blue Tansy EO.  Our natural mosquito repellant.

Water, Purification EO, Citronella EO, and Idaho  Tansy EO. Our natural mosquito repellant.

There were many opportunities for us to help our team mates with their sore muscles, stomach aches, bug bites, and scratches and cuts. One of our teammates felt really sick after eating a meal prepared by our Peruvian friends so we offered some DiGize and he quickly accepted a drop in his mouth. About thirty minutes later he exclaimed ” That worked really fast!” He also used DiGize to help his stomach later in the week when he felt nauseous and threw up. After long days of hard work everyone felt really sore. Two of the guys were having back pain so my dad offered deep relief and, when they accepted, he rolled it on their backs.
Everyday our oils were hard at work. The climate was very hot and humid so we had to drink a lot of water to stay hydrated. Lemon and Ocotea were in our water daily because Ocotea is known for its anti-parasitic properties and lemon is known as antimalarial according to the Essential Oil Desk Reference (EODR). We also took Life 5 and InnerDefense every morning, afternoon, and night to keep our immune systems strong. One night, during a service our team was holding for the local Peruvians, there was a boy who had a deep machete cut on his hand that looked swollen, red, and on the verge of infection. My dad put lavender oil around the cut and told his grandmother to keep the wound clean. We gave her the whole bottle of lavender to use on the boy’s cut many times a day. The next day she was at the service again. My dad and I were very happy to see how much better the cut looked. It wasn’t red or swollen anymore. Then the grandmother excitedly told many people how the lavender oil helped a cut she got on her finger while cooking. She showed people her finger and told them how much better it was. I was so glad to see how we could help people using the oils. A few days later one of our teammates ate a tamale from a street vendor and got food poisoning. She started throwing up at an outdoor market as we were walking to get lunch. She felt very nauseous, had a  horrible head ache, and quickly agreed to a drop of DiGize in her mouth. She also rubbed on her stomach along with peppermint oil on her head. Within 45 minutes she was feeling better and even ate lunch with us.
After our team built the church in Nauta, we went on a boat ride to visit the people of Amazonas for a day. That’s when the mosquitoes got bad. We made up an extra strong bug spray mixture and shared with anyone who needed some.

Trail to the river in Amazonas.

Trail to the river in Amazonas.

Towards the end of our trip we packed up and spent a lot of time in airports waiting for our flights. We all stayed up for around a solid 30 hours! While waiting in a LONG line at the Lima airport I had to smell some peppermint oil to keep from falling asleep! It sure did help me become more awake and alert ( I was really starting to wish we had brought some Ninxia Nitro at this point!)
My dad and I made it safely back home after an amazing trip and I am very thankful that we had our faithful oils with us on our adventure.


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Author: Nicolette Mier, daughter of Platinum Young Living Members April and Charles Mier

My Dad and I on the Marion river near Amazonas.

My Dad and I on the Marion river near Amazonas.

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Traveling with Essential Oils by Nicolette Mier

Traveling with Essential Oils
The summer months are a great time to travel, discover new places, and have adventures with those you love. But sometimes while traveling, immediate first aid care is not readily available; aScreen Shot 2014-08-12 at 11.42.35 AMnd an untreated wound, even a minor one, can become a situation. According to Dr. Margaret Chan of the Word Heath Organization (WHO), because bacteria is becoming resistant to antibiotics “things as common as strep throat or a child’s scratched knee could once again kill.” Luckily essential oils help fill our need of first aid whenever we need them, including during travel. Continue reading

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Toxic People – Reporter Finds Flame Retardants In his Blood

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We have been asked many time to teach on living healthy in this toxic world.  Finding examples of how toxic we can be is not hard to find.  Recently when researching for an upcoming seminar I ran into this alarming article by a reporter with the National Geographic who decided to test his blood for toxins.  You’ll be amazed at what he found, I know I was.

Here is the article..
A Swedish chemist is on the phone, talking about flame retardants, chemicals added for safety to just about any product that can burn. Found in mattresses, carpets, the plastic casing of televisions, electronic circuit boards, and automobiles, flame retardants save hundreds of lives a year in the United States alone. These, however, are where they should not be: inside my body.

Åke Bergman of Stockholm University tells me he has received the results of a chemical analysis of my…

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Radioactive? The new normal?

We have been exposed to radiation!  Does that make us radioactive?  Does this cause harm to our bodies?  Is this normal?  Should we be exposed to radiation not naturally Fukashima Radiationoccurring in our environment?  Do you want to be exposed to radiation without serious reason?  If you reading this and said yes to those answers, either you have been exposed to way too much radiation and lost a few neurons or the questions were misunderstood.  Either way, read on and lets talk about radiation exposure the norms and what you may want to consider… Continue reading

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Synthetic Essential Oil’s Effective?


We sometimes will see people we care about trying to save a few dollars by buying essential oils that are synthetic.  Unfortunately most of them are marketed as “pure” when they have the warning label you see to your left. It does not take a scientist to realize that without the food supplement label and with multiple warnings, this product may not be good for you even topically.  Especially when we remember that our skin is the largest organ of our body.  However below is a great article from, showing how synthetic essential oils  compare with natural ones.  You may be surprised. Continue reading

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Flaming Hands and Ginger!

There are times when the following conditions can run out of control like flame.  Find out what many people are turning to help.  Arthritis, digestive disorders, respiratory infections/congestion, muscular aches/pains and nausea. Some of us have experienced some or even all of these issues.  I just found some research that shows how Ginger Essential Oil may help with all those issues!  Image

Triple “A” Activities of Ginger Essential Oil

Ginger essential oil is steam distilled from the root of the plant, which originated in South Asia and now grows in subtropical climates throughout the world. In traditional folk use, ginger has been valued for easing stomach complaints. In the book Chemistry of Spices, the editors write that “β-sesquiphellandrene and ar-curcumene are regarded as partly responsible for the characteristic ginger flavor” of the spice.1
A 2013 study2 from the Amala Cancer Research Centre in Kerala, India, analyzed the chemical composition of ginger (Zingiber officinale) essential oil.

The main constituents as detected by GC-MS analysis were α-zingberene (31 percent), ar-curcumene (15.4 percent), and α-sesquiphellandrene (14.02 percent).
The first “A” that ginger essential oil achieved was for its antioxidant power. The researchers stated that it “scavenged superoxide, DPPH (an organic chemical compound composed of free radical molecules3), hydroxyl radicals and inhibited tissue lipid peroxidation in vitro.”4
Not only was ginger oil a great free radical scavenger, but oral administration for one month “significantly increased the antioxidants superoxide dismutase, glutathione and glutathione reductase enzymes level in [the] blood of mice.”5 The ginger oil also increased the antioxidant enzymes of glutathione-S-transferase, glutathione peroxidase, and superoxide dismutase in mice liver.Image
The second “A” stands for the power of ginger essential oil as an anti-inflammatory agent. Chronic inflammation was induced by carrageenan, dextran and formalin. The study states that ginger oil “produced significant reduction in acute inflammation.”6
The third “A” is for ginger essential oil’s antinociceptive action. Nociception is the medical term for the sensation of pain. While one cringes to think that pain was induced in laboratory mice with acetic acid, it is a relief to know that administration of ginger essential oil was antinociceptive. The study stated that the ginger oil “exhibited significant reduction in acetic acid induced writhing movements.”7
The researchers’ conclusion was positive. “The present report revealed that ginger oil possesses antioxidant activity as well as significant anti-inflammatory and antinociceptive property.”8

Wanting to know how to use essential oils?  Where to get them?  What source do we use and why?

Editors V. A. Parthasarathy, Bhageerathy Chempakam, T. John Zachariah, Chemistry of Spices, Cabi, 2008:80.
Jeena K, Liju VB, Kuttan R, Antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antinociceptive activities of essential oil from ginger. Indian J Physiol Pharmacol. 2013 Jan-Mar;57(1):51-62.

Jenna, op cited.

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