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Why Use Essential Oils?

In my most recent blog, I discuss the importance of oxygenation and a safe environment for optimizing biology. Another key to health is fulfilling relationships. This is why I always recommend diffusing and using Therapeutic Grade A YLEO.

Some of the benefits Therapeutic Grade A essential Oils include:

·         They assist with the assimilation of nutrients into the cells

·         They oxygenate and support the brain through their ability to cross the blood-brain-immune barrier and clear the receptor sites of toxins.

·         Their intact constituents assist the overall body's immune health, oxygenation, nutrient uptake, and modulation of DNA expression

·         They are also important for decreasing stress and neutralizing effect of exposure from the environment

Preventing Falls in Elderly with Lavender EO

One recent study provided evidence that essential oils can modulate one's proprioceptive-a nervous system function modulated by brain pathways. This provides evidence that essential oils have powerful psychological and biological effects.

Straight from the source:

Results: There were fewer fallers in the lavender group (n = 26) than in the placebo group (n = 36) (hazard ratio (HR)=0.57, 95% confidence interval (CI) = 0.34-0.95) and a lower incidence rate in the lavender group (1.04 per person-year) than in the placebo group (1.40 per person-year) (incidence rate ratio = 0.51, 95% CI = 0.30-0.88). The lavender group also had a significant decrease in CMAI score (P = .04) from baseline to follow-up in a per protocol analysis.
Conclusion: Lavender olfactory stimulation may reduce falls and agitation in elderly nursing home residents; further research is necessary to confirm these findings.

The lavender group showed a significant decrease in agitated status, whereas the placebo group did not, suggesting the involvement of a soothing effect of lavender odor. Another possible explanation for why lavender prevents falls might be attributed to its stabilizing effects on balance.

Multiple sensory and motor mechanisms ranging from peripheral to cortical sensory-motor integration regulate the control of posture and motion.[28] In addition to vestibular afferents, visual and proprioceptive inputs contribute to postural stability. Although several multisensory vestibular cortical areas, which process signals provided from multiple thalamic nuclei, were identified using imaging studies, the core vestibular cortical region is thought to be located in the insular cortex.[29]

Odor is one of the strongest stimuli over a wide area of the cerebral cortex including the insular cortex.[30] Olfactory stimulation may stabilize balance by activation of the insular cortex..


Yuko Sakamoto, MSc; Satoru Ebihara, MD, PhD; Takae Ebihara, MD, PhD; Naoki Tomita, MD, PhD, MPH; Kenji Toba, MD, PhD; Shannon Freeman, MSc; Hiroyuki Arai, MD, PhD; Masahiro Kohzuki, MD, PhD. Fall Prevention Using Olfactory Stimulation With Lavender Odor in Elderly Nursing Home Residents: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Posted: 06/29/2012; J Am Geriatr Soc. 2012;60(6):1005-1011. 

Fish oil and Allergies in Children

A recent study displayed the powerful results of ingesting fish oil on immune response AND how quality of supplements makes a difference. Specifically the study showed:

1.      Postnatal supplementation with fish oil effects of immune and allergy responses in birth-6 month year olds

2.      The bioavailability is affected by form and quality of supplementation

According to an article summary from Vital Choice:

Blood samples from 120 infants were analyzed after six months, and the results showed that EPA and DHA blood levels were significantly higher in the fish oil group. And - thanks to displacement in cell membranes by the omega-3s in the fish oil supplements - blood levels of generally pro-inflammatory omega-6 fatty acids were lower in the fish oil group, compared to the placebo group. More importantly, the fish oil group had significantly lower allergic responses to dust mites and milk protein, as measured by blood levels of key pro-inflammatory messenger proteins (IL-13 and interferon-gamma).

And, as the doctors wrote, "Children who received fish oil had significantly lower allergen-specific (HDM) IL-13 responses, which were significantly associated with cutaneous [skin] symptoms of eczema at six months of age and diagnosed eczema at 12 months of age." (D'Vaz N et al. 2012)

Straight from the abstract:

Postnatal fish oil supplementation increased infant n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) levels and associated with lowered allergen-specific Th2 responses and elevated polyclonal Th1 responses. Our results add to existing evidence of n-3 PUFA having immunomodulatory properties that are potentially allergy-protective. PMID:  22805468


Weatherby, C. Omega-3s May Curb Kids' Allergy Risk: Clinical trial from leading Australian pediatric researchers finds benefit from giving newborns fish oil. Vital Choice Newsletter. July 26, 2012. 

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SARAH LOBISCO, ND, is a graduate of the University of Bridgeport’s College of Naturopathic Medicine (UBCNM). She is licensed in Vermont as a naturopathic doctor and holds a Bachelor of Psychology from State University of New York at Geneseo. Dr. LoBisco speaks professionally on integrative medical topics, has several journal publications, and is a candidate for postdoctoral certification in functional medicine. She currently incorporates her training in holistic medical practices and conventional medicine through writing as well as through her position as Director of Clinical Education for a highly-esteemed nutraceutical and medical food company.*Dr. LoBisco’s recent blogs about living naturally in our complex world and on the applications of essential oils can be found at Her book, BreakFree Medicine, is set for release this year. *

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