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Blog 12 – Our Body Systems and Essential Oils

Introduction

There are so many body systems, and they all work together to support each other. All of these biological systems carry out specific functions necessary for everyday living. We are going to break down each of those systems and give you suggestions on Young Living products that could support these systems.

Remember that one drop of essential oil contains 40 million trillion molecules and because they are so small in size, they can travel throughout your entire body to support all of your body systems in minutes.

Cardiovascular System

The cardiovascular system (also known as the circulatory system) consists of the heart, arteries, and veins which comprise 7% of the fluids in our body. Supporting the circulatory system is wise since it is responsible for carrying nutrients to the other systems and parts in the body.

The heart communicates with the brain and body in four ways:

Neurological communication (nervous system)

Biochemical communication (hormones)

Biophysical communication (pulse wave)

Energetic communication (electromagnetic fields)

The heart sends more information to the brain than the brain sends to the heart. As far back as the middle of the last century, it was recognized that the heart, overtaxed by constant emotional influences or excessive physical effort and thus deprived of its appropriate rest, suffers disorders of function and becomes vulnerable to disease.

Oils that support the Cardiovascular System: Lemon, Lavender, Frank, Stress Away, Orange, Peppermint. These oils are uplifting, especially the citrus oils. Frankincense is 90% monoterpenes (which remember are the calming oils), it primarily addresses nervous system function and breathing, both of which are connected to the heart. Inhalation and Topical use are the most effective, especially when applied directly over the heart and on the wrists and neck which are pulse points and have very thin skin.

Other Young Living products that support the Cardiovascular System: Ningxia Red and OmegaGize are both beneficial to the cardiovascular system. One study showed a 45% reduction in heart events in those who had a diet (or took supplements) high in Omega 3’s.

Musculoskeletal System

The Musculoskeletal System includes your bones, cartilage, tendons, muscles, ligaments and other connective tissues that support and bind tissues and organs together. Its primary functions are to support the body, allowing motion and protecting vital organs. We have 206 bones that work with our muscles to allow movement. The skeleton serves as the main storage system for calcium and phosphorus in the bones. The importance of this storage is to help regulate mineral balance in the blood stream. The skeleton also contains critical components of blood production, like producing red blood cells, and fat storage. They system gives shape and form to the body, allows for upright posture, and supports the weight of the body. Without this system, we’d collapse like a deck of cards.

Oils that target discomfort are: Copaiba, Frankincense, Idaho Balsam Fir, Juniper, Lavender, Lemongrass, Marjoram, Panaway, Peppermint, Thyme, Valor, and Wintergreen.

Oils that support muscles and joints are: Aroma Seiz, Basil, Black Pepper, Copaiba, Cypress, Deep Relief, Lavender, Lemon, Lemongrass, Frankincense, Ginger, Helichrysum, Idaho Balsam Fir, Juniper, Marjoram, Northern Lights Black Spruce, Nutmeg, RC, Rosemary, Panaway, Pine, Thyme, Wintergreen, Valor, and Vetiver.

Oils that support a normal inflammatory response are: Aroma Seiz, Basil, Copaiba, Eucalyptus Radiata, Lavender, Lemon, Lemongrass, Frankincense, Ginger, Geranium, Marjoram, Myrrh, Peppermint, and Thyme.

These oils are best used topically where needed every 2-3 hours.

One exception would be the Discomfort Bomb, which is 5 drops each of: Copaiba, Idaho Balsam Fir and Frankincense, into a clear vegetable capsule.

Here are some awesome studies:

  • A study showed that “after four weeks of internal use, Frankincense can increase joint mobility and function and reduced joint pain.”
  • University of California’s- Dr. Roberta Lee says that, “Research shows that ginger affects certain inflammatory processes at a cellular level.”
  • Another study done in 2005 shows that eucalyptus, lavender, marjoram, rosemary, and peppermint supports the inflammatory process in joints.

Other Young Living products that support the Musculoskeletal System: AgileEase, which is a joint supplement for someone who’s looking to keep active, and wants to support joint mobility and flexibility. Its special formulation supports joint health, can be used as a preventive measure to protect cartilage health, and support the body’s healthy response to inflammation from exercise.

Nervous System

The Nervous System is a system of communications that involve the brain, nerves, senses and spinal cord. It detects, interprets, and responds to changes in internal and external conditions.

And interesting feature of the brain is the called the Blood Brain Barrier. Small molecules like oxygen, water, glucose, and some essential oils can pass easily through this layer. Large molecules, large proteins, blood cells, many drugs cannot pass through.

It is helpful to have a basic understanding of the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems because there are Essential Oils that address both (to either up or down regulate).

Sympathetic- the sympathetic system prepares us for action—it is your fight or flight system and has a short fuse or response time to the organs and a long response back to the system. This system will respond to strong emotions such as anger or excitement—the fight or flight response. When it is in charge—it stimulates the heart, causes the bronchi to react, contracts the arteries raising blood pressure, inhibits the digestive system, mobilizes glucose, and stimulates the secretion of sweat—all preparing you for action.

Parasympathic – The parasympathetic system keeps everything in working order—pulse, blood pressure, sweat, and manages digestion, etc. When this system is in control, everything is working smoothly.

Oils that support the Nervous System: Frankincense, Orange, Stress Away, Lemongrass, Lavender, PanAway, Copaiba, Thieves

Aromatic is the best way to use oils to support the nervous system. The olfactory nerves are directly connected to the brain and affect the mid brain where emotions and memory is stored.

Essential oils classed as parasympathetic stimulants would be relaxing to the mind, improving to the digestive system, countering emotional stress responses and assisting with sleep. Some examples are: Lemongrass, Citrus Oils, Marjoram, Chamomile, Frankincense, and Ylang ylang.

Essential oils classed as sympathetic stimulants (adrenal stimulants) would have the opposite effects. We would see symptoms of increased adrenal action such as increased heart rate, possibly increased blood pressure, increased physical and mental activity, a tendency toward nausea if used too close to a meal, bronchial spasm release, increase in sweating, and a tendency to wakefulness. Some examples are: Basil, Eucalyptus, Lemon, Peppermint, Rosemary, Cinnamon, and Patchouli.

Essential oils classed as “balancing” will act either way. They will not stimulate a person to either extreme but rather to a balance in the autonomic nervous system. What we are endeavoring to achieve is a balance with neither system totally governing the body. Some examples are: Grapefruit, Lavender, Lemon, Cedarwood, and Bergamot.

Other Young Living products that support the Nervous System: Omega Gize, Ningxia Red, Raindrop Technique

Digestive System

The Digestive System consists of the mouth, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine. The liver, pancreas, and gallbladder are the solid organs of the digestive system as well. The digestive system helps the body digest food! Why is this important? Digestion is important for breaking down food into nutrients, which the body uses for energy, growth, and cell repair. This happens when food mixes with enzymes in saliva. Some essential oils contain enzyme like properties (but we’ll also explore an important supplement here too further down….) Food and drink must be changed into smaller molecules of nutrients before the blood absorbs them and carries them to cells throughout the body. The body breaks down nutrients from food and drink into carbohydrates, protein, fats, and vitamins

Oils that support the Digestive System: DiGize, Peppermint, Lemon, Copaiba, AromaEase, Lemongrass, Fennel, Ginger, Nutmeg

Other Young Living products that support the Digestive System:

Life 9 – probiotic – everyone needs a probiotic! Scientists consider the gut the ‘second brain’! A healthy gut will show in your skin. So many conditions can be linked to the gut. The new and improved Life 9 help regulate gut function and digestive function so the body can perform well. Ningxia Red- harmful molecules called free radicals can prevent our cells from working properly. EVERYONE is exposed to free radicals through everyday life – pollution, toxins, processed food etc. Antioxidants help with cell repair and keeping cells healthy. The wolfberry contains an extremely high amount of antioxidants and in conjunction with the other amazing ingredients in Ningxia Red, help the body and the gut work as they are supposed to.

Essentialzymes – Enzymes are secreted by the salivary glands, stomach, pancreas, and the small intestine. Essentialzyme helps re-establish proper enzyme balance in the digestive system and throughout the body which helps support intestinal flora, and supports the natural aging process. Helping improve digestion and elimination of toxic waste, it can also mean more energy! The presence of enzymes in the gut can be affected by many things: The processing of food can destroy many of the natural enzymes. Since most people don’t eat a lot of raw foods in their daily meals, the potential to absorb additional enzymes is lower now than it was two hundred years ago. Also, as a person ages, their enzyme production naturally slows.

Enzyme supplementation is especially important for anyone that may have a condition where the pancreas duct or common bile duct is blocked. This is because enzymes would otherwise be prevented from reaching the intestines. Enzymes UNLOCK the benefits of what we eat. They play a MAJOR role in metabolic function.

Other benefits linked to enzymes include:

-Clear arteries of plaque

-Empty stomach of undigested fat

-Prevent stroke and heart attack

-Eliminate old fat and proteins left deposited

-Protease reduces inflammation processes – increases surface area of red blood cell to increase oxygen- carrying potential

-Effective in weight regulation

-Prevent allergies and degeneration

-Enhance circulation and support the immune system by improving and increasing the surface area of the red blood cell, allowing it to transport more oxygen.

It can take up to 2 years to build up a healthy level of enzymes in the body, so start today! Young Living is the only company to incorporate Essential Oils with our enzymes to make them exponentially more bioavailable (what actually gets absorbed into the bloodstream) and effective.

Respiratory System

Cells in the human body require a constant stream of oxygen to stay alive. The Respiratory System is what provides that necessary oxygen to our body’s cells while removing carbon dioxide. The Respiratory System is comprised of many parts including our mouth, nose, sinuses and lungs.

The respiratory system aids in breathing, also called pulmonary ventilation. When we breathe -air is inhaled through the the nose and mouth. It passes through the sinuses, which are hollow spaces in the skull. Sinuses help regulate the temperature and humidity of the air we breathe. The air moves to the lungs. Inside the lungs, oxygen from the inhale is exchanged for carbon dioxide waste and expelled through the exhale.

The oxygen that was collected in the lungs is then collected by Red blood cells and carried it to the parts of the body where oxygen is needed. Human body needs oxygen to survive.

The average person takes approx 6 million breaths per year, so it’s vitally important to keep this system healthy, strong and clear.

Oils that support the Respiratory System:

RC – “Respiratory Care” a blend specifically designed to support the Respiratory system. It is best used topically or aromatically. This EO should not be ingested.

Thieves – A blend specially designed to support or immune system and kill germs. I love to use this Eo all 3 ways. Diffused to help with the quality of the air. Topical to boost immunity – most people apply to feet. And also Internally. I love this as an additive to my tea ( hot or iced) . The flavor is spicy and the effects on the body can be felt almost instantly.

Peppermint- Peppermint oil is an amazing support to the respiratory system for many reasons. It opens up the airways. So if there is short shallow breaths, just smelling this will open things up and allow deeper breaths. The main active ingredient in Peppermint is Menthol which is a stimulant and it helps things get moving which is very important when this system is getting clogged up.

Lemon, Lavender, Peppermint – When you start to feel “stuffy”..this will be your go-to trio. When combined they support the respiratory system in amazing ways. diffused, applied topically in a roller or ingested. Take it with honey or in a capsule.

Raven – This is a little known oil that is like RC but even stronger for more acute problems.

Other oils: Copaiba, Tea Tree, Ravintsara, Eucalyptus, Dorado Azul, Frankincense, Hyssop, Breathe Again and Myrtle

Other Young Living products that support your Respiratory System: Anything that supports your Immune System is supporting your Respiratory system, so supplements like Immupro, Super C, Inner Defense and also Thieves Cough Drops.

Immune System

The immune system is a network of antibodies, white blood cells, and proteins, as well as lymph nodes, the tonsils, thymus, bone marrow and the spleen.

This system protects the body from infection. The human body provides an ideal environment for many microbes, such as viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites, and the immune system prevents and limits their entry and growth to maintain optimal health.

Oils that support the Immune System: Thieves, Lemon, Oregano, Frankincense, Tea Tree, Clove, Lavender, Purification, RC, Stress Away, Thyme, ImmuPower

Other Young Living Products that support the Immune System: NingXia Red, Inner Defense, ImmuPro, Super C, Mineral Essence, Master Formula

Yes! We ALL need this support. How do you use Young Living products to support your Immune System?

Integumentary System

The integumentary system consists of the skin, hair, nails, glands, and nerves. Its main function is to act as a barrier to protect the body from the outside world. It also functions to retain body fluids, protect against disease, eliminate waste products, and regulate body temperature.

Skin- has a variety of functions; it may serve to waterproof, cushion, and protect the deeper tissues, excrete wastes, and regulate temperature, and is the attachment site for sensory receptors to detect pain, sensation, pressure, and temperature.

The skin is the largest organ in the body. In humans, it accounts for about 12 to 15 percent of total body weight.

Essential oils are easily absorbed into the skin (the small and medium sized compounds of the oil make it through the skin).

Once the EO is carried through the different layers of the skin, lymph, blood vessels, sweat and oil glands, nerves, collagen, they are carried away in the circulation to every cell in the body.

Essential oils stimulate skin cells to reproduce quicker (renewing damaged skin). They penetrate and moisturize deep layers in the skin. They prevent congestion of toxins, destroy infectious agents, reduce puffiness and redness. Oils help to reduce stress which leads to aging, regulate over and under productive oil glands. Nutrients and proteins contained in EO’s work as a restorative building block to keeping collagen and elastin in good condition.

Hair – Essential oils are the essence of plants that have a number of medicinal properties. There are essential oils for treating specific hair problems like dandruff, premature graying or hair loss. They can improve blood circulation in the scalp and promote hair growth by stimulating the hair follicles.

Oils that support the Integumentary System: Frankincense, Lavender, Tea Tree, Purification, Cedarwood, Gentle Baby, Tea Tree, Myrrh, Sandalwood, Melrose, Patchouli

Other Young Living Products that support the Integumentary System: Sulfurzyme, Essentialzyme, Lavaderm, Claraderm, Rose Ointment

Endocrine System

The Endocrine Systems consists of the Adrenals, Thyroid, Hypothalamus, Pituitary, Pancreas, Reproductive Organs.

The endocrine system is probably one of the most complicated systems in the human body since the hormones they produce regulate every function of the system. They are ductless, meaning they secrete their chemical messengers directly into the bloodstream. Furthermore, they have a master gland that tells other glands to either up their production or decrease production of their hormones. And that master gland—the pituitary—actually takes its orders from the hypothalamus in the central core of the brain.

The endocrine system is made up of glands that produce and secrete hormones which are chemical substances that regulate the activity of cells or organs. These hormones regulate the body’s growth, metabolism, and sexual development and function. These hormones are released into the bloodstream and may affect one or several organs throughout the body. The word endocrine is derived from the Greek words “endo” meaning inside, within, and “crinis” for secrete. So the glands of the endocrine system are “ductless”. The hormones that they produce are just picked up by the circulatory system. That means their effects are slow to initiate but produce a prolonged response lasting from a few hours to weeks.

The endocrine system helps maintain balance and harmony, keeping everything in proper tune. Hormones enable communication between cells and they regulate many physiological functions to maintain this balance. We need good endocrine function for optimum energy and restful calm. Hormones also enable us to respond to and recover from stress and pathogenic challenges. Hormone levels can be influenced by factors like stress, infection, and changes in the balance of fluid and minerals in the blood.

The endocrine system is regulated by a feedback system. For the hormones that are regulated by the pituitary gland, it is the hypothalamus that sends out a signal to the pituitary gland in the form of a “releasing hormone.” So the pituitary then secretes a “stimulating hormone” into the circulation. The stimulating hormone then signals the target gland to secrete its hormone. As the level of this hormone rises in the circulation, the hypothalamus and the pituitary gland shut down secretion of the releasing hormone and the stimulating hormone, which in turn slows the secretion by the target gland. Thus the system stabilizes blood concentrations of the hormones that are regulated by the pituitary gland. This is why we call the pituitary gland—the MASTER GLAND of the body since it signals other glands to up or down‐regulate their production.

Essential oils function in a manner similar to hormones in that they travel in the bloodstream to find the correct receptor site and “turn on” the biological activity associated with that oil in the cell. Essential oils also support the many glands of the endocrine system.

Oils that support the Endocrine System: Frankincense, Lemon & Peppermint, Stress Away, Lemongrass, Black Spruce. The question to ask yourself is: do you need to up-regulate or down-regulate? Popular up – regulating oils are: nutmeg, peppermint, rosemary, and eucalyptus (RC). Popular down – regulating oils are: lavender, frankincense, lemon, and stress away.

Diffusing is a very powerful option for supporting the endocrine system because of its direct link to the limbic system. Sublingual use (if approved for internal use) is also a very powerful option, it bypasses the digestive system and enters directly into the bloodstream (which we already addressed). You can also do a drop and press it to the roof of the mouth.

Other Young Living products that support the Endocrine System:Thyromin, Endogize, Cortistop, Progessence Plus.

Excretory System

The excretory system (or Urinary System) is the system of an organism’s body that performs the function of excretion, the bodily process of discharging wastes. The Excretory system is responsible for the elimination of wastes produced by homeostasis. This system consists of two kidneys, two ureters, a urinary bladder and the urethra. The function of the kidneys is to remove liquid waste from the blood in the form of urine—about two quarts a day.

The kidneys play an important part in maintaining a steady level of blood pressure.

  • They produce a hormone that aids the formation of red blood cells in the marrow of the bone.
  • The kidney secretes several hormones.

As we get older, changes in the kidneys cause them to lose some of their ability to remove wastes from the blood. The muscles in the ureters, bladder, and urethra tend to lose some of their strength as well.

Essential oils can be used to more effectively remove waste, and there are also oils with the ability to constrict the muscles or relax them. The emphasis is to get to the bottom of the dysfunction and address that.

The bladder and urethra are both prone to inflammation and infection. Essential oils are highly effective at addressing both concerns safely.

Oils that support the Excretory System: DiGize, Lemon, Thieves, Peppermint, Purification, Tea Tree

Other Young Living products that support the Excretory System: Inner Defense, MegaCal, K&B, Alkalime

It’s Time to Get Started!

If you are brand new to oils, you might be thinking “where do I start?”

All our Body Systems can benefit from adding Essential Oils into our lifestyle. If you are new, the best place to start is the Premium Starter Kit.

When you purchase your Premium Starter Kit, you will get a membership to Young Living that will allow you to purchase additional oils and supplements outside the kit at a discount. In the Premium Starter Kit you will get 11 oils + a diffuser (to use those oils aromatically like we have been discussing). The 11 oils in the kit are: Frankincense, Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint, Copaiba, Thieves, Purification, RC, DiGize, PanAway and Stress Away.

If you haven’t jumped into this oily world yet, it’s time!!! 😉

Essential Rewards

For those of you already on the oil train, before you go and place a Quick Order for your next reorder, let’s chat a little bit about Essential Rewards.

Essential Rewards is the “auto-ship” program from Young Living. Let’s face it, the term “auto-ship” may freak people out. It always did for me UNTIL I learned all about Young Living’s rewards program because it’s not scary at all! Let me answer some questions about Essential Rewards and make it seem a “little” less scary.

When you sign up for ER (Essential Rewards) you earn credits for free oils and products. That sold me right there. AND Young Living has recently made some changes to their rewards program and made it even better.

Once you sign up, you earn 10% in free oils in months 1-3, you earn 20% in free oils months 4-24, and 25% in free oils months 25+. AMAZING. They calculate that based on your PV order total. So if you order 50PV, you earn $5 in free product credits in months 1-3. If you order 100PV you earn $10 in free product credits in months 1-3. PV is typically the $ amount, however there are a few things that have NO PV, like capsules, and diffusers and kits have a slightly less PV than $ amount. Oils though are usually equal in $ amount and PV amount.

Confused yet?

Okay, so you FIRST have to be a member with Young Living to qualify for ER purchases. Once you are a member you can register for ER. Some wait until their second month in, some do another order after their initial kit order….that is up to you and your budget. You can be a member and get wholesale prices and NEVER participate in the ER program. Cool? You can sign up WHENEVER for the ER program.

Once you are an ER member, there is NO obligation to STAY an ER member. You aren’t signing your life away for a year. You aren’t going to have to pay a fee for “dropping out”…if you want to quit ER, you quit ER, no questions asked. That made me feel A LOT better. You are only required to meet the 50PV minimum in orders to maintain your ER shipments. If you ever do cancel, you need to make sure you redeem your free product credits BEFORE canceling. You have to complete TWO ER orders before you can redeem points for free product.

Another thing I like about ER is that you can change your ship date each month. If you want it to ship on the 15th one month and the 29th the next, you just change it. No problem at all. You also can choose what ships to you each month. I can order lemon, thieves, peppermint and orange one month and something totally different the next. You just have to remember to go in and manually change it each month.

So, how do you sign up? When you login to www.youngliving.com you look on the left hand sidebar. Click where it says “Essential Rewards”, there you will follow the directions.

It’s as easy as that. Simple, simple. Again, no pressure ever to sign up for ER. Just wanted to explain how it works because MOST people like FREE stuff, am I right?! And I wouldn’t be a good friend if I didn’t put I out there for you to at least consider 😉

To learn more about these essential oils, read my blogs below!

Blog 1 – So How Do These Oils Really Help Us?
Blog 2 – Not All Essential Oils Are Created Equally
Blog 3 – Frequencies – How Much Do You Really Know?
Blog 4 – Essential Oil Usage and Safety
Blog 5 – Can Frankincense Help Fight Cancer?
Blog 6 – Going All Natural with Essential Oils
Blog 7 – Ahhh…The Essential Oil Naysayers!
Blog 8 – Can Essential Oils Really Be “Organic?”
Blog 9 – Wait…What? YL is a Multi-Level Marketing (MLM) Company?
Blog 10 – Essential Oils…Now More Than Ever
Blog 11 – What’s in an Essential Oil, Anyway?
Blog 12 – Our Body Systems and Essential Oils

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