Rugby Program Expanded

Rugby Program Expanded
Life Welcomes Women’s Rugby Team
Will Renfrow, DC Student

My understanding of rugby was limited to misguided generalizations. You see, where I’m from we have football, basketball, baseball, and soccer. My impression was that rugby was a sport played by stubble-faced foreign guys; a sport of the gnarliest variety of machismo. I could see toothless gorilla-men running around and drop kicking each other to smithereens. Somehow a funny looking football was also involved.

You may be able to imagine my horror when I heard there was such a thing as women’s rugby and that some ladies I knew would be playing on Life University’s very own rugby team. Of course, I immediately imagined toothless gorilla-women grunting and pummeling each other into the mud and somehow a funny looking football was involved in the madness.

Intrigued, it was time to experience this international sporting phenomenon and famed Life tradition for myself. On January 18 the Life U. women’s rugby team played in their first official match versus Emory.

The atmosphere of the stadium was very warm and inviting despite the frigid weather. The teams on the field wore thin jerseys and shorts. Taylor Swift was blasting from a loud speaker during pauses in the game action. I had always wondered what kind of music got female athletes in a mood to wreck each other without mercy. At one point a young man yelled out, “break her legs!” A nervous wiener dog paced up and down the bleacher; its nails clicking on the cold metal with each miniature stride.

Not only was the ball funny shaped but everything seemed a strange ballet of both intensity but also beauty. womenrugby1At one point a bunch of girls decided it would be a good idea to lift another girl up into the air like they were going to toss her over the fence. I feared for her safety. A moment later a different girl went down and a group of girls surrounded her to form a mosh pit and kick her around some. After running and lateral ball movement they were at it all over again. It wasn’t long before I was an authority on the ins and outs of rugby. To show off my newfound prowess I struck up a conversation with the nearest spectator.

That fan turned out to be Rosanna DeGraaf of the local Archangels club team. Rosanna took some time to explain the game to me including the “ruck” which is actually used to determine ball possession on a down player. I learned that scoring is called a try and is worth 5 points if unconverted and 7 points if converted. Girls being tossed into the air were attempting to catch or deflect the ball thrown by the hooker in a lineout.

DeGraaf encouraged me to contact Archangel teammate and Life player Kristin Cardell to catch up on Life’s women’s rugby squad. It’s no secret that Cardell; who plays on two different rugby teams, is wildly passionate about her sport. Not just rugby either as she plays an Irish game called Camogie on her off days.

What drives Cardell to be so passionate and involved? “Rugby in general in unlike any other sport. The bond rugby players share is unique and yet universal regardless of where you are.” she said.

In addition to a student internship Cardell devotes her time to practice with the Life team and the Archangels. She also allocates time for training and fitness for her athletic pursuits, as she points out, “rugby is easily ten times more fun when you are in shape.”

Cardell did not hesitate to identify the foundational supporters of the women’s team. Director Dan Payne has provided organization, leadership, apparel, and fundraising opportunities. Newly appointed Coach Rosalind Chou, JV/Varsity men’s teams, and manager Andrew McNeil were other names Cardell accredited with devotion to the women’s squad.

womenrugby2Cardell reported she was pleased with the girl’s performance against Emory in mid-January despite the loss. Emory was reportedly short two players and gained a slight advantage when two Women’s Premier League players filled Emory’s roster gaps.

“Our goal is to step on the field, play hard, and be a better player when we step off. This team is so very coachable because they listen,” said Cardell.

Female Life students interested in playing rugby are encouraged and welcome to show up to a practice. Cardell stated, “Just give it a try, you will know very quickly if it is for you. I was hooked after my first practice…it’s not as scary as it seems.”

I asked Cardell, “what was your worst injury?” she replied she has remained healthy except for a minor dislocated shoulder. She did however, see a male player with a broken femur who appeared to have two knees on the same leg.

My opinions and concepts regarding rugby have changed drastically. It’s not about wearing spandex in the winter, or listening to Taylor Swift to get aggressive, or girls who slam each other into the mud for fun. It’s about a shared passion, relationships, and aspiring to push the boundaries of personal and collective potential. It doesn’t get much better than that.

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a bunch of girls decided it would be a good idea to lift another girl up into the air like they were going to toss her over the fence

“Rugby in general in unlike any other sport. The bond rugby players share is unique and yet universal regardless of where you are.”-Kristin Cardell, Team Player

Life Women Invited to Join – “Just give it a try, you will know very quickly if it is for you.”

Doctor Heal Thyself

Doctor Heal Thyself
MD’s Have A Higher Completed Suicide Rates Than The General Public
By Eric Zielinski, DC Student

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), almost one million people die from suicide every year, or 0.016% of the entire world population. Suicide is among the three leading causes of death among those aged 15-44 and top 10 for all age groups combined. For several decades now, studies have consistently shown physicians have higher rates of completed suicide and suicide ideation (SI) than the general population.

On average, male MD’s are 40 percent more likely to commit suicide than the average person and among female doctors a staggering 130 percent more likely. The data centered on suicide ideation (SI) is even more shocking. A recent study looking at American surgeons indicate, out of 7905 surgeons participating, 6.3% reported SI during the previous 12 months. Among individuals 45 years and older, SI was 1.5 to 3.0 times more common among surgeons than the general population. Recent SI had a large, statistically significant adverse relationship with all 3 domains of burnout (emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and low personal accomplishment) and symptoms of depression. Paradoxically, only 26.0% with recent SI had sought psychiatric or psychological help, while 60.1% were reluctant to seek help due to concern that it could affect their medical license.

Medical School: Main Contributing Factor to Staggering Suicide Rate
How could doctors — who most likely know about what they’re suffering from and about the treatments available — consider suicide and never seek help? Research suggests it all starts in medical school. Sadly, the entire process does not speak well to how doctors are trained. Contributing factors include the cut-throat environment medical students experience in school and the insurmountable debt greeting them when they graduate. On average most look forward to more than $150,000, whereas schools like West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, Temple University, or George Washington University reach well into the $200,000s.

To be expected, most medical students enter school with mental health profiles similar to those of their peers, but end up experiencing depression, burnout and other mental illnesses at alarming rates. Interestingly, despite better access to health care, MD2it has been reported they are more likely to cope by resorting to dysfunctional behaviors like excessive drinking and are less likely to receive the right care or even recognize they need some kind of intervention. To explain this paradox several theories have been suggested placing blame on social isolation inherent in the medical system and doctors’ tendency to be excessively self-critical – blaming themselves for their own illnesses. It appears, though, that no one reason is responsible for high suicide rates, but many factors, accentuated by stress, are the cause. The type of stress, however, is important to consider.

Surveying more than 2,500 medical students across the country, researchers have found students who suffered from professional distress, more commonly referred to as burnout – a mixture of emotional exhaustion, detachment and a low sense of accomplishment – were more likely to cheat on tests, falsify patient’s laboratory or physical exam data, and adopt less altruistic views regarding their role as physicians. Conversely, students who suffered from personal distress, defined as poor mental or physical quality of life or depression, were not more susceptible to these unprofessional behaviors and self-centered beliefs.

It has also been found that academic achievement, depression and anxiety during medical education predict the styles of success as a health care professional; and subsequently can contribute to suicide ideation. For instance, a recent study by the journal Medical Teacher investigated the styles of success in young physicians in comparison with the same subjects examined 4-10 years earlier. Researchers discovered physicians with the best professional competence typically have the lowest income, whereas physicians with the lowest professional competence have the highest income. Those with the highest quality of life (general well-being and life satisfaction) have the lowest professional stress and vulnerability to burnout. According to their data, anxiety and academic achievement (particularly during the second and fourth year of study) are the significant predictors of the type of success MD’s achieve.

How do you think Doctors of Chiropractic would fare under the same type of study?

Sources for this article include:

http://www.who.int/mental_health/prevention/suicide/suicideprevent/en/
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Not Just an Alternative…

Not Just and Alternative…
Pivotal Medicine
By José Hernández, Dietetics Student

The synergy of nutrition and lifestyle interventions is fascinating. The food choices we make every day and our behavioral patterns play a critical role in the cause, prevention and treatment of the chronic disease epidemic, which has become the primary cause of death worldwide.

There is a powerful scientific foundation to shift the conversations at the core of the medical practice and the making of public health policies to listen to what nutrition and lifestyle interventions can do to transform the conventional approaches of Western medicine. Instead of being focused primarily in blocking, interfering, or excising the biochemical or physical manifestations of disease, there is a more intuitive approach where the body, once provided with wholesome nutrients within an environment free of stress and toxins, is allowed to heal itself.

Scientific evidence of the potential of nutrition and lifestyle over pharmacological interventions is growing continuously. A recent study from 2009 published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, followed more than 20,000 people’s adherence to 4 nutritional and behavioral variables (non-smoking, 3.5 hrs. /wk. of moderate exercise, healthy diet, and keeping a healthy body weight/height ratio (BMI)); for those who successfully adhered to the program, the outcomes were impressive: 93% of diabetes, 81% of heart attacks, 50% of strokes, and 36% of all types of cancers were prevented.

Another study searching for “Intensive Lifestyle Changes for Reversal of Coronary Heart Disease” from 1998, patients with existing conditions of CHD adhered to a program consisting in a plant-based diet, moderated exercise, smoking cessation, and management of stress therapy, found a 50 percent reduction of all disease related deaths.

The HALE project from 2004, is yet another exceptional study of individuals 70 years of age, who began a healthy lifestyle program pyramidand after 10 years of consuming a Mediterranean-style diet, moderate physical activity, non-smoking, and moderate alcohol consumption achieved a 70% reduction in mortality by all causes; what is exceptional in this study is that the first approach to a healthy lifestyle for these individuals wasn’t until they were 70 years old! Proving it’s never to late to start with a wholesome diet and a set of small and progressive improvements regarding our own attitude towards life.

More related scientific findings are continuously being published all over the world. Healthful dietary patterns like the Mediterranean-style diet – which includes a well balanced array of nutrients from fresh colorful fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes, seeds and nuts, fish, seafood and seaweeds, olive oil, and a moderate intake of animal products and alcohol – combined with regular physical activity, and an adequate management of all sources of stress are associated with improvements along the whole spectrum of chronic diseases including cardiovascular diseases, diabetes mellitus type 2 or insulin resistance, high blood pressure, obesity, strokes, and metabolic syndrome among the more relevant havoc around the globe.

Recently I heard somebody say you should be given statins along with your cheeseburger and fries every time you visit a fast food restaurant. It is inconceivable to expect having a good health if we keep eating an unhealthy and toxic diet, avoid any form of physical activity, and have no control over our psychological stress.

We are at the position -and have the power- to takeover our own health; we now have the knowledge to halt the domination of our veggieshealthcare system by the pharmaceutical industry. The best medicine can be found in a wholesome, well-balanced diet and elimination of toxins, and can be supported by regular exercise and a relaxing environment; all these are variables that simply should be under our control, if we provide our bodies with them, even if we don’t completely understand how it works, the innate intelligence of our bodies knows where to go from there, and the only side effects from this medicine are weight loss, better sleep, longevity, higher energy, and an increasing state of well-being along with notorious improvement, and eventual elimination, of all those annoying chronic diseases.

Today, the most cost-effective way to deal with the worldwide chronic disease epidemic is not conventional medication and surgery; although, it is still a matter of controversy and intense debate, nutrition and lifestyle interventions have proven to be much more than alternative medicine, instead, it is pivotal medicine.

Jose Hernandez is a senior in the BS Dietetics program at Life University and Editor of the Newsletter of the Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society, chapter Nu Omega.

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Trichopoulou A., Costacou T., Bamia C., et. al. 2003. Adherence to a Mediterranean diet and survival in a Greek population. N Engl J Med. 348(26): 2599-608.
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Miracles

Everyday Vitalism
Miracles
Rebecca Koch, Director Of Service Initiatives

What’s the difference between the parting of the Red Sea and childbirth? Well, both are examples of what we call miracles. However, the parting of the Red Sea was a real deal miracle, requiring direct intervention of the Supreme Being, contravening the laws of nature as we typically understand and observe them to work. As for the other kind of miracle as seen in natural yet wondrous phenomena such as childbirth or a spider’s web or the Grand Canyon, singer/songwriter Sarah McLachlan may have summed it up best in a song, called “Ordinary Miracles.” In it, she perfectly describes the sort of heartrending beauty and perfection that we encounter all around us every day, if we’re paying attention, but more often take for granted.

The guiding philosophy of life and living, as espoused by Life University, recognizes, respects, honors and supports ordinary miracles. I cannot overstate my love for LIFE’s vitalistic philosophy which, as inscribed over the lovely pool in Lyceum Park, reads:

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This idea, that the universe itself is conscious and is expressing itself through us – human beings – who are still discovering and developing our own conscious expression, is wondrously mind-blowing. We are the walking, talking, thinking, developing, ordinary miracles that sprang from the real deal miracle that happened when God spoke – or the Big banged – or however you choose to characterize it. I’m not one of those people who has the conviction that what I believe about the manifestation of the divine through religion is right so I’m not in a position to preach any particular theology here. All I’m saying is this: If you can’t recognize supernatural involvement when it’s inescapable – such as in the creation of life, the Universe and everything, I can’t help you with that. And, in the event you feel it’s all an accident or that humankind is the ultimate point and manifestation of the Universe – well, as much as I’m working on being non-judgmental, I also can’t help but feel a little concerned you might be suffering from hubris.

Of course, you wouldn’t be alone in your hubris, a human characteristic of excessive pride in the face of the Divine, often depicted in Greek mythology and which usually led to the undoing of those who exhibited it. spiderwebLife University’s philosophy – and I, personally, believe we’re ahead of the curve in that we actually have one – essentially says the natural state of human beings is one of optimal performance – to be engaged in becoming all we can be with respect for the natural order. Our philosophy supports the idea that the more we act as though we’re part of nature, rather than above it, the healthier we will be. Our view of health requires we work from the premise that, with regard to common illnesses, our bodies know what they’re doing and that symptoms are not enemies that must be suppressed but adaptations that happen for good reason.

This means, within the realm of vital health, a cold becomes reason for celebration for a body that knows how to adapt to a common virus. For the vitalistic thinker in the realm of psychology, coaching becomes a better option for improving performance than psychotherapy because it assumes we, ourselves, are a more specific source of wisdom and growth than generalized theories or medications that mask the most effective, though painful, opportunities for adaptation.

In short, the key to vital health and well-being is the trust, if interferences to optimal health and functioning are removed; our bodies have the power to heal themselves. To believe otherwise leads us down the same path of condition management the established Big Medicine and Big Pharma industries are perpetuating. Without a vital philosophy to guide us, we’ll simply substitute “all natural” remedies for pharmaceutical ones – and miss out on fully expressing our potential as the ordinary miracles we are.

ICA Hosts Political Talk

ICA Hosts Political Talk
Clum Speaks at Life
Will Renfrow, DC Student

On December 5, 2013 Dr. Gerard “Gerry” Clum addressed a packed house of Life students in room C-127. Dr. Clum appeared on behalf of the International Chiropractor’s Association (ICA) to report on the political landscape of chiropractic organizations.

According to his personal website, Clum has served in the chiropractic profession for over forty years including teaching at Palmer College of Chiropractic, faculty at Life College of Chiropractic during its formation, and as the first president of Life College of Chiropractic West from 1981 to 2011. He is currently serving as Presidential Liaison for External Affairs, Healthcare Policy task force Director, and Executive Director of The Octagon at Life University. Dr. Clum has held positions with the Association of Chiropractic Colleges, the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE), the ICA, the World Federation of Chiropractic, and the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress.

Dr. Clum spoke for forty-five minutes explaining the atmosphere of chiropractic politics. His main message was a suggestion for students to leverage their time to create personal value that might increase their influence on the profession. Clum also emphasized how organizational and political leaders can afford the time and personal expense of being involved.

The doctor’s talk was followed with pizza and a question and answer session as well as an election for new student ICA officials. The question and answer period revealed student concern over ICA support of re-recognition for the CCE. An ICA media announcement published November 15, 2013 detailed the association’s intent to make their recommendation before the National Advisory Committee for Institutional Quality and Effectiveness (NACIQI) in December of 2013. Dr. Clum described the ICA’s action as a more direct and powerful approach to achieving any sort of change in CCE governance structure. He also cited CCE President Tom Benberg, Ed.D. as a likely catalyst for CCE governance reform. Other concerns were raised about the diminished role of the DaVinci Group of which Dr. Clum and ICA President Dr. Michael McLean were instrumental members. The DaVinci Group as described on their website is a “coalition of more than seventy organizations… The emphasis of the DaVinci Group is on bringing change to various bodies within the profession such as the Council on Chiropractic Education.

Another question was raised by students who were denied the ability to communicate via a Student ICA social media message board. Student ICA members were reportedly banned from the page after National ICA seized group administration authority. Dr. Clum responded by explaining his disdain for social media and inability to make any comments about the situation.

ICA1The election for student ICA officials took place immediately following and was open to all student members. Josh Gagric was elected as President, Zoe Pogrelis as Vice President, Catie Maylath as Secretary, and Laurel Beth McLean as treasurer.

As a follow-up, the ICA appeared before the CCE on January 11, 2014 where ICA President Dr. McLean delivered a statement including the following, “The core issue as ICA understands it, is that the current governance, particularly the manner of election of Councilors, is structured so as to perpetuate what I will take the liberty to call the “Liberal” wing of the profession. Previous governance structure allowed for representation that more closely mirrored the makeup of the professional mainstream. It may or may not be possible to return to that model, or a similar one, but until the governance is restructured to be representative of the mainstream, CCE is at risk.”

What’s Your Vision?

What’s Your Vision?
Student Life Force
Chelsea Durda, DC Student

What is your #lifevision? This question, posed by Dr. Gilles Lamarche at LifeVision in January, opened a new door in Chiropractic for both docs and students alike; we all have a chiropractic vision, why not share it?

I had the opportunity to stand up and share my LifeVision with the assembled group and was truly humbled by the experience. Three years ago, I would never have been able to speak in front of a gathering of that size without trembling. LIfeforce1000logoMy involvement with Student LIFEforce has given me the confidence and clarity to speak with authority in public. We have created an environment in which students are able to practice public speaking skills vital to successfully spreading the chiropractic story. We also help students to connect to the philosophy side of the chiropractic triangle and to think miles outside the box of back and neck pain and headaches. The vision of LIFEforce 1000 is to make chiropractic care and education available to every person around the planet. We cannot do this without 1) more chiropractors and 2) more leaders. If every chiropractor sent one student into school and that student opened a successful practice upon graduation, there would be an exponential increase in the number of people hearing the message of Innate potential of the human body to heal itself from above, down, inside, and out. We serve our people by releasing the subluxation through the adjustment and stepping back to watch the restoration of the connection between brain and body and the ability of Innate to self-regulate every cell, organ, and system in the body.

We all know chiropractic is a service profession, but how many hours a week do you spend actually serving? If you are in clinic, do you continue to see your patients after meeting your numbers for the quarter? Service is something students usually have to seek out independently, whether through the school such as at Orientation or Saturday of Service, charity fundraising with an outside organization, or in our case, with LIFEforce 1000. Lifevisionlogo2There are opportunities to volunteer for LifeVision, LIFEforce events, the enrollment department, field doctors, or Life Leadership Weekend. For me, the most beneficial and rewarding experiences with the club have been interacting with prospective students at Life Leadership Weekend. It is always so inspiring to hear the stories shared at the testimonial dinner, see the passion and fire of new students, and witness the transformations throughout the weekend. We have all been through a midterm or boards funk at one point or another, my cure is reading my notes from philosophy events I seek out, like Dynamic Essentials and recalling my Life Leadership and LifeVision experiences. It also helps to remember the “miracle stories” of the body doing what it is designed to do, as told by successful field doctors who are willing to share their experience and knowledge onstage at LifeVision and in personal conversations throughout LIFEforce weekend. As students, it is always beneficial to expand our network of connections with doctors who are in practice!

Since August of 2011 I have been involved with the formation, development, and leadership of the club along with former President and founder Andrea Smith and the invaluable members of our executive board, Amanda Rodriguez, Katie Kenny, and Cordie Williams. This is my last quarter as the President of Student LIFEforce and I must say, it is bittersweet, however I am thrilled to be able to pass the club into the hands of new leadership.

Are you prepared to be a chiropractic leader? Are you ready and willing to learn how? Join our tribe.

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Essential Oils 101

Essential Oils 101
Support Healing Naturally
By Trystanna Williams, DC Student

Winter is here and this Arizona girl is freezing and waiting for the warm summer weather! Since I can’t change the environment, I like to arm myself with natural defenses against wintertime illnesses. My second favorite go-to natural treatments (after a chiropractic adjustment, of course) are essential oils.

essentialoil1Essential oils act as the immune system in a plant to keep it healthy and protect it from the environment. These oils protect humans in a similar fashion. Humans have been using essential oils for thousands of years for their medicinal and cosmetic properties.

Essential oils are a natural alternative to synthetic drugs. There are hundreds of different compounds of oils and each compound has a different medicinal benefit. Many pharmaceutical companies isolate and synthetically mimic the natural compounds. Often times, these synthetic chemicals may cause adverse side effects. According to the CDC.gov website, 100 people in the United States die every day from drug overdoses. This is completely unnecessary!

Essential oils assist the immune system in fighting viral, bacterial and fungal invasions. Bacteria reside on the outside of a cell and viruses on the inside. Pharmaceutical antibiotics are able to kill bacteria however they are unable to penetrate the cell membrane to fight viruses. Essential oils are able to penetrate the cell membrane thus eliminating or inhibiting the growth of viruses and bacteria.

The very essence and healing from the plant is received via inhalation, ingestion or topical applications of the oils. When looking at essential oils under a microscope you will see the molecules are much smaller than common fatty oils. These smaller molecules are more easily absorbed by the body and have the power to reach all areas of the body quickly. These small molecules can cross through tissues, cell membranes and the blood brain barrier.

Certain oils can be applied topically via skin or bath water application. The soles of your feet are very porous and absorbent. I often apply oils to the bottom of my feet then cover them with socks. Massaging the area that you plan on applying the oils increases the circulation to that area thus increasing the absorption of essential oils applied. Always test a small area of your skin before applying essential oils to larger areas. Even though oils are natural, some oils should not be used topically. Oregano is a hot oil and may heat the skin when you apply it. If you apply oil that burns, use a carrier oil to soothe the skin and reduce the heat. Examples of carrier oils are olive oil, coconut oil, and grapeseed oil. Always use a carrier oil when using on babies, children and pets since their skin is much more sensitive.

Inhaling essential oils is known as aromatherapy. When inhaled, essential oils quickly affect the body. Inhaling substances can have immediate effects on your body. If you were to inhale chloroform, it would immediately cause negative and potentially deadly effects to your body. Likewise, inhaling healthy immune boosting essential oils causes positive effects. This brings the body and mind to a healthier state of being. Oils inhaled via the nose or mouth interacts quickly with the olfactory system. The airborne molecules inhaled are carried to the lungs and respiratory system thus rapidly affecting several parts of your body. The limbic system is directly connected to areas of the brain that control our heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, memory, stress levels and hormone balance. For example, inhaling eucalyptus oils can help reduce a cough and peppermint can reduce a headache. Plus they smell wonderful!

Essential oils may be ingested orally. Ingesting oils is not recommended unless you consult a trained health care professional or unless the brand states that you can ingest them. Some essential oils may be toxic to the liver or kidneys when ingested. The chemical breakdown of some oils during digestion can change their composition and the effects may cause damage. If the oils are approved for ingestion, you can use them in many ways such as in capsules, sublingual, cooking, or by adding a few drops to a cup of water.

There are many oils that I love but my three favorites are lavender, lemon and peppermint. Lavender has a sweet floral aroma that is soothing and refreshing. essentialoil2This is a very versatile oil that I would recommend everyone has in their home. Lavender is wonderful for relaxing yet is a great aid to boost stamina and energy. Therapeutic-grade lavender can be used to soothe and cleanse common cuts, skin irritations and bruises. Applying 2-3 drops of lavender essential oils to minor burns will soothe the affected area.

Essential oils from lemons are different than lemon juice. Lemon essential oils are cold-pressed from the rinds of lemons. Lemon oil has a strong, purifying citrus scent that is revitalizing and uplifting. Lemon oil boosts alkaline and antioxidant levels while cleansing the body. Adding a few drops of lemon oil to a spray bottle can help cleanse and sanitize surfaces.

Peppermint is one of the oldest and most highly regarded herbs for soothing digestion because it stimulates the gallbladder and improves bile secretion. It is excellent for mental fatigue, headaches, and relieving pain. Use peppermint oil on the skin to cool, relieve and reduce skin irritations. Rub one drop of peppermint essential oil on the temples, forehead, over the sinuses (avoid contact with eyes) and on the back of the neck to relieve head pressure and to keep energy up.

Now that you’re familiar with the basics of essential oils, start using them and benefit from their positive effects. Feel free to branch out and create your own combinations of oils. Essential oils can easily be incorporating into your daily life and will benefit you and your family for many years to come.

Sources:
http://www.naturalnews.com/034662_essential_oils_healing_remedies.html
http://www.foxnews.com/health/2013/09/18/5-essential-oils-that-heal/
http://www.doterra.com/us/essentialDefinition.php
http://www.naturalnews.com/022876_oil_oils_essential.html