Carpal tunnel syndrome is possibly the most common nerve disorder experienced today. It affects 4 – 10 million Americans. Females are three times more frequently than males to suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome.
Any or all of the following may be a contributing factor for carpal tunnel syndrome:
Frequent, repetitive, small movements with the hands (such as typing or using a keyboard)
Frequent, repetitive, grasping movements with the hands
Joint or bone disease (for example, arthritis, osteoarthritis, or rheumatoid arthritis)
Hormonal or metabolic changes (for example, menopause, pregnancy, or thyroid imbalance)
Changes in blood sugar levels (may be seen with type 2 diabetes)
Other conditions or injuries of the wrist (for example, strain, sprain, dislocation, break, or swelling and inflammation)
Family history of carpal tunnel syndrome
These are the most common symptoms:
Weakness when gripping objects with one or both hands
Pain or numbness in one or both hands
“Pins and needles” feeling in the fingers
Swollen feeling in the fingers
Burning or tingling in the fingers, especially the thumb and the index and middle fingers
Pain or numbness that is worse at night, interrupting sleep
Essential Oils for Carpal Tunnel
When using essential oils for carpal tunnel, remember that each of us will respond differently as we have different contributing factors and different symptoms. It is possible to get relief from just one of the essential oils below but it could be that you need a combination. Trial and error could lead to an individualized routine that is best for you. I recommend trying each individually and/or layering them to find your best approach.
Always use a carrier oil. Doing so will allow you to cover a larger area, reduce evaporation, and increase absorption thereby increasing the effectiveness of your essential oils.
If you discover a combination of them works best, layering could get cumbersome and lead you to skip applications. In this case, consider making a custom roller bottle for yourself. Just add 5 – 10 drops each and top up with a carrier oil for easy and convenient application.
Always bare in mind that small amounts frequently and consistently work best. In a flare up, apply 3-4 times a day. Decrease when symptoms subside but stay on top of pain, don’t chase it!
Lemongrass – supports connective tissue
Frankincense – reduces inflammation
Helichrysum – reduces nerve damage
Marjoram – supports muscle tissue
Copaiba – Nerve and tissue support
AromaTouch – This is otherwise known as the massage blend. It serves to reduce inflammation, increase circulation, and reduce pain.
Deep Blue Rub – pain relief and improved circulation
Lemon Eucalyptus is derived from the tall, lemon-scented blue gum eucalypti in Kenya and can be used topically or aromatically. It is a powerful essential oil with a low flash point meaning it has staying power on the skin. This is good news because lemon eucalyptus essential oil has many benefits including brightening your mood, protecting against environmental threats, skin cleansing properties that support a healthy look, cleansing teeth, moisturizing and sustaining scalp health, cleansing surfaces and last but not least, lemon eucalyptus makes a great massage oil.
Lemon Eucalyptus’ unique outdoor scent creates a positive aroma. Keep it on hand for when you need a revitalizing boost!
8 Ways to Use Lemon Eucalyptus
Diffuse Lemon Eucalyptus to brighten your mood throughout the day.
Combine 2–3 drops of Lemon Eucalyptus with a carrier oil or unscented body lotion and apply topically before going outside to protect against environmental threats.
During your skin care routine, add one to two drops of Lemon Eucalyptus to your favourite skin cleanser to keep skin clean and healthy-looking.
Add 1 drop to your toothpaste to promote clean teeth.
Add 1 drop to your shampoo to increase the cleansing power and help keep your scalp moisturized and healthy.
Diffuse at home to purify the air
Add to a spray bottle and combine with a small amount of water (an amount that you would use within 2-3 weeks) to cleanse surfaces and refresh rooms.
Blend three to four drops in Fractionated Coconut Oil for a soothing, uplifting massage.
Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children.
If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care,
consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears,
and sensitive areas.
It’s Christmas time! Growing up I learned to associate certain aromas with Christmas. A freshly peeled orange, clove and cinnamon; especially when combined, were a part of the tradition. Many homes burned cranberry scented candles or boiled a cinnamon stick with orange slices on the stove to create the “Smell of Christmas”. It put everyone “in the mood”. Think of peeling an orange. Does the smell of a freshly squeezed orange impact you? It’s generally perceived as invigorating and uplifting. Do you agree?
Christmas time is a time when I particularly appreciate diffusing essential oils. Fortunately it resonates with most people as the pure scents are natural (found in nature), rather than chemically derived. And they have no fillers or preservatives unlike artificial synthetic fragrances. You do have to be careful though. If someone is allergic to the plant from which an essential oils is taken, chances are they will react badly to the oil. Otherwise, the scent of essential oils has benefits beyond simply smelling good. The benefits associated with essential oils you diffuse in your home will be experienced by those with whom you share your space. For many, Christmas a lot of work and a time of tension and loneliness. Emotional balance nurtured by essential oils is a prized benefit; one I value very much! And Christmas time is a good time to nurture positive vibes.
Overtime, I have experienced and come to appreciate the subtle way that essential oils alter the mood. Just like peeling an orange is invigorating and uplifting, the natural scents of essential oils taken from plants create a variety of positive emotional responses. Diffusing at Christmas time is an opportunity to harness the benefits of essential oils while enjoying the traditional scents of Christmas as we did growing up when we stewed cinnamon and oranges, or burned scented candles.
“Holiday Joy” by doterra is a Christmas tradition in our home. This proprietary blend combines Wild Orange, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, and Clove with the fresh scent of Siberian and Douglas Fir. Holiday Joy creates a welcoming environment. It’s primary aromatic features are spicy, warm, sweet and forest fresh; a combination which is grounding ( Siberian and Douglas Fir), joyful (Wild Orange), engaging and warm (Cinnamon, Nutmeg and Clove).
It can be used aromatically (diffused) and topically but use topically with care as cinnamon and clove are hot oils. You will most definitely want to use a carrier such as coconut, jojoba, or almond oil. You could also add a couple drops to an unscented body lotion and apply.
. PRIMARY BENEFITS
• Uplifts mood and enlivens the senses
• Purifies and freshens the air and home
“Studies have illustrated the therapeutic effects of the herb thyme and its essential oils, especially thymol and carvacrol, against various diseases due to its multi-pharmacological properties that include, but are not limited to, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antineoplastic (usefulness in treating cancer) actions. Further, it’s known for its antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and antiseptic activities, in addition to remarkable disruption of microbial biofilms. In the COVID-19 era, some thyme constituents were investigated for their potential in viral binding”. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC9147557/
One thing Covid has highlighted for us is that none of us in guaranteed protection from any virus regardless of the actions we’ve taken; but having economical and widely acclaimed natural tools at our disposal to strengthen and fortify our constitution while heading into the hustle and bustle of the holiday season is a recommended approach to well being. With the attention and recognition that Thyme has received, I love including thyme at this time of year! And indecently, if you’re more familiar with oregano and its abilities, you’ll be interested to hear that thyme is in the same chemical family as oregano so it’s a good oil for anyone that can’t tolerate oregano. Like oregano, it has a heavy herbaceous smell that is more associated with food than a pleasant home fragrance; however thyme is easier to diffuse. It blends more nicely with other oils to create a more pleasant aroma. It softens more easily tending to partner and complement other oils rather than stand out in a diffuser blend like oregano does. With lots of people coming and going over the holidays, I choose diffusing thyme to support not only me but anyone sharing my space.
In my last post I shared how to pair thyme essential oil with citrus essential oils for a punchy, protective, and uplifting holiday blend. https://botanicalblessings.ca/punchy-and-protected-with-unusual-thyme-blends/Here, I want to comment on another pleasant and powerful way to incorporate thyme over the holidays when the possibility of viral transmission is heightened. And it’s simple, choose Lavender! Lavender and thyme blend very nicely. Combining Thyme with Lavender, as an alternative to combining thyme with citrus oils, offers variety over the holidays. But more significantly, it supports different holiday needs as lavender brings to the table an extensive list of known benefits. Perhaps the most commonly appreciated benefit of lavender is its ability to induce calm in moments of tension. And similarly its potential to facilitate in the acquisition of a good night’s sleep. Perfect for unwinding and relaxing during the festive season. But lavender, like thyme essential oil, has been studied and recognized for its value in sustaining and protecting us in the face of Coronavirus infectious bronchitis virus. “Essential oils and oleoresins have been shown through in vitro and in vivo experiments to induce antiviral effects against Coronavirus infectious bronchitis virus. A study reported 221 phytochemical compounds and essential oils to be effective against severe acute respiratory syndrome associated coronavirus (SARS-CoV) using a cell-based assay measuring SARS-CoV-induced cytopathogenic effect” https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33212200/ The study sites both thyme essential and lavender essential oil as effective in protecting against SARS-CoV
Lavender and thyme essential oils pair well together in the diffuser both aromatically and therapuetically offering a pleasant aroma with impressive antiviral protection. To make the aroma of this combination most pleasant, use more lavender than thyme. I recommend 1-2 drops of thyme essential oil with 2-5 drops of lavender. If you want even more variety than alternating between thyme with citrus oils and thyme with lavender, try 1-2 drops thyme, 3 drops lime, and 3 drops lavender as a third diffusing option. When thyme essential oil is paired with citrus essential oils and/or lavender essential oil in a diffuser, you and your family have a better chance of a virus free holiday season. Have a good “thyme” this Christmas rocking around the Christmas tree!
Christmas should be a good time – if you’ve got the thyme!
Thyme essential oil is both antiviral and anti-infectious. It’s in the same chemical family as oregano so it’s a good oil for anyone that can’t tolerate oregano. And it may have a few advantages! Thyme essential oil delivers nicely over longer stretches of time than oregano does. Good to know. And thyme can be used more easily in a diffuser. So get daring and get serious this holiday season!
Thyme is in the herb family of essential oils. Herbs and citrus blend nicely together. Likewise, thyme essential oil blends nicely with citrus essential oils. My favourite citrus oils to use in combination with thyme are grapefruit, bergamot, lime, and wild orange (or a combination of these citruses). Thyme and citrus oils are both cleansing and uplifting. But together they have a little extra kick! On one hand, citrus invigorates and dispels negativity and thyme can soften anger and rage! That’s good for the Grinch in your family. But over and above that, thyme and citrus essential oils are antiseptic, and purifying. And don’t we all need a little protection as we gather and celebrate this blessed season!?
With lots of people coming and going over the holidays, I choose diffusing to support not only me but anyone sharing my space. Give this powerful combination a try; but be sure to use more citrus than thyme in your diffuser. Although thyme diffuses more easily than oregano, it still has a strong smell that you’ll want to sweeten and soften. Citrus does this while complementing the herbal nature of thyme. I recommend combining 1-2 drops of thyme essential oil with 4-5 drops of your chosen citrus essential oil in a diffuser. Thyme and citrus essential oils together make a slightly unusual blend that’s punchy and satisfying, uplifting and protective! My favouite combination is lime and thyme.
PB Assist is doterra’s most anticipated and most requested supplement here, in Canada. And it has finally arrived and available through the Canadian warehouse! Why is this exciting? It’s exciting because research has long shown the connection between poor digestion and anxiousness. PB assist can break this cycle.
PB assist is a proprietary formula of pre-biotic fiber and six strains of probiotic microorganisms in a unique doublelayer vegetable capsule.
The time-release, double-capsule delivery system helps protect the sensitive probiotic cultures from stomach acid and allows them to travel to the lower GI where they are needed. Very unique!
PB assist delivers 6 billion CFUs of active probiotic cultures and soluble pre-biotic FOS (fructooligosaccharides) that encourage friendly bacterial growth. This may be a lower count than some probiotics but due to the unique double capsuled delivery system that safely delivers the culture through the stomach acids and into the colon, it is all you need to restore a healthy balance of microbes in the gut and colon. Your gastrointestinal (GI) tract is responsible for digesting and absorbing the nutrients in the foods you eat, while also helping eliminate waste products from your body. A healthy intestinal tract is critical for optimal digestive function and support.
When balance is restored in the gut and digestive system, anecdotal reports abundantly suggest a corresponding degree of improved mental health. Anxiousness is reduced with the intestinal tract is supported.
In this picture you see the double chamber of PB assist
DIRECTIONS FOR USE:
Take one double-layer capsule three times daily with food for 10 days each month to promote colonization of friendly digestive flora.
Can be used more frequently and for extended periods of time when digestive flora has been compromised by digestive stressors.
PB Assist can be used once a day as an ongoing maintenance program for people with occasional digestive discomfort.
FUN FACT: Doterra’s PB Assist Junior is a powder that can be taken in 4 oz of liquid or straight into your mouth like the good old fashioned crackle candy. It is good for children and adults who don’t want to swallow a capsule. It’s fun!
The Contents, Studies and their Results pertaining to doTERRA’s new product line, the Metabolic MetaPWR System, are summarized in clear and sequential order. See the slide presentation instead: https://youtu.be/TC1MmVfSl_o
Metabolic health and biological age are inseparable. As you age, so does your metabolic function. Your metabolism influences energy, weight, body composition, and even cognitive performance. The system can help you slow the aging process and reduce the gap between life span and health span ie: you are well and vibrant most all of your days.
The MetaPWR system is made up of 6 products: beadlets, soft gels, gum, 250 ml bottle of metaPWR essential oil blend, metaPWR assist and MetaPWR advantage.
The beadlets, soft gels and gum
These are 3 different delivery systems for the MetaPWR essential Oil blend. This blend includes: Grapefruit, Lemon, Peppermint, Ginger, and Cinnamon Bark essential oils. The Metabolic Blend targets and reduces adipose fat cells when ingested. But weight loss is not the main goal in taking the metaPWR system. It could be. But for many, the benefits they desire include feeling energized and refreshed from the inside out with improved skin tone, more energy, better digestion, clearer thinking, better weight distribution, weight loss, better quality of sleep and general balancing of all systems especially the endocrine system. The reduction of fat cells and fat distribution, especially in the abdominal cavity, is part of a comprehensive approach to overall well being as research reveals that how we carry our weight matters. Fat cell reduction is part of what you can expect with the MetaPWR system but you can also expect much more.
The beadlets, soft gels and gum are intended to meet your various needs and preferences throughout the day. The beadlets are handy to keep in your purse or desk to support mindful eating and appetite control. The soft gels contain the MetaPWR Metabolic Blend in an easy-to-swallow, tapioca capsule. This is wonderful for those who want the benefit of the oil without the taste or smell. And the gum is flavourful with a long-lasting sweet, minty, and spicy taste. MetaPWR Satiety Gum helps curb hunger cravings, supports mindful eating, and supports healthy metabolism.
MetaPWR Assist contains standardized mulberry leaf extract, berberine, cinnamon bark powder, as well additional herbs and phytonutrients. Key among these ingredients is the mulberry leaf extract which slows down the conversion of carbohydrates to glucose (blood sugar). So instead of a giant spike and drop, you experience narrower changes or an optimal curve. The iminosugars of the mulberry leaf extract interact with the digestive enzymes that metabolize carbohydrates, slowing their digestion so the glucose doesn’t hit your bloodstream as quickly. Spikes and crashes in your blood sugar are hard on your body, contributing to poor cellular function. Every time your blood sugar spikes, you age. The more you can normalize your blood glucose and insulin curves, the better! And in so doing, one experiences much better energy levels adding vitality to your years.
Blood sugar levels of subjects in a study dropped from 102 mg in the first week of an experiment without MetaPWR Assist to 89 mg the second week with MetaPWR Assist. That’s a decrease of 13%.
MetaPWR Advantage has been clinically developed to strengthen metabolic health by addressing healthy aging with NAD+, NADH, NMN and Collagen. Metabolic health is defined by having blood sugar, waist circumference, blood pressure, cholesterol, and triglycerides all within a healthy range. NAD+ (nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide) is crucial in converting food to energy and plays a vital role in maintaining DNA integrity and proper cell function. NAD+ regulates our circadian rhythm (sleep/wake cycle). NADH is a counter molecule that picks up electrons lost by NAD+ and therefor is crucial for mitochondrial maintenance
NAD+ levels drop with aging
By middle age, our NAD+ levels have plummeted to half that of our youth. Studies have demonstrated that boosting NAD+ levels increases insulin sensitivity, reverses mitochondrial dysfunction, and extends lifespan. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/
NMN to the Rescue!
NMN helps naturally increase NAD+ and NADH levels in the body. That’s amazing because NAD+ and NADH are the energy houses of our cells. They are what support the digestion of protein, turning caloric energy into cellular energy. With this combination we revitalize our cells. These powerful enzymes work together to energize and refresh us from the inside out with improved skin tone, more energy, better digestion, clearer thinking, better weight distribution, weight loss, better quality of sleep and general balancing of all system especially the endocrine system.
Now What About that Collagen?
MetaPWR advantage contains nine types of collagen tripeptides from marine sources. Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body and a key component of connective tissues that make up tendons, ligaments, skin, muscles, and other body parts. Clinical data has shown the importance of collagen in maintaining healthy skin and joints. But unfortunately, as we age our bodies produce less collagen. And when we experience stress, we have a spike in the “stress hormone” cortisol. This further jeopardizes the integrity of our collagen as cortisol is shown to degrade collagen. So it’s true, we cannot escape the cascading effects of lost collagen as age. But with good supplementation, we can make an enormous difference.
With nine types of collagen, MetaPWR advantage exceeds the industry standard that on average contains 1 or 2 types of collagen that mostly address skin beauty, elasticity and wrinkles. The body naturally produces 28 types of collagen. With nine different types, opposed to the industry standard of 1 or 2, MetaPWR advantage has emphasized the whole-body role of collagen. Each of the nine collagens play a unique role in improving skin density, elasticity, and hydration; strengthening blood vessels; supporting connective tissue; and improving overall vitality.
It needs also be mentioned that MetaPWR has a 70% plus tripeptide content making it highly bioavailable (bioavailable refers to the body’s ability to absorb and use a nutrient.) Research shows that the industry standard, whether from land animals or marine sources, may contain 15–35% tripeptide content. Once again, MetaPWR advantage outshines this standard. MetaPWR Advantage represents an absorption rate approximately 12 times that of other standard collagens.
When taking the MetaPWR system we are energized and refreshed from the inside out with improved skin tone, more energy, better digestion, clearer thinking, better weight distribution, weight loss, better quality of sleep and general balancing through regulation of all system especially the endocrine system.
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This is my personal journey with the MetaPWR system outlining measurable outcomes such as weight, waist circumference, digestive health, mood, energy level, sleep quality, changes in skin tone and any other significant observations. Let’s dig in….
First up, let me say I was not the perfect candidate for a 1 month trial as I missed taking some of the products some of the time. But you know, the 80/20 rule wherein following a lifestyle 80% of the time is significant to bring about change is good enough for me! It’s consistency that counts. I give myself lots of points here. I have been steadfast in my commitments and I’ve enjoyed the journey! I don’t mind having the product around for an extra 2 weeks. It’s all good.
Weight and waist circumfernce: Last I weighed, day 22, I had dropped another 1/2 pound making the total weight loss at that time, 3 and 1/2 pounds. I don’t weigh every week. I am interested in weight loss of course and look forward
to the final weigh in and measurement but for now I ‘m having fun observing the changes in the other areas.
In some ways my digestive health seems better and yet not really. I don’t have much to report here. I look forward to the next 2 weeks to observe which way this goes.
I feel a lot of well adjusted resolve. Healthy habits are interesting that way. They seem to take on an energy when you commit to them. As though one good choice naturally leads to another. Like building blocks. So you feel a bit more energy, or you have less inflammation in your body, in turn your’re happier and maybe even moving more. Or you have a stronger will to manifest your vision. And so it’s been with me.
There are different forms of energy. And each of us will feel energy differently. What I am really happy with since I started MetaPWR is a shift that I feel in terms of alignment. It seems that I am observing and noticing the subtleties around me and with that have a greater awareness of the impacts and influences that effect my well being. I feel a vibrational shift in energy as my body comes to life with the nourishing properties of the MetaPWR system. It feels restorative.
Ok! After 29 days, I’m there! I can say yes to this. It has helped with sleep quality. I didn’t feel it right away like some people report but yep! It came to me.
I got 2 compliments of that nature so I guess my skin tone must be good! But what I personally noticed is strengthened finger nails. My nails are naturally pretty strong, but they are stronger! Any sign of change like that is evidence that change is happening at the foundational level. I’ll take it!
I can testify that I have less inflammation in the system as my body is less reactive to challenges. This could be 2 fold. It could be the phytonutrients in the metaPWR system or it could be the collagen as it supports tissues, ligament, and joints. I want to stick with this to see how it unfolds.
it’s hard to find a study of the ratios and combinations being offered. That’s why reading labels is important. But look at this……
The Life Long Vitality Pack:3 Bottle System of Nutritional Supplements
This vitamin system should be taken all together for best results.
But here’s the breakdown for each bottle…
Alpha CRS is a proprietary antioxidant formula combining potent levels of natural botanical extracts that support healthy cell function and longevity
Cellular longevity is jeopardized by free radicals which are atoms, missing an electron, that try to acquire what is missing from a healthy atom. Breathing, eating, exercise and stress naturally create free radicals.
Too many free radicals howevercontributes to chronic health problems such as cardiovascular and inflammatory disease, cataracts, and cancer.
Alpha CRS is a proprietary formula of: milk thistle, resveratrol, pomegranate, green tea leaf extract, grape seed, pineapple, and sesame seed. These are powerful food derived antioxidants that keep our cells healthy
Advantage: whole food based supplements are 98% bioavailable to us unlike synthetically derived alternatives
More than just antioxidants Alpha CRS has a cellular energy blend:
Quercetinwhen combined with Omega 3’s (in EO Mega) has a synergistic effect in supporting immune response and inflammation
Ginko Biloba supports the central nervous system and other neuro systems
CoQ10 There’s evidence that CoQ10 can lower blood pressure slightly. CoQ10 is also used to treat heart failure and other heart conditions, possibly helping to improve some symptoms and lessen future cardiac risks (mayo clinic)
Alpha-lipoic acid: 1) may enhance the body’s ability to use its own insulin to lower blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes.
2) It may may help reduce the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy – nerve damage. (National Institute of Medicine)
L-carnitine is a chemical that is made in the human brain, liver, and kidneys. It helps the body turn fat into energy. L-carnitine is important for heart and brain function, muscle movement, and many other body processes. (WebMD)
Alpha CRS could be a stand alone product for someone wanting wholefood antioxidants in their diet. But for best results, use all 3 bottles of the Life Long Vitality Pack as a system
Microplex VMz and xEO Mega
VMzand xEOMega should always be taken together. Some of the nutrients have synergistic actions. The combinations and ratios were specifically chosen to optimize this synergy as part of a targeted approach to a healthy immune response.
xEO Mega includes 9 essential oils:
Tummy tamer blend: peppermint, ginger and caraway which relax and calm the digestive tract
German chamomile: antispasmodic, antifungal, anti-inflammatory.
Botttle #3: MicroplexVMz Food Nutrient (basically a multi vitamin)
The vitamins in Microplex VMz are presented in a patented glycoprotein matrix to help promote bioavailability. To make a vitamin glycoprotein compound, a vitamin is introduced to a culture of lactobacillus and yeast. As it grows, the yeast metabolizes and binds the vitamin into its protein matrix, making the vitamin more recognizable as food in the digestive process.
Selenium: Selenium is one of the most important micronutrients in your body when it comes to your thyroid. Selenium also plays an important role in regulating enzymes that help protect your cells from free radicals.
Zinc: Zinc is a nutrient found throughout your body. It supports the immune system and metabolism. Zinc also plays a role in wound healing and your sense of taste and smell.
Iron: Iron supports muscle metabolism and healthy connective tissue. Iron is also necessary for physical growth, neurological development, cellular functioning, and synthesis of some hormones (National Institute of Health)
All 3 bottles in the Life Long Vitality Pack have the tummy tamer blend: peppermint, ginger and caraway which relaxes and calms the digestive system while reducing systemic inflammation
There are 3 benefits to taking the Life Long Vitality as a System
The presence of essential oils will:
1) boosts the antioxidant power
2) preserves the fish oils in the EO Mega
3) Quercetin (in alpha CRS) when combined with Omega 3’s (in xEO Mega) has a synergistic effect in supporting immune response and inflammation.