Orange (Citrus sinesis), Frankincense (Boswellia frereana), Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin), Clove (Eugenia caryophyllata), Ginger (Zingiber offininale), Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha), Cinnamon Bark (Cinnamomum verum, also called zeylanicum), Black Spruce (Picea mariana)
Abundant Life contains oils noted for their tremendous anti-viral and anti-fungal properties, which should make this blend a good choice for immune system support.
Application Suggestions (see Essential Oil Usage for more information and a dilution chart)
Topical: Dilute with a carrier oil and apply as desired. Repeated use may result in contact sensitization. Dilute appropriately and skin test for sensitivity.
Inhalation: Directly inhale; diffuse
Internal: The quality of the oils used in Abundant Life are suitable for internal use within safe parameters, if such use is deemed appropriate. We feel that internal use is rarely *needed* and should only be used with respect for how concentrated the oils are. HEO does not advocate internal use of essential oils without appropriate knowledge and understanding of how to administer, for what purpose, how much, which essential oils, safety concerns and so on. In our experience, essential oils are generally more effective used topically with proper dilution or inhaled. Kurt Schnaubelt Ph.D. notes that "French aromatherapy literature contains many references to using oils orally." He goes on to note that "generally 1 drop is always enough when ingesting essential oils." A potential toxicity hazard could occur when untrained people use essential oils orally and ingest too much. Keep in mind that while French doctors may prescribe essential oils for internal use, they are trained and experienced in the safe application of essential oils. It is not a matter of using "French aromatherapy" or "British" methods, it's a matter of experience and appropriate application.
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1. Abundant Life has one of the nicest scents I've tried diffusing for immune support. Fresh, light and very clean. We really like it! - Anne
2. I love to diffuse Abundant Life - it smells heavenly. - Deborah
Avoid use during pregnancy. Possible skin sensitivity. Avoid using on infants and very small children.
Cinnamon is not recommended internally for children under 6 years old, and use with caution and in greater dilution for children older than six. May be sensitizing due to aldehydes. Cinnamon is on the “avoid” if pregnant list. Do not use in cases of hemophilia or severe kidney or liver disease.
Some aromatherapists believe that Clove essential oil can act as a blood thinner such as Warfarin or Coumarin. David Stewart, PhD, DNM addresses anticoagulant drugs: "Many practicing aromatherapists have thought that oils containing coumarins could be contraindicated when a person is taking anticoagulant drugs on the theory that coumarins are also anticoagulants and might cause too much thinning of the blood that could result in hemorrhages. However, coumarins in essential oils are not anticoagulants and pose no such hazards." Tisserand notes that "since eugenol significantly inhibits human MAO-A (Tao et al 2005), oral doses of eugenol-rich essential oils may interact with pethidine, indirect sympathomimetics, MAOIs or SSRIs."
Repeated use can result in contact sensitization. Skin test for sensitivity.
From Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand, page 254-256: Clove caution: "Hypersensitive, diseased or damaged skin, children under 2 years of age." "There are three reports of non-fatal oral poisoning from clove oil, all in children. In 1991 a 7-month-old child was given one teaspoon of clove oil. Supportive care and gastric lavage were sufficient for total recovery following the resultant severe acidosis, CNS depression and urinary abnormalities (the presence of ketones in the urine). The second case involves a near fatal poisoning of the acetaminophen (paracetamol) type after ingestion of 5-10 ml of clove oil by a 2-year-old boy. Acidosis, deteriorating liver function, deep coma, generalized seizure and unrecordably low blood glucose were all noted. Heparin (an anticoagulant) was given due to the possible development of disseminated intravascular coagulation. The child was fully conscious by day six and eventually made a full recovery. In the final case, a 15-month-old boy developed fulminant hepatic failure after ingesting 10ml clove oil. . . . a 32-year-old woman, who self-injected an unknown quantity of clove oil intravenously, experienced acute respiratory distress due to pulmonary edema which had developed over one hour."
Avoid contact with the eyes and other sensitive areas. Essential oils are both lipophilic and hydrophobic. Lipophilic means they are attracted to fat—like the membranes of your eyes and skin. They are also hydrophobic, meaning they do not like water. Flushing with water will only send the essential oil back to the eye's membranes. Applying a carrier oil will create another fat for the essential oil to be attracted to other than the membranes of the eyes or skin. We’ve not known this to cause permanent injury or long-term discomfort, but if you feel concerned, please call your health care provider.
Schnaubelt, Kurt, Medical Aromatherapy, 1999, page 133.
Tisserand, Robert; Young, Rodney, Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals, Elsevier Health Sciences UK 2nd Edition 2014, page 254-256.