Frankincense (Boswelia frereana), Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia), Fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii), Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha), Spikenard (Nardostachys jatamansi), Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis), Cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica), Rose (Rosa damascena), Cinnamon Bark (Cinnamon zeylanicum)
Properties and Uses
Infection fighting and immune stimulating. The oils used in Ancient Healing are anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral. May help abscesses, ear infections, flu-like symptoms and so on. This blend also may help increase mental alertness, physical equilibrium, memory and cellular vitality. It may help stimulate the hypothalamus and pituitary glands.
Application Suggestions (see Essential Oil Usage for more information and a dilution chart)
Topical: Dilute with a carrier oil and apply on area of concern or as desired. Due to Cinnamon Bark in the blend, the maximum dilution ratio (per Tisserand/Young) is 1%, which is 1 drop of the Ancient Healing blend in 3mLs carrier.
Inhalation: Directly inhale; Diffuse
Internal: Ancient Healing 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 separating "French aromatherapy" from "British" methods, it's a matter of experience and appropriate application.
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1. I have used a similar blend from another EO company and it puts me right to sleep when put on feet. I've also found it very effective topically for areas of pain. - Karen
2. Recently my aunt developed an abscess on her spine where years ago she had an epidural. By the time she asked for help, the actual abscess was the diameter of a baseball and the surrounding redness was as big as a dinner plate. I read which oils might work best and mixed a fairly strong dilution of Ancient Healing. Once the abscess opened and began to drain, she reported it was very itchy. We continued to treat the abscess with Ancient Healing, and the irritation from bandages with a bit of Lavender. Within ten days, the abscess was totally healed, and all for less than the price of one 2mL sample of Ancient Healing. I used organic olive oil to dilute the Ancient Healing at 10% because of the enormous size of the abscess. That's an incredible bargain compared to what would have been a costly hospital stay for such an infection! Thank you, thank you, thank you! - Allison
Safety (per Tisserand/Young):
Cinnamon Bark Orally: Not for children orally of six years old or under, and use with caution and in greater dilution for children older than six. Do not use orally in cases of hemophilia or severe kidney or liver disease. Oral use cautions: diabetes medication, anticoagulant medication, major surgery, peptic ulcer, hemophilia and other bleeding disorders.
Dermal Risk: Due to aldehyde content, there is a moderate risk that Cinnamon Bark may be sensitizing.
Pregnancy and Breastfeeding: Cinnamon Bark is contraindicated for pregnancy and breastfeeding because when it was fed to pregnant mice for two weeks it significantly reduced the number of nuclei and altered the distribution of embryos according to nucleus number (Tisserand 249).
Drug interaction: May inhibit blood clotting.
From Essential Oil Safety by Tisserand/Young:
"Cinnamon oil (type not known) caused poisoning after the ingestion of approximately 60mL by a 7-year-old boy who drank the oil when dared to by a friend. Symptoms included a burning sensation in the mouth, chest and stomach, dizziness, double vision and nausea. There was also vomiting and later collapse. The doctors involved considered that had vomiting not occurred the dose could have been fatal, but there were no serious consequences."
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.
Tisserand, Robert; Young, Rodney, Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals, Elsevier Health Sciences UK 2nd Edition 2014, pages 249, 652-653.