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Maintenance (formerly called Cholesterol Maintenance)
Rosemary ct cineole (Rosmarinus officinalis), Ginger (Zingiber officinale), Roman Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile), Black Spruce (picea mariana), Helichrysum (Helichrysum italicum), Goldenrod (Solidago canadensis)

Children? Do not apply on or near the face of infants or young children.
Pregnancy/Breastfeeding? Suitable

Therapeutic Uses
Maintenance essential oil blend may support, aid, ease, soothe, reduce, calm, relax, promote and/or maintain healthy function of the following: 

ROSEMARY (contains camphene which may support balancing cholesterol)
ROMAN CHAMOMILE (noted to support blood and liver, stress reducer)
BLACK SPRUCE (contains camphene, which may help support balancing triglycerides)
HELICHRYSUM (stimulent to liver, gallbladder, kidney, spleen and pancreas)
GINGER (contains curcumene which may help support balancing triglycerides)
GOLDENROD (may support heart and prostate function)

Application Suggestions (See Essential Oil Usage for more information and a dilution chart.)
Topical: Dilute with a carrier oilunscented lotion or unscented cream and apply over the liver, gallbladder, spleen, kidney, pancreas, heart, prostate or as desired. 
 Consider using a roll-on applicator for ease of application of prediluted oil.

Inhalation: Diffuse or use a personal Nasal Inhaler

Internal: Maintenance is 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 medical doctors or health care practitioners 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" or "British" methods, it's a matter of experience and appropriate application.
Click here for information about internal usage.

Click here and scroll down for more testimonies about Cholesterol.

1. I take this by mouth, and yes, it tastes awful, but worth enduring for the wonderful benefits. I feel that by taking directly into my mouth it is absorbed the best and utilized without having to go through digestion processes. I take about 3 drops (diluted), 3 times daily. I feel great and my cholesterol and triglyceride levels have all balanced out without prescription medications! - D.S. 
[HEO's comment: We don't have studies to help us know the long-term effect of daily oral use of these oils. Please read the "Internal" application suggestions information above.]

2. My husband has been on statins for years with numbers not really that great, even on the drugs. He follows good diet and exercise habits (we believe it is an inherited issues). He was game to give your Maintenance a try and has been able to lower his points to within five points of normal range without the drugs by just using the oil three times a day. He uses three drops sublingually before meals or close to meals. He holds the drops under his tongue about a minute, and then he washes it down with water. Once his numbers on the test looked so great, he decided to reduce and only take the drops morning and night, after which the numbers rose again, so he went back to three times daily. It looks like his body likes the oils in his system on a more consistent basis. I think he dropped the numbers within just a three-month period. We are very happy with these developments and so grateful for you for making blends available for those of us to try to find natural solutions! - C.H.
[HEO's comment: We don't have studies to help us know the long-term effect of daily oral use of these oils. Please read the "Internal" application suggestions information above.]

3. My doctor’s visit showed perfect blood pressure (120/70) and blood sugar was fine, but my cholesterol was 270! He knows me well enough not to suggest that I take prescription medications, so he suggested the following:
Vitamin C
Vitamin B
Chromium Picolinate
Omega oils
Diet changes (he suggests the McDougall Program)

In three months my cholesterol was down to 206, but my triglycerides were still up and I still had some occasional chest pains. So I added the following to my protocol:
- Daily exercise
- Daily tonic of 1 TB Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar, 1 TB raw honey in a cup of water [lowers pH and supposed to lower cholesterol]
ENDURANCE in a capsule twice daily (HEO's comment: see note above about oral use)
- Blend of TSUGA, GOLDENROD and GINGER (see Maintenance blend) in a capsule once daily (HEO's comment: see note above about oral use)
Four months later cholesterol was the same and triglycerides had fallen from 200+ to 150.

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. 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. Tisserand suggests: "With essential oils, fatty oil has been suggested as an appropriate first aid treatment, though the advantage of saline [eyewash] is that the eyes can be continually flushed, and this is less easy with fatty oil.” We are not aware of a case where essential oil in the eyes caused 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.