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Dr. Hull's Pain
Dr. Hull's Pain
Dr. Hull's Pain
Birch (Betula lenta), Pine (Pinus kessia), Douglas Fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii), Clove (Eugenia caryophyllata), Nutmeg (Myristica fragrans), Oregano (Origanum vulgare), Spanish Sage (Salvia lavandulaefolia)

Who is Dr. Hull?

Children? Not suitable due to Birch.
Pregnancy/Breastfeeding? Not suitable due to Birch, Oregano and Spanish Sage.
Medication/Health Condition Contraindicated All Routes: Anticoagulant, Diabetes medication, Ephedrine, Pethidine; Childbirth, Liver and Kidney disease, Major Surgery (one week before and after), Peptic Ulcer, Hemophilia
Therapeutic Uses
Dr. Hull's Pain essential oil blend may support, aid, ease, soothe, reduce, calm, relax, promote and/or maintain healthy function of the following:
Inflammation
Pain

Dr. Hull wrote: "A topical blend for pain to modulate the body from inflammation back to self regulation."

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 on area of concern or as desired. Consider using a roll-on applicator for ease of application of prediluted oil. Maximum topical use is 3.5%. 

Inhalation: Diffuse or use a personal Nasal Inhaler

Safety
Birch: Dermal, Inhalation and Internal Contraindications: Anticoagulant medication, major surgery, hemophilia and other bleeding disorders, pregnancy, nursing, children and people with salicylate sensitivity, which may apply to people with ADD/ADHD (Tisserand/Young page 215).

Birch Internal Caution: Large doses of Birch can be toxic. 5mls of Birch is equal to approximately 21 aspirin (300 mg tablets). Large amounts taken orally can cause ringing in the ears, nausea, vomiting, headache, stomach pain and confusion. Tisserand notes that the maximum adult daily oral dose is 182mg, which would be less than .2mL. Oral Caution: GERD disease. 

Tisserand writes about Wintergreen, which has the same properties as Birch:
"Wintergreen oil has some wonderful properties, but I would not like to see it used at more than 5%. No one has died from dermal [topical] application, but there have been at least three reported cases of people taking blood-thinning medication who broke out in internal bruising when they applied methyl salicylate-containing products to their skin. It enhances the blood thinning action of the drug, and blood leaks out of the blood vessels."
 
Clove Medication Caution: 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." Caution is advised when Clove essential oil is ingested in conjunction with certain foods if taking MAO inhibiting antidepressants. Those containing tyramine, which include cheese, may precipitate a hypertensive crisis (Blackwell ? Mabbitt 1965), while tryptophan-containing foods may lead to elevated serotonin levels.
 
Oregano Dermal Caution: Oregano can cause irritation of skin and mucus membranes if not appropriately diluted. According to Tisserand/Young, maximum dermal use level is 1.1% (Tisserand page 376).
 
Oral Caution: Diabetic medication, anticoagulant medication, major surgery, peptic ulcer, hemophilia and other bleeding disorders (Tisserand page 376). 
  
Oral Lethal Dose for a Child: 21mls (Buckle)
 
Contraindications (all routes): Pregnancy and nursing (Tisserand page 376). Oregano is not on the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA) avoid or use with caution list during pregnancy or nursing list.
 
"An essential oil consisting of 93.9% carvacrol [the key component of Oregano] was given orally to pregnant rats during gestational days 0-15 at doses of 100, 500, or 1,000ppm. There were no signs of maternal toxicity or teratogenicity at any dose, and in the two higher dose groups there was a significant increase in the number of implantation and live fetuses, a positive outcome." - From Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand, page 376. 
 
Avoid Spanish Sage during pregnancy at any dose (Tisserand/Young, Ron Guba, Toxicity Myths, AGORA).
 
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. 
 
References
Buckle, Jane, Clinical Aromatherapy, 2nd Edition 2003, p.83. 
Tisserand, Robert; Young, Rodney, Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals, Elsevier Health Sciences UK 2nd Edition 2014, pages 64, 375-376.

 

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