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)
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, Diuretic, Ephedrine medication; Childbirth, Liver and Kidney disease, Major Surgery, Peptic Ulcer, Hemophilia
May inactivate Antibiotics significant amounts
Who is Dr. Hull?
A topical blend for pain to modulate the body from inflammation back to self regulation.
Dr. Hull's Application Suggestions
Apply on location as desired.
Dr. Hull does not mention diluting the blend (he may give specific directions to his patients). Maximum topical use is 3.5%. Please see Hopewell's Essential Oil Usage for more information and a dilution chart to determine the appropriate way to use this blend for your specific situation.
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."
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. 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. 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’ve not known this to cause permanent injury or long-term discomfort, but if you feel concerned, please call your health care provider.
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 375-376.