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treatment. Essential oils are now extremely popular worldwide; it is estimated that sales are in the billions worldwide.13 Western medicine has slowly begun to validate their healing properties. At the French Police Toxicology Laboratory, Professor Griffon, director, set out to test the anti-septic effects of specifically chosen essential oils. He blended pine, thyme, peppermint, lavender, rosemary, clove, and cinnamon essential oils. He placed several petri dishes about six inches above the floor. He allowed the dishes to collect microbes for a period of twenty-four hours. The next day, he tested them again and found they contained 210 colonies of microbes including several varieties of molds and staphylococci. He added his prepared blend of essential oils to the dishes. Within thirty minutes, all of the potentially harmful, disease-causing molds and staphylococci were destroyed.14 Peppermint has been shown to reduce nausea for pregnant women during labor. In another study, neroli essential oil helped reduce blood pressure and pre-procedure anxiety among people undergoing a colonoscopy.15 These and so many more ongoing clinical studies will continue to help us bring ancient knowledge together with modern treatments. Each belief system and practice has merit and value. We have the superb option of choosing the most effective and least harmful remedies for our intricate physical systems. The best news is that essential oils are available to everyone for purposes of their choosing, whether it be physical healing, developing mental clarity, or seeking an emotional lift. They are natural gifts eagerly waiting to help improve our daily lives.

13 “The Global Essential Oil Trade,” www.crnm.org/index.php?option=com_docman&task=doc _view&gid=106&tmpl=component&format=raw&Itemid=113. Global Oil Trade volume 25, Sept/Oct 2007. 14 “Essential Oils,” hopewelloils.com/medicinal-value.php. 15 Steve Erlich, NMD, “Aromatherapy,” umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/treatment /aromatherapy#ixzz3fX0u9194.

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