Exploring Clinical Applications of Essential Oils

Home, Field, Clinic, or Operating Room:

Exploring  Clinical Applications of Essential Oils

-by Dr. Paul Winterton, MD

“The CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade oils procured and distributed by doTERRA are the only essential oils that I’m comfortable prescribing as a physician trained in the western medical tradition.”

We have all experienced join pain and muscle aches, regardless of our age and activity level. The causes range from simple aches following exercise to debilitating pain from a serious accident, surgery or chronic illness.

Alleviating these symptoms and treating the source of pain is sometimes a challenge for the practicing orthopedic surgeon. In addition to desiring confirmation of a particular diagnosis and treatment plan, patients following a slip and fall, or with chronic bone and joint illness are often desperate for relief from pain and stiffness.

Essential oils, have become a frontline therapeutic modality for me in my practice. Their powerful anti-inflammatory effects can be utilized in many athletic and clinical settings. Whether at the finish line of a marathon, in the clinic seeing patients for injuries, or conducting preoperative evaluations and postoperative follow-up, essential oils are a mainstay of treatment in my orthopedic practice.

When patients arrive at my clinic, they are immediately introduced to oils as they inhale the ultrasonically diffused aromatic compounds in my lobby and every exam room. The antiviral and antiseptic properties of essential oils have been demonstrated in many laboratories and provide excellent cold, flu and infection prevention for my patients and employees. In the exam room, every patient is a given a therapeutic warm, moist towel compress with essential oils, followed by an application of anti-inflammatory rub on the area of tenderness of post-operative incision site. I also recommend capsules of essential oils to take internally.

In the locker room or on the field, I instruct the chiropractic physicians, physical therapists, and athletic trainers in application of anti-inflammatory essential oil rubs. They have also utilized ultrasonic (Phonophoresis) and electronic (Iontophoresis) devices during massage to improve penetration, absorption, and distribution of the essential oils. The symptomatic relief has been wonderful for my patients, and certainly reflects well on me as their physician.

Finally, patients can treat themselves and their families with essential oils as they become acquainted and comfortable with their topical, aromatic, and internal applications. Use of essential oils in the home, in tandem with healthy lifestyles, can be a powerful preventive measure for avoiding unnecessary trips to the emergency room or clinic.

The CPTG (Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade) oils procured and distributed by doTERRA are the only essential oils that I’m comfortable prescribing as a physician trained in western medical tradition. Every product has been harvested from its unique environment, meticulously processed and analyzed for its therapeutic purity and potency. This is extremely important to me as a physician. We trust manufacturers for traditional, FDA approved, Ibuprofen and Acetaminophen, that every pill in the bottle has the same concentration of medicine. Likewise, ever time a patient leaves my clinic with a sample of oil, I need to know that the purity and potency is the same in every bottle.

I look forward to working more closely with my musculoskeletal colleagues regarding the clinical applications of essential oils, and hope to expand their use at home, on the field, in the clinic, and in the operating room.

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Paul W. Winterton is a Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon, and a member of doTERRA’s Scientific Advisory Board. He earned his medical degree from Harvard Medical School in 1993 and completed his Orthopedic Surgical Residency at the Mayo Clinic in 1998. Following residency, he completed two fellowshops at The Institute For Bone and Joint Disorders in should and knee reconstructive surgery/sports medicine,  as well as foot and ankle reconstruction in Phoenix, Arizona.

Currently, Dr. Winterton serves on the Board of Councilors for The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.  He is a strong proponent of the practical use of essential oils and dietary supplements in the home, as well as in the traditional western medical clinical setting, particularly with regard to bone and joint well being.

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I’m Dreaming of a WHITE…. Fir!

doTERRA Essential Oil

White Fir

White Fir is recognizable as the common Christmas tree

Derived from the soft needles of the tree, white fir is a favorite among essential oil users for its ability to relieve and soothe muscle aches and pains when applied topically.

Fir also increases poor circulation, is effective with genital and urinary infections, and reduces asthma and coughing.  It is also used as a disinfectant and decongestant.

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Properties: Antiarthritic, antiseptic, expectorant, analgesic, anticatarrhal, and stimulant. (anti-inflammatory)

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White Fir is an excellent direct topical massage oil, and is used often as a surface disinfectant.  White Fir diffused can be an airborne antiseptic and is antimicrobial.

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  • Historical Oil Uses: White fir essential oil was used for fever, rheumatic and muscular pain, and respiratory complaints.

    Possible Uses: White fir essential oil can help to fight airborne bacteria and germs, asthma, reduce pains from the flu and colds, arthritis, supporting the blood, bronchial obstructions, fevers, rheumatism, coughs, urinary tract infections and sinusitis.

 

APPLICATIONS:
  • Apply to reflex points and/or directly on area of concern.
  • Dilute 1 drop of oil in 1 tsp. honey or 4 oz. of beverage for dietary supplement (not for children under 6 yrs of age.  Use in caution and in greater dilution for children over 6 yrs of age).
  • Diffuse to create a feeling of grounding, anchoring, and empowerment.
Immune-Boosting Massage oil:
Fractionated Coconut Oil 4 teaspoons, Geranium 4 drops, Wild Orange 4 drops, Lemon 2 drops, White Fir 2 drops, Frankincense 2 drops, and Myrrh 1 drop.
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Candida Immune-Boosting Body Oil: 
4 Ounces of Coconut Oil, Geranium 4 drops, White Fir 6 drops, Frankincense 3 drops, Thyme 3 drops, Patchouli 2 drops, and Melaleuca 3 drops. Massage into skin several times a day – apply to bottoms of feet in the evening and put on thick cotton socks.
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Amazing Benefits of Coriander

Doterra Essential Oil

Coriander Essential Oil
Coriandrum sativum

Popular across many cultures for various uses, Coriander essential oil is extracted from the seed of the coriander plant. Coriander’s healthful therapeutic benefits, which can be attributed to its extremely high linalool content, range from digestive support to supporting a healthy insulin response.

For aromatic, topical, or internal use.

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Historical Uses: Chinese culture has used coriander for piles, dysentery, nausea, toothache, measles and painful hernias.

The Chinese incorporated Coriander into their medical practice as long ago as 207 B.C.E. and believed that Coriander could bestow IMMORTALITY.

In India, Coriander was a remedy for constipation and insomnia, as well as for easing the pain of childbirth. Women consumed the seeds regularly to promote fertility. During the Elizabethan era, candy coated coriander seeds were served as a sweet after meals and to guard against gas. Coriander is also a natural deodorant

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Possible Uses: Coriander essential oil may  help with arthritis, anorexia, colic, colds, digestive spasms, diarrhea, flatulence, dyspepsia, gout, flu, general infections, migraine, measles, nausea, muscular aches and pains, neuralgia, nervous exhaustion, poor circulation, piles, rheumatism, oily skin and stiffness. It may help control pain related to menstruation.

Many individuals who have been diagnosed with diabetes benefit from ingesting Coriander on a regular basis. Patients have reported when acute stress or sustained tension starts a high ―sugar‖ response – applying Coriander directly over Pancreas and Stomach mitigates the symptoms (profuse sweating, dizziness, disorientation, etc.) almost immediately.

Coriander is a circulatory stimulant and encourages the release of toxins from the body, thereby improving conditions such as arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, gout, rheumatism and a sluggish lymph system.

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Properties: analgesic, antibacterial, anti-depressive, antifungal, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory (topical application) antioxidant, anti-rheumatic, antispasmodic, stimulant (cardiac, circulatory, nervous systems)

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Mental Benefits: Can provide a calming influence to those suffering from shock or fear when diffused into the area. Can be stimulating to those who are suffering from low energy when diffused. Comforts the intellect and uplifts the mind benefiting those who are both worried and emotionally bereft.

It improves memory and mental functions. It promotes Happiness and Joy by reducing worry. This is considered a protective oil and helps to increase feelings of spontaneity and passion and seeks to achieve stability without denying Joy. Coriander seed oil is ideally suited, therefore, to complex, creative individuals who find it difficult to cope with predictability and routine.

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How to use:

  • Topically – Can be applied neat to skin at reflex points and/or directly to area of concern.
  • Aromatically – Diffuse.
  • Internally – Categorized as GRAS for human consumption by the FDA.

The aroma is soothing to some and may be used for its soothing properties by diffusion. Consider as a rotation oil used with other oils to add variety for not only the aromatic benefit but the antibacterial properties as well.

It may be applied directly (neat) for help with muscle pain or for rheumatism and directly on the abdomen or back for digestive difficulties. For digestive difficulties, it may be taken internally mixed with water or other liquids with honey or agave added to sweeten the taste.

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All Natural Nausea / Morning Sickness Treatment

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Viva La Vetiver!

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Vetiver Essential Oil
Vetiveria zizanoides

Vetiver is loved for its rich, exotic, and complex aroma. Used extensively in perfumes as a base note and fixative, vetiver’s woody, earthy scent complements many other essential oils. Vetiver also has many therapeutic uses, including as an antioxidant and for relaxation.

For aromatic, topical, or dietary use

Vetiver, with its calming properties, has been known to dispel anger, hysteria and irritability. Further, even neurotic behavior stemming from stress and tension has been reduced.

Properties: Antispasmodic, antiseptic, grounding, calming, rebefacient, immune stimulant, stimulant, sedative.

Historical Uses: Vetiver roots have been as a perfume.

Possible Uses: doTERRA vetiver essential oil may help anorexia, acne, breasts (enlargement), anxiety, cuts, arthritis, depression, muscular rheumatism, insomnia, skin care, nervousness, stress, and sprains.

Aromatic Guide: Diffusing vetiver essential oil may help relieve stress and to recover from emotional shock and trauma. A natural tranquilizer, can help induce a restful sleep.

Application:

  • Topically – Can be applied neat directly to the skin. Apply directly to the area of concern or to reflex points.
  • Aromatically – Diffuse doTERRA vetiver essential oil.
  • Internally – doTERRA vetiver oil can be taken internally. Take using gel capsules or directly with food or beverage. Vetiver is classifed as a Food Additive (FA) and Flavoring Agent (FL) by the FDA.
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Native to India, the grass also grows in Java, the Seychelles, Reunion, Brazil, Haiti and Japan. Its nature as the oil of tranquility is reflected in a dark amber liquid that is so thick and almost treacle-like. It is a beautiful oil for the home as it can help with many day to day ailments.

Here are the five reasons to love vetiver essential oil:

Reason #1: Vetiver essential oil is deeply relaxing

Known as the oil of tranquility, it is beneficial for anyone experiencing stress, anxiety, insomnia or depression. It is a nervine (strengthens the nerves and nervous system) and sedative (reduces nervousness, distress and agitation) therefore the perfect oil to help you ground, relax and balance yourself in “I want to scream and pull my hair out” moments.

Reason #2: Vetiver essential oil is great for skin, especially wrinkles and stretchmarks

Its vulnerary (prevent tissue regeneration and promotes wound healing) and cicatrisant (promotes formation of scar tissue) properties make it excellent for healing tired and stressed skin.

It is excellent for revitalizing skin after childbirth to minimize stretchmarks. It can also help with cuts, wounds and scars. It is helpful in daily skincare in the treatment of dry, dehydrated skin as well as bruises. Very moisturizing, it can even be used in facial blends for wrinkles. It is up there with a woman’s best friend.

Reason #3: Vetiver essential oil is very effective at relieving muscular aches 

Vetiver oil is rubefacient (meaning it’s warming and increases blood flow) and therefore superb in the treatment of general body aches and pains, bruises, rheumatism and arthritis.

The use of vetiver in a massage blend is a deeply relaxing treatment that soothes aches and pains and is highly recommended for anyone with sore joints. Very good for massage in stressful times that manifest into a very sore and achy body.

Reason #4: Vetiver essential oil is superb at helping PMS and menopausal issues

Vetiver oil is an excellent oil to have in the house when there are women around (of any age!). Whether it is you that suffers PMS or menopausal symptoms or the person you live with, vetiver essential oil is a star in helping to regulate hormones!

It is said to regulate the secretion of estrogen and progesterone, making it very helpful during menopause. Its cooling action also helps with hot flushes and its grounding action helps to balance the emotions.

PMS can be caused by estrogen deficiency and therefore is helpful for the same reasons as menopause. Its uplifting and grounding nature can help with unbalanced emotions during the menstrual period.

Reason #5: Vetiver essential oil is great for the digestive system

Vetiver oil is able to support the body’s restorative, absorptive and anabolic functions. It is therefore useful for stimulating a poor appetite, for weight loss, in cases of anemia and malabsorption. It is also said to be helpful for a congested liver and pancreas.

Vetiver oil is a gounding and uplifting essential oil great for revitalizing the skin, relaxing the mind and relieving muscular aches and pains, treating PMS and menopausal symptoms and helping with digestive complaints.

For the oil burner or diffuser it blends excellently with essential oils of frankincense, grapefruit, lemon, sandalwood and ylang ylang.

Most recently, parents have found it highly effective in treating ADD or ADHD as an alternative to Ritalin and other prescription medications.
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Recently, Dr. Terry Friedman MD, did a 2 year study of children between the ages of 6-12 years old, trying to identify essential oils useful in the treatment of ADD/ADHD. Vetiver Oil was shown to be highly successful with a 100% of the subjects over a 30 day period when the children felt “scatter brained”. Dr Friedman used the inhalation method.
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Typical Applications

Apply 3-4 drops of vetiver to a child’s back or the bottom of their feet using a carrier oil immediately following a shower and prior to bed time. With experience combine vetiver with a balancing, uplifting, or relaxing blend to enhance the help. The synergistic combination with a single oil such as lavender, ylang ylang or clary sage will also be effective.

Application has also historically proven helpful through the olfactory system (inhalation). Prepare a tissue cup or inhaler to be used when anxiety or other symptoms of ADHD are felt.

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These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.”
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