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Aromatherapy for Pain

This abstract first appeared in the Journal of Prolotherapy 2012.  As the author I give myself kind permission to reprint it here.  Use Aromatherapy wisely and enjoy good health.

Therapeutic Grade Aromatherapy Essential Oils in the treatment of Pain

By Wanona Wellspring, DNSinus HA Pillow

 

Abstract

Essential oils of Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Lavender and Myrrh contain neuro-depressive qualities for blocking pain as suggested by several studies in recent years.  Also unique in their pain-relieving properties are helichrysum, white fir, and Douglas fir.  There are several factors in pain sensation resulting from trauma (both physical and emotional), nerve damage, joint dysfunction, arthritis, and surgery,  Most of the research has been done in France and has not been translated into English.  However, there is substantial documentation to support the safe and effective use of therapeutic grade essential oils for many health related maladies, including pain.

Introduction

Of the many nerve fibers of the human body, the nociceptors comprise a large number and are located primarily within moving joints, and innervate various tissues within the body.  There is a protective nature of the sensation of pain to help prevent injury to ourselves, staying within our pain “threshold”, and to signal the brain to compensate for a previous injury.  Nature has supplied us with a natural plant aromatic oil that has the ability to suppress substance P, a neurotransmitter that signals pain within the brain.  Other essential oils from plants help muscles relax, heal bone, repair tendon, and calm the otherwise stressed sympathetic nervous system that keeps us in the pain-spasm-pain feedback loop with no relief.  Understanding the physiological affect of the essential oils has been the subject of research in recent years.  More recently individual subjects have used combinations of pure therapeutic grade essential oils for their pain relief before and after surgery with phenomenal results.  The essential oils were either ingested to applied topically, and there was absolutely no need to administer pharmaceutical pain medication.  The emotional apprehension of impending surgery, or its aftermath of pain and hemorrhage, or infection, has been completely eliminated by using therapeutic grade essential oils.

 

Objectives

To review of literature and personal testimonials for the effective use of therapeutic grade essential oils in the cessation of pain and relief from muscle spasm due to trauma or surgery and the formulas of single and blended oils that were used.

Methods

The use of therapeutic grade essential oils by individuals has been documented by testimonials on various yahoo groups, as well as personal interviews via phone or email and in person to verify what oils were used, how they were applied, how soon were the results felt and for how long, and when was the use of the oils discontinued.

Results

The primary pain formulas used varies from person to person although the same basic formula keeps repeating.

Prior to Prolotherapy (or surgery) Pain Control Formula

10 drops Vetiver
10 drops Valerian
5 drops Helichrysum
5 drops Clove

Post-Prolotherapy (or surgery) Pain Control Formula

20 drops Valerian
20 drops Vetiver
10 drops Helichrysum
5 drops Clove
5 drops Idaho Balsam Fir
5 drops Peppermint

Make the formula and place into 00 capsules.  Take as often as needed or 3-4 hours apart.

Pain Formula for Trauma

19 drops Valerian

2 to 3 drops Clove

2 to 3 drops Peppermint

Taken internally in an 00 capsule, two capsules at night are good for about 5 hours of pain relief.

Background

When plants are selected for essential oils they undergo a stringent process to verify their purity and potency.  They are grown in the best of conditions verifying their organic and wild-crafted nature.  Many are grown in areas where the soil is extremely rich and have never received chemicals of any kind.  They are harvested at their peak to insure that the quality of the oil in their leaves is the highest.  Then they are diffused at a temperature that will allow the oils to be extracted into the steam, but not so high a temperature that the healing components are degraded.  This is so often the case with casual perfume companies who adjust the oils with chemicals to make them appear to be pleasant to the nose, but have no true therapeutic properties.

 

Select few companies have taken it upon themselves to provide pure therapeutic grade essential oils that are potent, organic and contain the highest quality ingredients according to scientific standards set by professional aromatherapy laboratories.

“The chemistry of essential oils consists of simple hydrocarbons, oxygenated hydrocarbons, and their isomers.”

The oxygenated compounds of essential oils give them their most satisfying aroma and quality.  Monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes fall into the category of Terpenes and contain groups of hydrocarbons responsible for their therapeutic effect in cells.  There are an estimated 1,000 different monoterpenes and as many as 3,000 sesquiterpenes found in essential oils.

Both Valerian and Helichrysum contain sesquiterpenes.  gamma-Curcumene in Helichrysum  (helichrysum  italicum) and alpha-Farnescene in Valerian (Valeriana officinalis).  Sesquiterpenes are a fundamental class of plant compounds containing three isoprene units per molecule and are found in about 50% of all plant oils.  Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha) contains 90% sesquiterpenes and is well known for its fixing property.

 

Ketones are composed of a carbonyl group with a hydrocarbon attached.  They emit a strong aroma and aid in nerve sedation, as well as promoting healing.  Valerian (vetiveria zizanioides) contains a ketone known as alpha-Vetivone.

 

Both Valerian and Vetiver contain small amounts of carboxylic acids.  The presence of acids in essential oils is so rare and unusual that many of them are named for their parent plant, valerinic acid and vetiveric acid are found in valerian and vetiver respectively.  The acid molecules carry a benzene ring giving them a higher resonance energy giving them electromagnetic frequencies.  Valerinic acid when combined with the aldehyde valerianal gives valerian its unpleasant smell.  The sedative properties of valerian however comes from the sesquiterpenes present in the oil.  It has been used as a tranquilizer in Germany and to treat insomnia.  The aldehydes in oils provide an antiviral and anti-inflammatory quality as well as calming effect to the nervous system.  Working on the parasympathetic system they reduce blood pressure by dilating blood vessels, relieve emotional stress and may reduce fevers.

 

Helichrysum (helichrysum italicum) is also known as Everlasting.  It contains less than 0.1% essential oil content and is costly to obtain.  It contains the sesquiterpene gamma-Curcumene.  Sesquiterpenes delete faulty information by correcting transcriptase function in DNA replication.  The largest element found in helichrysum is the ester Neryl Acetate up to 38%.  Esters are known for their relaxing effect, analgesic and strong affinity for acetylcholine receptor sites.  This may explain why muscle relaxation occurs as the ester occupies the space of the muscle receptor site and slows down the contraction of muscle fibers.  Other well known esters are found in Lavender, Roman Chamomile, Onycha, Cardamom, Jasmine and Spruce.

Peppermint  (mentha piperita) contains a high concentration of Menthol (34-44%) and is never mistaken for other oils of the mint family.  The flavor or peppermint will dominate the blend.  It will fight against invading microbes and fight off bacteria and viruses while offering pain relieving qualities.  Peppermint will suppress the production of substance-P neurotransmitter in response to pain.  It is a popular ingredient to freshen mouth, soothe digestive difficulties, relieve colic and indigestion.

 

In addition to its effectiveness in pain relief, clove (syzygium aromatica) has also demonstrated itself as an anti-inflammatory and a blood thinner.  It has a higher ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) value of over 10 million.  By comparison the ORAC score of blueberries is only 2,400, 1,260 for spinach, 750 for oranges, and 210 for carrots. Clove has been used as an oral anesthetic by dentists for more than 500 years.  The phenolic compounds found in clove clean receptor sites, eat up free radicals and protect us from viruses and harmful bacteria. Clove contains more eugenol (75-80%) than any other essential oil giving it the anesthetic quality when used topically. Jean Valnet, MD, a French physician reportedly found clove beneficial for many purposes including nausea, bronchitis, arthritis, acne, halitosis, headaches, insect bites, mouth sores, warts, lymphoma, and prevention of contagious disease.

Testimonials

Margarete D.
Location: Tucson, AZ, United States
Posted: 2005-07-31
My neighbor had to quit her job because of severe pain and inflammation of the nerves in the carpal tunnels. She had intense, painful throbbing in her wrists, especially at night. During a visit I offered her the use of my peppermint oil to see if it might help her. After application of a few drops, she had right away an easing up of the pain.

Next morning, it was not even 6AM yet, when she called me all excited because for the first time in 7 years, she had a good night’s sleep. She has since applied also Lavender, and the other 5 oils in the Essential 7 kit. She was and remained completely pain free after about 7 days.

JoAnn S.r
Location: Ukiah, CA, United States
Posted: 2006-01-31
I was having a problem with my foot aching. This had gone on for a year or so. I told my osteopath that when I moved my foot a certain way that it was really painful. He told, ‘Well, don’t do that.’ Then it dawned me to look in one of my oils books to see what might help. I tried peppermint, and the pain disappeared. It is months later, and the pain has not returned.

Raymond W.
Location: Pontiac, MI, United States
Posted: 2005-11-22
In 1998 I discovered the power of Young Living’s essential oils while seeking alternatives to the cortisone injections that I was receiving from the specialist that my employer sent me to. While the pain subsided for several days, I still suffered from what was called cortisone flares when the pain seemed worse than the original pain and one night the pain was so unbearable, yes, this man cried. Real men do cry you know! Even Jesus wept on several occasions!

Well…one day I noticed an advertisement in a magazine regarding the application of a few drops of a potent oil blend that had helped others find relief from various pains so I ordered a bottle of PanAway, which was known by PanAway at that time. Nevertheless, upon my first application of no more than 8 drops that oil blend had resolved my ailment.

Sondra G.
Location: Sterling Heights, MI, United States
Posted: 2007-08-26
OK, I got a cavity, in the last molar…so I had to get it fixed. I do not use the numbing stuff or gas so was thinking of the pain…but then remembered about clove! I brought it with me and put it on while I was in the waiting area. It numbed it right up. No pain. Aha! I put one drop on the tooth after he was half done drilling. My dentist was great about it and is a little curious. :)
Cindy C.
Location: Sag Harbor, NY, United States
Posted: 2009-03-04
My husband has had 3 back surgeries that have been considered failures. At night he suffers if he has done too much during the day. One night he was so miserable- I placed peppermint all over his back and instantly he felt better. He fell asleep peacefully without extreme pain.

Now when he is in the least bit of pain we use the oil to soothe his muscles and remove the pain. Works great!

 

Lori Y.
Location: Peoria, AZ, United States
Posted: 2008-07-17
I had to have a deep conization surgery and prepared in this way:

PRE OP on my brainstem I put Vetiver, Frankincense, Release. On my pelvic area (area of surgery) I put Clary Sage, Vetiver, Frankincense and Thieves. I also put Thieves on my feet.

POST OP I focused only on my area of surgery (over the pelvic area) and applied Geranium (to slow bleeding) Clary Sage (cramping) Frankincense and Thieves and RutaVaLa. I repeated this every 3 hours on the first day of surgery until bedtime. I ALSO drank loads of water post-op with NingXia Red in it (didn’t measure amount but it probably totaled 6oz that day)

I had NO PAIN, NO CRAMPS! NO NAUSEA which I guess is common post anesthesia. The day after surgery, I woke rested and as if I had never had a surgery. I continued to apply the oils to the pelvis every few hours for the next 3-4 days and still NEVER HAD A CRAMP OR PAIN !For the whole deal I never needed to take so much as an aspirin !

I had asked the anesthesiologist to give me the bare necessity of drugs, that I didn’t want any ‘for my comfort’ drugs. I had surgery on a Thursday and was in my exercise class the following Monday with my normal level of energy.

To me this is a miracle as I’ve had plenty of colposcopies and have been uncomfortable with cramping (which I’ve discovered Clary Sage and Geranium are great for by the way). This was a much bigger procedure and because I used oils prior to and regularly post op it really made the experience no big deal. I was amazed and delighted. My husband and relatives were shocked that I was up and moving so soon after the surgery.

 Casey P.
Location: Eugene, OR, United States
Posted: 2008-04-23
When I had abdominal day-surgery a few months ago, I made sure I had my favorite oils by my bedside for when I came home from the hospital. Whenever I woke in the night I found that just opening the bottles and smelling them, before I even applied them to the sore areas, calmed my anxiety and even made the pain seem less.

The prescription I was given for pain made me jittery and unable to sleep so I stopped taking it after the first night and relied primarily on the oils. I was fine, even getting around sooner than I expected. The best ones I found for pain were helichrysum, lavender, chamomile. I also added Peace & Calming, geranium, and 3 Wise Men for help staying calm and sleeping.

Rosalyn S.
Location: Fairbanks, AK, United States
Posted: 2004-10-14
I recently had major abdominal surgery. Anyone that has had this knows how you feel when you wake up. I will tell you what I did.

First, before surgery, I showered using Thieves cleanser, figuring I would help make sure I also didn’t have to fight a staph infection later if I could help it.

Second, my doctor allowed me anything that made me feel more comfortable, so I brought my own pillow in a plastic bag to hold in the Peace & Calming, Valor and Thieves I had saturated it with and the wonderful odors I woke up to.

Third, I placed 3 drops of Peace & Calming and 3 drops of Gentle Baby down my lower spine before going in the operating room.

Fourth, when I woke up and began to feel discomfort (read, it hurt like H—) I used a lavish hand with the Helichrysum, Sacred Mountain and Peppermint. That was the only time I used anything but the Peppermint for the discomfort. I found out later that no one had turned on the morphine pump, so these things really did the job for me. We found that I am allergic to almost all of the pain relievers and antibiotics, so I relied on Peppermint, neat, on the abdomen and 2 drops of Oregano, 2 drops of Mt. Savory and 10 drops of lemon in a capsule, twice a day.

My incision healed up extremely fast, the bruising was gone within 2 days, I rode my 4 wheeler to the house from the highway because of road conditions after being released from the hospital and have since helped construct a 3 story house in the Alaskan Bush. I hope this helps someone else.

Denise E.
Location: Binghamton, NY, United States
Posted: 2006-03-29
My mother-in-law had already had her knees replaced surgically years before I met her. She told me last summer about the horrible pain she was suffering in her knees, and that she had already been to her doctor. They told her that they didn’t want to operate again explaining that not only did they feel that they couldn’t fix the problem, but that the surgery could make the problem worse! I applied a few drops of Helichrysum to her knees and she had instant relief. Needless to say that Helichrysum quickly became her favorite oil.
 Teresa S.
Location: Knoxville, TN, United States
Skills: Massage Therapist
Posted: 2006-10-30
I had back surgery several years ago and periodically I have back pain with inflammation. Recently I went to my chiropractor and there was so much inflammation, he could not adjust me. He told me to ice my back, but I went home and put peppermint on it instead. The inflammation subsided immediately along with the pain.

 

RESULTS

Using therapeutic grade essential oils when there are symptoms of pain or as a protecting agent and to prevent pain from surgery has been successful and warrants investigation.  The scientific data justifies the use of specific oils which have been tested by health practitioners and patients with great success.  Whether you are contemplating oral surgery or simple dental cleaning, or knee replacement, the use of even a few essential oils will help reduce the pain and inflammation as well as protect against infection and emotional stress most patients experience from these procedures.

 

References:

  1. D. Gary Young, ND. Essential Oils Integrative Medical Guide. Essential Science Publishing, April 2003.  Second Edition. 608 Pages, ISBN 0-943685-34-6
  2. Delaveau P, et al. “Neuro-depressive properties of essential oil of lavender.” C R Seances Soc Biol Fil. 1989;183(4):342-8.
  3. Dolara P, et al. “Analgesic effects of myrrh.” Nature. 1996 Jan 4;379(6560):29.
  4. Gobel H, et al. “Effect of peppermint and eucalyptus oil preparations on neurophysiological and experimental algesimetric headache parameters.” Cephalalgia. 1994; 14(3):228-34.
  5. Higley, Connie, and Higley, Allan. (2001) Reference Guide for Essential Oils, 11th Edition.  Abundant Health, Oren Utah. 536 pages. ISBN 0-97-06583-6-2
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  7. Pharmacological and Toxicological Aspects of Essential Oils.  Integrated Aromatic Medicine 2001, proceedings from the International Symposium Grasse, France, March 2-5, 2001
  8. Stewart, David, PhD, DNM. Chemistry of Essential Oils Made Simple, God’s Love Manifest in Molecules. Care Publications, 2006 Second Edition 846 Pages.  ISBN 0-934426-99-6

Egyptian Reflexology Certification Course

Egyptian Method of Reflexology is a 60 Hour  Certification Course for anyone wanting to learn more about reflexology and how to give a complete reflexology session.  This course leads to certification which brings one into the professional career as a reflexologist.  Two days of classroom lecture and practice are required, along with 45 practice sessions in order to become certified.  60 hours of combined classroom and practice sessions is required with documentation and a final session given to the instructor, after which time the student receives a professional Certificate as an Egyptian Method Reflexologist (EMR).

Reflexology is the science of applying gentle pressure to points on the feet, hands, and the ears that “reflect” back to organs and areas of the body.  It is an ancient art that was first historically documented in the ancient ruins of Egypt in the Physician’s Tomb.

The two day course includes History of Reflexology, Anatomy of the feet and hands, Auricular Reflexology and Procedural Steps.  Training Manual is included in every course, and lunch and refreshments are provided all within the cost of tuition.

Cost:  $475 includes training manual and meals

Registration forms can be mailed to Dr. Wanona at Spring Creek Holistic along with payment.

Location for this weekend course is West Chicago, Illinois.  Call for address or directions.

 

Lemonade Diet

The Master Cleanser Diet was first made popular by Dr. Stanley Burroughs in the book “Healing for the Age of Enlightenment” published in 1973.  I became aware of it in 1979 when I met an alternative medicine doctor who practiced the three modalities listed in his book: VitaFlex Therapy, Color Therapy and the Master Cleanser Diet.  Over the years the Master Cleanser Diet has become a unique detoxification program that has been used by thousands of people.

The Lemonade Diet is just another name for the Master Cleanser Diet because the diet consists of drinking lemonade every day.  The uniqueness of this drink is the maple syrup used to sweeten it, along with the scant amount of Cayenne Pepper.  I usually recommend putting just the dash of cayenne on top of each glass, rather than adding it to the lemonade that is refrigerated.  This prevents it from being too hot.  If you decide to add the cayenne to the lemonade it will get infused with the juice and become a Hot Lemonade, so be careful!  Being from Texas, I happen to like it a little hot. Cayenne will also help increase the body metabolism, which helps break down fat.

I am not giving away any secrets by sharing the recipe for the Lemonade, because it is easily available on line if you search Master Cleanser.  But I would like to explain why we use maple syrup instead of other sugars for the sweetener.  And I would also suggest you consider adding a drop of Lemon Essential Oil to each glass, and any other essential oils that you like for flavor as they have extremely beneficial actions for your health.

Maple Syrup

Maple syrup is concentrated from the sap of the sugar maple tree and other maple trees.  It is a natural sugar that comes from the xylem sap of the tree.  When the sap runs out it is mostly water and needs to be boiled to evaporate the water leaving the thick syrup.  There is a higher concentration of manganese and zinc in the syrup than in other sugars.  And the concentration of fructose to glucose is about 50/50.  This means that 50% of the sugar will be processed in the liver and the other 50% will help give the brain energy and offer fuel to the rest of the body.  The processing of sugar through the liver is important; it helps with detoxification.  The only other sugar I am aware of that helps with this is Yacon syrup, which has begun to increase in popularity for its ability to aid in weight loss.

The truth is that Maple Syrup or glucose is recognized as FOOD in our bodies.  This explains why we don’t get hungry on the Lemonade.  Just be sure to use organic lemons, and a good quality of Maple Syrup and pure water.

Weight Loss

Speaking of losing weight, some people will lose weight with the Lemonade Diet, but this is not always the case.  I never recommend this form of detoxification if you are already on the slender side or skinny and never to men over the age of 45 or 50 because they will lose muscle mass which can be detrimental to their health.  But if you have excess fat mass you want to shed or excess fluid then this is a good diet for you.  Another thought is to add more maple syrup so that you do not experience weight loss if that is not your goal, but I don’t think that is advisable.  Instead, add a few snacks each day that will not be difficult to digest and keep you satisfied. Good snacks are celery with almond butter, apple with lemon juice, pineapple chunks with chocolate sauce (see recipe below), soaked almonds with nutritional yeast, sweet potato chips; just keep the serving sizes to a minimum.

Snacking

The Lemonade Diet consists of drinking the lemonade all day long, and absolutely no food.  I recommend that you do this for at least four days, so a long weekend works great.  The first time I did it was Thanksgiving many years ago.  I made a complete Thanksgiving dinner with turkey and dressing.  My dinner was on the smallest plate I could find; a saucer.  I had a tablespoon of each dish and that was all.  I completed the four days and felt great!  But what about snacks?  Well, I think they will be okay.  Our mouths are not used to not chewing and they feel sad when we have nothing for them to do!  So, grab a stick of celery or put a teaspoon of tuna on a cracker.  If you are going to do the complete diet it takes about 10 days, so about one week into it, eat a salad.  Just don’t do large amounts or huge meals.

Breaking the Diet

Do not under any circumstances eat food for at least a day following the end of your Lemonade Diet.  Instead, drink broth and other juices, even green smoothies, but wait a day or two before asking your body to digest food again.  Enjoy a bowl of Chicken Soup where the vegetables are cooked and no noodles please unless they are gluten free.  I make a delicious bone broth that is nutritious and helps settle your appetite, plus it is easy to digest and contains glucosamine.

VitaFlex

When Stanley Burroughs first shared the protocol for health in his book, it included receiving VitaFlex Therapy and color therapy, too.  VitaFlex has been seeing a revival, working with the therapeutic essential oils, in a technique known as Raindrop Technique.  The oils are applied in a layering fashion along the spine and worked into the tissue using the VitaFlex movements.  However, VitaFlex was designed to be used over the entire body.  The vibration caused by the movement of the fingers wiggling across the skin stimulates the blood vessels to open, the lymph vessels begin absorbing more toxins and the nerves begin to relax causing muscle relaxation and detoxification.  You can either attend a Raindrop Technique training or order the video to learn more about how to perform VitaFlex Technique.

Color Therapy

The third component to the protocol described in Healing For the Age of Enlightenment by Stanley Burroughs is Color Therapy.  I am sure there are very sophisticated color lamps available these days, but back then we used color gels and lights similar to those used in theater.  There are color bulbs that will work just as well, and even flashlights that have tiny color gels to change colors in the screw top.  Color is electromagnetic energy and has healing properties.  Sunlight enters our bodies through the skin and separates forming molecules under the skin, like Vitamin D.  However, by using individual colors we can specify what type of healing we require.  The colors of the rainbow are what we are looking for here.  The body has energy centers called chakras that are recognized by their color or energetic frequency beginning with Red at the base of the spine and rising up in energy along the spine until we reach White again at the top of the head.

For more information on Color Therapy and what each color represents please check out this site: http://www.colourenergy.com/html/what-is.html

One color in particular that I have worked with for pain is Yellow.  When you use a yellow bulb and shine the light over a bone fracture or painful area, the yellow color will aid in healing the bone and reducing pain.  Think of the color of foods.  Yellow foods contain Vitamin A, such as cantelope, squash or apricots. Recently I have been adding wolfberry juice, although red in color, found in NingXia Red juice to my daily regimen because it contains five different beta-carotenes and aids in tissue healing. It has a wonderful taste and when added to grape juice it will increase the immune cells known as natural killer-T cells.

Two things that all cancer patients and AIDS patients should be adding to their health regimen: Color Therapy and NingXia Red juice.  In fact, there was a clinic in Austin, Texas that offered Color Therapy to all patients in a very relaxing atmosphere.  I do not know if it is still offered there at this time, but if you have the space it would be a wonderful offering.

Color fabric can do some of the work.  I usually recommend that patients wear the fabric color for the chakra that is out of balance, which I find from my energy therapy sessions.  I also suggest they eat the foods of that color, or just imagine that color at the chakra level during meditation.  There is so much work to be done with color therapy that has been ignored for so long in healing modalities.

Colon Flush

The first thing you should do each day while on the Lemonade Diet, is a colon flush.  This is accomplished by drinking a large amount of Saline, water where salt has been added.  Add 2 teaspoons of salt to a quart of warm water and stir until dissolved.  I prefer using Himalayan Salt due to the antimicrobial properties that naturally occur in this form of salt.  Drink the salt water first thing in the morning.  If the water is warm it tastes pretty good; almost like a broth.  For this reason I usually call it Salt Broth.  Stanley Burroughs called it Salt Bathing.

How it works:  Our bodies are made up of saline, but require water for hydration.  When we drink saline, which is a heavier gravity weight than our blood, the saline absorbs excess water from our tissues.  This is the bodies natural tendency to want to remain or maintain stasis.  The saline plus the extra fluids will be flushed through the colon.  Please note: it is NOT absorbed by the body, so there is no worry about the extra salt causing a rise in heart rate.  This is an important thing to note.  However, it WILL cause a rather explosive expulsion of fecal matter and you will need to be near the bathroom.  If you are too uncomfortable with this explosive evacuation, then break it down into one glass at a time.  The bowel will move more gently and with more control on your part.

Laxative Tea should be taken the night before you begin the Lemonade Diet, and every night while on the cleanse.  A word of caution about laxative teas: If you brew a cup according to the package, please realize that this is going to be pretty strong.  So only drink half of the cup, and save the other half for the next evening.  Senna is very mild, but I still do not recommend you drink too much.  You can also take stool softeners such as Comfortone, by Young Living, or flax powder or psyllium powder.  Take the stool softeners if you are experiencing too much constipation while on the cleanse.  However, if you avoid heavy foods for a few days prior to beginning the cleanse you will avoid this side effect.  Heavy foods are things like cooked meats, dairy of any kind, and gluten foods.

Weekly Cleanse

If you find your lifestyle just does not afford an entire 4 day period to devote to this detoxification program, then do just one day a week.  In fact, you can detox your body by cleansing one day a week forever; just do one food for the entire day one day a week.  If you choose lemonade then do the entire protocol, but just for one day.  Eat light food the day before, and drink a laxative tea the night before.  Drink a glass of saline in the morning and enjoy an entire day of one food; fruit or vegetable, and no meat or gluten or dairy.

Another way to increase your body’s ability to heal is to break your fast with water.  Do not eat any late night snack (or ice cream!) and begin the day with water.  Drink only water when you feel hunger coming on.  If the water satisfies you, then you really are not hungry.  If you drink a glass of water, and the hunger sensation stays, then you really are hungry and can eat your first meal of the day.  It could happen later in the morning, at lunch, or even later in the afternoon.  Hunger pains, as we usually call them, will trigger the anti-aging hormones and help us stay young.

This became quite evident in some research done by D. Gary Young when he was researching the different ways people aged.  He found that the native peoples of the third world countries would run out of their food stores in early Spring.  They would save the food they had for the children, and the adults would essentially go into a forced fast for nearly a month, until they were able to harvest their crops.  These adults would live to be 125 years old in many villages.  But as the Western world came into their midst and food was being brought in, this forced fast has diminished.  Now these people only live to around 90 years of age.  This is evidence that detoxification is essential in living longer.

If you have questions about the diet, refer to the book.  Do NOT pay more than just a few dollars for the book; it is available on Amazon for a few dollars, and the Master Cleanser has been made available for free on line.

Adding Back Food: Breaking the Fast

After any cleanse you should be careful adding food back into your diet.  Start with broth, soups and soft cooked steamed vegetables, or fruit juice; even green smoothies will help.  But here is a terrific time to add different foods to your diet.  The first food you add back into your regular meal, especially a food you did not like!  I did this with green peppers.  I did not like them because they seemed bitter and sharp in taste.  So after one of my early Master Cleanse weeks, I added them to a veggie tray.  Guess what?  They tasted sweet and delicious to me!  So they are now in my life, and I am grateful.  I am not sure if this is mentioned in the book, but it is something I have discovered for myself and recommend to patients, especially if the food is beneficial and would be a good addition of vitamins and nourishment.

Begin with broth, soups that do not contain noodles, and steamed vegetables. Or drink other fruit juices and strained fruit.  After a day or two, have a salad with your steamed or baked vegetables or green smoothie.  Avoid breads or gluten for a few days more.  Eventually, you will be able to eat your normal diet, but it should be much better in content.  The Master Cleanse or Lemonade Diet is a cleanse.  This means you will be healthier after you have cleansed.  Don’t muck up the works by going back to your old ways, the Standard American Diet is SAD.  This is a great time to switch to the Mediterranean Diet, that consists of a much more varied diet and less meat.  I would avoid red meat altogether or just eat it rarely if possible.

RAW FOOD

After you have cleansed is a great time to switch to a different lifestyle; one that concentrates on keeping your body alive with foods that maintain an alkaline environment.  Cancer cannot survive in an alkaline environment, and our bodies are designed to live indefinitely…. if we are clean.  I suggest you do a cleanse as often as you feel comfortable; whether that be daily, weekly, or quarterly.  I do recommend as I said earlier that you try the Lemonade Diet for 4 days to begin.  Then keep it going one day at a time, until you reach 10 days. One question that I have heard from patients is how long can you safely do the Lemonade Diet?  I have done it for 30 days, and I know others who have repeated the 10 day cleanse once a month for several months.  Jesus fasted for 40 days, so it is possible to do it for longer.  When I was on the Lemonade for that long, however, I ate Salads on the weekend and had tiny snacks every day.

Bone Broth

Obtain bones from your butcher or farmer from animals you know are raised by grazing on grass and not pumped full of chemicals.  I get buffalo bones from Lester’s Bison Farm in Wisconsin.  Two large joints are enough for a batch of broth.  Place the bones in a pot of water and boil for 24 hours.  Keep the water boiling in a slow rolling boil.  It takes this long to soften the bones and release their beneficial glucosamine and calcium stores.  Allow the broth to cool and store it in freezer containers.  This is an organic broth and must be kept frozen to store it properly.  Just thaw out a quart at a time for your daily use.  I usually warm it up a little for a yummy snack.  My puppy loves it too.  I sometimes freeze it in ice cube trays, and thaw out a cube in her bowl for her to drink.  I am hoping to ward off any joint problems as she loves to jump and this could lead to bone and joint problems.  I drink it for myself for my own arthritic joints that are healing nicely!

When you remove the bones from the broth, freeze them again, and reserve them for another batch.  You may be able to boil the same bones twice or even a third time and get more of their nutrients out.  I often slice them up and give them to my dog, but just be careful.  That may be a little bit too much for them at one time and come out undigested in their stool; but the marrow is very beneficial for their health and I think it helps keep their teeth clean.

Other recipes include egg shells, crustaceans or chicken bones.  Just be sure these are from good sources, which is why I don’t add them.  But I love to add garlic, celery, onion, and spices to flavor my broth.  You don’t need to drink it every day; just a couple times a week, or daily if you have a problem that needs to heal, like arthritis or a broken bone that needs help healing.

References

Burroughs, Stanley, Healing for the Age of Enlightenment (Republished in 1993)

Mother Jones, May 14, 2011, Is Sugar Really Safer Than Corn Syrup?

World’s Healthiest Foods, Maple Syrup

Color Therapy Chart, http://www.colourenergy.com/html/what-is.html

Color Wheel of Foods, http://www.disabled-world.com/artman/publish/fruits-vegetables.shtml

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