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A Healthy Sovereign Never Travels Without Their Oils

What is the advantage of being a sovereign person? A sovereign is defined as someone who is in complete power or rule 1). It was more useful in the past to refer to monarchs as sovereigns and the rest of us somewhere below that. While we only have a handful of kings or king like autocrats that control countries today, the reflection on its old usage is indicative of what we mean today. You are a ruler over your own body, and you should be considering your physical vessel is the main component of your existence. The advantages should be self evident; you know your body as well as anyone and you have a perspective on your body that no one else can. When it comes to health decisions with your body, the advantage is to be able to make choices that you believe are best for your life. Sovereignty is most definitely king in the area of health.

The alternative health movement is a raggedly and hodgepodge bunch. There is raw foodism, zappers, urine therapy, alkaline diets, fruit only diets, no fruit diets, high-carb-low-fat-low-protein diets, low-carb-high-fat-high protein diets, and plenty more. But loosely linked within these groups is the wish to attain health sovereignty. They want to become their own monarch. They want to rule their own body. What does one have to do to become sovereign?

First, the idea that you could be 100% sovereign in the realm of healthcare or even in life itself is next to impossible. All goals of attaining sovereignty and all mentions of being “sovereign” come with the understanding that no one is 100% sovereign. No one matter how well we can be our own doctor, you cannot perform surgery on yourself if you get into a car accident and lose consciousness. Health sovereignty is effectively obtained when you feel confident with treating 90% of your non life emergency health problems.

Have high blood pressure? An average person would probably accept the drugs that their doctor prescribes. A health sovereign would dig deep into why their blood pressure is up and employ different methods to lower their blood pressure. Have a rash breakout? Some would rush to the doctor and accept whatever skin cream is provided. A health sovereign would investigate what the rash could be, possibly by consulting healthcare professionals, but would then do their own due diligence and come up with a course of action themselves. Most of the problems we experience in our life are non life threatening and yet we march to the doctor's office and accept whatever he or she thinks we should do. In case you are not aware, our healthcare system is overrun by money and politics. There is barely room for optimal healthcare. You must become a sovereign to obtain optimal healthcare.

What does a sovereign keep in their medicine cabinet that is so good it can support their health without the doctor's drugs? The items we will cover today are plant essential oils. Keep in mind this is not an exhaustive list of oils or even remedies an independent person uses to manage their health. This is only the beginning.

Plants May Lack Brains But They Will Save Your Life

Plants are the source of between 1/4 and 1/2 of pharmaceutical drugs in the United States 2). Even if the drug is not a direct chemical extracted from a plant, the pharmaceutical companies will play with the chemical structure until it produces a new chemical, slightly modified. This chemical analog (hopefully) still has the medical power of the plant but is patentable.

All indigenous cultures found plants to be more than just food. Native Americans are believed to have utilized around 1,600 species of plants for food. They found over 2,500 species of plants useful as drugs 3). Indeed, before our technological and scientific western culture emerged, all drugs and medicines came from the flora of the planet. While we continue to explore the possibility that we can create medicine of our own accord, nature has provided a drug bank in the rainforests and the back woods of your home town. There really is no reason for you not to use this pharmacy of nature.

When you have a cough, you can use essential oils to treat it. When you have a cold, you can use essential oils. When you have strep throat, you can use essential oils. When you have a skin infection, you can use essential oils. Whenever you have an illness, rash, or other non emergency health concern, plant oils should be lined up in you closet ready to go. Here is a core sample of oils that treat a wide variety of basic illnesses that can keep you from depending on the doctor or the pharmacist when the slightest thing goes wrong.

Not only do each plant oil have specific properties that make them unique and worth having for your healthcare, but the combination of oils is rarely deleterious. The ancient Chinese herbal medicine system, which continues into this day, rarely prescribes just one herb for an illness. Almost the entire herbal medicine cabinet involves combining the plants in some form or another 4).

Oils can be applied topically, applied at absorption locations, breathed in (i.e. aromatherapy) or taken internally. Internal concoctions do take a little more precaution than the others. The following is not a direct guide on how to USE the oils. Rather the purpose is to demonstrate to you, the reader, that in fact oils are worth using in the first place. All sources are from published scientific journals and you are encouraged to follow up the sources with additional research if you still don't buy the concept that plant oils are antibacterial. Once you recognize the utility of the oils, you will search out the resources on how to use them properly.

The Core Oils To Use

Tea Tree Oil

This oil is moderately antibiotic and antimicrobial. Typically tea tree is the go to oil if you recently have received a cut or open wound (again, non emergency). You can use tea tree before anything has happened to the cut or even once you believe an infection is taking place. Tea tree oil has proven susceptability with at least 26 bacteria, including the ever present staphlycoccus aureus (the “SA” of “MRSA”, or multiresistant staphlyococcus aureus), E. coli, E. faecium, K. pneumoniae, and streptococcus pyogenes (i.e. strep throat) 5). It is being considered as a viable wound treatment in modern medicine due to its antimicrobrial action 6) In addition, tea tree oil is antifungal, when prvoen efficacy against over 20 fungal infections, including the chronic candida albicans (or yeast infections) 7) 8). Tea tree oil was also used in experiments to determine if it was antiviral. After a test with the tobacco mosiac virus, tea tree oil proved to reduce the population of the virus 9). A specific compound found in tea tree oil, terpinen-4-ol, is able to reduce inflammation caused by a histamine reaction 10) 11). Tea tree oil is also found effective killing demodex mites 12) found on the human skin.

This is the go to oil. No sovereign lives without it.

Lavender oil

Lavender is a soothing oil. It is used frequently in aromatherapy form. While there are many expensive machines made to diffuse the oil into the air, you can put a few drops on a wet washcloth and drape it over your face with the same effect. You can use lavender for just about anything that requires a relaxed nervous system. The scent of lavender oil has shown in trials to be helpful for women having premenstrual symptoms 13). Lavender helps people with insomnia 14). It helps pretty much anyone with sleeping, including sick hospital patients who might not have insomnia but struggle to maintain their sleep 15) While lavender has not shown strong antimicrobial properties by itself, experiments are showing some synergistic effects (but not against all organisms) when lavender is applied in combination with other oils 16). Combinations of Lavender have even shown to inhibit growth of the deadly MRSA 17) 18). Lavender oil has antioxidant properties and has shown in rat studies to reduce oxidative stress 19).

Thyme Oil

Thyme tends to be a strong oil, enough so that direct contact with the skin can be irritating. There is evidence thyme oil has antibacterial properties 20), including strains of bacteria (like staphlyococcus aureus) that have proven resistant to powerful antibiotic drugs 21). It has proven a good candidate for staving off food borne illnesses as well, particularly meats 22) 23).

Oregano Oil

Oregano is another strong oil and casual consumption or application is not encouraged. It is powerfully antibacterial 24) 25). Studies show it can replace triclosan and other antibiotic drugs in hand soaps and other cleaning applications 26). Oregano also has use against food borne illnesses just like thyme 27) 28).

Clove Oil

Clove has been used in dentistry in the past for its pain reducing properties 29). Clove is antibacterial 30) 31) and seems to have specifically strong function against a bio film producing bacteria 32). Clove is especially useful for gargling concoctions. If you have a series of oils you are gargling for a sore throat, strep throat, or otherwise, clove is a natural on site pain killer. It is safe to use in your mouth and functions as an antiseptic 33).

This is only the starter kit for a person striving to acheive health freedom to the best of their ability. In my oil kit I have rosemary, white thyme, grape fruit seed extract, frankencense, myrrh, orange, lime, lemon, neem, and peppermint oil. This doesn't even touch the combination oils that are sold our there for their synergistic effects. There is this one blend called Thieves, a mixture of clove, cinnamon bark, eucalyptus, lemon, and rosemary. The name “thieves” purportedly comes from the fact that during the plague, robbers would oil themselves up with this combination and take the loot from rotting, dead bodies 34). If we only all use thieves oil blend when the plague came!

But, considering this initial kit will probably cost around $50, the starter kit is suggested to test the waters before you purchse any more.

Empowering

What is going to happen the next time you have an illness? If you educate yourself on the utility of these oils, more than likely your response to an illness will be “what can I do?” rather than to give up hope and go to the doctor. It feels empowering to know that when things go badly, you have actions that you can take to regain your health. The gratification you experience from this will carry you into learning more about your body and how it works, taking you one step further towards health sovereignty.

Healthcare: The Ideal And The Reality

The following occurred in the spring of 2014. This author has just finished having a wonderful week with a couple friends and family when he woke up with a sore throat. It was probably the alcohol, he thought, as he was not much of a drinker except for rare occasions. But the next day it got worse. Whereas before the sore throat was noticeable but not enough to really bother him, now the sore throat hurt before even swallowing. Once swallowing commenced, the pain intensified at least 3 times. In came the realization that this wasn't alcohol derived dehydration. This was an illness, and possibly a dangerous illness at that; strep throat.

Considering that we can think about healthcare in many modalities and not just a white coat MD 35), here is how this should have gone down: upon discovering the likelihood of illness, the patient should be able to contact the doctor of his choice, be it an herbalist, a naturopath, an MD, etc. A quick consultation should occur and the patient should be encouraged to gather information from all professional sources if they so choose. Once a treatment plan is decided upon, that doctor should inform the patient to call them if they need further advice and possibly what to look out for as it relates to the illness in question. Should the treatment plan not work, the doctor and patient should accept this reality and the other doctors need to be consulted and informed of the failed treatment. All in all, no one doctor is viewed better than the other. Each serve different needs from a patient and each have their own mechanisms, some lending more service to certain illnesses than others.

In reality, this author came to the realization he probably had strep due to the googling of symptoms. Not to mention the fact that his partner could see tons of white spots when looking down his throat. Almost without thinking, we began walking to the doctor's office. During the walk, this author realized he owned a number of potent plant essential oils and immediately his brain came back on. He was pretty sure he could treat this with oils specifically proven effective against Strep 36). But what can he do? Reality began to set in as he realized there was nothing he could say to an MD that would lead to a constructive doctor/patient conversation. His suggestion, should it prove correct that he has strep, to treat it with plant essential oils will be rejected. But what of antibiotic resistance? Isn't this a problem, the author wonders? And yet the doctor is more concerned with making sure his patient is guaranteed to not have this illness anymore. More than that, he definitely wants to guarantee that his patient does not get sicker and die because of some plan he concocts, so he is more interested in prescribing antibiotics. As expected, the author does not mention any plan about plant essential oils. The doctor does some tests and determines it is strep throat. He provides the prescription and the author walks out of the hospital, unsure of how he feels or what he wants to do.

In the end, he makes a compromise. The antibiotics he will buy as a back up. While the drugs sit in the closet, close by if need be, he will commence a concoction of plant essential oil treatment. He will gargle oregano, tea tree, theives (an oil blend), thyme, clove, lemon, and orange. All in different ratios and concentrations, depending on what time of the day.

The compromise works fine enough in that the oils work. The first day of treatment does not reduce the symptoms but they don't get worse. The second day sees a reduction of symptoms, but still pain and still very clearly infected with strep. Day three shows significant improvement, leaving only minor pain. Day 5 shows no signs of infection. Day 6 and Day 7 continue the treatment as a matter of making sure.

When Does This Change?

The cost of the oils used was probably 1/3 of the cost of the antibiotics ($36), and naturally the pharmacy that these drugs were purchased do not accept returns. An expensive compromise, to be sure, but this is the reality of healthcare today. When will we see a more helpful healthcare system? One way it begins is by breaking down the patient-is-powerless paradigm. You are not powerless, and indeed, when we speak of your health we recognize that the human body is the ultimate healing machine. The human body (YOU) fights off 99% of the bacteria and viruses that you come in contact with, and the drugs we supply aid the body in using its own healing mechanisms. If you realize that your body is a healing machine AND you are capable of administering simply and non dangerous medicine of your own volition, the healthcare system will have to bend to our will. We will make the old paradigm obsolete if they do not begin to recognize the power and worthiness that health sovereignty offers. For someone just getting started, these plant essential oils are the perfect stepping stone.

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8) particularly effective against Candida http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22719736

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