It’s time for your monthly dose of Kiki’s KEFI – Positive Energy for Life!
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I was reading an article in the WSJ that discussed the rising costs of pharmaceuticals and the bad regulation of them. The article, written in the Opinion section of the newspaper, stated that “the FDA has a backlog of thousands of generic-drug applications. And in some cases it takes an average of four resubmissions for generic application to finally win approval.” Factually speaking, can you imagine that a drug would have so many harmful imperfections/toxins prohibiting safe consumption? My belief is that we shouldn’t look at the price of drugs, but we should consider the side effects they incur on us. Furthermore, we must investigate alternative ways to get healthy and be healthy inside and out; enter Hippocrates.
Hippocrates of Kos (460-370 BC) is deemed one of the most outstanding figures in the history of medicine. He is referred to as the “Father of Western Medicine” in recognition of his lasting contributions to the field as the founder of the Hippocratic School of Medicine. This school revolutionized medicine in ancient Greece. Hippocrates is credited with being the first person to believe that diseases were caused naturally. His medicine was humble and passive. The therapeutic approach was based on “the healing power of nature.” His doctrine taught that the body contains within itself the power to re-balance the four humors and heal itself.
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According to Greekmedicine.net The Four Humors are the metabolic agents of the Four Elements in the human body. The right balance and purity of them is essential to maintaining health. The Four Humors and the elements they serve are as follows:
All four of these humors, or vital fluids, are present in the bloodstream.
The Four Humors are responsible for the nutrition, growth and metabolism of the organism. Thus, because Hippocrates believed the power for wellness is within us, his medicine was rest and immobilization using gentle treatments with clean water, wine, and soothing balms. He was reluctant to administer drugs and engage in specialized treatment that might prove to be wrong. Potent drugs were used on certain occasions — typically dire ones — but generally speaking, he adhered to the natural way of healing. The ancient therapeutic approach of the foremost teacher on medicine now has been cultivated into a modern remedy with the growing and offering of essential oils, which of course compliments a person’s wellness when used in synergy with proper nutrition, movement and rest.
So what is an essential oil? According to Essential Oil University, they can play a role in your life through many applications. Essential oils are volatile, aromatic oils obtained by stream or hydrodistillation of botanicals (plants). Most essential oils are primarily composed of terpenes and their oxygenated derivatives. Different parts of the plants can be used to obtain essential oils, including the flowers, leaves, seeds, roots stems, bark, wood, etc.
Essential oils have been used throughout history in many cultures for their medicinal and therapeutic benefits. Depending on where you get your oils, they are safe, pure, potent and they can be positively powerful when used — and used properly.
The Egyptians used essential oils extensively in medical practice, beauty treatment, and food preparation. The Greeks also used essential oils for therapeutic massage and aromatherapy, while the Romans used them to promote health and personal hygiene. Today, essential oils are the natural solution to over 200 ailments.
How are essential oils used?
Essential oils are used in the following ways:
- Aromatic: used with a diffuser
- Topical: applied on your body
- Internal: ingested in your body
The most highly used essential oils
Melaleuca: Used for healing cuts, burns, skin infections. Is antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, and is often used to disinfect infected wounds; is an immune stimulant, and can soothe a sore throat.
Peppermint: Increases focus; reduces nausea; offers pain relief; heals bruising where there is not broken skin; aids in digestive issues; relieves spasms; eases coughing and congestion; is a breath freshener; reduces swelling from mosquito and bug bites; relieves headaches; and eases motion sickness. It’s fast-acting. NOTE: Peppermint energizes other oils. This oil is NOT for infants or children under 3, and NOT to be used by women who are pregnant or may be pregnant.
Lavender: Is used for healing for lungs, easing stress, inducing more restful sleep. It’s universal, sedative calming and toning lowers high blood pressure, relieves burns, bruises and in many cases, insomnia. It also can act as an analgesic relieving depression and migraines. Promotes wound healing for regenerating and less scarring. It’s the great for massage, colic in children, ear aches, and balances emotions.
Frankincense: Assists the brain. Heals emotional issues through limnic part of brain and skin conditions. Heals scars, (when combined with lavender). Eases breathing, helps with asthma, and lung issues.
Myrrh: Slow processing, but lasts longer. Good for mouth and gum sores. It has been used for millennia, as a pain reliever, especially tonsillitis pain; is a strong anti-inflammatory; and provides feminine energy (PMS ) grounding.
Lemon: It’s antiseptic — kills pathogens, viruses, and funguses; cleans the inside of your body; cleans out the liver; detoxifies the liver, raises mood as does all citrus oils; stimulates left or logic side of brain. Mix with orange for complete brain support stimulus; to clean your house; stop heartburn; clean out lungs. Use with a diffuser to sterilize air; this is good when someone in the family is sick. It also cleans water, stimulates metabolism to work better (all citrus oils are good for metabolism).
Eucalyptus: Comes from the Greek word meaning “well covered”. There are about 50 species of eucalyptus cultivated for essential oil use. It’s a general cure for all wounds; reduces fevers. Helps with viral respiratory infections; boosts immune system; helps sinuses; expectorant gets phlegm out, opens things up; good for congestion of any kind; good for baths and foot baths. Radiata is the most common species and is gentle enough for children
Lemongrass: Helps with pain. Peppermint, myrrh, and lemongrass combined supports and heals torn ligaments and cartilage; can be used as an anti-inflammatory with pain; disinfects air.
Orange: Used in skincare for cleansing, decongesting; supports collagen for wrinkles. Boosts mood; has antidepressant qualities that help to relieve, anxiety and nervous tension. Emotionally, it makes one happy, inspires a cheerful attitude, and stimulates right brain which is creative. In combination with other citrus oils, it can increase metabolism.
Spearmint: Healing is similar to Peppermint, but can be used as a children’s oil whereas Peppermint is stronger and for adult use only.
Deep Blue Rub & Oil: Used for back, shoulder and neck pain.
IMPORTANT: Please do your own research and read all directions thoroughly and carefully
BEFORE you use any of these oils.
Doctors, nurses, dentists, university athletic departments, and regular folks in the Western world are beginning to embrace and implement the natural medicinal properties of essential oils for healing. For a lifetime, my learning proclivities have leaned toward improving my mind and body, to help me grow in excellence, which is probably why I stumbled upon my new found love: doTerra Essential Oils.
I’m always on the hunt for natural ways to energize and glow inside out. I’m particularly drawn to that which comes from the earth. When my workout studio, ENERGIE, was hosting a doTerra essential oils workshop, I attended and was very impressed with the product.
There are many brands of essential oils, but this one caught my attention for several reasons. Jenine Gollgogly, an RN, demonstrated the oils and provided a plethora of information; combined with the oil samples, it prompted me to dive further into the benefits of essential oils. doTerra comes from the Latin, “Gift of the Earth,” which exemplifies exactly what the oils are. Now when I am sick or in pain, and I have a choice between man-made synthetic drugs or natural oils, herbs, juicing and vitamins, I choose the latter.
Something else got my attention.
The Greek Connection
I noticed that doTerra has been tested by Dr. Robert Pappas, an expert in the field of essential oils, and the founder of Essential Oil University. But who is Dr. Pappas and is doTerra a reputable company? Due to my increasingly growing interest and use of essential oils, I thought it might be wise to go to the source and learn how to discover the integrity of essential oils.
Dr. Pappas received his Ph.D in Physical Chemistry from the University of Tennessee and B.A in Chemistry from Indiana University. He specializes in consulting, formulation/duplication and analytical testing services for the cosmetics/personal care, flavor fragrance and essential oil/aromatherapy industry, for nearly 20 years. As the the world leader in essential oil chemistry, and an adjunct professor at Indiana University, companies from all over the world send oil samples to Dr. Pappas for his analysis. He uses his knowledge to determine if oils are pure, potent, and safe. He has tested the quality of doTerra essential oils and deems them to be pure, potent and safe.
I reached out to Dr. Pappas at Indiana University. He was happy to answer my questions about essential oils and their use. I’m always curious about a person’s Greek roots, and of course, this was one of my first questions.
“My dad is Greek and mom English. My grandfather, Haralambos Papadoulos, came over to Ellis Island from Greece in 1914, and at that time he shortened his last name to Pappas. I know nothing of my great grandfather, except that all of his relatives were killed by the Turks, and the town he is from no longer exists,” revealed Dr. Pappas.
Since there are many companies now marketing essential oils, I asked him for some suggestions on determining the purity or potency of the oil.
“The best way to make sure the oil is pure is to select a company that is reputable because the industry is rampant with adulteration. A novice is not going to be able to have the ability to determine the purity of oil by looking at the label or simply by smelling it. However, when selecting a single essential oil, not a blend, in most cases, typically the label will mention the Latin botanical name for the oil. For example, Peppermint is Menthe piperita. The most viable way to determine purity and potency is to research the company which is distributing essential oils,” Dr. Pappas explained.
There is a new generation of people who carry on the legacy of Hippocrates by growing in education and personal development. Dr. Pappas is one of those people, and he continues to teach the world about understanding, qualifying and managing the chemistry of plants that produce essential oils and other aromatic extractions. Millions of people who desire wellness, are now using essential oils as one more way to feel good and become KEFI-nated naturally.
In the meantime, may the KEFI be with YOU!
NOTE: Kiki Vale is neither a licensed medical professional, nor a scientist. The article is for informational purposes and should not be seen as medical or nursing advice, and is not meant to take the place of seeing licensed health professionals. WindyCity Greek has no affiliation with doTerra.
She was a prevalent force at WMAQ & WBBM radio where she was the first female airborne news/traffic reporter.Kiki’s voiceover work has garnered her Omni awards for Evian water and Coca-Cola commercials.
These days Kiki enjoys energizing audiences on stage during motivational speaking engagements, and through writing. Her highly regarded “Kefi-That Life Force” column, was published previously in The Greek Star. She’s currently working on her first non-fiction book.