Raindrop Messenger Archive

Volume 1, Number 5
May-June 2003

IN THIS ISSUE:

1. Oils for Things that Bug You
2. Snake Oil and other After-Bite Remedies
3. Publish a Testimony on the Internet

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1. Essential Oils For Things that Bug You Around the House
by David Stewart, Ph.D., R.A.

Among the many chemicals in our industrial environment that
get into our systems and make us sick are the pesticides we
use in our homes. We use them because they are toxic to the
creatures that bug us, but they are also toxic to us. Sometimes
the toxicity is immediately apparent: we get a headache, get
sick or feel nauseous from the fumes or other contact.

Sometimes the toxicity is subtle and can accumulate resulting
in chronic complaints and disorders (including allergies, cancer
and miscarriages) that can be serious and even deadly over
time. Sometimes we even put poisons on our pets to deal with
ticks and fleas, not realizing that these substances are not
healthy for us nor our animals.

~^~How to Use Oils for Pest Control
As YLEO distributors, we don’t need poisons to kill pests. We
can repel them (and even sometimes kill them) with substances
that are not only harmless to us but are actually healthful
to us. To the right is a list of oils that will solve most of your
pest problems around the house.
And how do you use them? One way is to get a pistol-grip squirt
bottle. Mix a few drops of the oil with some water, shake it up,
and start firing. If you have bugs on your plants, like aphids on
your roses, you can squirt the leaves and drive the bugs away
with no harm to your plant. You can do the same with the other
pests. As for ants, you can smear a line of peppermint or
spearmint across your kitchen counter or floor and the ants
won’t cross it. If you already have a line of ants invading your
house, just draw a line of oil across them and they will turn back.
It is fun to watch. And as for flies, you can knock them dead
right out of the air with one shot from your pistol grip.

~^~Specific Oils for Specific Insects

ANTS
Peppermint
Spearmint

APHIDS
Cedarwood
Hyssop
Peppermint
Spearmint

BEETLES
Peppermint
Thyme

CATERPILLARS
Spearmint
Peppermint

CHIGGERS
Lavender
Lemongrass
Sage
Thyme

CUTWORM
Thyme
Sage

FLEAS
Peppermint
Lemongrass
Spearmint
Lavender

FLIES
Lavender
Peppermint
Rosemary
Sage

GNATS
Patchouli
Spearmint

LICE
Cedarwood
Peppermint
Spearmint

MOSQUITOES
Lavender
Lemongrass

MOTHS
Cedarwood
Hyssop
Lavender
Peppermint
Spearmint

PLANT LICE
Peppermint
Spearmint

SLUGS
Cedarwood
Hyssop
Pine

SNAILS
Cedarwood
Pine
Patchouli

SPIDERS
Peppermint
Spearmint

TICKS
Lavender
Lemongrass
Sage
Thyme

WEEVILS
Cedarwood
Patchouli
Sandalwood

~^~A Brown Recluse Experiment
Seeing how squirting a peppermint-water spray would kill flies
in mid-air, I wondered what pure oil would do. So I did an
experiment on a brown recluse spider. I captured a live one in
a jar and carefully placed one drop of peppermint on one side.
The pure peppermint repelled the spider who crowded to the
otherside to avoid the oil. When I tipped the jar to force the
spider to fall into the oil, it merely squirmed and got away,
still repelled by the oil, but not apparently harmed. Then I put
a drop of water with the oil and tipped the jar so that the
spider slid into the water and oil together and, instantly, it
shrivled up died.

Conclusion: The oil alone is an insect repellant. Combined with
water, it is an insecticide.

~^~Safe Insect Repellants
As far as repellants go, when you go into the woods and fields,
put a little lavender around your ankles, wrists, and waist-band
and you won’t have to worry about chiggers or ticks (or Lyme
Disease of Rocky Mountain Spotted Tick Fever). Lemongrass,
sage or thyme would work, too, but might irritate your skin so
put it on your pant cuffs and shirt sleeves.

As for your pets, you can put oils such as Purification, around
their necks and backs, but watch to keep oils from around their
eyes.

So there you have it. Non-toxic pest control.

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2. Snake Oil and Other After-Bite Remedies
by David Stewart, Ph.D., R.A.

Therapeutic grade essential oils are not only good insect repellants,
they are also excellent after you have been bitten. Essential oils
are great detoxifiers for insect bites because their chemistry can
break down the poison and render it harmless.

Because the molecules of essential oils are all lipid soluble and very
tiny (less than than 500 amus) they all transdermal. Thus, when
applied to a bite, they pass through the skin in seconds, reacting
with the toxins injected by the insect and reducing their toxic
effects.

I was stung by a wasp recently and, within a few minutes, put
Purification oil on it the area that had become red and swollen.
The stinging sensation soon resided and within a few hours I could
not tell that I had ever been stung.

~^~Do You Sell Snake Oil?
Those who sell good therapeutic grade essential oils are
sometimes accused of "selling snake oil." If you are ever so
accused, your response should be, "Yes, I do. Would you like a
bottle?"

There are those in Australia who know what "snake oil" really is
because 100-200 years ago the Australians exported "snake oil"
to America because it was in great demand from miners, trappers,
and families who were moving into the wild and untammed West.

Early pioneers had to contend with many dangers which included
not only their exposure to the weather and the threat of hostile
Indians, but also the daily peril of rattle snake bites.

But there was a remedy. Traveling salesmen who serviced those
early pioneers had an oil that, when applied to a snake bite, would
penetrate the skin and detoxify the poison. That oil was Tea Tree
(Melaleuca alternafolia). And that is how the traveling merchants
of the West came to be known as "Snake Oil Salesmen." In the
beginning, it was a good name implying a good and effective
product.

Unfortunately, back in the pioneering days, some of the traveling
salesmen acquired bad reputations, not because their oils did
not work, but because they were dishonest in other ways. But that
is no reflection on the efficacy of melaleuca oil as an on-site
detoxifyer.

So there you are. Many of you really are snake oil salespeople after
all. And you can be proud of it.

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3. Publish A Testimonial on the Internet

David Stewart's book, Healing Oils of the Bible, is taking off in
national sales. It has been picked up by several U.S./Canadian
Book Distributors. These include Ingram, Spring Arbor, FaithWorks,
Riverside, Appalacian, and Baker & Taylor. As a result, the book
is either in stock or can be ordered through every bookstore in
North America.

The book is also available through the web sites of Amazon and
Barnes & Nobel. Their web addresses are as follows:

Amazon.com http://www.Amazon.com
Barnes & Noble http://www.BN.com

On both of these sites, reviews of books are invited. If you would
like to make comments about the book, Healing Oils of the Bible
on these web pages, just go there and search for that title and
find where they invite reviews, following the prompts. This will be
a great service in sharing the benefits you have received by
reading this book so that a wider audience can also receive its
unique message.

In conjunction with the marketing of the book CARE will be
initiating a media campaign which will include appearances by
Dr. David Stewart on progrms national radiio and TV. When dates
for such appearances are known, we will notify you via this news
letter.

A new video entitled Healing Oils of the Bible is now available.
Two hours long, it is a filming of Dr. David Stewart giving his
Bible Oils Program before a live audience in Anaheim, California.
This is a program you can do, too. Complete instructions are
given in the book, Healing Oils of the Bible. Both are available
from CARE and can be ordered from CARE's Resource Catalog.

You can also receive the Healing Oils video by calling:
(800) 758-8629 or
(573) 238-4273.
The price is $29.95 plus $6 s&h.
Orders are shipped promptly by Priority Mail.

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