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The Essential Oils Apothecary: Advanced Strategies and Protocols for Chronic Disease and Conditions

The Essential Oils Apothecary: Advanced Strategies and Protocols for Chronic Disease and Conditions

The Essential Oils Apothecary: Advanced Strategies and Protocols for Chronic Disease and Conditions

The Essential Oils Apothecary: Advanced Strategies and Protocols for Chronic Disease and Conditions


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Soothing practices, healing rituals, and 150+ practical recipes for applying essential oils to the treatment and symptom management of 25 chronic illnesses, including insomnia, libido, fibromyalgia, COPD, anxiety, depression, diabetes. dementia. and more—by the bestselling author of The Healing Power of Essential Oils

“The most comprehensive essential oils resource I know . . . I highly recommend it!”—Amy Myers, MD, New York Times bestselling author of The Autoimmune Solution and The Thyroid Connection

Extracted directly from the bark, flowers, leaves, resins, and roots of plants, essential oils are highly concentrated plant-based chemical compounds that have been the basis for natural medicine for thousands of years. Whether you apply them topically, ingest them, or diffuse them in the air, they are scientifically proven to work on the body’s physiology gently and quickly, which is why more and more people living with chronic conditions—from insomnia, hypertension, and fibromyalgia to Parkinson’s, epilepsy, insulin resistance, cancer, and even Alzheimer’s disease—are reaching for them as a complementary therapy.

Drawing on their authoritative understanding of these powerful concentrations and their mastery of DIY usage, Dr. Eric and Sabrina Ann Zielinski share more than 150 research-backed and easy-to-prepare topical recipes, capsule remedies, and diffusions that work to combat the root causes of all disease: stress, anxiety, and systemic inflammation. Using oils from more than 70 aromatic plants—from copaiba and lemongrass to turmeric and ylang ylang—their healing formulations include:

• Earthy Wood Inhaler, the perfect way to bring nature inside—“forest bathing” on demand!
• Immune-Boosting Diffuser Blend, to help protect your body against airborne pathogens.
• IBD Synergy Capsules, a gentle mixture of coriander, Melissa, and peppermint to soothe and promote gut health
• Extra-Strength Bone and Joint Salve, powerful pain relief that uses CBD, frankincense, lavender and wintergreen.
• Sensual Body Spray, an alluring scent to help spice up your love life!

Easy to prepare and apply, these time-tested recipes and protocols will help you take control of your health and start to enjoy the abundant life again!

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780593139271
Publisher: Harmony/Rodale
Publication date: 09/07/2021
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 212,752
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

The author of the national bestseller The Healing Power of Essential Oils and The Essential Oils Diet (with Sabrina Ann Zielinski), Dr. Eric Zielinski has pioneered natural living and biblical health education since 2003. Trained as an aromatherapist, public health researcher, and chiropractor, Dr. Z started (now in 2014 with his wife, Sabrina Ann, to help people learn how to safely and effectively use natural remedies such as essential oils. Sabrina Ann Zielinski is a certified group fitness instructor, health coach, lactation consultant, and natural health guru. The mastermind behind the allergy-friendly food recipes and do-it-yourself remedies featured on the Zielinskis’ website, she’s known as “Mama Z” to many mamas who are looking for natural ways to care for their families. Now visited by more than three million natural health seekers every year, has rapidly become the number one online source for biblical health and nonbrand essential oils education. The Zs live in Atlanta with their five children.

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Chapter 1

A Closer Look at Chronic Disease

“Behind every chronic illness is just a person trying to find their way in the world.” —Glenn Schweitzer

If you think about it, up until the pandemic turned our lives upside-down, twenty-first-century life was pretty nice for most of us. We live longer than our recent ancestors. We’re fairly active, even in our golden years. Our kids have been surviving their childhood and teenage years at an unprecedented rate. Cigarette smoking has reached an all-time low among adults in the United States.

But are we healthier? Do we live better? What about you: do you enjoy great health and a fulfilled life?

Modern medicine has been able to keep people alive, sure, but what kind of life is it? Obesity is at an all-time high, and diabetes keeps climbing higher up the list. Heart disease is still the number one killer of men and women. The growing suicide rate points to a serious lack of mental health care.

While modern medicine has been able to greatly reduce infectious diseases (though new strains have exposed some serious holes in that arena), it is very ineffective at preventing or reducing chronic diseases.

So when we say “chronic disease,” exactly what are we talking about?

It may come as a surprise, but despite all of our medical advances and our focus to unify governing health agencies across the globe, there is no consensus as to what defines a chronic illness.

For example, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) classifies seven health conditions as chronic disease: heart disease, cancer, chronic lung disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, and chronic kidney disease.

Whereas, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have a more extensive list of twenty-one chronic conditions, adding alcohol abuse, depression, and HIV/AIDS, but it leaves out obesity.

The World Health Organization (WHO) also has a more extensive list and includes various mental disorders, vision and hearing impairments, oral diseases, bone and joint disorders, and genetic disorders.

And Medline, the US National Library of Medicine premier bibliographic database, branches out to include neurological disorders such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, and epilepsy.

Not only is the list of chronic illnesses debated, but so are its qualifying definitions. The CDC defines a chronic disease as “conditions that last one year or more and require ongoing medical attention or limit activities of daily living or both.” Whereas Medline takes a more nebulous approach: “a long-term health condition that may not have a cure.”

To make matters even more complicated, chronic diseases appear under different headings. Sometimes the term noncommunicable diseases distinguishes itself from “communicable” or infectious diseases. Yet several chronic diseases have an infectious component, such as cervical cancer and liver cancer. Lifestyle-related disease is a term that emphasizes the contribution of diet, exercise, and other behaviors to the development of chronic diseases. Yet many chronic diseases are heavily triggered by environmental circumstances, which are not the result of our individual choices.

Why is all of this important?

For one thing, it is confusing to the public. Not having a clearly defined understanding of what chronic disease is and isn’t has led to widespread misunderstandings.

In fact, according to the WHO, there are several half-truths and common misunderstandings people across the globe share about chronic disease. Here’s a brief summary:

•“My grandfather smoked and was overweight—and he lived to ninety-six.” (Yes, this happens, but it is rare and not worth the risk of doing things you know are unhealthy.)

•Chronic disease affects rich people and wealthy countries. (On the contrary; the less affluent someone is, the more likely they are to develop a life-threatening chronic condition.)

•Mostly older people are affected. (Actually, nearly 50 percent of chronic disease deaths occur in people under seventy years of age.)

•Usually men are affected—think heart disease. (Not true. Men and women are equally at risk.)

•Being healthy and preventing chronic disease is “too expensive.” (Again, not true, and we’ll outline many budget-friendly options in this book.)

•We will all die one day, and getting a chronic disease is inevitable.

This last point is key. Nothing could be further from the truth, and this underlying suspicion that nothing can be done to prevent and successfully treat chronic disease is completely false.

For the sake of this book, we lean toward a WHO broad-stroke approach to defining chronic disease, its symptoms, and its management. Chronic disease:

•has its origins at young ages;

•takes decades to become fully established as epidemics;

•requires a long-term and systematic approach to treatment;

•and, most important, has many opportunities for prevention—even reversal.

Risk Factors for Chronic Diseases

All of the leading chronic diseases—arthritis, cardiovascular disease, cancer, chronic fatigue, COPD, fatty liver, obesity, osteoporosis, sleep disorders, and type 2 diabetes—are linked by common and preventable risk factors, according to the CDC and other global health authorities, including the following:

•Tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke

•Inadequate, unbalanced nutrition, including diets low in fruits and vegetables and high in sugar, sodium, and processed foods

•Sedentary lifestyle

•Alcohol abuse

There are other risk factors for most chronic diseases, as well, that have emerged from major landmark studies.

Chronic Inflammation

This occurs if the body’s normal inflammatory healing process does not end when it should, leaving your body in an unhealthy state of alarm that can hurt your physical and mental well-being. Over time, chronic inflammation may impair the function of your tissues and organs—a destructive condition that leads to many chronic diseases.

Toxic Burden

Indoor air pollution, fluoridated water, contaminants, pesticides, chemical cleaners, drugs, and other environmental exposures can accumulate in your tissues and cause disease.


These are chemicals or agents, usually found in the environment, that can cause damage to genetic material and are also involved in many chronic diseases, such as liver disease, brain illnesses, cardiovascular disorders, diabetes, arthritis, cancer, chronic inflammation, and aging.


People who live in areas with high levels of sanitation do not obtain the normal exposure to microbes, pollen, and other microscopic elements in the environment. The lack of that exposure negatively affects the development of the immune system, making people more susceptible to emerging viruses and even Alzheimer’s disease.


It’s widely known that stress damages health in many ways. It interferes with sleep, leads to a weakened immune system, causes digestive problems and obesity, and increases your risk of depression.

EMF Exposure

Cell phones, microwaves, Wi-Fi routers, and other devices are all forms of electromagnetic frequency (EMF) exposure, which emits radiation that can damage the immune system. Overexposure to even low levels of radiation from these sources has been known to trigger sleep disorders, headaches, fatigue, memory problems, cognitive problems, and many other health problems.


This refers to other chronic diseases that make you more susceptible to additional chronic diseases. Remember that kids’ song explaining how the bones in the body connect? We can still hear it in our heads—“The foot bone connects to the ankle bone. . . .” Well, the same goes for chronic disease. For example, obesity and type 2 diabetes can also be linked to cancer, arthritis, and chronic pain and will put you at risk of developing every chronic disease known to man. And recent research has linked type 2 diabetes with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Introduction xiii

Part 1 The Healing Power of Essential Oils

Chapter 1 A Closer Look at Chronic Disease 3

Chapter 2 All You Need to Know to Start Using Essential Oils 11

Chapter 3 Preventing Chronic Disease by Creating a Healthier Home 34

Part 2 Using Essential Oils for Chronic Conditions

Chapter 4 Sleep Disorders and Insomnia 57

Chapter 5 Stress and Anxiety 77

Chapter 6 Depression and Substance Abuse 96

Chapter 7 Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia 118

Chapter 8 Libido and Erectile Dysfunction 140

Part 3 Advanced Strategies and Protocols for Chronic Disease

Chapter 9 Alzheimer's and Dementia 155

Chapter 10 Bone and Joint Disorders 176

Chapter 11 Cancer Support 192

Chapter 12 Cardiovascular Disease 211

Chapter 13 Chronic Respiratory Disease 229

Chapter 14 Diabetes and Obesity 241

Chapter 15 Fatty Liver 260

Chapter 16 Inflammatory Bowel Diseases 271

Chapter 17 Parkinson's Disease and Epilepsy 287

Conclusion 301

Appendix A Disease-Busting Healthy Lifestyle Hacks 303

Appendix B Drug Interaction Chart 309

Notes and References 317

Recommended Resources 347

Acknowledgments 351

Index 353

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