CHOLESTEROL

ESSENTIAL OILS

Lavender. Shown to decrease emotional stress, which can lower cholesterol levels.

Lemongrass. Shown to sustain healthy levels of triglycerides and reduce LDL cholesterol.65

Rosemary. Helps reduce cholesterol due to antioxidant properties.

Cypress. Boosts circulatory function.

Research
According to a recent study, lavender oil treatment exerted hypolipidemic (lipid or fat lowering) effects by balancing LDL/HDL levels.

Home Remedy
Cholesterol Protocol. Take 1 drop of lemongrass oil and 1 drop of rosemary oil in a teaspoon of honey. Follow up by applying 1 to 2 drops each of cypress oil and lavender oil mixed with a carrier oil to the liver area and the soles of your feet.

Background
Cholesterol is a naturally occurring substance made by the liver and required by the body for the proper function
of cells, nerves and hormones. Normally, cholesterol is kept in balance, but the standard western diet contains a large amount of hydrogenated fats and refined carbohydrates, which leads to an upset in this balance. This is manifested in elevated LDL levels and low HDL levels, an imbalance that affects 102 million Americans. Over time, LDL cholesterol can oxidize and build up in the arteries and lead to serious health problems, such as heart attack or stroke. To address this, millions of cholesterol-lowering prescriptions are written each year (statins are the most common), many of which can cause cramping, constipation, liver problems and more.

Suggested Supplements

» CoQ10. Take 200-300 milligrams of CoQ10 daily if you’re on cholesterol-lowering medications, because these medications decrease levels of this important co-enzyme.

» Omega-3. Take 1,000 milligrams of an omega-3 fish oil supplement once or twice daily to support healthy cholesterol levels.