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April 27, 2020

What Is Melatonin?

Melatonin is a hormone, commonly known as the sleep hormone, which is released primarily by the pineal gland (a small, pea-shaped gland in the brain) in dark conditions. Your body's production of melatonin increases at night and decreases during the day, which helps regulate your sleep/wake cycle.

Many people take melatonin supplements to help them sleep, especially those who are suffering from insomnia or jet lag or have irregular sleep patterns.

Blue light has been shown to shut down melatonin production and disrupt the circadian rhythm. Sources of blue light include the sun, digital screens (TVs, computers, laptops, smartphones, and tablets), electronic devices, and fluorescent and LED lighting.

Many people who spend a lot of time on their phones or computers can have trouble sleeping, in part because their body is unable to produce enough melatonin due to excessive blue light exposure.

Solutions for blue-light-induced sleep irregularities include:
  • avoiding blue light for at least 2 hours before bedtime
  • wearing blue-light-blocking glasses when using electronic devices
  • taking a melatonin supplement before bedtime
In addition to helping to regulate your sleep/wake cycle, melatonin provides lesser known health benefits to your immune system and overall health.

What Does Melatonin Do?

Melatonin regulates your circadian rhythm, which can be thought of as your internal clock, and plays a key role in how much sleep you get. Having a well-functioning circadian rhythm has significant positive effects on your mood, energy levels, and mental health.

Melatonin is also a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent which supports immune function (helping cells combat bacterial, viral, and parasitic activity), liver and gallbladder function, and the process of regular cell death (apoptosis).

Melatonin increases production of glutathione, another important antioxidant that supports mitochondrial function.

Melatonin and the Immune System

Getting enough sleep is a key component of a strong immune system. Thus the ability of melatonin to regulate your sleep cycle is the most obvious way in which it can promote a healthy immune system.

However, research also indicates that there are other ways that melatonin acts to support the immune system.

Firstly, melatonin can help restore your body's white blood cell count. White blood cells are responsible for protecting your body against diseases and foreign invaders, so a higher white blood cell count naturally results in a stronger immune system.

Research also shows that melatonin promotes cytokine balance and can help stimulate the release of cytokines and other proteins that can then attack invading infections and viruses. [1,2]

Melatonin and Aging

Our body’s melatonin levels are at their highest during childhood and decline gradually as we age, which can lead to difficulty in achieving quality sleep and also a weakened immune system. Thus many people become more susceptible to contracting viruses and other diseases as they grow older.

For these reasons, a melatonin supplement can be beneficial to take regularly as you advance in years, especially if you are having trouble sleeping or are experiencing a disrupted circadian rhythm.


According to research published in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences, "Currently the role of melatonin as an effector that can modulate the immune system is undeniable… Overall, melatonin might act as an immunostimulant… for a more effective early immune response against external stressors, such as viruses and parasites."

In these difficult pandemic times, it's more important than ever to prioritize a strong immune system if possible and to support your body's health in every way you can.

Melatonin supports your body in multiple ways, including helping to regulate your circadian rhythm and sleep cycle, reducing inflammation, increasing glutathione production, protecting cells from free radicals and oxidative stress, and helping to boost your immune system.

▶︎ Learn More about Ortho Melatonin

1 Melatonin: Buffering the Immune System
2 Effects of Melatonin Administration on Cytokine Production in Patients with Advanced Solid Tumors

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February 29, 2020

Featured Product: ATP Fuel

Chronic fatigue and low energy levels are problems that affect millions of Americans. One of the most powerful supplements that we sell to combat these issues and help your body reach optimal energy levels is Researched Nutritionals ATP Fuel®.

ATP (adenosine triphosphate) is a complex organic chemical that provides energy to drive many processes in living cells, e.g. muscle contraction, nerve impulse propagation, and chemical synthesis.

ATP Fuel is designed to support the Krebs Cycle of cellular energy production and promote healthy mitochondrial membrane function.

The Krebs Cycle, which takes place inside the mitochondria (also known as the "power plant" of the cell), is the primary way in which your body’s cells generate energy. By supporting this process, ATP Fuel is a very beneficial supplement, formulated specifically for athletes and patients seeking optimized energy.

ATP Fuel® combines three key energy nutrients and cofactors for maximum mitochondrial performance and energy production:

1. NT Factor Energy™
3. CoQ10

1. Benefits of NT Factor Energy:

NT Factor Energy helps repair mitochondrial membranes that have been compromised due to acute and/or long-term health challenges. When mitochondrial membranes are damaged, your energy levels are reduced. A healthy mitochondrial membrane allows more nutrients into the mitochondria to support the Krebs Cycle, and promotes healthier (reduced) levels of oxidative stress.

The typical cell contains an average of 1,000 mitochondria. Given that there are roughly 10 trillion cells in a healthy adult, productive mitochondria are critical to maintain the body's energy and resilience.

NT Factor Energy also promotes the burning of glucose, which creates energy and removes excess fatigue-causing ammonia from your body.

2. Benefits of NADH:

NADH is the reduced coenzyme form of vitamin B3 or B-Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide. This "reducing" power (its ability to donate electrons) is what drives ATP production.

NADH is fundamental in the chemical process of converting the food we eat into cellular energy. Each unit of NADH creates three units of ATP (the body’s energy fuel).

NADH also helps promote healthy emotional balance.

3. Benefits of Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10):

Coenzyme Q10 is a compound found naturally in the mitochondria and is involved in the making of ATP. ATP serves as the cell’s major energy source and drives a number of biological processes including muscle contraction and the production of protein.

CoQ10 promotes healthy energy levels, enhances the immune system, and helps protect cells from oxidative damage. A growing body of research suggests that using coenzyme Q10 supplements alone or in combination with other drug therapies and nutritional supplements supports a healthy heart, periodontal (gum) health, and cognitive and nerve health.

Research has also shown that CoQ10 production decreases with age, so ensuring adequate levels of CoQ10 is especially important for the elderly.


These three key features of ATP Fuel combine to create an effective and beneficial supplement for those prone to chronic fatigue and low energy levels.

The following product review from one of our customers echoes sentiments that we hear almost daily regarding ATP Fuel:

"I couldn't work. I had no energy. I struggled with headaches and digestive upsets. Then, I took a hair tissue mineral analysis and found out I had copper toxicity. After just three months, I am back at work and feel so much better. I am even swimming most days. ATP Fuel is one of the supplements Kristina recommended and I found it was a cornerstone of my healing. Please, if you are sick, please reach out to Kristina. She is affordable and knows what she is doing. Or just start taking ATP Fuel, as it works with each cell and I think can make a big difference for those of us struggling with exhaustion."

If you are struggling with frequently feeling exhausted, or are seeking to improve your energy levels, give ATP Fuel a try and/or schedule a health consultation with me to receive additional individualized support.


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November 16, 2019

Probiotic Enemas

Overview, Best Probiotics for Enemas, and Step-By-Step Instructions

What Is a Probiotic?

Probiotics are living microorganisms — healthy bacteria — that have been shown to provide beneficial health effects to the host by replenishing natural gastrointestinal flora.

Having a healthy level of diverse probiotics in your gut means a healthier gut microbiome, which is important for the overall health of your body, the strength of your immune system, and the functioning of your digestive system.

According to research published in 2013, probiotics also help to improve cholesterol levels and treat numerous diseases such as Crohn's, ulcerative colitis, and IBS.

Probiotics are generally consumed orally as supplements, but recently more and more people are becoming interested in introducing probiotics directly into the colon via implants (retention enemas) or suppositories.

Two Basic Strains: Lactobacillus versus Bifidobacterium

There are two main strains of probiotics: bifidobacterium and lactobacillus. Some probiotic supplements are primarily one strain or the other, while others combine multiple strains.

Lactobacillus is one of the more common strains because it is more viable in gastric conditions than bifidobacterium due to its greater resistance to gastric acid. Up to 60% of probiotic bacteria can be killed by your stomach acid prior to reaching your intestine, which is one reason many people choose to use probiotic enemas.

There have been many scientific studies done on these two probiotic strains, and it is widely acknowledged that both strains have the ability to prevent and treat various health issues.

However, studies have also shown that some strains may be better for treating different health issues than others. For example, while Lactobacilli have been found to be effective for treating antibiotic-associated issues like diarrhea, bifidobacteria may be better for treating conditions like IBS and chronic constipation, and some reviews have found that it is the more effective of the two overall.

Most research just finds that probiotics overall are beneficial for health; more research is needed to fully understand the difference between the strains.

Are Probiotic Implants (Retention Enemas) Better Than Taking Capsules Orally?

In certain cases, delivering probiotics directly to the colon can be more effective than oral ingestion.

While it's true that some probiotics may be killed in digestion, most probiotic manufacturers have created delivery systems that are designed to keep the probiotics alive through the stomach acid and digestive process, until they reach the intestinal tract.

Both methods of taking probiotics are beneficial, but if you have the time and ability to regularly take enemas, if you are suffering from chronic constipation or IBS, or if taking oral probiotics makes you feel sick, a probiotic implant may be a good option for you.

If you don't have much time and/or are not suffering from a gut disease and just want to improve the health of your gut microbiome, eating more probiotic-rich food and taking an oral probiotic is certainly just fine too!

Best Probiotic Strain for Colon Implants

If you would like to try a probiotic implant (retention enema) at home, I have two different probiotic recommendations:
  • Bifidonate — Containing Bifidobacterium bifidum Malyoth (2 billion CFU per ½ teaspoon), this probiotic produces B vitamins necessary for the digestive process, assists in the absorption of vitamins and minerals, inhibits harmful bacteria, supports healthy liver function, and helps to promote regularity. I recommend this over other strains such as lactobacillus because of research indicating that bifidobacteria are more beneficial for your health than lactobacilli. Additionally, lactobacillus' ability to survive stomach acid is not necessary if you are taking a probiotic via colon implant.

  • Ortho Biotic — I recommend Ortho Biotic for both colon implants and oral ingestion. It does not need to be refrigerated and contains seven different probiotic strains which combine to support microflora balance, bowel regularity, and optimal immune function.

▶︎ How To Use Probiotics in Colon Implants

Suppositories and Probiotics

If you'd prefer that your probiotic is directly received by the colon, another option for administration is adding probiotics to suppositories. To do this, add the contents of 1 probiotic capsule, or ½ teaspoon of Bifidonate, to coconut oil, mix together, and freeze to make a suppository.

Certain essential oils provide health benefits for your colon and microbiome similar to probiotics. Optimal Health Network's Anti-Inflammatory and Flora Booster Essential Oil Blend and Colon Cleanse Essential Oil Blend are designed to support the healthy bacteria in your microbiome, reduce inflammation, strengthen the immune system, and act as a prebiotic.

Similar to taking probiotics, using targeted essential oils in suppositories or as part of a home enema regimen can help you to overcome many health challenges such as Candida overgrowth, ulcerative colitis, and IBS.

▶︎ How To Make Coconut Oil Suppositories

A Side Note: Probiotics in Food

While probiotic supplements are a great way to improve your gut health, eating healthy foods that contain probiotics is also beneficial for your overall health. Such foods include kombucha, sauerkraut, kefir, kimchi, miso, and high-quality yogurt with live cultures.

How To Do a Probiotic Implant (Retention Enema)

  1. Take two cleansing enemas before taking a probiotic implant. It's best to do the first two enemas outlined in my recommended home enema series:
    • First Enema: Use Frankincense and Myrrh Goat Milk Soap. Soak the bar of soap in filtered water for 20-60 seconds to make a milky solution. Add to 1-4 quarts of filtered water and slowly take in this enema. Once fully taken in, you can release the enema on the toilet. There is no need to hold.
    • Second Enema: Use Colon Cleanse Essential Oil Blend mixed with Celtic Sea Salt. In a small bowl, add about 1 teaspoon of Celtic Sea Salt per quart of water. Mix 3-5 drops of the oil blend per quart of water into the salt. Add the salt and oil mixture to your enema bag and water once mixed.
  2. After doing the first two enemas, empty 2-4 probiotic capsules of your choice. I recommend using Ortho Biotic. If you're using Bifidonate, add 1 teaspoon of this probiotic to ½ to 2 cups of filtered water or aloe vera juice. Mix with water or aloe vera juice until fully dissolved. Add this solution to your enema bag, bucket, or implant syringe.
  3. Take the colon implant into your body slowly, as you would an enema. By allowing 5-10 minutes to take in the entire volume of the implant, and by using a colon tube to deliver the solution deeper into the colon, your body will have an easier time holding the implant.
  4. Retain the solution for as long as you are easily able to/have time to (ideally at least 15 minutes). If you aren’t able to hold the enema for the full 15 minutes, that's OK. Listen to your body and empty if you need to.
  5. Empty the solution on the toilet.

▶︎ How To Take an Enema at Home

You can do a probiotic implant as frequently as you’d like, as long as you find that it's making you feel better and not worse. Listen to your body throughout the process, and remember to hydrate well before, during, and after enemas!


Having a good amount of diverse strains of probiotics in your gut microbiome strengthens your immune system, helps prevent disease, and is important for your overall health. There are several good options for delivering more probiotics to your gut: taking a daily probiotic orally, eating more probiotic-rich foods, and taking regular probiotic implants and/or suppositories. All of these options can be beneficial. It's important to choose the option(s) that work best for you, and make your body feel its best!

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October 8, 2019

The 9 Best Essential Oils for Weight Loss Support

essential oils for weight loss support Losing weight in a healthy manner is an individual journey. For most people this journey must center on balanced nutrition (eating appropriate portions of the right high-quality foods at the right times), burning enough calories (for example, through regular exercise), drinking enough water, getting enough quality sleep, and other important lifestyle adjustments.

Without such key puzzle pieces in place, losing weight in a healthy way isn't really feasible.

However, if you're struggling with your weight loss journey either emotionally or physically despite properly following established weight loss guidelines, there are other tools you can use to help!

One such tool is essential oils.

Certain essential oils can provide a host of health benefits -- such as the ability to reduce anxiety and depression, improve digestion, relieve muscle pain, and reduce inflammation --  that can help you lose weight and become healthier and happier overall.

Using the following essential oils topically, diffusing them, adding a couple of drops to a glass of water, and/or taking them in an enema or suppository can energize you, help curb food cravings, and support you in balancing your body and mind.

Each essential oil listed below provides your body with different benefits, so read about each one carefully in order to choose the oil(s) that will help you the most.

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  1. Peppermint Essential Oil

    Peppermint is widely known to boost mental and physical energy.

    A 2013 scientific study on the effects of peppermint on athletes notes that "Mint is one of the most famous natural herbs for its analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, antioxidant, and vasoconstrictor effects." Because of this, peppermint essential oil can be used to soothe sore muscles and reduce fatigue after a workout. The study found that peppermint essential oil supports respiratory function, and has a positive effect on heart rate, blood pressure, and overall exercise performance.

    Use this oil in a diffuser, add a few drops to your bath water to relax and help muscle aches, or rub topically on sore muscles or your stomach. (You may want to dilute with coconut oil or another carrier oil.)

  2. Grapefruit Essential Oil

    Grapefruit essential oil is a wonderful tool to help you lose weight because it contains limonene, which help break down body fat and support your metabolism.

    A study conducted in 2005 found that "The scent of grapefruit oil, and particularly its primary component limonene, affects autonomic nerves, enhances lipolysis through a histaminergic response, and reduces appetite and body weight." Specifically, the study found that a 15-minute exposure to the scent of grapefruit oil three times a week can reduce food intake and body weight.

    Apply the oil topically (dilute with a carrier oil first) and/or diffuse daily. You can also add 5-10 drops of this oil to your enema or coffee enema solution, or to a suppository.

  3. Lemon Essential Oil

    Lemon essential oil is able to enhance your body’s detoxification capabilities, supports healthy digestion, boosts energy levels, reduces inflammation, and promotes the breakdown of body fat.

    Additionally, breathing in the scent of lemon is known to improve neurological activity, and has a calming and mood-boosting effect.

    Diffuse this oil at home or work, rub on your temples to keep your mind alert, or add a couple of drops to a glass of ice water each day.

  4. Ginger Essential Oil

    Ginger has been used for centuries to support digestive health. It is an antioxidant, and improves your body’s ability to absorb vitamins and minerals from the food you eat.

    Ginger contains gingerols, which reduce inflammation throughout your body, most importantly in your gut. Keeping intestinal inflammation down helps reduce the risk of acquiring certain diseases.

    Finally, ginger can also reduce sugar cravings.

    Rub ginger essential oil on your stomach, neck, arms, or bottoms of your feet (dilute with a carrier oil first), diffuse, and/or drink a couple of drops in a glass of water daily.

  5. Cinnamon Essential Oil

    Cinnamon has the remarkable ability to help regulate your blood sugar levels, and can also minimize sugar cravings.

    Take a couple of drops of cinnamon in a glass of water before eating a meal, diffuse, or rub on your stomach, back of your neck, or arms (dilute first with a carrier oil).

  6. Bergamot Essential Oil

    Refreshing and uplifting, bergamot is a wonderful stress reliever and mood booster. Being in a healthy emotional state is an important aspect of losing weight.

    Diffuse this oil or rub on the back of your neck to help reduce your stress and anxiety.

  7. Sage Essential Oil

    essential oils for weight loss support Sage (Salvia) has a long history in traditional medicine as an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory agent, and pain reliever. According to a 2013 study, sage may prove to be an effective treatment for many common health concerns and illnesses, including obesity, depression, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.

    Diffuse sage oil, or rub on the bottoms of your feet, back of your neck, or arms.

  8. Lavender Essential Oil

    Lavender is the essential oil that is perhaps best known for helping you relax and sleep well, both of which are important if you wish to optimize your health and lose weight. If you’re having trouble sleeping, you’ll have less energy to work out and live your best life.

    There are many ways to incorporate the calming effects of lavender oil into your life: rub a drop or two of lavender essential oil on your temples before sleep or if you’re feeling stressed out or anxious; diffuse in your bedroom or office space; add a few drops of lavender oil to a pre-bedtime bath; rub a couple of drops on your pillowcase or into the collar of your pajamas; or add a few drops to your favorite lotion before applying.

  9. Fitness Essential Oil Blend

    Several of the essentials oils listed above are combined for you in Rocky Mountain Oils’ Fitness Essential Oil Blend. This blend is formulated to assist in managing the appetite and stop cravings between meals and impulsive eating. Stimulating but grounding, it can lift your mood and relax your stomach. It gives a delicious flavor to water and supports hydration with exercise.

    Fitness Blend contains: pink grapefruit, lemon, peppermint, cinnamon bark, celery seed, and ginger root essential oils.

    You can add 5-10 drops of this oil to your enema solution or suppository; diffuse the oil in your home; apply topically; or add a couple of drops to a glass of ice water.


Safe Rate of Weight Loss

Whether your goal is to lose a few pounds or 100 pounds, essential oils can play an important role in supporting a successful weight loss journey. Whatever tools you use to support your weight loss, it is essential to lose weight at a safe and steady pace. If you lose weight gradually and steadily, you are more likely to be able to maintain the lower weight you reach. Losing weight slowly also comes with far fewer health risks, such as nutritional deficiencies or losing critical muscle mass.

Depending on initial body weight, a reasonable rate of loss for overweight adults is 1 to 2 lbs (up to 1 kg) per week, or 5 to 10% of body weight over 6 months. Example: For a person weighing 250 pounds (113 kg), a healthful 5 to 10% weight loss over 6 months would be 12 to 25 lbs (5 to 11 kg).

▶︎ Learn more about how to healthily lose weight and cleanse your body of toxins using enemas

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Need Support with Your Healthful Weight Loss Journey?

For a personally tailored weight loss program, including individualized dietary support if needed, I would be happy to assist you via a scheduled phone consultation. I charge an affordable $1.80 per minute. First complete any relevant sections of my secure online intake form pertaining to your concerns. Upon submitting the form, you will be prompted to set a consultation time with me via my online booking system. Please note that appointment times are USA Central Time.


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September 22, 2019

Essential Oils for Prostate Health

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Prostatitis and BPH

Many men have prostate issues as they age.

BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia), non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate gland, affects approximately 50% of men aged 51-60 in the US, which makes it the most common prostate problem for men over 50.

Prostatitis (inflammation of the prostate), on the other hand, is the most common prostate problem for men younger than 50, and affects 10-15% of the US male population.

Just because these problems are common, however, doesn’t mean they are inevitable. With the use of essential oils, you may be able to naturally heal from and prevent these problems, and ensure that your prostate remains healthy throughout your life.

Essential Oils for Prostate Health

Optimal Health Network has created two essential oil blends specifically designed to help you heal from the prostate issues mentioned above.

Our BPH Essential Oil Blend supports overall prostate health, and should help to ease pain and optimize urinary function. It contains therapeutic-grade frankincense, myrrh, orange, sage, peppermint, and geranium essential oils.
  • Frankincense is known to reduce pain and inflammation and inhibit the growth and spread of cancerous cells. 
  • Myrrh has a relaxing effect on muscles, and has antiinflammatory, anticancer, and antibacterial benefits.
  • Orange is anti-inflammatory and rich in limonene, which helps fight/prevent cancer.
  • Sage is effective at fighting bacterial infections, is a nervous system stimulant, and helps balance hormones. It supports the reproductive, respiratory, and nervous systems.
  • Peppermint has antiviral, antiinflammatory, and antimicrobial properties.
  • Geranium supports the immune system, is soothing for anxiety and stress, and effective at treating hormonal disturbances. Antibacterial, it promotes cellular regeneration and healthy urination.
Our Prostatitis Essential Oil Blend helps to reduce infection and swelling, improve urinary function, increase circulation, improve sexual function, and ease pain. It contains therapeutic-grade rosemary, myrtle, thyme, frankincense, myrrh, sage, and spruce essential oils.
  • Rosemary is antibacterial, an immune stimulant, relieves pain, increases circulation, and reduces inflammation.
  • Myrtle is antimicrobial and has beneficial effects on glandular imbalances.
  • Thyme is antispasmodic and antiseptic and effectively supports the reproductive and immune systems.
  • Frankincense is known to reduce pain and inflammation and inhibit the growth and spread of cancerous cells.
  • Myrrh has a relaxing effect on muscles, and has antiinflammatory, anticancer, and antibacterial benefits.
  • Sage is effective at fighting bacterial infections, is a nervous system stimulant, and helps balance hormones. It supports the reproductive, respiratory, and nervous systems.
  • Spruce (Tsuga) relieves muscle pain, promotes balanced hormones, promotes a strong immune system, and may help boost testosterone levels.
These two OHN essential oil blends have a lot of power between them, and we regularly hear from patients how well they work. Use one or both of these blends in coconut oil suppositories and/or add them to your enema solution.

rostatrol Forte

Additional Tips for a Healthy Prostate

If your prostate isn't at its healthiest, there are several other things you can do alongside using essential oils to help:
  1. Take Supplements like Prostatrol Forte

    Ortho Prostatrol Forte is specifically designed to help men who suffer from BPH and/or prostatitis. Prostatrol forte contains saw palmetto extract, which reduces the amount of hormonal stimulation of the prostate. It also contains nettle root extract, which blocks estrogen binding; pygeum, which inhibits the effects of growth factors on prostate cells; zinc, which is necessary for prostate functioning; and selenium, which destroys free radicals and is needed for proper prostate function. Additionally, both saw palmetto and pygeum reduce the inflammatory pathways to help alleviate prostatitis.
  2. Enema Series

    If you're suffering from prostatitis or BPH, I recommend taking the 3-step enema series 1 to 7 times per week for at least three months, in conjunction with essential oil suppositories
  3. Diet/Detox

    One of the main jobs of the prostate gland is to protect sperm from unwanted toxins. Following the diet and detox program laid out in my book, Ten Days to Optimal Health, will help you fully cleanse toxins from your entire body, which will benefit any prostate issues you're experiencing, as well as your overall health.

DISCLAIMER: If you have been diagnosed by your doctor with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) or prostatitis, the Optimal Health Network offers the above therapeutic products and protocols to support your prostate health under the supervision of your doctor. We make no claim or guarantee for cure or relief of any specific symptom, medical condition, or disease when using any of these products or protocols.

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September 9, 2019

10 Beneficial Uses of Essential Oil Suppositories

essential oils Although the healing powers of essential oils are widely discussed by health practitioners and their patients, many people don't know the most effective ways to use essential oils to improve their health.

Aromatherapy, topical use, and oral ingestion of essential oils can all have a significant favorable impact on one's health and well-being. However, absorbing therapeutic essential oils via a rectal suppository is often the most direct and effective way to receive the intended healing benefits, because the rectum rapidly absorbs the plant's chemical constituents through its mucosal surfaces.

Furthermore, pH levels in the rectum are more optimal than pH levels in the stomach. Essential oils work best in an alkaline (non-acidic) environment. The acidic internal terrain of the upper GI tract can decrease the potency of the therapeutic constituents of the plant.

Essential oil suppositories can support you in optimizing your health if you are faced with one or more of the following health conditions (and more) or are just looking to accomplish a general detox or support your overall colon health.

1. Hemorrhoids

Statistically, about 75% of us will develop hemorrhoids at some point in our lives. Hemorrhoids can be very painful and uncomfortable. Essential oils can help not only to ease the symptoms, but also assist you to heal from hemorrhoids.

If you're suffering from hemorrhoids, use 6-8 drops of Lime Essential Oil and/or OHN Hemorrhoid Essential Oil Blend in a daily coconut oil suppository.

2. Cancer Support (Preventive Therapy or Fighting Cancer's Progression)

Scientific studies have shown that Frankincense Essential Oil can stop some types of cancerous tumors from growing and spreading.

The oil has been shown to differentiate healthy and cancerous cells and suppress cancer cell viability, and the boswellic acid found contained in it helps reduce inflammation and can inhibit the growth of tumor cells.

Most cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy, also kill healthy cells as they fight cancer. Frankincense's ability to specifically target cancerous cells in some circumstances means that it has the potential to be a powerful option for fighting and preventing certain types of cancer.

Because the colon is an optimal location for essential oil absorption, coconut oil suppositories with frankincense essential oil may be especially effective at preventing colorectal cancer, which is the third most common cancer in the United States.

3. Constipation

Constipation is a common gastrointestinal disorder, with a prevalence in approximately 20% of the population. In the elderly population, the incidence of constipation is higher, with elderly females being particularly at risk for severe constipation.

Essential oil suppositories can help not only to relieve constipation, but also to improve your overall health. OHN Colon Cleanse Essential Oil Blend suppositories can help you maintain a healthy flora balance, optimize the health of the lining of the colon, and reduce inflammation.

4. Anal Fissures

Anal fissures are tears in the anal canal, usually caused by overstretching the anus. Anal fissures can also be caused by irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Candida albicans, chronic diarrhea, hemorrhoids, or any other biochemical imbalance that leaves the anus inflamed. Anal fissures occur in both men and women of all ages. The prime symptom of an anal fissure is pain, which is often extreme.

OHN Anal Fissure Essential Oil Blend has been specially formulated to heal anal fissures. It can help restore anal elasticity, help prevent infection, and help reduce bleeding and inflammation.

5. Prostatitis and BPH

Essential oil suppositories can help improve and maintain prostate health, and can help men heal from conditions such as prostatitis and BPH.

Learn More: OHN Prostatitis Essential Oil Blend

Learn More: OHN BPH Essential Oil Blend

6. Lyme Disease

A study conducted by researchers from Johns Hopkins University found evidence that certain essential oils can help eradicate the bacteria that causes Lyme disease.

These identified essential oils are garlic, allspice, cumin, palmarosa, myrrh, hydacheim, amyris, thyme, Litsea cubeba, lemon eucalyptus, and cinnamon bark.

Rotating several of the essential oils mentioned above in order to target a Lyme infection in layers may be a beneficial strategy for many Lyme patients.

I detail my recommended protocols for using essential oils with severe and mild Lyme cases in this article.

7. Candida (Candidiasis)

Candida albicans, a naturally occuring yeast-like organism in our microflora, can be very difficult to remove from the body if it proliferates and gives rise to fungal infections, both locally and systemically.

Certain therapeutic-grade essential oils can be effective in supporting the body to rid itself of a Candida overgrowth.

OHN Candida Essential Oil Blend has been designed to support you in overcoming Candida overgrowth. Composed of lavender, bergamot, eucalyptus, and lemongrass essential oils, this blend is safe for long-term use and gently supports the body broadly while helping to eliminate fungal infections. Use this blend in a coconut oil suppository daily for at least 3-4 weeks to heal from Candida overgrowth.

More Information on Our Candida Healing Protocol

8. Coffee Enema Alternative

Essential oil suppositories can also be a good alternative to coffee enemas if you're allergic to coffee. In this case try our OHN Coffee Enema Essential Oil Blend in coconut oil suppositories.

9. Detoxification

European scientists have studied the ability of essential oils to work as natural chelators, binding with heavy metals and petrochemicals and helping to carry them out of the body. Adding essential oils to your daily routine through suppositories can help your body repair cells and remove toxic waste from the body.

Tangerine Essential Oil can be very effective at removing petrochemicals, for instance.

Lavender Essential Oil is an excellent tonic for the nerves and often helps with migraines, headaches, anxiety, and/or depression.

10. Promoting Overall Colon Health

Essential oil suppositories are a powerful tool to help you maintain a healthy flora balance, support the health of your colon lining, and reduce inflammation.

An important aspect of colon health is microbial balance. We now know there are over 10 million different types of bacteria in the colon. Many of these bacteria are vitally beneficial. Some are not. A proper balance of the different types of bacteria in the gut is crucial for digestive as well as overall health.

In a preliminary preclinical study, Italian researchers found that ingested geraniol effectively supports healthy microbial balance (March 2016). Geraniol, a component of geranium essential oil, is known to support colon health. Geranium essential oil is included in our OHN Coffee Enema Essential Oil Blend. This blend also supports liver health, with similar benefits to taking a coffee enema.


Studies show that absorbing essential oils in the rectum/colon is by far the most direct and effective way to receive their intended health benefits. Essential oil suppositories can help you heal from a variety of health issues, or support an overall detoxification and colon health program, and and they are easy to make!

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July 21, 2019

What Do Coffee Enemas Do for You?

coffee enema kit During health consultations, many of my clients ask me, "What do coffee enemas do for you?"

Coffee enemas are well-known to help relieve pain, nausea, general nervous tension, and depression. Coffee enemas can also increase mental clarity, focus, and energy.

By lowering blood serum toxin levels, coffee enemas are thought to increase cell energy production and improve blood circulation, immunity, and tissue repair.

Coffee enemas support the body in part by increasing glutathione levels in the bloodstream. Glutathione reacts with free radicals (which cause cell damage) and makes them inert. These neutralized substances are then dissolved in the bile, released through the bile flow from the liver and gallbladder, and excreted through the intestinal tract.

As part of a detoxification program, coffee enemas facilitate the release of toxins in your body by:
  • stimulating the liver to produce more bile. Bile is a bodily fluid that has a role in fat digestion and into which many are dissolved for removal from the body through the gallbladder, small intestine, and colon.
  • causing the muscles of the bile duct to relax, opening the duct widely to produce a large flow of bile from the gallbladder into the small intestine. This allows the liver to rid itself of many toxins quickly, freeing it to process more blood-transported toxins from throughout the body.
  • dilating blood vessels via action of theophylline and theobromine in the coffee, further increasing blood flow to the liver.
  • increasing production of glutathione s-transferase (GST), a key detoxification enzyme, by 600% to 700%, via effects of palmitic acid in the coffee. GST shuttles toxins for binding with glutathione, which neutralizes them and carries them out of the body in the bile.
  • speeding transit of waste through the colon.

What type of coffee is best for coffee enemas?

coffee enema kit It's important that the coffee you use in coffee enemas is organic, low-acid, and high in caffeine and palmitates, which are the key therapeutic elements of coffee that our bodies use for effective detoxification. We offer a special made-for-enema coffee that meets these criteria.

Never use decaffeinated coffee for your coffee enema.

The preparation of the coffee you use for the enema is also important. Air-roasted coffee is ideal for coffee enemas. Air roasting does not add smoke or flame to the beans, so there are no carcinogens introduced.

For those with gluten sensitivity, air roasting prevents cross-reactivity with gluten in the body.

Finally, it is important to use brewed coffee promptly. Do not store it once brewed, as it becomes more acidic.

How often should I do coffee enemas?

The answer to this question varies depending on your state of health, the amount of free time you have, and the results you're seeing with coffee enemas.

It's also important to individualize your enema program to meet the specific needs of your own microbiome.

For some people, especially those experiencing more extreme health issues or high levels of environmental toxicity, daily coffee enemas may be ideal.

For others, doing coffee enemas or the enema series anywhere from 1 to 4 times per week may be appropriate.

Listening to your body is key when determining how frequently you should do a coffee enema.


What are the potential side effects of a coffee enema?

Consult your doctor before beginning a coffee enema program. When taken correctly, coffee enemas are very safe. However, some minor side effects can occur, and enemas may not be the best choice for everyone. Minor side effects may include:
  • Dehydration. Be sure to stay well-hydrated before, during, and after a coffee enema.
  • Feeling too "buzzed". Don't use too much coffee in your enema, or make the solution too strong. You do not need a very strong solution to enjoy the benefits of a coffee enema. (One tablespoon of coffee to one gallon of water can be enough.) If you’re sensitive to caffeine, start with small amounts, and pay attention to how your body responds.
Although in the medical literature you may see more serious risks mentioned in association with coffee enemas (such as rectal tears or infection), I can state confidently, having worked with thousands of clients over the past 20+ years, that when done with the quality enema equipment and following proper instructions, coffee enemas are a safe and effective health tool for most people!

Do coffee enemas deplete minerals?

While coffee enemas are very effective at detoxification, they can also deplete essential minerals in your body. To counteract this, I have created a 3-step enema series protocol which does not deplete the body of electrolytes, increases the amount of healthy microorganisms in the colon, helps improve overall immunity, supports the liver, and does not irritate sensitive colonic tissues. (The coffee enema is the third and final enema in the series.)

Coffee enemas vs. the enema series

A full enema series reduces imbalances and inflammation in the gut microbiome and supports the key bodily detoxification processes that occur during the coffee enema.

Furthermore, because the primary action of the coffee enema is to allow the coffee solution to be absorbed into the portal vein, you don't want to reabsorb any toxic byproducts of the waste sitting in the lower colon. Therefore, it’s important to first cleanse that waste with the first two enemas in the series.

For these reasons, an enema series is much more effective than taking just a single coffee enema.

How can I further enhance my coffee enemas?

Chlorophyll Capsules

It is important to take some sort of binding agent when doing coffee enemas. Chlorophyll tightly binds the toxins that are released in the bile during a coffee enema, so that they will not be reabsorbed through the intestinal wall.

Take 4-8 chlorophyll capsules approximately 30 minutes before the start of the enema. Then, just before starting the enema, take another 4-8 capsules.

Tangerine Essential Oil

Tangerine essential oil increases the efficacy of coffee enemas in several ways. It enhances the absorption of the coffee through the colon and into the circulatory system. It assists the liver to process the coffee more efficiently and will balance the strong purgative effects of the coffee with its regenerative healing properties. It also helps the body to produce glutathione, which aids in detoxification of the liver.

Add 3-10 drops of Tangerine Essential Oil to your coffee enema solution.

Geranium Essential Oil

In 2012 researchers at Hacettepe University in Ankara, Turkey found that geranium essential oil also enhances glutathione levels in the bloodstream.

This is important for a number of reasons:
  • Many people are sensitive to caffeine. Caffeine is what increases your glutathione levels when you take a coffee enema. Thus, geranium can be used instead of coffee in a therapeutic enema.
  • If you aren't sensitive to caffeine, you can add geranium to your coffee enema for even greater benefit.
  • If you don't have enough time to take coffee enemas, consider using geranium essential oil suppositories.
coffee enema kit To substitute geranium essential oil for coffee in your enema, mix one teaspoon of Celtic Sea Salt and 4-6 drops of Geranium Essential Oil or 5-20 drops of our Coffee Enema Essential Oil Blend per quart of filtered water. Like a coffee enema, this is best done after first completing the first two enemas in the enema series.

Coffee Enemas and the MTHFR Gene Mutation

One significant factor that impacts many people's ability to naturally eliminate toxins from their bodies is a mutation in the MTHFR gene.

This variant is fairly common, with research finding that 20-40% of Americans may have either one variant (heterozygous, which is unlikely to lead to any health issues) or two (homozygous).

MTHFR gene mutations are inherited from your parents.

Homozygous mutations can create issues with your body’s ability to detoxify and methylate. Thus people with the homozygous MTHFR mutation may need to take additional measures to to help rid their bodies of toxins, and coffee enemas can be one important tool to do so.

You can get tested for the MTHFR gene through saliva testing such as


A coffee enema, particularly when taken as part of an enema series, can be a powerful tool to help you detoxify your body.

The potential benefits of coffee enemas include enhancing your body's cellular and tissue health, strengthening your immune system, increasing your energy levels, relieving pain and nausea, and more.

Using the enema series, a chlorophyll binder, and targeted essential oils with your coffee enemas can make them even more effective and lessen any potential side effects.


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