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By Lisa Profera, MD
What’s new and exciting in the world of essential oils? Well, meet the new kid on the block, Yarrow/Pom. This new blend by doTERRA has everyone excited; it supports our internal and external health in so many wonderful ways.
By combining essential oils derived from the flowers, leaves, and stems of yarrow with pomegranate seed extract, a powerful botanical “dynamic duo” has been created. Why is this so special?
“Yarrow/Pom is an expertly crafted proprietary blend of Yarrow essential oil and cold-pressed Pomegranate seed oil designed to be your go-to for a true inside-out approach to aging, vitality, overall wellness, and, quite frankly, how to get that glow. This synergistic and first-of-its-kind blend naturally up-regulates the body’s protective transcription factors while activating skin-protecting proteins (inhibiting the enzymes that breakdown elasticity and collagen) with the added benefit of promoting collagen production” — doTERRA
Yarrow (Achilles millefolium), also known as soldier’s woundwort, has been used for centuries by many cultures for its medicinal and wound-healing effects. It is named after Achilles, who was known for carrying it with him to treat battle wounds. It has been used by many other cultures in Europe and China throughout history. Native Americans used it for headaches, toothaches, earaches, and fever reduction.
Today, yarrow can be found in cosmetics, perfumes, and shampoos. Herbalists use yarrow for stomach cramps, digestive issues, gingivitis, environmental allergies, and also as an anti-microbial agent. It is extremely important to make sure that the yarrow you use is safe for internal use and is free of the potentially harmful terpene, thujone. Thujone, in high doses, can cause muscle spasms and convulsions. It’s important to know your sourcing and purity standards. I only trust Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade oils (CPTG®). It took the doTERRA sourcing team three years to find a thujone-free sustainable source of yarrow.
Due to its beta-caryophyllene content, yarrow promotes homeostasis by binding to CB-2 receptors (just like copaiba oil and cannabidiol). It also provides neurologic and immune support. The chamazulene in yarrow is responsible for its striking deep blue color while soothing skin, body, and mind.
Of course, you should use yarrow with caution. Pregnant women or breastfeeding moms should consult with their doctor. Since it contains salicylic acid (like aspirin), it may prolong bleeding time. Obviously, avoid use if allergic to yarrow. Skin photosensitivity can also occur with prolonged use.
Extraction of the oil from pomegranate seeds yields nutritional benefits by providing beneficial fatty acids that are not commonly found in our regular diets. Punicic acid, a rare source of conjugated linoleic acid, is an Omega-5 fatty acid. Omega-5 fatty acids are very potent anti-oxidants (much stronger than Omega-3s, Vitamin C, and Vitamin E). Punicic acid blocks the production of inflammatory prostaglandins and leukotrienes that cause disease. Just like aspirin, it acts like a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agent, but without the GI side effects. It’s a major regulator of lipid metabolism and can help maintain cholesterol levels in the normal range; it can also stimulate ketogenesis and help reduce the amount of fat stored in our bodies. Punicic acid regulates transport of glucose across cell membranes, supporting blood sugar balance. It helps with repair of damaged cells throughout the body, especially in the skin. By supporting cellular health, it significantly contributes to cellular rejuvenation and regeneration.
Our skin is our first defense from environmental insults such as UV radiation, pollution, and toxins, which significantly contribute to external aging. Punicic acid helps with sun damage and offers protection from UV rays. It also promotes healthy collagen and elastin formation while reducing its degradation. The appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and crepey skin is reduced while luminosity is restored.
In addition, pomegranate seed oil contains a natural phytoestrogen, which can help with hormone imbalances in both men and women.
I am excited to have Yarrow/Pom in my medical “toolbox” so to speak. Yarrow/Pom is great for lymphatic drainage and detoxification. It is starting to be used in facials and lymphatic massage in a few top spas. Its potential for external skin health and rejuvenation is complimented by its ability to support our internal health through its potent anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory effects, its support of healthy neurotransmitter balance, its effects on healthy lipid levels, and its action to reduce body fat storage. Along with a healthy diet and exercise, it may even help you fit into your skinny jeans!
This is truly an innovative product. The combination of yarrow and pomegranate seed oil is something that has never been done before. It is the latest buzz in the essential oil world. This botanical powerhouse could possibly be the new “secret sauce” to health.
Lisa Profera MD
doTERRA Wellness Advocate and Educator
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“Yarrow|Pom is a one-of-a-kind expertly crafted proprietary blend of Yarrow essential oil and cold-pressed Pomegranate seed oil, offering powerful benefits to both the skin and the body.”