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category of auto-immune
Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease wherein the body’s
immune system mistakenly attacks healthy body organs and
tissue. With lupus this may be in the joints, skin,
brain, lungs, heart or other organs of the body. It occurs
much more frequently in women than men and more often among
Asians and African Americans. Medically it is not understood
why autoimmune diseases occur but there are many that
suggest candida infections and diet play a role.
Because of the wide range of body systems that may be
attacked and the chronic inflammation that occurs lupus can
be mistaken for other disorders and difficult to diagnose.
One symptom of lupus that occurs in about 50% of the
instances is a rash that may include the face with what is
known as the butterfly pattern across the cheeks and bridge
of the nose. The rash gets worse with sunlight and is also
seen on other parts of the body. Other symptoms can include
breathing pain, fatigue, fever, hair loss, mouth sores and
uneasiness. Some have no visible symptoms, this is know as
discoid lupus. Finally if specific parts of the body are
affected there may be particular symptoms associated with
that area. The brain and nervous system and lead to
headaches, numbness, personality changes, seizures, tingling
sensations and vision problems. The digestive tract can lead
to pain, nausea or vomiting; the heart can lead to
arrhythmias; and the skin can lead to the rash previously
mentioned as well as patchy skin color.
[search helps: Systemic lupus
erythematosus, SLE, disseminated lupus erythematosus, lupus
erythematosus, discoid lupus]
Oils, blends & products
Oils & Blends:
CloveEC, Deep Blue, DigestZen, FrankincenseC,
Ginger, HelichrysumC, Lavender, LemonC,
Lemongrass, On GuardC,
Essential oils based
products: GX Assist/PB Assist, Life Long
Vitality supplements, Zendocrine Detoxification
BalanceC, Geranium, MelaleucaC,
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Nutritional Foundation and Support
Consistently using the LLV supplements and 8 drops or 1
capsule of DDR Prime 2 times per day will definitely be
beneficial. Many suggest limiting sugars along with dairy or
other food groups if there are known allergies.
2 -3 drops of Frankincense 2 - 4 times daily under the
tongue, internally with a spoonful of honey or in a capsule.
Zendocrine Detoxification Complex with Zendocrine Blend
is a mild detoxification for the vital organs.
Lots of water with 1 - 3 drops of Lemon or other citrus
oils per glass of water. If this is difficult take 10 -
12 drops of Lemon or other citrus oils in a capsule
Some suggest a candida cleanse for autoimmune diseases
(see Autoimmune). For candida use the GX Assist/PB Assist protocol
more details). Others suggest this is
not helpful for
Lupus. If used consider that some with autoimmune
disorders are particularly sensitive and should start
this cleanse with 1 GX capsule daily for 2 days, if no
skin or digestive reactions increase to 2 capsules for 2
days and then if no reactions to the prescribed 3 per
Daily internally 4 drops of Lemongrass or Helichrysum
coupled with the Zendocrine Blend (see above) or 4 drops
Geranium and Rosemary.
Pain, for relief from
specific symptoms consider the following:
Joints - Deep Blue rub or blend topically to area of
Digestion - DigestZen and/or Ginger internally and/or
Skin rashes - Lavender and/or Geranium to sooth.
Bath, some have found
an Epson Salts bath periodically soothing and helpful.
1 cup of Epson Salts with 4 drops of each
Lavender, Lemongrass, Clove and 2 drops of Roman
(also consider 2 drops of any or all the following for
specific needs, Frankincense, Myrrh, Wintergreen
Mix the oils with the Epson Salts, run the hot water
bath and dissolve the Epson Salts mixture in the water
and soak for 20 minutes.
Experiences and Testimonials of others
Stephanie - I
have a good friend who has Lupus. This has resulted in some
scleroderma in his esophagus. He will be starting the LLV.
For the throat issues, we are thinking that he should
swallow the DDR. Does anyone else have any thoughts or
recommendations for the scleroderma of the throat?
Charly - I have it there and I don't
have great answers. I am using the DDR prime in drop form as
well as ginger, DigestZen and other oils for digestion and
cleansing (TerraZyme, for eg). The biggest changes have been
in my diet.
Brenda - Someone
told me with lupus they are putting some of the inflammation
oils on topically and also Balance on the inflamed and
painful joints. What does Balance do for pain?
Kris – I cannot tell you why, but Dr.
Hill recommended that I use Balance and some other oils for
a torn meniscus and osteoarthritis in the knees.
Rita - Do you use just a drop or two of
Lemongrass? Dr Lawton always says less is more and
especially with Lemongrass. I put a drop of Frankincense on
a few spots on my arm that hurts because I've heard that
Frankincense layered first makes everything work better.
Then I've mixed a few drops of Lemongrass with an ounce or
two of FCO. Marjoram also helps with pain and I'll add a few
drops of that. Also if I had Helichrysum that is apparently
the best thing for pain. My pain has diminished
considerably over the last two months. It does take
time and consistency.
Emily - I have a
friend just diagnosed with Tumid Lupus. She has horrible
rashes on her elbows and knees. She scratches them raw
because nothing brings relief. They are aggravated by the
sun and come and go. My own thoughts for immediate itch
relief is Lavender and Peppermint with FCO applied topical.
Then it sounds like a cleanse would be in order and LLV. Let
me know if anyone has personal experience with this or some
serious ideas on what to do.
Amelia - I wonder if the suggestion
Laura Jacobs made for eczema would work for this? She
said to apply Coriander as needed topically then take
internally 2-3 drops of both Melaleuca and Lavender 2-3
times a day.
On top of that I would definitely suggest GX Assist and
PB Assist cleanse since we know the common theory is all
auto-immune diseases come from candida albican overgrowth.
It could take 2-3 rounds (more or less) of this cleanse and
it will most likely get worse before it gets better but I
feel it would be worth it if it goes away as a result. If
she is open to it I would also suggest LLV because it will
support her body as it heals.
DQ - I would go a step further and say
candida is either caused by or thrives on mercury toxicity
which is why we need Cilantro. 7 drops in a capsule is what
I heard but I would work up slowly to that amount. Candida
is not a disease, it's a symptom!
Amber - I agree with everything said but
for immediate help with painful rashes would be geranium and
frankincense in a capsule.
Sharon - What is
the protocol for Lupus?
Pat – Here is a protocol that I have.
*First do a candida albican cleanse using GX Assist for
10 days followed by PB+ for 5 days wait 10 days then do this
same cleanse again. During this cleanse it would probably be
a great idea to drink lots of water w/a citrus essential oil
in it...my favorite is Lemon and/or Grapefruit. Using
Zendocrine essential oil topically over the liver and
adrenals would also be helpful.
*Second start taking doTERRA’s Life Long Vitality vitamin
supplements as soon as the above cleanse is completed. Can
begin these after the first round of GX Assist and PB Assist
but with ½ the recommended dosage until the 2nd round of
this cleanse is complete.
*Third make ingesting/using citrus oils a daily priority.
Use your favorite and at least 10 drops daily either in
water or a veggie capsule. In addition to these suggestions
I would also do the following for both liver support as well
as anti-inflammatory properties: 4 drops Lemongrass (If
Lemongrass not helpful try 4 drops helichrysum), 4 drops
Rosemary and 4 drops Geranium (or Zendocrine blend) in a
capsule daily. Other oils to consider adding to this capsule
are 2 drops Frankincense and/or 2 drops Myrrh along with 4
*To address additional pain consider using Deep Blue rub
topically or Deep Blue essential oil topically as well as
Wintergreen topically. For pain also consider taking the
following in a veggie capsule as needed for the pain: 2-4
drops Lavender, 2-4 drops Wintergreen , and 2-4 drops Clove,
repeat as needed.
CONSIDER A BATH
*Using the previous oils mentioned above plus try making
an Epson Salts bath soak by doing the following: Per 1 cup
of Epson Salts add 4 drops of each of these oils Lavender,
Lemongrass, Clove and 2 drops of Roman Chamomile and
consider using 2 drops of these oils as well Frankincense,
Myrrh, Wintergreen and Cinnamon. Mix the oils with the Epson
Salts prior to placing in water. Run the water as hot as you
can stand it and dissolve the Epson Salts mixture in the
water and soak for 20 minutes. You may change the oils to
suit to your own liking or needs, this is just the mixture
that has worked for others.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and
are not meant to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any
Rita - I am having
some inflammation issues with arthritis and possible rotator
cuff problems. I'm 62 . I've been eating clean and fresh for
a few months also. I started LLV about 8 weeks ago and I
added TerraZyme a couple of weeks ago. I have felt better
and with more energy than I have in years. But not pain free
yet. I started Zendocrine yesterday one in the morning one
at evening meals. I woke up this morning with pain all over.
It felt like I'd been run over by a Mack truck.
Is this normal? No I haven't done the cleanse routine.
Should I do that first? What is the reasoning and protocol
for using any and all these cleansing products?
Sandy - I have Lupus and struggle often
with the body aches and pains. I use Zendocrine one week a
month to help with a detoxification. I also use a drop of On
Guard (oral) every morning and a drop before and after going
out in public. I have a blend in a bottle on hand for the
bottoms of my feet, under my arms and on my neck when I get
out of the shower each day: 4 oz Fractionated Coconut Oil
with 2 drops each of On Guard, Balance and Clove Oil. When I
remember to do this, my symptoms are much less severe.
People without Lupus and other Immunodeficiencies don't
understand that it's a process. You will find what works for
one may not work for another. Hang in there, you will find
what works for you, I promise.
Kelly - Boyd Truman talked about this
very thing. Your body has a build up of all the years of
gunk. He suggested to back off a bit with the oils. It's
possible the Zendocrine twice a day is too much right now.
Everything you are taking is loosening up all that gunk.
Drink lots of water with lemon. Also, he suggests strongly
AromaTouch and wintergreen for inflammation. I have used it
on my Dad with amazing results for pain and inflammation. I
hope this helps.
PT - I have a dear
friend that has been dealing with Lupus for 6 years. I'm
wondering if anyone has had any success using EO's in
treating the symptoms of Lupus. I would very much like to
help my friend get off his regiment of anti-inflammatory
meds as I know they can be harmful to the stomach etc.
Pat – see protocol quoted previously.
WNM - I have a friend who was healed
from Lupus. Try sugar free, gluten free and probably dairy
free, all organic diet. Her practitioner's thinking is that
lupus isn't one thing but a cluster of symptoms. Overall
healing strategies were used to help.
Christy - When you say sugar free, you
don't mean sugar free things that have artificial sweeteners
in them, right? Is Stevia something that is allowed?
Pat – Stevia yes, but not artificial
Lori - The only sugar/sweetener that I
have read about and used that is 100% natural and has a low
glycemic index is Palm Sugar. It is expensive and
bakes like a dry brown sugar, but is all right for diabetics
and those staying away from sweeteners that spike the blood
Victoria – Stevia is great.
Darla - Stevia is an excellent sweetener
and it is not a sugar. Nu Stevia is a patented Stevia
product with no calories and comes in a form for baking that
replaces sugar in baked good and has been proven to balance
blood sugars and diabetics both type 1 and 2 can use safely.
They are a cold pressed patented product with no bitter
taste or after taste of any kind.
Lori - Just wanted to make sure that any
of us that are looking for sweet alternatives to be mindful
of what they contain. I have only purchased Stevia
once from a health food store. It tasted very bitter.
Didn't like it. Then I found that some of the powder
form is bulked up with other things and not 100% Stevia.
Please do some checking around. Again it is reinforced
that the whole plant is better than an extraction from it.
I have taken many things out of my diet, but sugar is not
one of them even though it's a proven poison. So, I am
on a journey to less sweets and lessen the Candida level.
(Personally I feel 80% of the population is dealing with
Candida symptoms and not even aware of it).
Jenyce – A friend
with lupus, I started her on LLW supplements but what
essential oils would be good for her. Any experiences or
suggestions would be very helpful?
Pat - Without a doubt the Candida blend,
5 drops of lemon, 5 drops of Melaleuca and 3 drops of
Oregano in a gel cap, taken daily.
ReNay - How many days on and how
many off? How will I know when I no longer have a Candida
problem or should i come to grips that i will forever have
Pat - You may have to take the blend for
at least 6 months, make sure you always take a break between
each 30 day period. dōTERRA is working on the capsule for
this candida problem. It will be so much easier and dōTERRA
is always looking for ways for using the oils more
efficiently. Dr. Hill suggests a two week break between
taking another regiment. Good Luck to you.
Heidi - Since
joining dōTERRA and expanding my health horizons, I have
learned that most auto-immune diseases are caused by candida
over-growth. I am wondering where I might find some
research to send to my loved ones with auto-immune diseases
to reinforce this knowledge? RA and Lupus in particular.
Charly - I would be quite careful in
that characterization. I have an autoimmune disease called
mixed connective tissue disease. This autoimmune disease
includes several different diseases including lupus,
rheumatoid arthritis, reynauds, scleroderma, fibromyalgia
and other goodies. It is definitely not caused by Candida,
and is detectable as an actual marker in the blood that is
genetic. While I am sure there are many autoimmune diseases
that can be attributed to Candida in terms of flareups, it
is a little bit broad to say that it is caused by Candida. I
have heard this many times, and it always makes me a bit
Sharon - And while candida is often
promoted as a "cause" it is actually a side effect of a poor
immune system and/or toxicity. We all have candida
bacteria and need it but it is only when it goes out of
balance that there is a problem.
Anne - I heartily agree that it does
doTerra a dis-service to make sweeping generalizations about
causes and cures in the definitive. Just as allopathic
medicine really has few definitives on this class of
illnesses and their treatment, alternative therapies have
similar potential for benefit. The huge plus is that EOs
have yet to be shown to have the same long list of negative
side effects that many allopathic treatments have... I've
been thrilled to reduce many and even eliminate daily need
for a couple of my medications, but EOs alone are not enough
for my condition. I wish modern medicine would incorporate
"alternatives" to pharmaceuticals into the standard of care
rather than the two be seen as such opposites in an
Belma - Hi Heidi. While I think it is
wonderful that you want to share dōTERRA info with your
loved ones, I have to agree with the other ladies who've
commented. I cringe whenever someone tells me that they have
the cure for my MS, or my daughter's Lupus. I love that you
want to help the people you care about who have auto-immune
disorders. DoTERRA oils and supplements definitely do help
with the symptoms. However our diseases are not caused by
candida. I feel very uncomfortable whenever I see this
brought up. It’s a piece of it and perhaps a
misunderstanding that gets shared. I would agree that
inflammation is an issue with both Lupus and MS. I've had MS
for over 26 years, and my daughter was diagnosed with Lupus
four years ago. My hope would be that you would share with
those you love, that dōTERRA oils and supplements can
possibly improve their quality of life. Frankincense and
Peppermint sure have made an amazing difference for me! Our
bodies are all different and even those of us who have the
same diagnosis, many times do not have the same issues or
symptoms. So the same oils or supplements may not work
exactly in the same way for each of us. But it is so worth
it to explore what might help. I applaud you for
wanting to help those people in your life with auto-immune
disorders! Please do understand that. I suggest that you
present this information to them by saying that inflammation
is commonly caused by candida, and dōTERRA has ways to help
with that. You might also find out what their specific
issues are and then recommend which oils would help.
What Science & Research are saying
Candida, Inflammation & Auto-Immune Illnesses
Kathy - This summary is based on Dr. Bruce Semon's book
An Extraordinary Power to Heal (2003). This summary
gives general explanations about how yeast can cause
so-called autoimmune illnesses and chronic disease. For
detailed explanations, including an extensive chapter on how
the immune system is supposed to work--and how yeast prevent
it from working correctly--we recommend that you read
An Extraordinary Power to Heal.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Crohn's Disease,
Fibromyalgia, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Lupus, Multiple
Sclerosis, Numbness in the hands, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and
Ulcerative colitis: What do these have in common?
They all respond to dietary intervention and anti-yeast
Why might chronic diseases ranging from psoriasis to
ulcerative colitis to arthritis respond to dietary
intervention and anti-yeast treatment? These diseases are
all marked by the body appearing to attack itself. They are
called "auto-immune" diseases.
I have always considered the idea of the body attacking
itself as a strange idea. Why should the body do that? In 40
years of research, the biomedical research community has
been unable to come up with any answer. Maybe the concept is
Maybe the body is not attacking itself primarily. Maybe
the primary target is not the body but the yeast Candida
albicans. To understand how such terrible diseases can
occur, we need to look at the interactions of Candida
albicans and the immune system.
Yeast are normal residents of the intestinal tract. After
antibiotics, yeast grow to fill in the space left by dead
bacteria and the yeast continue to grow at this higher
level. The body still must contain the yeast so that the
yeast does not invade the rest of the body. If Candida
invades the body, the result is often death.
The best way to look at the immune system is to
understand that the immune system has both defensive and
offensive weapons. The main defensive weapon is
inflammation. Inflammation is like putting up a wall, a hot
wall, which makes it difficult for invading foreign
microorganisms to get through. Inflammation will occur
anytime the immune system contacts a foreign invader. But as
you know the inflammation is painful. Along with the
inflammation, should come the offensive weapons which kill
the foreign invader. The problem is that Candida has many
tricks to evade the offensive weapons of the body's immune
Candida is a very difficult organism for the body's
immune system to clear. Why?
Yeast have a capsule on the outside which prevents the
first line (phagocytic) white blood cells of the body from
engulfing the yeast and killing it. So the body must rely on
the other parts of the immune system.
Candida has other tricks to evade the body's immune
system. One of these tricks is to change its outside. The
immune system recognizes the outside receptors of the
invading organism and then sends out signals to start an
immune response. Some of the immune responders then look for
cells with those receptors. Candida albicans can change the
receptors which it is displaying, making it difficult for
the body's immune cells to react appropriately. In essence,
Candida albicans is a moving target, which changes its form.
The most important thing to know about Candida is that
Candida albicans can make factors which suppress the immune
response to itself. These factors can be found in the
circulation of people with significant Candida infections.
When these factors are purified and placed in cultures of
immune cells, these immune cells do not develop the
responses to Candida which they are supposed to develop. In
other words, Candida can make factors, which prevent the
body from reacting to and killing the Candida. These factors
prevent the total eradication of Candida from the body.
The Candida can suppress the offensive weapons of the
body's immune system. But the inflammation will still be
generated because when the immune system detects a foreign
invader, there will always be inflammation. The problem is
that the foreign invader, the Candida, is not going away,
because the immune system's offensive weapons are
suppressed. The inflammation will remain and inflammation is
In the intestinal tract, there is Candida, which tries to
invade the intestinal wall, and the immune system responds
with inflammation. The problem is that the Candida
suppresses the immune system's offensive weapons, so the
Candida stays and the inflammation is prolonged. This
prolonged inflammation is called ulcerative colitis if it
occurs in the large intestine and it is called Crohn's
disease if it occurs in the small intestine. These disorders
are prolonged inflammation resulting from the immune
system's inability to clear Candida.
In ulcerative colitis, there is painful inflammation of
the intestine rather than regulated containment. As the body
fights the yeast in the intestine, some of the cells
fighting the yeast circulate and come into contact with
yeast on the skin and start an inflammation there, leading
to eczema and psoriasis .
Candida causes autoimmune problems such as lupus and
rheumatoid arthritis in this way. Candida puts out receptors
on its cell surface which are actually human receptors for
connective tissue and the immune system. If the body attacks
the Candida in the intestinal tract, the body's immune
system will attack anything which looks like the Candida.
Because of the connective tissue receptors on Candida, the
body's immune system may attack other cells in the body
which have these receptors.
Many tissues such as the joints have connective tissue
and as the body attacks the Candida, the body will also
attack these cells. The result is painful joints or other
Candida also has receptors which are similar to those in
the brain. When these cells are attacked, the result is
In other words, Candida acts as a long term vaccination
displaying the body's own cellular receptors to the body's
immune system. When the immune system sees such receptors
for a long enough time, it will attack cells which display
such receptors, which includes the cells of the body. There
is research which shows that such immune system reactions
occur. The yeast Candida is the primary target. If the
Candida is removed the body stops attacking itself.