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In late 2013 Wise Men founder and formulator Stan McSwain attended a seminar on essential oils and was intrigued. He learned there are naturally occurring oils harvested around the world from the seeds, leaves, stems, bark, and flowers of trees and plants. Since trees and plants are rooted and cannot move from their toxic setting, the plants evolved these oils to shield them from disease. Since his introduction Stan experimented with many different essential oils which would eventually lead to his own healing balm. Despite his deep research into many concoctions of
essential oils and their multitude of uses, he selected an ancient recipe that should have been obvious to him from the beginning. Frankincense, basically tree sap or resin extracted from the boswellia serrata tree and myrrh, a resin that comes
from the commiphora myrrha tree. In ancient times, frankincense and myrrh were valued above gold because of their effectiveness in treating illnesses. The wise men from Arabia were actually being practical by giving the baby Jesus these precious, costly essential oils because they could double up as potential medical remedies. Today we now know frankincense and myrrh promote healing to many areas and systems in the body like emotional balance, immune and nervous systems, and skin. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, Wise Men has a wide variety of uses like treating symptoms of neuropathy, sciatica, post-herpetic neuralgia, psoriasis, and eczema.
Essential oils embody the regenerating, protective, and immune-strengthening properties of plants. However for human use the quandary has been how to best absorb essential oil compounds through the skin since the oils are not water soluble and difficult to get into the bloodstream. Stan’s solution was to use a perfect balance of coconut oil in his Wise Men Balm formulations. Because of its small molecular structure coconut oil penetrates and "carries" the frankincense and myrrh deep through the skin. Coconut carrier oil ensures the essential oils are absorbed, rather than evaporated on the skin surface, so the body reaps the benefits. Essential oil constituents in Wise Men have the potential to affect every cell of the body within twenty minutes and then be metabolized like other nutrients. They are powerful antioxidants that have antiseptic qualities.
A Cancer Battle Lost
My brother Stan approached me with the news he was diagnosed with a terminal illness which the medical establishment could do nothing to arrest.
In Stan’s words, “My diagnosis in 2008 of chronic lymphatic leukemia brought on the same horror, unbelief, and fear that all cancer diagnosis brings and an unwanted look into the bleak unknown of eternity. Our mortality is thrust upon us and the mind spins as to what to do next.”
Stan was already aware of the unsuccessful history of chemo and radiation therapies. These are the only approved treatments for cancer by the FDA and AMA, and more often than not, he believed they were more harmful than helpful. In fact, there is very little difference in the survival rate of those choosing to do nothing and those choosing the chemical or burn treatments.
My brother chose to first try alternative medicine. He found a naturopathic doctor and spent almost two years using foot/hand baths, acupuncture, FAR light and heat booths, hypothermic chambers and a big range of tinctures that accumulatively seem to improve his overall health and feeling of well-being. Unfortunately, his health insurance wouldn’t cover any of this, and he was financially forced to stop but he continued working on his healing balm research.
It was a long exhausting battle. He was able to keep himself alive and live a fairly normal life. At first we thought that he conquered cancer with his alternative treatments. In 2015 he was chemo free for over two years and his blood work numbers were quite steady given the severity of his cancer. But there is no black and white blueprint for cancer survival. Cancer is as complicated as the bodies it inhabits and the varying stages of disease in those bodies. His cancer came back with a vengeance in the spring of 2017 and he died in June 2017. It was a long 9 year up and down battle which he ultimately lost. While Wise Men Healing Balm was not his “cure”, he was satisfied he found a natural remedy to relieve his pain and neuropathy. And now a piece of his history is still with us in Wise Men.
Stan was my brother and my mentor. When he was exploring experiential treatments for cancer, he helped me with an essential oil blend for my eczema affliction. This sparked my enthusiasm and we stepped up our research, intuitive and experiential in nature, and with his guidance we continued an exploration of essential oils into advanced healing.
In my opinion these natural substances that evolved to shield plants from disease can also do remarkable things for the human body. Recent research published in the Journal of Oncology has found the essential oil of frankincense to shrink tumors and kill cancer cells better than chemotherapy. The future possibility of using essential oils to fight cancer looks promising, but I must be clear Wise Men has not been evaluated by the FDA and we make no claim that it is intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
- Lydia Mcswain Janota, Stan little sister.