What Are Essential Oils
by Sarah Judith Cole, OBT, LMT

What Are Essential Oils by Sarah Judith Cole, OBT, LMT

Essential oils have often been described as the "life-blood" of the plant. They are the concentrated essences of flowers, fruits, herbs, and plants, and are many times more potent than dried herbs.. They have been used for centuries. The ancient Chinese and Egyptians used them in their spiritual cermonies as well as for healing. When King Tut's tomb was opened, 350 liters of oils were discovered in alabaster jars. Plant waxes had solidified into a thickend residue around the inside of the container openings, leaving the liquefied oil in excellent condition.

Essential oils are among the greatest resources in the world. They can enhance our lives physically, mentally emotionally, and spiritually as well. They are a system of medicine that is in harmony with us and our environment. Scientific research has proven that essential oils have potent medicinal properties. Unlike chemical drugs, essential oils do not remain in the body, and leave no toxins behind.

Not all essential oils are created equal. Many are little more than "fragrance oils" and many have solvents, petrochemicals, alcohol, in them. Also, the time of day the plant is cut, the type of soil, climate even altitude and the distillation process are all important as well. If distilled with solvents, or at a high temperature,with high pressure you will not have a true therapeutic grade essential oil, with all the necessary constituents in it. For example, Cypress requires 24 hours at a maximum of 245 degrees at 5 lbs pressure in order for all of the active constituents and properties to be released from the plant.

How can you be sure your essential oils are therapeutic grade?

*Are the fragrances subtle, rich, organic and delicate? Do they feel natural?

*Do the fragrances of your oils vary from batch to batch as an indication that they are pure and painstakingly distilled in small batches rather than industrially processed and mixed on a large scale.

*Does your supplier send each batch of essential oil it receives through up to 5 different chemical analysis before it is released?

*Are these tests performed by independent labs?

*Does your supplier grow and distill its own organically grown herbs?

*Are the distillation facilities part of the farm where the herbs are grown so they are freshly distilled, or do the herbs lose their potency as they wait for weeks to be transported and processed?

*Does your supplier use low pressure and low temperature to distill essential oils and preserve all of their fragile chemical constituents?

*Does your supplier have representatives traveling worldwide to personally inspect the fields and distilleries where the herbs are grown and distilled?

*Does your supplier buy directly from the grower?

*Does your supplier scrutinize the facilities to ensure that no synthetic chemicals are used?

*Has your supplier been doing this for many years, and therefore experinced?

True Organic therapeutic grade essential oils have the properties of being immune stimulating, anti-viral, anti-infectious, anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, antiseptic, anti-tumoral, anti-fungal. Much research has been done documenting the benefits of essential oils. In 1985 Dr. Jean Lapraz reported that he couldn't find bacteria or viruses that could live in the presence of the essential oils of cinnamon or oregano. Oils, such as peppermint have been reviewed for their ability to block pain, reduce headaches (Gobel etal., 1995) combat indigestion, enhance mental alertness (Dember et al., 1994) induce weight loss (Hirsch, 1995) and kill and repel lice (Veal, 1996) Melaleuca (sometimes called Tea Tree) has been used to treat acne (Bassett et al., 1990) and combat fungus (Nenoff et al.,1996) and lavender oil has been examined for its role in inducing relaxation, (Hirsch, 1991), conteracting travel sickness (Bradshaw et al., 1998) reducing blood cholesterol (Nikolaevskii et al., 1990), and protecting blood vessels (Nikolaevskii et al.,1990) Clove oil has been researched as a dental antiseptic (Cai et al., 1996), antifungal agent (Covello et al., 1966) blood anticoagulant, and anticonvulsant (Pourgholami et al., 1999) This is just some of the research that has been done.

The benefits of essential oils can be experienced in several different ways. True Therapeutic grade essential oils have frequency that has a positive effect on the body. Dr. Royal Rife found that disease has frequency. He found that certain frequencies can prevent the development of disease and that others would destroy disease. Substances with higher frequencies will destroy disease of a lower frequency. Essential oils frequencies range from approximately 52 MHz to 320 (Rose oil) In todays, chemicalized, stress filled world the frequency of essential oils can be an important factor in maintaining wellness. Essential oils also have a high rate of penetration. They will penetrate into the body when applied to the skin. Essential oils placed on the foot will be distributed to every cell in the body in 21 minutes. They will even penetrate a finger or toenail to treat fungus. (Melaleuca is good for this) The aromatic qualities of essential oils are well known.When tiny molecules of aroma are inhaled by the nose, these are trapped in the nose by hairlike nerve endings that pass the aroma on to receptors that then carry the molecules to the Olfactory Bulb. >From the Olfactory Bulb, the aroma molecules are transported to the limbic system in the brain. The Olfactory nerves react as other nerves in the body do, responding to electrical signals and impulses and dispatching information to the rest of the body. This is how and why some oils can produce increased antibody production, as well as endorphins. To someone with a headache, often just inhaling Peppermint or Lavender will get rid of it.

In a time when "superbugs" and the flu are going around, diffusing essential oils can be a wonderful way to clean and purify the air. Essential oils when diffused will remove toxins from the air, increase atmospheric oxygen, increase ozone and negative ions in the house, which inhibit bacteria growth, as well as being important for those in buildings with no fresh ventilation, and lots of technology such computers, and fluorescent lights.When diffused essential oils also destroy odors from mold, cooking, cigarettes and animals and fill the air with a fresh, aromatic scent. Diffusers should be the type that disperses the essential oils into a micro-mist that remains suspended for several hours effectively reducing bacteria, fungus, and mold. The pot burners or the rings on light bulbs do not do this. In fact they destroy the properties of the oils, with their heating action. Once produced essential oils are highly volatile (evaporate quickly) and need to be kept from extremes of temperature.

As well as improving health, essential oils can be used to create your own cleaning products, and bath products. This is good for the environment as well as us. Essential oils are an investment that can enhance your life in many ways.

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