Essential Oils for health
Essential Oils (EOs)
What are Essential Oils?
Essential oil is created by photosynthesis in
small cavities in the cellular structure of plants, either in the
roots, petals, seeds or peel (as in citrus oils). EO is an aromatic, volatile
liquid composed of small oil-like molecules - a complicated combination of
100-400 of the plant’s chemical compounds. EOs can be very expensive, since vast
quantities of the plant source are distilled or cold-pressed to produce a small
amount of oil. For instance, approximately 200 pounds of petals (~60,000 fresh
roses) are required to produce 1 ounce of rose essential oil. i.e. ~30 roses for
one single drop of EO.
Great for Babies / Invalids / Elderly –
no nasty tasting medicine or capsules
/tablets to swallow!
Used Historically - Physicians and
priests used oils for thousands of years. The bible contains 188 references to
oils, such as frankincense, myrrh, rosemary, hyssop, and spikenard (costly oil
used by Mary to anoint Jesus’ feet at the last supper), which were used for
anointing and healing the sick. Frankincense and myrrh, presents from kings
brought to Christ’s birth, are now known as highly effective immune system
boosters. In bible times they were so valued that they were actually used as
money. Well preserved oils were found in the alabaster jars in King Tut’s tomb.
It is important to note that these oils are not the same as the
steam-distilled oils we use today. According to Dr. Robert Pappas, (a renowned
expert on essential oils whose educational/informational site
has the world's largest online database on their chemistry and uses) maintains
"Aromatic products used
during these ancient times would have been of a crude solvent extracted from nature
using fats and pressed oils and the like and would not have been very
(not to mention that extracted products yield very different chemistry than
and therefore their use cannot really be related
to how we should use the steam distilled essential oils of today".
EOs must be extracted correctly to be beneficial –
through steam distillation, at low pressure and temperature and for
a minimum of 1-2 hours. No chemicals added. Unfortunately, many EOs
are no more than perfumes.
Properties of therapeutic quality EOs:
Penetrate cell membranes
Travel through the blood and tissues delivering
oxygen and nutrients into the cells
Stimulate the regeneration of tissue
Help the cells resonate at proper frequencies -
vibration of the entire body.
Defeat diseases, bacteria, fungi and viruses -
anti-bacterial, anti-cancerous, anti-fungal, anti-infectious, anti-microbial,
anti-tumoral, anti-oxidant, anti-parasitic, anti-viral and antiseptic.
Stimulate Immune System –
EOs detoxify cells, affecting every cell within 20 minutes of use.
Promote oxygenation in our bodies
A major benefit of EOs is in their
ability to oxygenate our typically oxygen-deprived bodies. Disease cannot
live in an oxygenated environment.
By-pass the digestive system -
Beneficial for people with poor digestion/assimilation.
Cross the blood brain barrier -
EOs contain sesquiterpenes having the ability to pass the blood
brain barrier. This enables them to be effective in the treatment of brain
related diseases, such as Alzheimers, Parkinsons, MS and brain cancer.
Contain antimicrobial hydroperoxides
Can be inhaled, or topically applied to the skin – In
aromatherapy, an inhaled EO
fragrance is sensed by millions of olfactory receptor cells lining the inside of
the nose. These cells trigger electrical impulses to the olfactory bulb, which
transmits the impulses to the gustatory center (where the sensation of taste is
perceived), the amygdala (where emotional memories are stored) and other parts
of the limbic system of the brain, which control heart rate, blood pressure,
breathing, memory, stress levels and hormone balance - all in less than a