What Are Essential Oils?

Thu, Aug 19, 2010

Essential Oils, Holistic Approach

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Almost every day someone tells me they have “this” kind of ailment or “that” kind of ailment.  Inevitably I always suggest a combination of essential oils to alleviate the symptoms and allow the body to heal it’s self.  No matter how many times I explain it, the two most common questions I get are:

What are essential oils?”  and What do essential oils do?To sum up the answer in a few words, essential oils are nature’s medicine.  Seriously.  Synthetic medicines are based on constituents and properties already found in essential oils.  Synthetic (man made) medicines isolate some aspects of the chemical make up of those constituents, but the main difference is that essential oils are complete, safe, and natural.  And unlike synthetics, essential oils have no expiration date.  If you keep them tightly sealed and out of extreme heat and sunlight they can last for thousands of years.

The health benefits of an essential oil depend greatly on its diversity of chemical constituents – and not only on the existence of specific constituents, but also their amounts in proportion to the other constituents that are present in the same oil.  Some individual oils may have anywhere from 200 to 800 different chemical constituents.  However, of the 200 to 800 different constituents, only about 200 of those have so far been identified!

Allow me to explain further:

Essential oils are the volatile liquids that are distilled from plants (including their respective parts such as seeds, bark, leaves, stems, roots, flowers, fruit, etc.)  One of the factors that determines the purity and therapeutic value of an oil is its chemical constituents.  These constituents can be affected by a vast number of variables: the part(s) of the plant from which the oil was produced, soil condition, fertilizer (organic or chemical) geographical region, climate, altitude, harvest season and methods, and distillation process.

In a nutshell, essential oils are the regenerating, oxygenating, and immune defense properties of plants.  They are what allows the plant to stay healthy by warding off disease, mold, insects, etc.

Essential oils are so small in molecular size that they can quickly penetrate the skin via pores and enter directly into the blood stream.  A common method of application is rubbing them on the bottom of your feet because the pores of the skin are some of the largest found on the human body.

Essential oils are lipid soluble and are capable of penetrating cell walls, even if they have hardened because of an oxygen deficiency.  In fact, essential oils can affect every cell of the body within 20 minutes and then be metabolized like other nutrients.  No carriers are needed for this process, although it’s common to mix a drop or two of essential oils with a nickel sized drop of carrier oil such as pure fractionated coconut oil if applying topically to a large area (common if used as aromatherapy in a massage or for treating a skin rash of some kind.)

Not only can essential oils kill different types of bacteria, but because of their ability to penetrate cell walls they have the distinct ability to kill viruses as well!  So the next time you go to the doctor and it’s determined you have a viral infection just remember there are a myriad of oils that can actually kill the virus.  You don’t have to just “drink lots of liquids and get plenty sleep and allow the virus to run it’s course.”  Nor do you have to cover up the symptoms with synthetic medications that often have dangerous side effects just so you can function.

Essential oils contain oxygen molecules which help to transport nutrients to the starving human cells.  Because a nutritional deficiency is an oxygen deficiency, diseases begin when the cells lack the oxygen for proper nutrient assimilation.  By providing the needed oxygen, essential oils also work to stimulate the immune system.

Essential oils are very powerful antioxidants.  Antioxidants create an unfriendly environment for free radicals.  They prevent all mutations, work as free radical scavengers, prevent fungus, and prevent oxidation in the cells.

Essential oils are antibacterial, anticancer, antifungal, anti-infectious, antimicrobial, antitumor, antiparasitic, antiviral, and antiseptic.  Essential oils have been shown to destroy all tested bacteria and viruses while simultaneously restore balance to the body.

Essential oils may detoxify the cells and blood in the body.

Essential oils containing sesquiterpenes have the ability to pass the blood brain barrier, enabling them to be effective in the treatment of Alzheimer’s diseases, Lou Gehrig’s diseases, Parkinson’s disease, and multiple sclerosis (commonly referred to as MS.)

Knowledge is power folks.  I had absolutely no idea there were safe and effective alternatives to the sea of prescription and OTC drugs available in every supermarket across the planet.  Since learning about essential oils though, my wife and I have empowered ourselves to care for ourselves and our family members.  We have taken personal responsibility to continually educate ourselves so we can magnify our duties and stewardship as parents to care for our children.  Essential oils have afforded us a powerful tool to do just that.

I’m not saying we don’t appreciate doctors and western medicine.  We do… WHEN IT’S NEEDED AND WHEN WE HAVE EXHAUSTED ALL OTHER OPTIONS.    I prefer to prevent first, treat naturally second, and then pursue all other options.

As you begin to understand the power of essential oils in the realm of personal holistic health care, it’s absolutely necessary to obtain and use only certified pure therapeutic grade essential oils.  Chemists can replicate some of the know individual constituents, but they have yet to successfully recreate complete essential oils in the laboratory.

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8 Responses to “What Are Essential Oils?”

  1. Rawle Says:

    This website has been extremely informative. Id never even heard of essential oils……however I do know that oil in general is a more natural substance and as you stated can be assimulated in the body quicker(my paraphrased version}

  2. Douglas Says:

    Wonderful site Shandi! My natural medicine cabinet has had essential oils in it for at least 25 years. I just used Clove oil to help resolve a tooth issue without a dentist last week. Great for kids too! Avoiding drugs is one of the best gifts parents can give their children in my opinion. Anyone wanting to explore safe, non toxic and effective means to help their body heal itself will be well advised to try out your wonderful oils.

  3. Says:

    Yes! Thanks for commenting! EO’s are just that…..essential!! What would I do without them?! NExt time your replenish your cabinet check out mydoterra.com/happilyholistic site for the purest and most effective on the market. Blessings to you!

  4. Says:

    Yes! THey are extremely potent and powerful and used for anything under the sun. Keep tabs on my posts for easy ideas on cleaning, cooking, illness, etc

  5. Lenora Says:

    Young Living oils are better.

  6. Says:

    That’s your choice to think so. I have found doTerra Essential Oils to be better for me and my family. They work for us so I continue to use them. Have an amazing experience…

  7. febi Says:

    hay, i just read ur blog. that essential oil can cure a cough? bcause my daughter had a cough for one week, already go to doctor, but still cough a bit.iam sorry if my english is bad. iam from indonesia. and can i get to know, where i can get this essential oil?

  8. Says:

    Check out the answer to your question at our new site: http://www.empoweringhealthyfamilies.com/buy-doterra/

    I’m sorry your daughter still has a cough! That’s not fun for her or for you… However I know our oils can dramatically help! Our children have had bad coughs, even RSV, and we have treated with the oils with amazing and fast results. Hope that helps. If you want to contact us directly just use the contact tab. Good luck.

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