Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils
101 Uses for 7 Essential Oils to improve
the quality of your life and health
Essential oils are the oldest and most powerful therapeutic agents known. They have enjoyed a millennium-long history of use in healing and anointing throughout the ancient world. Oils, like frankincense, are cited repeatedly in many Judeo-Christian religious texts. Myrrh, lotus, and sandalwood oils were widely used in ancient Egyptian purification and embalming rituals. Other oils like clove and lemon were highly valued as antiseptics hundreds of years before the discovery of chemical germ killers.
The advent of modern industrial bio-chemicals during the last two centuries resulted in natural therapeutic agents like essential oils being largely forgotten. However during the last 20 years, many healthcare professionals are rediscovering the benefits of essential oils, including their broad-spectrum antibacterial and therapeutic action. Essential oils are some of the most concentrated natural extracts known, exerting significant antiviral, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, hormonal, and psychological effects. Essential oils have the ability to penetrate cell membranes, travel throughout the blood and tissues, and enhance electrical frequencies. The powerful life force inherent in pure, organic, therapeutic grade essential oils give them an unmatched ability to communicate and interact with the cells in the human body as well as our beloved animals to support the natural healing process.
Essential oils are used medicinally to kill bacteria, fungi, and viruses. Scientific research has documented that most viruses, fungi, and bacteria cannot live in the presence of many essential oils. Their exquisite fragrances balance moods, lift spirits, and dispel negative emotions. They can stimulate the regeneration of tissues, stimulate nerves, and oxygenate and carry nutrients into the cells.
What is an Essential Oil?
Essential oils are aromatic volatile liquids distilled from shrubs, flowers, trees, roots, bushes, and seeds. Unlike vegetable oils such as olive oil, corn oil or peanut oil, essential oils are not greasy, do not clog the pores, and cannot go rancid. Essential oils are highly concentrated and far more potent than dried herbs due to the distillation process used to create essential oils. For example 1 drop of peppermint oil is equivalent to 28 cups of peppermint tea. An entire plant may be required to produce a single drop of distilled essential oil.
Essential oils are chemically very complex, consisting of hundreds of chemical compounds. Any given essential oil may contain 80 to 300 different chemical constituents. Depending on its chemistry, an essential oil can have widely different therapeutic actions. For example basil (botanical name Ocimum basilicum), can have widely different therapeutic action depending on its chemistry. Depending on its chemistry, basil may have primarily antiseptic properties, primarily anti-inflammatory properties, or both anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. Furthermore variations such as temperature and pressure in the way essential oils are extracted or distilled have dramatic effects on their chemistry and medicinal action. And the presence of other chemicals from pesticides, herbicides, solvents, and extenders alters the therapeutic action of essential oils.
Unlike the chemically altered essential oils sold for personal pleasure and used in perfumes, candles, and bath products, therapeutic grade essential oils need to be pure, unadulterated and made from organic material to insure consistent quality and properties. Due to the inferior quality and adulterated essential oils that have been produced that do not produce therapeutic results and can possibly be toxic, a set of standards establishing the chemical profile and principal constituents that a quality essential oil should have was established. ISO certification and certification of meeting the stringent International AFNOR standards provide guidelines to distinguish a therapeutic grade essential oil from a lower grade essential oil that may have similar chemical makeup and fragrance but inferior and different properties and effects. Only 2% of the essential oils produced today meet these standards for therapeutic and medicinal applications.
What Makes the Oil Essential?
Essential oils work as the chemical defense mechanism of the plant, possessing potent antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties. They ward off insects and animals and play a role in initiating the regeneration process for the plant. Essential oils have a chemical structure that is similar to that found in human and animal cells and tissues. This makes essential oils compatible with human and animal protein and enables them to be readily identified and accepted by the body. Essential oils have a unique ability to penetrate cell membranes and diffuse throughout the blood and tissues. The lipid-soluble structure of essential oils is very similar to the makeup of our cell membranes and the relatively small molecules of essential oils enhances their ability to penetrate into the cells.
Topically applied essential oils can travel throughout the body in a matter of minutes. Diffused essential oils can increase atmospheric oxygen and provide negative ions that inhibit bacterial growth and can break down and render potentially harmful chemicals nontoxic. Some essential oils can decrease the viscosity or thickness of the blood and enhance circulation and immune function. Both essential oils and human blood contain hormone like chemicals. The ability of some essential oils to work as hormones help bring balance to many physiological systems of the body. Essential oils can stimulate the secretion of antibodies, neurotransmitters, endorphins, hormones, and enzymes as well as increasing the uptake of oxygen and ATP (adenosine triphosphate), the fuel for individual cells. Oils containing limonene have been shown to prevent and slow the progression of cancer. Other oils such as lavender can increase the rate of wound healing and promote the growth of hair. Some essential oils work as natural chelators, binding with heavy metals and petrochemicals to remove them from the body.
Because essential oils are composites of hundreds of different chemicals, they can exert many different effects on the body. For example, clove oil can be both antiseptic and anesthetic when applied topically as well as antitumoral. Therapeutic grade lavender oil can be effective for burns, insect bites, headaches, PMS, insomnia, stress, and hair growth. Due to their complexity, essential oils do not disturb the body’s natural balance or homeostasis. If one constituent exerts too strong an effect, another constituent may block or counteract it. Essential oils are unlike synthetic chemicals that have only one action and often disrupt the body’s homeostasis.
How Essential Oils Influence the Mind & Emotions
When you inhale the fragrance of an essential oil, the molecules of the essential oil travel up your nose to be trapped by olfactory membranes of the olfactory epithelium. When stimulated by odor molecules, this lining of nerve cells triggers impulses to the olfactory bulb in the brain. The olfactory bulb then transmits impulses to amygdala (where emotional memories are stored) and other parts of the limbic system of the brain. Since the limbic system is directly connected to the parts of the brain that control heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, memory, stress, and hormone balance, essential oils can have profound physiological and psychological effects.
The limbic lobe of the brain is the emotional control center. Joy, fear, anger, anxiety, and depression all emanate from this region. Although all other senses are routed through the thalamus and cerebral cortex (conscious thought center) and other parts of the brain, the sense of smell is the only sense that is directly linked to the limbic lobe of the brain. The limbic lobe, which includes the hippocampus and amygdala, can directly activate the hypothalamus that acts as our hormonal control center. The hypothalamus releases messengers that can affect energy levels, sex drive, and the production of growth hormones, sex hormones, thyroid hormones, and neurotransmitters.
Since essential oils can directly stimulate the limbic lobe and the hypothalamus, they exert a profound effect on the body and mind. Inhalation of essential oils can be used to combat stress and emotional trauma and to stimulate products of hormones from the hypothalamus. Since the amygdala plays a major role in storing and releasing emotional trauma, essential oils can help release emotional trauma as well a having dramatic effects on emotions, learning, and attitude.
Benefits of Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils
· Essential oils are the regenerating, oxygenating, and immune defense properties of plants
· Essential oils are so small in molecular size that they can quickly penetrate the tissues of the skin.
· Essential oils are lipid soluble and are capable of penetrating cell walls, even if the cell walls have hardened because of an oxygen deficiency. Essential oils can affect every cell of the human body within 20 minutes and are then metabolized like other nutrients.
· Essential oils contain oxygen molecules, which help to transport nutrients to the starving human cells. Because a nutritional deficiency is an oxygen deficiency, disease begins 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 have been shown to destroy all tested bacteria and viruses simultaneously restoring 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, as was discovered through research in Austria and Germany.
· Essential oils are aromatic. When diffused, they provide air purification by:
¨ Removing metallic particles and toxins from the air
¨ Increasing atmospheric oxygen
¨ Increasing ozone and negative ions in the area, which inhibit bacterial growth
¨ Destroying odors from mold, cigarettes, and animals
¨ Filling the air with a fresh, aromatic scent
· Essential oils help promote emotional, physical and spiritual healing.
· Essential oils have a bio-electrical frequency that is several times greater than the frequency of herbs, food and even the human body. Clinical research has shown that essential oils can quickly raise the frequency of the human body, restoring it to its normal, healthy level.
101 Uses for 7 Essential Oils to improve
the quality of your life and health
WHAT DR. ANDREW WEIL SAID
ABOUT ESSENTIAL OILS:
"I expect that essential oils may someday prove a vital weapon in the fight against strains of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Lavender, thyme and tea-tree [Melaleuca] oils have been used for centuries as antiseptics; their chemical compounds appear to kill microbes on contact." --Andrew Weil, M.D., Self-Healing Series, Oct. 1996
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