Nearly Everything You Know About Essential Oils is Wrong

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Essential oils are the volatile liquids of the plant. They are obtained from properly distilling any part of the part including the seeds, roots, bark, stems, leaves, fruit, flowers or branches!

According to the book, Chemistry of Essential Oils made easy,
“A therapeutic grade essential oil is defined as one that is specially distilled from plants that are cultivated organically or grown wild in a clean environment. Plants should be from the proper botanical genus, species, and cultivar. No chemical fertilizers are added to the soil, and crop cultivation is free of herbicides and pesticides. Essential oils should be extracted by steam distillation at minimum temperatures and pressures, as was done in ancient times. No chemicals solvents are to be used in the extraction process. And during the whole process, vessels of the right material should be used (like food-grade stainless steel and glass).

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The average essential oil may contain anywhere from 100 to 400 known chemical constituents. These constitutes all contribute to the oil’s therapeutic effects. The most common groups of chemical components found in essential oils are terpenes, alcohols, esters, ketones, aldehydes, and phenols. The antioxidant value in some essential oils alone is absolutely amazing,  just an ounce of Clove Oil has the antioxidant capacity of 450 lbs of carrots, 120 quarts of blueberries, or 48 gallons of beet juice.

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Essential oils can enter the body by many avenues.

There are approximately 40 million trillion molecules in one drop of essential oil (that’s approximately 40,000 molecules for each cell in the average human body). They are so small, that they enter your body through the skin and go everywhere in your body.  Essential oils have an incredible ability to enter the body through the lungs and disperse throughout the body.  Essential oils have been found to penetrate cell membranes and cross the brain-blood barrier in seconds reaching the emotional center of the brain. And, the hypothalamus is responsible for sending out chemical messengers that effect everything! Including our energy, mood, or state of stress! So, inhaling essential oils, is a perfect way to combat stress.

Essential oils can be diffused,  applied topically, added to your food, added to your bath. Essential oils  can work on all these interfaces at once. Just a few drops of essential oil applied to the hands, wrists, feet, abdomen, or lower back can provide support for many functions of the body.
When purchasing essential oils, keep in mind that they are not the same as synthetic fragrance oils, which in most cases are not safe to use on the skin. Pure essential oils are always natural.

Many oils also need to be diluted with a “carrier oil”  such as coconut oil which serves as a base to add a few drops of essential oils to.

Always use a carrier oil when using essential oils on babies and children since their skin is much more sensitive to the effects.

 

References:

http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/treatment/aromatherapy

http://www.nbri.org.na/sections/economic-botany/INP/sectors/Commiphora

Saiyudthong, S. & Marsden, C.A. (2011). Acute effects of bergamot oil on anxiety-related behaviour and corticosterone level in rats. Phytother Res., 25(6):858-62.

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