An Introduction to Essential Oils
Let’s start by exploring what essential oils are: They are volatile liquids that are distilled from plants (including their respective parts such as seeds, bark, leaves, stems, roots, flowers and fruit). It’s all about the chemical nature or constituents, that become the main factor in determining the purity and therapeutic value of an oil. These constituents can be affected by a vast number of variables which include the part of the plant from which the oils was produced, the fertilizer, and soil condition, geographic region, climate, altitude, harvest season and method, and the distillation process.
If we look at the essential oil thyme vulgaris. This oil produces several different chemo-types (biochemical specifics or simple species) depending on the conditions of its growth, climate and altitude. High levels of thymol depend on the time of the year in which it is distilled. If distilled during mid-summer or late autumn, there can be higher levels of carvacrol, which can cause the oil to be more caustic or irritating to the skin. Low pressure and low temperature are key to maintaining the purity, the ultimate fragrance, and the therapeutic value of the oil.
Producing the purest of oils can be very costly because it may require hundreds of kilograms or even several thousand kilograms of plant material to extract 500grams of pure essential oil. For example, 450grams of pure Melissa oil sells for $9,000 - $15,000. Although this sounds quite expensive, one must realise that one thousand kilograms of plant material are required to produce 450grams of oil. Because the vast majority of all the oils produced in the world today are used by the perfume industry, the oils are being purchased for their aromatic qualities only. High pressure, high temperatures, rapid processing, and the use of chemical solvents are often employed during the distillation process so that a greater quantity of oil can be produced at a faster rate. These oils may smell just as good and cost much less, but they will lack most, if not all, of the chemical constituents necessary to produce the expected therapeutic results.
What benefits do CPTG oils provide?
Essential oils embody the regenerating, oxygenating, and immune-strengthening properties of plants.
Essential oils are so small in molecular size that they can quickly penetrate the skin.
Essential oils are lipid soluble and are capable of penetrating cell membranes, 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.
Essential oils contain oxygen molecules that 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. In other words antioxidants are very cool!
Essential oils are – get ready for this – antibacterial, anticancer, antifungal, anti-infectious, antimicrobial, antitumor, anti-parasitic, antiviral, and antiseptic. Essential oils have been shown to destroy all tested bacteria and viruses while simultaneously restoring balance to the body.
With all this in mind you can take great relief in knowing that pure essential oils may detoxify the cells and blood in the body. Amazing house-keeping qualities mean that you can get on with the business of living healthy and happily.
Essential oils containing sesquiterpenes have the ability to pass the blood-brain barrier, enabling them ot be effective in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, Lou Gehrig’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and multiple sclerosis.
• 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 inhibits bacterial growth;
• Destroying odours from mould, cigarettes, animals and filling the air with a fresh, aromatic scent.
The Ancient Chinese are believed to have been masters of the use of aromatic plants for healing. Some speculate that the Chinese may have begun studying aromatics at the same time as the Egyptians did, or even before. Chinese aroma therapists believed that extracting a plant’s fragrance represented freeing the plant’s soul.
So Egyptians are most often credited with being the first to use essential oils although there is still some debate on that. Most historians believe that the oils used anciently were not identical to the steam distilled essential oils used today. Rather, the oils used by the ancient Egyptians appear to be animal fats and vegetable oils into which the aromatic essential oiils from the plants had been extracted – typically by steeping the plant material in the hot oils or fats. Common aromatics of the time included frankincense, myrrh, cedarwood, spikenard, juniper, coriander, bitter almond, henna, calamus, and origanum.
One of the most oldest and best preserved docuents that we know of, the Ebers Papyrus, documents the Egyptians’ use of frankincense and other aromatics in treating a variety of different ailments. The papyrus is thought to have been composed somewhere between 1553 and 1550 BC.
In 1922, archaeologist Howard Carter and his team discovered the tomb of the ancient Egyptian king Tutankhamen. Despite evidence of some robbery and the tomb having been resealed, the majority of the original treasures remained in the tomb. It was discovered that thirty-five alabaster jars that had been used to hold scented oils and unguents, had been emptied. It soon became evident to Carter that two separate robberies had taken place in the tomb. The first robbery was for precious metals, and the second robbery was for the oils and unguents. Carter marvelled that in the presence of so many other precious goodies, the thieves would have chosen to steal the oils. The oils, no doubt, had far greater value in those days than what we could imagine.
Today, scientists, physicians, researchers, and many individuals like you reading this now are concerned with managing their own personal health and are just beginning to explore and discover some of the amazing benefits of pure, therapeutic grade essential oils and what they have to offer.
I consider the soul of the plant like the ancient Chinese have suggested, and embrace receiving the life force of the plant, the immune system of the plant into my immune system, and therefore received the greatest benefits of all – peace of mind.
Thank you for reading this. Contact me on 0402 166 187 for more information or go to www.mydoterra.com/annieclark to view some more information on the best oils available today. Blessings Annie Clark.