What You Should Know About Essential Oils
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What are Essential Oils?
Plants contain complex and powerful substances known as the living essence of the plant or essential oil.
Essential 0ils are the concentrated form of these volatile aromatic liquid compounds produced
by plants - the easily evaporated essences that give plants their wonderful scents.
Each of these complex precious liquids is extracted from oil "sacs" in flowers, leaves, stems, roots, seeds, wood and bark of a particular species
of plant life.
They differ significantly from the well-known vegetable, nut and seed oils such as olive oil etc.
Each plant species originates in certain regions of the world, with particular environmental conditions and neighboring fauna and flora.
The result is a very diverse library of aromatic compounds, with some essential oils being made up of more than one hundred distinct organic
Essential Oils are the healing life force of the plant and are 50 times (50X) or more powerful than the
raw plant itself. They are also vital for a plant to grow, live, evolve, and adapt to its surroundings.
These oils are released by the plant to fight infection,
as a chemical defense against fungal, viral, and animal foes or to initiate cellular regeneration when it is torn or bruised much like our blood
does when we get a cut or scratch. The essential oils contain trace elements of nutrients, hormones, enzymes, vitamins, minerals and antibodies.
They have anti-fungal, antiseptic, anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial and natural chelating abilities.
They have immune-stimulating properties and can increase ozone and negative ions in the air. Yet despite
their foliar origins, essential oils have a similar structure to some compounds found in blood and tissues, thus allowing them to be compatible
with our own physiology. They bring oxygen, nutrients and other therapeutic elements along with them to the cells.
"Essential Oils can be detected in all the cells of the body 21 minutes after application".
In many European countries today, essential oils are used in clinics and hospitals.
Researchers at The Pasteur Institute have discovered,
for instance, that oils of Thyme, Clove, Mint, Marjoram, Pine and Oregano strongly inhibit the microbes that cause Tuberculosis,
Cholera and Staphylococcal infections. In tests at Weber University, Cinnamon oil has proven more effective than Ampicillin in inhibiting the
growth of Staphylococcal infections and unlike conventional antibiotic drugs, essential oils tend to leave beneficial bacteria intact while
killing disease producing bacteria (pathogens). Additionally, bacteria do not acquire resistance to the oils as they do with antibiotics.
Today when so many illnesses and bacteria are becoming resistant to antibiotics, the therapeutic effects of essential oils and their
immune-boosting abilities may be just what we need.
If you would like to . . .
- Reduce stress
- Enhance your vitality
- Support your immune system
- Improve your mental clarity
- Soothe digestion
- Protect against colds and flu
- Decrease insomnia
- Kill mold, bacteria, and obnoxious odors
- Soothe cuts, scrapes and burns
- Lift your energy and mood
- Raise your level of motivation
- Relieve aches and pains
- Ease stress and anxiety
- Rejuvenate skin
- Balance and relax your whole body
. . . then please consider "True Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils!"
Q: How do I choose which one I should use?
A: When considering which oil to use for a need, a few questions to help you decide are:
1. How do I want to use it? Topically, internally, diffused, etc. Not all oils can be used internally. Some are best diffused.
Others are for topical use only. Some can be used any way you choose. Figure out how you want to use it, and that may narrow your options down a bit.
2. How does it smell? Every oil has it's own unique scent. Some love the smell of Lavender in spring and Thieves therapeutic value in winter.
Just choose one you think will have a pleasant scent and a therapeutic value for your lifestyle and home.
3. How much does it cost? There can be a drastic price difference from one oil to the next.
If 2 or 3 oils seem to be effective for the same condition, you may want to disqualify the most expensive one.
4. Is there a warning I should be aware of? Some oils should not be used internally during pregnancy.
Others should not be used by children or those with a tendency to epilepticy.
Always consider warnings that may help you choose which oil to use or which not to use.
Unfortunately, not all essential oils are created of equalgrade.-
Most of the essential oils on the market are what is called "perfume quality" or
"fourth & fifth quality" oils. This includes oils found in health food stores
To maintain all of the therapeutic qualities, it
must be extracted by steam distillation using extremely low pressure & low heat so as not to defile the quality of the oil.
Many people think that when they buy an oil that is labeled as "pure" they are getting good oils. This is far from true.
There are 4 levels of therapeutic Grade oils:
PURE - This means the oil was not diluted with a lesser
oil. For example: lavender oil is often cut with lavendin, which has very
little therapeutic quality.
"Pure" does not< mean it has no chemicals added to it. In the
U.S., all you need is 5% of essential oil in the bottle in order to label
it "100% pure."
NATURAL- This means the oil
was not adulterated with vegetable oils, propylene glycol, SD Alcohol 40 or
COMPLETE - This means the oil was distilled at low heat
& low pressure
so that all the therapeutic properties are there. They have not been
rectified or purified (which
means stripped or redistilled.) Essential oils are often redistilled to
make a small amount of oil
go farther. They can make more profit that way. The problem is, when you
redistill the oil you
lose the therapeutic properties. It's like using a tea bag over & over
again. An example:
France is the number one producer of lavender oil. In 1997 they produced
25 tons of lavender and 67 tons were shipped to the U.S. alone.
It just dosen't add up... what does that tell you?
GENUINE or GRADE A - These
are cream of the crop top quality. Great care is taken at every step of the process. Seeds-
not from hybrids, soil-
organic soil that never has chemicals put on it. Chemicals are never used
on the plants in the
field. Distillation by steam at low pressure & low temperature in
upright containers & no
chemicals are ever used in the process. Must have clarity of definition
(one plant could have
200 species.) The time in the distiller is also important- cypress oil
needs to be distilled for 24
hours. Many companies will distill at higher temperature for a shorter
time. This will destroy
the quality of the oil. .
Freshly harvested plant material is steam distilled by using a costly, slow, low-pressure,
low temperature process that will preserve the fragile complex chemistry of the essential oil.
Heat may alter or destroy certain constituents of the oils and thus any therapeutic benefit may not be achieved therefore
Cold-air diffusion methods are recommended.
Uncompromising Quality Control
Samples are sent used for analysis by
state-of-the-art, high-resolution gas chromatography, mass spectroscopy, and infrared spectra analysis. These test unmask the
chemical anatomy of each oil, helping to expose oils that may be unpure, adulterated, or even
improperly distilled. Some oils are subjected to further levels of testing.
Altogether, oils can go through five separate levels of quality analysis before they are released.
A Strong Commitment to Oil Purity
How Essential Oils Are Extracted
Our products are 100% Certified.
To produce essential oils of therapeutic quality - those that retain as much of the original plant
essence in its original state as possible - the most gentle extraction method
that will draw the oil from a particular plant is most desirable. Extraction methods range from Carbon Dioxide
(CO2) extraction - being the most gentle (and most expensive), to pressing (as for extracting the oil from citrus
rinds) and steam distillation, to solvent extraction.
Steam distillation is most common, and as a result of
only requiring heating to just above the boiling point of water, is considered gentle enough for most essential
oils. (Note: All our oils are of Therapeutic Quality,
being 100% pure, unadulterated, and properly produced to assure this standard.
The History of Essential Oils
Humankind has used natural plant essences, called ESSENTIAL OILS, to improve health and well being and in healing for many thousands of years.
From this traditional use of aromatic plant compounds medicine began. Documented use of aromatic plants dates back to near 4500 B.C.
There are 188 entries noted in the Bible (And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of
Myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound weight." ~ John 19:39. Also mentioned are
Frankincense, Galbanun, Cinnamon,
Cassia, Rosemary, Hyssop and Spikenard are noted for being used for anointing rituals and healing of the sick.
There is mention of their use in ancient China, India, Syria, Arabia, Rome, Greece, 12th century Europe and Eygpt (6000 years ago).
It was in the hands of the ancient Egyptians that the use of oils and plant aromatics was truly developed. Oils were used in their embalming process,
in medicine and in purification rituals. In 1922 King Tuts tomb was opened. It was filled with alabaster jars made to contain nearly 350 liters of
aloewood/sandalwood oil (which thieves later stole), leaving the alabaster jars behind. Sandalwood contains 90 % sesquiterpenes which deprogram
misinformation and carry oxygen to the cellular level.
The Beginnings of Modern Essential Oils
The first modern-day distillation of essential oil was performed by the Persian philosopher Avicenna (980-1037 A.D.) who extracted the essence of rose petals through the 'enfleurage' process. His
discovery and subsequent use of a wonderful perfume substance eventually lead him to write a book on the healing properties of essential
oil of Rose. By the mid 1500's, many aromatic botanicals were being distilled in Europe and the Middle East. It was in the middle of the last century that the term
coined by French cosmetic chemist Rene-Maurice Gattefosse - Dr. Gattefosse discovered the healing properties of Lavender
essential oil when, after burning his hands in a laboratory accident, he submersed them in the flower's essential oil.
His amazingly speedy recovery prompted him to write his book 'Aromatherapy'
Today's Essential Oil
Research has confirmed centuries of practical use of essential oils, and we now know that the 'fragrant pharmacy' contains compounds with an extremely broad range of biochemical
effects. There are about three hundred essential oils in general use today by professional practitioners, though the average household could fulfill all its likely needs with 10 (for wound
healing, cold fighting, insect repelling, calming children and the like), perhaps 20 if their use were a touch more esoteric (for deepening meditation, enhancing yoga practice, etc).
Using Essential Oils
The most effective way to use most essential oils is by external application or inhalation, though some can be very beneficial when taken internally if they are "FDA approved".
The methods used include body oils, compresses, cosmetic lotions, baths (including hand and foot baths), hair rinses, inhalation (by steam, direct from the bottle or from
a tissue), perfumes and room sprays. Essential oils are VERY potent - some will cause skin irritation or have other harmful effects if not used properly. Unless specifically noted,
it is best to dilute all essential oils in a carrier of base oil like
Almond, Jojoba or Apricot Kernel before applying to the skin - appropriate
dilution is usually only 1 - 10% essential oil in carrier. For inhalation, a diffuser is effective for releasing
essential oils into your environment - a very pleasant way of creating a particular atmosphere.
Essential oils, when used properly, can be of fantastic benefit - we hope you enjoy your exploration of Pure Therapeutic