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article by Nancy Sanderson
some of you that are new to essential oils may be wondering what
it is just one of the constituents in essential oils. Sesquiterpenes,
which are found in some essential oils, are:
to inflamed tissue
produce profound effects on emotions and hormonal balance
on the liver
a gland stimulant
increase oxygen around the pineal and pituitary gland
the ability to go beyond the Blood Brain Barrier (meaning they
can cross the blood brain barrier increasing the oxygen to the
synthetic chemicals, essential oil chemicals or constituents are
diverse in their effects. No two oils are alike.
constituents, such as aldehydes found in lavender and chamomile,
are antimicrobial and calming, Esters and aldehydes have a stimulating
and sedating effect on the nerve endings.
found in Cinnamon and clove, is anti-septic and stimulating.
Ketones, found in lavender, hyssop, and patchouli, stimulate
cell regeneration and liquefy mucous.
found in oregano and thyme oil, are highly anti-microbial. Phenols
are antiseptic and kill bacteria, an are anti-oxidant which increase
the oxygen into the tissue to relieve muscles spasms. Phenols
also increase the velocity in the blood by increasing the oxygen
and moving it along.
Living's Basil has 72% metha charvicol which works great on spasmodic
muscles. If the muscle doesn't relax then the nerve may be affected,
so you would want to look for an oil that has Esters in, which is
calming and relaxing to the nerve. For instance apply1 drop Basil,
3 Eucalyptus to the chest and it may help relax the lungs and increase
the oxygen. Or you may use 3 Basil and 1 Black Pepper in the Raindrop
Therapy up the spine for the anti-viral effect.
less drops of the one with the highest Phenols, because the less
you use, it pushes the effect you want. For skin problems such as
Shingles and Herpes Simplex, you can relieve the pain and itching
by using 7 drops Bergamot (for the calming and soothing feeling),
3 Melissa (for a soothing effect), 5 Lavender ( for balancing).
When the problem is better reduce the Lavender and add Myrrh for
the healing effect.
with high acid need to use oils that are high in Sesquiterpenes.
If you are attracted to phenols then you may have a bacteria in
the body. If the body is building mucous then use Lavender to balance
the parasympathetic system that produce mucous and get your body
in an alkaline state.
viruses, fungi and bacteria cannot live in the presence of many
essential oils, specially those high in phenols, carvacrol, thymol,
and terpenes. This, perhaps, offers a modern explanation why
the Old Testament prophet Moses used aromatic substances to protect
the Israelites from the plagues that decimated the ancient Egyptians.
vast body of testimonials suggest that those who use essential oils
are less likely to contract infectious disease. Moreover, oils users
who do contract an infectious illness tend to recover faster than
those using antibiotics. The complex chemistry of essential oils
make them ideal for killing and preventing the spread of bacteria,
since microorganism have a difficult time mutating in the presence
of so many different anti-septic compounds.
the March 2000 International Symposium in Grasse, France, Dr. Berangere
Arnal-Schnebelen presented a paper showing the anti-bacterial properties
of essential oils against several infectious agents. Spanish
oregano and cinnamon essential oils tested at above 95% efficiency
against Candida albicians, E.Coli, and a Streptococcus strain.
This is significant as we face life-threatening, drug-resistant
viruses and bacteria.
Essential Oils of ravensara, melissa, oregano, mountain savory,
clove, cumin, cistus, hyssop and frankincense are highly anti-bacterial
and contain immune supportive properties that have been documented
by many researchers, such as Daniel Penoel, MD, and Pierre Franchomme.
These oils are found in varying amounts in the immune support and
anit-microbial essential oil blends.
add this info which I feel is important when you are wanting to
use essential oils for the first time. Make sure you have 100% pure
therapeutic grade essential oil. Young Living's oils are run through
a number of tests and are stamped with the AFNOR standard stating
they are 100% pure therapeutic grade. Most over the counter oils
are adultrated and are not pure.
essential oil may be labeled as "basil" and have a botanical name
(Ocimun basilicum), but it can have widely different therapeutic
actions, depending on its chemistry. For example, basil high in
linalol or fenchol is primarily used for its antiseptic properties.
However, basil high in methyl chavicol is more anti-inflammatory
than antiseptic and is anti-spasmodic. A third type, basil high
in eugenol, has both anti-inflammatory and antiseptic effect.
even greater concern is the fact that some oils are adulterated,
engineered or "extended" with the use of synthetic chemical.
They can be very detrimental, causing rashes, burning, skin irritations,
allergic reactions, and etc., besides being devoid of any therapeutic
effects. For example, pure frankincense is often extended with colorless,
odorless solvents, such as diethyplhthalate or dipropylend glycol.
The only way to distinguish the "authentic" from the "adulterated"
is to subject the essential oil to rigorous analytical testing using
state of-the-art gas chromatography, mass spectroscopy, and NMRI
oils that are subjected to high heat and pressure have a distinctly
simpler and inferior profile of chemical constituents, since
excessive heat and temperature fractures and breaks down many of
the delicate aromatic compounds within the oil - some of which are
responsible for its therapeutic action.
addition, oils that are steam distilled are far different from those
that are solvent extracted. Lavender (Lavandula Angustifolia) has
187 constituents and synthetic lavender only has 4 constituents.
How can you get any benefit from using over the counter lavender?
and mislabeled essential oils present dangers for consumers. One
woman who had heard of the ability of lavender oil to sooth burns,
used lavender oil from a local health food store when she spilled
boiling water on her arm. But the pain intensified and the burn
worsened, so she later complained that lavender oil was worthless
for soothing burns. When her "lavender" oil was analyzed, it was
found to be lavandin, a hybrid lavender that is chemically very
different from pure Lavendula Angustifolia. Lavandin contains high
levels of camphor (12-18%) and can itself burn the skin, which intensified
her burn. The Lavendula Angustifolia, contains virtually no camphor
and has a burn soothing agent which is not found in lavandin.
is another testimony I would like to share.
thought you might be interested in an experience I had. Yesterday
a co-worker got mixed up with a large grinder here at work. It
peeled the hide off three of his fingers, one finger nail was
ground clear through. I called Delene and had her bring the lavender
over. He wasn't sure he wanted to put it on because it might burn.
I told him that if anything it would take the burn out of the
burn. We applied it and it really helped. The pain was mostly
gone and the stiffness went out of it. I applied the lavender
about once an hour and as he was going home offered the bottle.
His response was, that's ok, we have some at home. I explained
that the training I had, had warned us about some of the "cheap"
lavenders and what they did to burns. He assured me that he had
"good" stuff and left. This morning as soon as he got here he
looked me up. Seems like his "lavender" isn't the good stuff.
He said that when he put it on it about set his hand on fire.
He has to fly out to Washington state tomorrow and says he is
going to stop at the farm on the way and get some "good" lavender."
one last thing I would like to share with you is that distilling
Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils is an art. Take for instance the
distillation of therapeutic essential oils. It is very crucial that
they are distilled at low temperature and low pressure or it will
fracture the molecule. When that happens then you no longer have
therapeutic essential oil. Also the length of time in distilling
is very important.
talk about Cypress. Cypress has 280 properties. If it is distilled
for 20 hours you only get 20 of the 280 properties. If distilled
for 26 hours you get 0 properties. But if distilled 24 hours, which
is the correct length of time for distilling cypress to have 100%
pure therapeutic grade essential oil, you will then get the full
280 properties. Most distillers distill cypress for 3 1/2 hours.
So are you going to get any value out of cypress that has been distilled
for 3 1/2 hours? No you're not!
is why it is important to tell your people the difference between
pure therapeutic essential oil verse other oils. They can say they
are pure, which they have the right, if there is one drop of pure
oil in the bottle. But most of the time when you ask how it was
distilled they can not tell you.
plant material should also be free of herbicides and other chemicals.
These can react with the essential oil during distillation to produce
toxic compounds. Because many pesticides are oil-soluble, they can
also mix into the essential oil. This is why when Gary is buying
from other companies he goes and sees how they distill and makes
sure that they are grown in virgin soil so the we get the purest
therapeutic grade essential oils. And if it isn't, he doesn't buy
when the oils come in they go through the AFNOR/ISO Standards. (Association
French Normalization Organization Regulation) or ISO certification.
This standard is more stringent and differentiates true therapeutic
grade essential oils from similar Grade A essential oils with inferior
chemistry. The AFNOR standard was written by a team headed up
by the government certified botanical chemist Doctor Casabinca.
Dr. Casabianca introduced these standards into North American when
he collaborated with Sue Chao at Young Living Essential Oils in
2000, when Young Living's essential oils were calibrated according
to the European standards. Dr. Casabianca combined his studies with
other research scientists and other doctors to make sure that everyone
who wants therapeutic grade oil will get therapeutic grade oil.
hope this helps you all to understand the constituents a little
bit and why it is so crucial to make sure you are using pure therapeutic
grade essential oils.