What is an essential oil??? • The blood of the plant protects the plant from invaders Helps the plant to heal from any wound • Subtle volatile liquids distilled from plants, shrubs, flowers, trees, roots, brushes, and seeds. • Chemically complex • 1997 chemist had identified 70,000 different types of aromatic molecules. • Very Very Concentrated and powerful
How do essential oils work?Essential oils enter the body in three ways • Inhaled • Ingested • Absorbed through the skin
How does skin application work Essential oils can be applied topically to the skin. Common examples include applying a blend that contains wintergreen, helichrysm, clove, and peppermint over soar joint to stop pain. How does this work? Our skin is somewhat permeable. The active chemicals in essential oils are absorbed just like the ingredients in common pharmaceuticals such as hormone replacement therapy cream and nicotine patches.
Factors that Increase Skin Absorption • Places on the body with greater concentrations of sweat glands and hair follicles, such as the genitals, head, soles, palms, and armpits • Massaging the area first will increase circulation to that area, thereby causing an increase in absorption of essential oils. • Heat will likewise increase circulation and thus enhance absorption.
How to inhale essential oils Another way that essential oils enter the body is by inhalation either through the nose or mouth. Common examples include inhaling peppermint essential oil to reduce fatigue or nausea. (Note: Often, essential oils are put into a diffuser for inhalation. The Olfactory System • The olfactory system includes all physical organs or cells relating to, or contributing to the sense of smell. When we inhale through the nose, airborne molecules interact with the olfactory organs and, almost immediately, the brain. • Molecules inhaled through the nose or mouth are also carried to the lungs and interact with the respiratory system. Thus, inhaled essential oils can affect the body through several systems and pathways.
Ancestors and Science • Our ancestors recognized what science is now proving, • That scents can effect your emotions and your brain waves. • Studies have shown that scents inhaled effect pulse rate, blood circulation and breathing. • Other studies have shown brain wave changes, sedating or stimulating, depending on the scent.
The sense of smell is the only one of our senses that is wired directly into the brain so that the result is immediate. During inhalation, odor molecules travel through the nose and affect the brain through a variety of receptor sites, one of which is the limbic system. “Smell is a potent wizard that transports us across thousands of miles and all the years we have lived.” Helen Keller Anatomy of smell
The limbic system • The limbic system is called the visceral or emotional brain, also the old brain or reptilian brain. • It is the part of the brain that was developed first before speech and tools, the survival part of ourselves. • It registers emotions, pleasure, pain, fear, anger, sorrow and sexual feeling • It controls the involuntary aspects of ourselves. • It has nerve pathways to the hypothalamus and the autonomic nervous system. The hypothalamus controls the endocrine system that secretes the hormones that effect growth, sex, metabolism, etc. The autonomic nervous system controls unconscious activities such as digestion, rate of heartbeat, body temperature and hunger. Scents have far reaching effects upon the body
More about smell • Humans can distinguish between 2000 and 4000 different odors, depending upon the individual. • Early man’s survival in the wild was greatly aided by his ability to smell predator or prey before he could see or hear it. • Smell is innate. It is an unconscious activity that has enormous effect on our physiology. • Another attribute of scent is that it is strongly connected to memory. If you have a horrible memory of your third grade teacher who always smelled of lavender, you would probably not find lavender soothing and balancing as most people do. You may forever associate that scent with unpleasantness. The same phenomenon is experienced in smelling a scent connected to a loved one. A whiff of a perfume can bring back memories of the most romantic night of your life. • When we are exposed to one smell for a long time it disappears from our conscious awareness. The most obvious is the cook who cannot smell the food cooking until she leaves and comes back into the kitchen.
Ingesting essential oil • The third way that essential oils enter the body is by absorption through ingestion, or swallowing them. • Some vitamin companies have used essential oils in their products. They do this enhanced the potency and absorbency of the supplement. • Oral ingestion of essential oils is ONLY recommended for those who have learned what oils are best for ingestion. Peppermint – put a drop on your tongue for hiccups Lemon – put in water for immunity
Multi-dimensional in their characteristics 1. Congenital realm Problems that arise form heredity or as a result of complications during pregnancy. Here aromatic treatment can attempt to alleviate the consequences of problems irreparable written in the genetic code or of events from the time of conception until birth that have left a permanent developmental mark 2. Organic realm Liver, Kidney, Lungs, Spleen, Cardiovascular system, Digestive system, ect. 3. Bio-electronic realm Body pH Oxidation reduction (detoxification pathways) 4. Microbial realm Bacteria, Viruses, Parasites,
Multi-dimensional in their characteristics 5. Immunity realm: All the mechanisms within the body that protect against infection 6. Structural realm: bones, joints, muscles 7. Glandular realm: Every gland in the endocrine (hormone) system. thyroid, parathyroid, pancreas, ovaries, testis, ect. 8. Neruopsychic realm Sympathetic and parasympathetic ns. Libido Endorphins Emotions.
Essential Seven Peppermint Peppermint- Stops spasms Use: upset stomach, cramping, gas, bloating, heart palpations bug and ant repellent Application: 1. Rub on stomach or add 2-4 drops in water to help ease up set stomach 2. Rub all over body for bug repellent 3. Rub a drop under nose for heart palpations and hold point with finger 4. Massage into tight, painful muscles 5. Improve concentration by inhaling or diffusing 6. rub into temples to treat headache
Essential SevenLemon Lemon – Anti infectious. according to Jean Vlanet MD: the vaporized essence of lemon can kill meningococcal bacteria in 15min, typhoid bacilli in one hr. Staph aureus in 2hrs, and Pneumococcus bacteria in 3hrs. Even a 0.2 dilution can kill diphtheria bacteria in 20min and inactivate TB in 20min. (PDR, Essential science publishing) Use: colds, fevers, soar throat, ear infection, infections Application: 1. Apply on throat, and behind ears for any infection 2. Put 2-4 drops in water to purify water and help get rid of infections 3. Add a few drops to water in spray bottle for deodorizing and sterilizing. 4. Good for removing gum, wood stains, and grease.
Essential SevenLavender Lavender – calming, relaxing, wound healing Use: burns, cuts, wounds, anxiety, sleeplessness, depression, bug repellent Application: 1. Apply to cuts, bruises, insect bits and burns for rapid relief and healing 2. Apply to heat stressed skin 3. Put a couple of drops in bath tub or on pillow for relaxing and reduction of negative thoughts 4. Can be applied under arms as deodorant
Essential Seven Frankincense Frankincense – Anti-tumoral, Immuno-stimulant, antidepressant Considered the “Holy anointing oil” in the middle east and has been used in religious ceremonies for thousands of years. Used to treat every conceivable ill know to man thus is was valued more then gold during ancient time. Stimulates the limbic system of the brain along with centers in the brain that signal hormone release. Improves HGH production! Use: Asthma, depression, ulcers, cancers, hemorrhaging, herpes, warts (virus) Application: 1. Diffuse when there is concern of infection in the area. 2. Diffuse daily if dealing with depression 3. Apply topically several time a day to wart or herpes infection. 4. Ingest orally to help immune problems.
Essential Seven Birch Birch – soar muscles, joints, bones, inflammatory issues Use: apply to any place of pain Application: apply 2-10 drops directly to area of muscle, joint, or bone pain/Arthritic pain.
Essential Seven Angelica Angelica – anticoagulant, sedating, anti-inflammatory to intestinal walls. Use: Traditionally, Known as the “Holy spirit root” or “the oil of angels” by the Europeans, Angelica had healing powers so strong that it was believed to be of divine origin. Bruises, colic, cough, respiratory infection, indigestion, menopause, PMS, rheumatism Angelica brings memories back to the point of origin before trauma or anger was experienced, helping us to release and let go of negative feelings. Application: Reflexology points or diffuse: Frequency: Approximately 85MHz
Essential SevenBasil Basil – relaxant Traditional use: 16th century powdered leaves were inhaled to treat migraines and chest infections. Hindu put basil on the chest to dead to protect them from evil spirits, and the Italian women wore basil to attract possible suitors! Use: Migraines, scanty menstrual periods, Muscle relaxant, URI, soothing to insect bits Application: 1. For migraines apply to tip of nose and temples, 2. For mental fatigue inhale and apply to crown of head, forehead, heart and navel. 3. add to food or water for URI or other infections. Frequency: 52MHz
Frequency Canned food and processed food – 0 MHz Fresh Produce – 15MHz Dry Herb – 12-22MHz Fresh Herbs – 20- 27 MHz Essential oils – 52 – 320MHz Healthy body – 62-78MHz Negative thought can lower frequency by 12MHz Positive thought can raise frequency by 10MHz Prayer and meditation can increase frequency by 15MHZ
Quality Control Producing essential oils is very costly. It often requires several hundred or even thousands of pounds of raw plant materail to produce a single pound of essential oil. For example: It take three tons of melissa to produce on pound of oil. Its extremely low yield explains why it sells for $9,000 to $15,000/Kilo.
Quality control The vast majority of oils are produced for the perfume industry, thus they are only interested in their aromatic qualities. High pressure, High temperatures, and the use of chemical solvents are used in the distillation process to produce greater quantities of oil at a faster rate. To many these oils smell exquisite but lack true therapeutic properties. Many of the important chemical constituents necessary to produce therapeutic results are either flashed off with the high heat or do not have enough time to be released for the plant material.
How to be sure E.O is therapeutic • Is the fragrance subtle, rich, organic, and delicate? • Are the herbs grown organically • Are the distillation facilities part of the farm where the herbs are grown so they are freshly distilled, or do the herbs wait for days to be processed; thereby losing their potency? • Does the producer use low pressure and low temperature to distill E.O. and are distillation cookers fabricated from costly stainless steel alloys to reduce the likelihood of the oils chemically reacting with the metal. • Are the facilities scrutinized to check that no synthetic chemicals are being used in any of the processes?
How to be sure E.O is therapeutic 6. Is the Latin name of the plant provided so that you are sure you are getting the right essential oil? For example, there are several species of lavender. 7. Is the name of the country in which the plants were grown provided? A consumer would not be expected to differentiate oils from different countries, but this information is important to aromatherapists because quality can vary by country. This is an indication that the company is marketing to knowledgeable parties as well as general consumers. 8. Is there a statement about purity? You should be informed if it is not 100% essential oil (meaning, it has been altered or mixed with something else). 9. Does it smell as you expect it to smell? 10. Is there information about organic growing or wildcrafting (gathering wild plants)? Most essential oils sold in the U.S. are not certified as to their organic status, but some European brands are.
Places to buy essential oils • www.4Dshift.com • Young living essential oils • doTERRA essential oils • Mountain rose herbs • Aromaweb.com • Lists several reputable companies
Essential oil books • http://www.lifesciencepublishers.com • Advanced aroma therapy • Inner Transformations Using Essential Oils • Essential Oils Integrative Medical Guide • The Chemistry of Essential Oils Made Simple