Essential oils are probably one of the greatest gifts offered by nature. Their fragrant smell and comforting consistency make them a favourite go-to remedy for many, but how are essential oils generally employed in the everyday life?
The most common answer is in a diffuser when we feel tired and need to relax, or to make the house smell like fresh flowers when guests are over, or, finally, when the guest is a date, to conjure the right atmosphere for the night.
Bottom-line: the most popular way seems to be aromatherapy to affect the mood, the mind, and the body through the olfactory sense.
This is definitely a great way but it is just a small portion of the whole picture. The healing properties and potentials of essential oils cover a broader spectrum and depth of action. There is much more that they can do to support us in the various phases and changes in life.
Essential oils provide a complete materia medica for healing the mind, the body, and the emotions. The effect of therapeutic grade essential oils can be as potent and target-effective as chemical-based medicines but with no side effects. High quality essential oils, in fact, do not produce allergic reactions; nut-based carrier oils – sometimes added when applying essential oils directly on the skin – may be the actual cause of a skin rush. To avoid any complications, the best option is fractionated coconut oil.
Essential oils are safe for children and pregnant, or lactating, women but dosage should be regulated differently; during pregnancy and breastfeeding some oils should definitely be avoided. It is always best to consult a practitioner, in this case.
When choosing essential oils for therapeutic purpose we must be very careful. There are very many oils available on the market but there is very little information on their distillation grade, which is a discriminating factor when it comes to purchasing the right oils. It is important to do your own research, and/or consult an experienced and trusted practitioner. Some therapists may not be aware of the importance of the distillation grade in terms of actual healing properties of the oils, so when venturing in the essential oil market, it is always best to do your own research and ask companies for certifications.
The best option for therapeutic purposes is first distillation oils; the second best is complete distillation oils that is a blend of first, second, and third distillation grade oils. The quality is still excellent but when first distillation is at hand, it is always preferable to choose those.
In terms of price point, it is definitely possible to find companies that make organic first distillation oils available for the same price as some complete distillation oils, or even cheaper. Purchasing higher-grade oils doesn’t necessarily mean spending more.
The healing properties of essential oils are locked in a chemical structure whose power is still beyond reach for scientific analysis. Some components are well known, others are yet to be discovered, but most of all, it is their synergy, how all elements work together as a unit, that is still a mystery. It is their synergistic effect that makes essential oils what they are and keeps their secret.
It is fascinating that the chemical composition of the DNA of plants and people is molecularly similar. We both depend on a chemical that in humans is called red heme, which transports the oxygen in the blood, and in plants is called chlorophyll. The only difference is that the central element in chlorophyll is an atom of magnesium, while in hemoglobin it is an atom of iron.
Such similarity may explain, at least in part, the healing powers of plant-based medicine, and how essential oils “seem to act like keys to our physical and mental mechanisms,” as Valerie Ann Wordwood writes in her book, The Fragrant Mind.
Essential oils are able to stimulate the body’s natural healing forces and affect the connection between the body and the mind. Their aroma molecules in fact have direct access to the brain through the amygdala gland that plays a major role in releasing traumas. The limbic system, where the gland is situated, is the link between the sympathetic and para-sympathetic nervous system, the left and the right brain, and it is where emotional traumas are stored. With therapeutic grade essential oils, clearing emotional traumas and releasing deep-seated issues from cellular memory is indeed possible.
As traumas are stored in the body, emotional release may cause the elimination of toxins. It would be ideal to support the process with simple naturophatic treatments. Particular care should be given to the organs in the digestive area – the liver, the pancreas, and the spleen – that is considered the seat of strong and negative emotions associated with anger, fear, resentment, jealousy, and bitterness. Digestion and emotional health are directly related and can significantly affect each other, in a positive or negative way.
Beside aromatherapy, essential oils can be applied directly to the skin. Once absorbed, the oils get into the bloodstream very quickly. Research shows that the main constituents can be found in the blood after five minutes, the maximum concentration is reached in twenty minutes, and after ninety minutes most of them have already been eliminated from the blood. Oils do not stop their effect as the chemical reactions that they already set off continue even after they left the body.
Bathing is another excellent way of working with oils that are here absorbed both through the skin and the nose. Hot water opens the pores after a few minutes and makes the body more receptive; water also has the capacity to store and carry information and once the essential oils are added to the bath, their properties are imprinted in the water and easily enter the body by osmosis.
The healing properties of essential oils are locked in their chemical structure; there are three main chemical components that set into action the healing powers:
- Phenolics: responsible for cleaning receptor sites;
- Sesquiterpenes: responsible for deleting bad information from cellular memory . Sesquiterpenes also help oxygenate the brain, especially around the pineal and pituitary glands, leading to an increase in secretions of antibodies, endorphins, and neurotransmitters;
- Monoterpenes: responsible for restoring and awakening the correct information in the cellular memory of the DNA.
A particularly pleasant and effective method is the Neuro-Auricular Technique that uses a sequence of six essential oils applied to the spinal column and occipital ridge to re-connect the synapses of the brain and the upper spine, and finally correct the imbalances in the nerve functions from the brain, through the spinal cord, to all organs and tissues in the body.
This technique specifically acts on the Vagus Nerve, a part of the para-sympathetic system that has a central role in re-harmonizing the entire nervous system. The Vagus Nerve also controls the interaction muscles – the face, the heart, and the lungs. It is the connection between these muscles that determines the type of response to interpersonal interactions, threats, traumas, and external challenges.
The chemical properties of the oils used in the Neuro-Auricular Technique are specific to the purpose of unlocking and releasing old patterns and, finally, re-programming the system.
- Frankincense, mostly contains monoterpenes, for balancing and reprogramming;
- Valerian, Vetiver, Cedarwood, and Sandalwood are mostly made of sesquiterpenes, for oxygenation of the brain and the ganglia, and for deleting information at the cellular level in the DNA;
- Roman Chamomile is mostly composed of esters, for emotional releasing.
The potentials of this technique with neurological and autoimmune issues, mental and emotional imbalances, and stress related diseases are incredibly promising.
Besides specific treatments performed by professionals, essential oils are truly meant to become part of our daily rituals, like the morning cup of coffee or tea. Incorporating them in our daily routine and self-care practice with consistency and awareness is what guarantees the best results. Essential oils, flower essences, and, in general, plant-based medicine is vibrational medicine. The more is not always the better; it is not about the quantity but the quality of the oils and the consistency of the treatment.
Medicinal grade oils have a higher frequency, or vibrational level, that can be placed in a range between 52 MHz and 320 MHz, that of rose oil.
Our bodies have their own frequency as well, and this can be greatly affected by what we ingest, or simply apply on the skin. Our vibrational level can therefore be altered, and shift between the higher frequency of health and the lower frequency of illness.
Some examples, processed or canned food has no frequency, while fresh produce has up to 15 MHz ; dried herbs have a frequency between 12 and 22 MHz , while fresh herbs frequency is between 20 and 27 MHz. When we drink a cup of coffee, our frequency can drop by as much as 10 MHz. It can take three days or more for our body to return to its initial level. If we use essential oils at a frequency of 75 MHz or higher, its vibrational level returns to the initial frequency immediately after.
The body can be brought back to a harmonious choral performance of its elements by essential oils, as a director would do with his orchestra. The same way, if our body were a radio that doesn’t catch the frequency of the stations anymore, and our favourite music programme were the optimal state of health, essential oils would definitely be the best tool in our trusted electrician kit to re-sync it to the desired channel.
By Elisa Badii
Elisa Badii is a Naturopath and Natural Physician who works with Iridology, Herbal Medicine, Flower Remedies, Essential Oils, Healing Diets, and Reiki. She is currently based in London.