Es­sen­tial Oils 101

Justinne Lou Go, RND

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Oils are part of the macronu­tri­ent food group called “fat.” The most com­mon forms of oils that most of us are fa­mil­iar with are ei­ther the cook­ing oils or mas­sage oils. Cook­ing oils, as we know, are ed­i­ble while mas­sage oils are not. In the re­cent years, how­ever, “es­sen­tial oils” have been mak­ing their way into cup­boards, draw­ers, and even first aid kits. Es­sen­tial oils (EOs) are com­monly used for aro­mather­apy, but they can also be used top­i­cally and in­ter­nally, although with high cau­tion and aware­ness on the right oils to in­gest. We know that plants have medic­i­nal prop­er­ties, be­cause this is how God cre­ated them to be. Na­ture was made for man. EOs are nat­u­ral ex­tracts from the seeds, stems, roots, flow­ers,

and other parts of plants. Since it is nat­u­ral­ly­derived, it car­ries with it ben­e­fits for our bod­ies be­yond any syn­thetic sub­stance can. Be­cause of their ther­a­peu­tic prop­er­ties, EOs are mak­ing a come­back in the grow­ing well­ness trend. Es­sen­tial oils are an an­cient ther­apy dat­ing back to the BC era. Egyp­tians used these ex­ten­sively in med­i­cal prac­tice, beauty treat­ment, and food prepa­ra­tion. The Greeks also used es­sen­tial oils for ther­a­peu­tic mas­sage and aro­mather­apy while the Ro­mans used them to pro­mote health and per­sonal hy­giene. A fa­mil­iar ac­count is the men­tion of frank­in­cense and myrrh, which were of­fered to baby Je­sus. In our age, the pow­er­ful heal­ing prop­er­ties of es­sen­tial oils were re­dis­cov­ered in 1937 by French chemist, Rene-Mau­rice Gat­te­fosse, who ac­ci­den­tally healed a badly burned hand with pure laven­der oil. Dur­ing World War II, French doc­tor Jean Val­net then led the de­vel­op­ment of mod­ern aro­mather­apy prac­tices. And as more sci­en­tists and doc­tors looked into the heal­ing prop­er­ties of plants, the ap­pli­ca­tion of es­sen­tial oils has ex­panded from just aro­mather­apy to house­hold use, beauty care, and even as ad­junct ther­apy to cer­tain con­di­tions. Since hav­ing been in­tro­duced to es­sen­tial oils this year, I took par­tic­u­lar in­ter­est be­cause these are an all-nat­u­ral ther­apy and it com­ple­ments my prac­tice as I in­clude lifestyle ther­apy rec­om­men­da­tions. The first es­sen­tial oil I tried was pep­per­mint and I was amazed how it perked me up so in­stantly. Now, I don’t have to de­pend on cof­fee to give me that en­ergy boost any­more since I’ve re­cently been hav­ing mi­graines when I drink cof­fee. It’s sad be­cause I do en­joy drink­ing good black cof­fee, but it’s just not some­thing I should de­pend on for my en­ergy boost if it’s go­ing to cause mi­graines for me. This is just one of the ways es­sen­tial oils have helped me. Although there are not enough stud­ies and no gov­ern­ing body to reg­u­late the use of es­sen­tial oils, the ex­ten­sive his­tory of EOs re­veals their ef­fi­cacy as nat­u­ral so­lu­tions to cer­tain con­di­tions. As men­tioned, there are sev­eral meth­ods of ap­pli­ca­tion for es­sen­tial oils — aro­matic, top­i­cally, and in­ter­nally (in­ges­tion). Aro­mather­apy is the most com­mon method, ei­ther through plac­ing drops on the hand and cup­ping over the nose or by us­ing a cold wa­ter dif­fuser. Note that the most cru­cial part about us­ing es­sen­tial oils though is choos­ing the qual­ity. It is very im­por­tant that you choose high qual­ity, pure, unadul­ter­ated es­sen­tial oils es­pe­cially if you plan to use it in­ter­nally. Es­sen­tial oils are po­tent ex­tracts that can only be ben­e­fi­cial at a cer­tain dose so ex­tra cau­tion must be ob­served when tak­ing it in­ter­nally. The only es­sen­tial oil com­pany that has a cer­ti­fi­ca­tion to guar­an­tee the pu­rity of their oils is DoTerra. Know­ing that there are no reg­u­lat­ing bod­ies to eval­u­ate the qual­ity of oils, this com­pany went the ex­tra mile to have their oils go through a se­ries of tests to guar­an­tee the high­est qual­ity of oil. Although the tests are done by their own lab, at least you can be as­sured that it does go through strict test­ing to en­sure you get pure oils with the most ben­e­fits. Their cer­ti­fi­ca­tion is called Cer­ti­fied Pure Ther­a­peu­tic Grade (CPTG). For an oil to have this grade, it must be: Pure and nat­u­ral, with aro­matic com­pounds care­fully ex­tracted from plants Free from fillers or ar­ti­fi­cial in­gre­di­ents; no di­lu­tion of ac­tive qual­i­ties Free of con­tam­i­nants, pes­ti­cides, or chem­i­cal residues Rig­or­ously tested for stan­dards of chem­i­cal com­po­si­tion Cross tested us­ing mass spec­trom­e­try and gas chro­matog­ra­phy to en­sure ex­act pu­rity and com­po­si­tion po­tency Sourced by a global net­work of lead­ing es­sen­tial oil chemists and grow­ers to en­sure cor­rect species, growth in ideal en­vi­ron­ments, and that raw plant ma­te­ri­als were care­fully har­vested at the right time As usual, any­thing of gen­uinely good qual­ity comes with a price, but for me the ben­e­fits and safety of us­ing these oils in­stead of over-the­counter med­i­ca­tions that can take a toll on your gut health and liver are worth the in­vest­ment and switch. So, you might want to con­sider try­ing es­sen­tial oils to aid with your mi­graine, de­pres­sion, even di­ges­tive prob­lems. Feel free to ask me more about this.

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