Essential oils are composed of tiny nutrient dense molecules that can penetrate every cell of our body, to bring healing at the most basic of levels. Different essential oils are higher in different nutrients, the same as we find in foods.
For example, oranges are high in vitamin C and so orange essential oil is high in vitamin c. Some foods are high in magnesium, so some oils are high in magnesium. It is the same system. Essential Oils are just a very highly concentrated form of the nutrients. When an essential oil is distilled from a plant it would normally concentrate the oils from their original state by 50 to 100 times. This is why a little can go a long way!
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Essential oils differ from the fatty oils we use for cooking. Fatty oils like canola or sunflower oils are composed of molecules that are much larger and are unable to penetrate the body’s cells and bring healing at a cellular level. Essential oils do the opposite. Their molecules are very small, and this enables them to cross into the blood, across the blood-brain barrier and into the cells of the body within about 3 seconds. It is in the cells of the body that they are able to bring about therapeutic healing, restoration and repair.
Thus, like the plants and food, essential oils can support and balance our endocrine, circulatory, digestive, nervous and reproductive systems. They can clear our sinuses and lungs and help us breathe better. They can help us metabolize our nutrients, minerals and vitamins.
They can also boost the natural defenses of our immune system so we can fight off disease by our own abilities. Essential oils are hostile to bacteria, viruses, parasites, microbes and fungi, and friendly to our bodies. Many oils, applied to the skin, are also effective insect repellants and natural anti-septics for cuts and wounds.
According to a study done by scientists at Tufts University in Boston, they are the world’s most powerful antioxidants. Antioxidants destroy free radicals in our bodies and therefore inhibit and slow down the aging and disease process in our bodies.
In 1992, the ORAC scale (Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity) was developed to measure the antioxidant capacity of many foods, juices and oils. This scale was adopted by the US Department of Agriculture and scientists at Tufts University in Boston, to investigate which foods and essential oils have the highest ORAC score. The higher the ORAC score, the higher the anti-oxidant capacity of the food or essential oil.
Now a common sense approach here is required. Just because clove essential oil has a very high ORAC score doesn't mean it is wise to consume large amounts of clove oil. That would not be wise.
Rather, the purpose of this chart is to show that essential oils are highly concentrated sources of antioxidants - which is why they have the ability to bring healing to the body, as part of a healthy lifestyle. Don't think you can eat whatever you like and smoke whatever you want and somehow or other, an essential oil is going to 'fix it' or 'offset' your poor lifestyle choices. It simply won't work. But, if you are looking for a natural alternative to build your immune system and fight illnesses, then essential oils are definitely for you.
Now these tiny antioxidant powerhouse molecules can be divided into three groups by which natural compounds they are high in. There are 3 natural compounds found in essential oils that gives them the ability to repair the body's cells.
1. Phenols and Phenylpropanoids: Essential Oils such as clove, basil and oregano are very high in phenols and phenylopranoinds. This natural compound cleans the body's cell receptor sites - aiding communication between cells which inhibits sickness, because illness causing viruses and bacteria etc struggle to thrive.
2. Sesquiterpenes: Essential Oils which are high in sesquiterpenes include cedarwood, vetiver, sandalwood, patchouli, ginger and myrrh. Sesquiterpenes deliver oxygen to the body's cells as well as erase or deprogram miswritten information in cellular memory. This is important for fighting illnesses, especially cancer.
"The root problem with a cancer cell is that it contains misinformation, and sesquiterpenes can delete that garbled information. At the same time the oxygen carried by sesquiterpenes molecules creates an environment where cancer cells can't reproduce. Hence, sesquiterpenes deliver cancer cells a double punch - one that disables their coded misbehaviour and a second that stops their growth." Stewart, D. Ph.D. "Healing Oils of the Bible" 2015, CARE Publications.
3. Monoterpenes: Essential Oils high in monoterpenes, like grapefruit, frankincense, cypress and galbanum, play a role in reprogramming and repairing you body's DNA. In 2010, Immunologist Mahmoud Suhail, from the University of Oklahoma said this about how frankincense essential oil can repair the body's DNA and help fight cancer.
“Cancer starts when the DNA code within a cell’s nucleus becomes corrupted. It seems frankincense has a re-set function. It can tell the cell what the right DNA code should be. Frankincense separates the ‘brain’ of the cancerous cell- the nucleus-from the body- the cytoplasm, and closes down the nucleus to stop it reproducing corrupted DNA codes.”
It is thought that when choosing essential oils, it is best to first cleanse the cell’s receptor site, then deprogram the misinformation, before re-programing the correct information.