Basic Principles and Information about Essential Oils

Essential oils contain the nutritive values and healing properties of plants in a very concentrated form.  They often heal the body, mind, and spirit, while regenerating damaged tissue and bringing oxygen to deprived cells.  The use of essential oils also seems to improve overall immune function.

Frequency Every organ of the human body has a frequency range at which it operates when healthy, and the human body has an overall bio-electrical frequency.  During illness or when impending death, the body’s frequency drops significantly.  Essential oils have frequency ranges that are several times greater than the frequency of herbs and food.  The application of essential oils can quickly raise the body’s overall frequency or stabilize the frequency of a struggling organ (LeVabre, Higley, Stewart).

Studies have been conducted showing that, without question, certain substances (coffee, negative thoughts, etc.) lower the body’s overall frequency.  Essential oils returned the frequency to normal within seconds in nearly every instance.

Each essential oil (single) has a frequency range that is attractive or healing to particular organs, meridians, etc. of our bodies.  In general, and this varies quite a bit, oils with lower frequencies are considered to make physical changes in the body; oils with mid range frequencies to effect emotional changes; high frequency oils, nearly always “blossom” oils, bring about spiritual changes.

A well-done blend can contain oils in all three frequency ranges and creates a profound and deeply healing environment.  A well-done blend is less likely to cause negative reaction because each individual oil is only a percentage of the whole, and sometimes only a very small percentage.

Learning to mix your own blends can be a tricky undertaking.  Professionals often go to several years of school and then practice, practice, practice before they get it right.  Playing around with blends can be more fun than cooking creatively, but it can be an expensive experience.

Oils have to go into a blend in a particular order and in very specific quantities.  If a book of recipes does not mention this, the author probably does not understand it (or does not know how to explain it).  Either way, unless you get the order correct, your blends will not turn out very well.

The order in which oils go to into a blend depends on things called ‘notes’ and other things called ‘properties.’  The term ‘notes’ refers to a combination of aromatic pungency and the longevity of the therapeutic qualities and is relative to the other oils in the blend.  Many oils can be considered either middle notes or high notes depending on quantity and what other oils are in the blend.

Understanding the properties of each single oil, whether it is considered a Base, an Equalizer, or an Enhancer, is also necessary for you to understand how the oils you have chosen will react to each other and which should be put in first and in what quantities.

Synergy The term used to express the idea that single oils blended together achieve a product that is more than just the sum of its parts.  A blended essential oil is better able to reach the various layers of spiritual, physical, and emotional healing and do all this with less chance of negative results.

Bacteria and Viruses, etc. Essential oils are anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral, anti-infectious, anti-tumoral, anti-parasitic, and antiseptic.  This is not a matter of some oils being one and other oils being another; all essential oils have these properties to one degree or another.  These properties could be the result of the unique oxygen/nutrient carrying capacity of essential oils as described above.  Essential oils have been shown in both laboratory studies and clinical trials to destroy or seriously inhibit all tested bacteria and viruses and to do so without causing harm (unlike drugs) to cells, organs, tissues, or body systems.

Aromatic Essential oils are aromatic (volatile).  This means that their small molecules are able to be diffused readily into the air and absorbed into our bodies through the olfactory and respiratory systems.  It is an interesting fact that although we may not be able to detect all of an oil’s fragrances because our nose has no receptor sites for particular molecules, all of the molecules can enter our systems through the nose.  From the nose they can go directly into the central brain or they may go into the lung and from there directly into the blood stream.

Because of their small molecular structures, when diffused they purify the air in the following ways:  removing metallic particles and toxins from the air; increasing atmospheric oxygen; increasing ozone and negative ions which inhibits bacterial growth; destroying odors from mold, cigarettes, animals, etc; filling the air with a fresh, beautiful, healing, and uplifting scent.

External Application/Internal Benefit Because of the molecular structure of essential oils, they can act on internal organs when applied externally to the body.  This ability is explained by Hilton’s Law of Physics, which states that the nerve which supplies a joint also supplies the muscles which move the joint and the skin over the joint.  This law also applies to organs and the tissues surrounding them.  Essential oils work through the skin on nearby organs and on the nervous system and then throughout the entire body.  The molecular structure of essential oil is such that they can quickly penetrate the tissues of the skin.

Penetrate Cell Walls Essential oils have been shown capable of penetrating cell walls even when the cell walls are hardened because of oxygen deprivation or scarring.  Essential oils reach areas of the body far from where the oil was applied, and they do so in just a few minutes.  The oils are then metabolized by the body in the same way that other nutrients are metabolized (Tisserand and Higley).

Cell Regeneration Most, if not all oils, are cytophylactic; this means that they stimulate the generation of new cell growth following burns, surgeries, or wounds of any nature.  Of particular note in this category are lavender, neroli, raavensara, coriander, and helichrysum.

Skin Care The skin is a barrier between our bodies and the outside world, but it is not the impenetrable barrier that it was once thought to be.  The skin absorbs and filters both nutrients and pollutants and expels various waste materials throughout the sebaceous glands.  The skin is supposed to do all this amazing work while staying moist, healthy, and glowing.  Essential oils can be of great help to the skin in accomplishing this amazing work.

The Egyptians had extremely elaborate skin care regimens, which could take hours to complete.  Their skin care preparations made extensive use of aromatic substances.  The basic properties of essential oils, used on a less grandiose scale in our busy lives, can also help our skin perform its vital functions better.

Circulation Essential oils are rubefacient, which means that they activate capillary circulation.  Increased circulation to the capillaries prevents tired, achy legs and the slow-healing experienced by diabetic people, as well as muscle tenseness and strain.

Expectorant Most essential oils are expectorants to some degree.  They improve the function of the lymphatic system by causing mucous to become more fluid, and thus more easily expelled from the lungs and mucous membranes.

Cleansing Effect All essential oils have a cleansing effect on the human system, rather it be on the skin, in the blood, in the lymphatic system, or on a person’s accumulated cellulite.  One of the things that appears to happen when essential oils are used regularly is that toxins, free-radicals, cellular debris, heavy metals, pharmaceutical drugs, petrochemicals, renegade cells, fungi, bacteria and even viruses attach themselves to the cellular structure of the essential oil and are then excreted from the body in natural and harmless ways.  This cleansing effect on cellular receptor sites increases our ability to absorb and utilize vitamins and minerals.

Anti-oxidants Essential oils are powerful anti-oxidants.  By their very nature they aid the body in eliminating free radicals and the damage they cause.  This is explained further in the section on essential oils and security scanner in Chapter 3 on page 9.

Oxygen and Nutrient Transport Oxygen is the carrier of nutrition throughout the human body.  Essential oils contain oxygen and other molecules which seem to help transport nutrients to starving or undernourished cells.  Disease begins when a cell lacks the oxygen for proper nutrient assimilation.  By providing needed oxygen, essential oils strengthen every cell in the body, including those necessary to the immune system.

Balance or Homeostasis Many essential oils are adaptogenic, meaning they will instigate a reaction in the body to bring about a state of homeostasis or balance.  For example, hyssop normalizes either high or low blood pressure; peppermint is found on lists both as a stimulant and as a sedative, and this is accurate; lemon acts on the nervous system either as a sedative or a tonic, as needed.  This is true of the various plants in herbal form, as well, but essential oils are simply stronger and the effects more immediately recognizable.

Blood/Brain Barrier Some essential oils, those containing sesquiterpenes, cross the blood/brain barrier.  According to Connie and Alan Higley in Reference Guide for Essential Oils, The American Medical Association (AMA) determined that if they could find an agent that would pass the blood/brain barrier, they would be able to cure Alzheimer’s disease, Lou Gehrig’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis, and Parkinson’s disease.  In June of 1994, it was documented by the medical Universities of Berlin, Germany and Vienna, Austria that sesquiterpenes have the ability to go beyond the blood/brain barrier.

The blood/brain barrier is the membrane between the circulating blood and the brain that prevents certain damaging substances from reaching the brain tissue and cerebrospinal fluid.  Oils such as Frankincense and Sandalwood, high in sesquiterpenes, cross this barrier and bring increased amounts of oxygen and their healing properties to the limbic system of the brain.

Acupressure and Energy Work Essential oils are considered the life force or the energy of the plant.  They are used in many parts of the world – and finally, in the United States – in energy work and acupressure.  Specific essential oils can be associated with the meridians and chakras.  (There is further information on the meridians and chakras in Chapter 8.)

Varying Levels of Action People are a complex combination of mind, body and spirit.  Essential oils seem to have the ability to affect all three areas at the same time and in a balanced and beneficial way.  The various levels of action or essential oils are not exclusive from one another.  You cannot say, “I will use this oil today because it has astringent properties for my oily skin,” and not encounter, for example, the anti-viral properties of the chosen oil  When working on any physical ailment, there will also be beneficial effects seen on the emotional and energy levels, etc.

Spiritual and Emotional Dimensions The spiritual and emotional dimensions of essential oils are well known and have been used by people throughout recorded history.

Some oils are calming; others bring sharpness and clarity to thinking processes and stimulate memory; still others bring a sense of contentment, well-being and faith in the future, for example.  The phenomenon of improved mood and mental/spiritual clarity has been experienced and described by many.

Releasing Emotional Trauma Present in the limbic system of the brain is a gland called the amygdala.  This gland is directly connected to the olfactory bulb and is stimulated by the sense of smell and only by the sense of smell.  In 1989 it was discovered that the amygdala plays a major role in the storing and releasing of emotional trauma.  With aromatherapy and essential oils, we can aid significantly in the release of emotional traumas (Mein).

Studies conducted recently on the meditation techniques of Tibetan Monks indicate that the amygdala is the brain’s ‘solution center.’  Present it with a problem stimulated by the aroma of the essential oil) and it immediately begins to come up with possible solution scenarios.

Response to Words, Thoughts, and Prayer In studies conducted by Bruce Tanio, essential oils were measured both before and after having people direct negative thoughts toward them.  Their overall frequencies went down by an average of 12 MHz.  The frequencies of the same oils went up by an average of 10 MHz when positive thought energy was directed at them.  Interestingly, the average increase in resonant frequency went up by 15 MHz when the oils were prayed over and for (Higley).  Empirical evidence has been produced showing that oils amplify our intent.  The intent of the user will move molecules of oil to where they are most needed.  Oils respond with an increase (or decrease) in frequency and efficacy to the attitudes and intentions of the producer, handler, distributor, experimenter, shipper, and end user (you).  Love your oils, pray over and for them, and for yourselves, and you will notice an increase in the effectiveness of the oils and, I believe, in your health and well-being.

Excerpts from Essential Oils Textbook, Copyright Butterfly Expressions 2010