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What are Essential Oils?
An essential oil is a liquid that is generally distilled (most frequently by steam or water) from the leaves, stems, flowers, bark, roots, or other elements of a plant. Essential oils, contrary to the use of the word “oil” are not really oily-feeling at all. Most essential oils are clear, but some oils such as patchouli, orange and lemongrass are amber or yellow in color.
- Essential oils contain the true essence of the plant it was derived from.
- Essential oils are highly concentrated and a little goes a long way.
- They are emotionally, mentally, spiritually and physically healing.
- Essential oils were mankind’s first medicine.
- Egypt essential oils were used in the embalming process. Well-preserved oils were found all over King Tutankhamun “tut” tombs.
- Priest and the Chinese have used oils for thousands of years.
- There are 33 species and over 500 references to oils in The Bible.
- The three wise men presented Jesus with Frankincense and Myrrh at His birth.
- God was the first aromatherapist – long before the word or concept was articulated by humans.
Bible Blurbs About Oils
In Ezekiel 47:12 and Revelations 22:2 it suggest that God gave us natural herbs, including their extracts to be our medicines.
Ezekiel 47:12 (New International Version) “Fruit trees of all kinds will grow on both banks of the river. Their leaves will not wither, nor will their fruit fail. Every month they will bear, because the water from the sanctuary flows to them. Their fruit will serve for food and their leaves for healing.”
Revelation 22 (New International Version) Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb 2down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.
The first time oils were mentioned in the Bible was in Genesis 37:25 in the story of Joseph.
Genesis 43:11 (New International Version) Then their father Israel said to them, “If it must be, then do this: Put some of the best products of the land in your bags and take them down to the man as a gift—a little balm and a little honey, some spices and myrrh, some pistachio nuts and almonds.
Mark 6:11-13 (New International Version) And if any place will not welcome you or listen to you, shake the dust off your feet when you leave, as a testimony against them.” They went out and preached that people should repent. 13They drove out many demons and anointed many sick people with oil and healed them. James 5:14 (New International Version)
Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. The spices in the Bible would not really resemble the crushed, ground and powdered versions we purchase in the store today. As for Myrrh it was probably not true Myrrh (Commiphora myrrh), inasmuch as that tree grows in Southern Arabia and Africa neither in Gilead nor in the land of Jacob. It most likely did not travel from the North to Egypt.
How to smell
Remove lid and start to smell the aroma low holding the bottle at waist level then moving it clockwise up toward the nose slowly, draw the inhale in deep.
How to apply as perfume:
Apply with toothpick. A little goes a long way.
We advise 6 drops per bathtub. We recommend lavender.
We recommend using only distilled water and 15 drops of oil. A delicious recipe is to combo grapefruit and lemon drops to the bath. Oh lala. Do you know that in an aroma study more men chose grapefruit as an arousal smell to incise them? Hmmm.
How and why can oils heal?
Essential oils are found in the circulating juices of the plants, which are technically called “oleo-gum-resins.” The “gum” part of the plant is water-soluble. The “oleo” part is the oil or lipid-soluble. Essential oils are comprised of tiny molecules while fatty oils are made of larger molecules. So if an essential oil is applied to the skin it can pass through tissue and cell walls to bring nutrition to the cell and carry out waste products out. Oils can help us to calm and relax; they can also help to speed up the immune system. It is important to understand the different uses for different oils. Here is a list of some of the most common and easy to find oils. Research conducted at Weber State University in cooperation with D. Gary Young, as well as other documented research, indicates that most viruses, fungi, and bacteria cannot live in the presence of many essential oils, especially those high in phenols, carcacrol, thymol, and terpenes. This, perhaps, offers a modern explanation why the Old Testament prophet Moses used aromatic substances to protect the Isrealites from the plagues that decimated ancient Egypt. It may also help us understand why a notorious group of thieves, reputed to be spice traders and perfumers, was protected from the Black Plague as they robbed the bodies of the dead during the 15th century.
Common Uses: Properties of Organic Lavender Essential Oil include anti-depressant, anti-phlogistic, antirheumatic, antiviral, cytophylactic, bactericide, decongestant, deodorant, and as a diuretic. Herbalist regards Lavender as the most useful and versatile essential oil for therapeutic purposes. Lavender is the essential oil most commonly associated with burns and healing of the skin. It also has antiseptic and analgesic properties, which will ease the pain of a burn and prevent infection. It also has cytophylactic properties that promote rapid healing and help reduce scarring.
Common Uses: Organic Frankincense Essential Oil is highly prized in the perfumery industry and in Aromatherapy. The therapeutic properties of Frankincense Oil include use as an antiseptic, astringent, carminative, digestive, diuretic, sedative, tonic and expectorant. It has remarkable rejuvenating and healing properties and is excellent in skincare manufacturing. Frankincense Essential Oil is also believed to encourage a meditative state bringing balance and peace to individuals.
Common Uses: Organic Geranium Oil can be used to help in the treatment of the following: acne, bruises, burns, cuts, dermatitis, eczema, hemorrhoids, lice, mosquito repellent, ringworm, ulcers, breast engorgement, edema, poor circulation, sore throat, tonsillitis, PMS, menopausal problems, stress and neuralgia. Its reputation as an extremely versatile essential oil is well documented.
Grapefruit Essential Oil (White)
Common Uses: Grapefruit Pink Essential Oil is believed by aromatherapists to be a spiritual up-lifter, and to ease muscle fatigue and stiffness. It is also a purifier of congested, oily and acne prone skin and is sometimes added to creams and lotions as a natural toner and cellulite treatment. Grapefruit Essential Oil is reputed to ease nervous exhaustion and relieve depression. Men found the smell of grapefruit more arousing than any other fragrance in a study of over 1000 men.
Common Uses: Organic Ginger Essential Oil is believed by aromatherapists to be applicable for colds and flu, nausea (motion sickness, morning sickness), rheumatism, coughs and circulation issues. It also has warming properties that help to relieve muscular cramps, spasms, aches and ease stiffness in joints. Ginger is also viewed as an aphrodisiac and is believed to ease anxiety, renew vitality and revitalize self-confidence.
Common Uses: Organic Lemon Essential Oil has been historically recognized as a cleanser. It is reputed as being antiseptic, and as having refreshing and cooling properties. On skin and hair it can be used for its cleansing effect, as well as for treating cuts and boils. Research has also shown Lemon Essential Oil to enhance the ability to concentrate.
Common Uses: Organic Lemongrass Essential Oil is known for its invigorating and antiseptic properties. It can be used in facial toners as its astringent properties help fight acne and greasy skin. An excellent anti-depressant, Lemongrass Essential Oil tones and fortifies the nervous system and can be used in bath for soothing muscular nerves and pain. Lemongrass shares similar properties with citronella and has a great reputation for keeping insects away.
Common Uses: Indian Myrrh Essential Oil contains a number of flavonoids which assist in reducing inflammation and boosts the immune system. It is also reputed to be valued as a tonic, and is said to have antiseptic and anti-fungal properties. Indian Myrrh Essential Oil is very aromatic and is thought to enhance spirituality. Aromatherapists use both Myrrh and Frankincense to draw on the deeply meditative and healing quality of the oils.
Common Uses: As the bubonic plague decimated Europe in the year 1413, four thieves were captured and charged with robbing the dead and dying victims. When the thieves were tried, the magistrate offered leniency if they would reveal how they resisted contracting the infection as they performed their gruesome acts. They explained that they were perfumers and spice traders and told of a special concoction of aromatic herbs, including cloves and rosemary, that they rubbed on their hands, ears, and temples. The proprietary Thieves oil blend was created based on research into the concoction used by the thieves of the 15th century. In 1997, studies conducted at Weber State University showed it to have a 99.96% success rate against airborne bacteria. The bacteria cultures were sprayed in an enclosed area, and Thieves oil blend was diffused for a given amount of time.
Common Uses: Cloves can be used in cooking either whole or in a ground form, but as they are extremely strong, they are used sparingly. Cloves may be used internally as a tea and topically as an oil for hypotonic muscles, including for multiple sclerosis. Cloves are used in Indian Ayurvedic medicine, Chinese medicine, and western herbalism and dentistry, where the essential oil is used as an anodyne (painkiller) for dental emergencies. Cloves are used as a carminative, to increase hydrochloric acid in the stomach and to improve peristalsis. Cloves are also said to be a natural anthelmintic. The essential oil is used in aromatherapy when stimulation and warming are needed, especially for digestive problems. Topical application over the stomach or abdomen are said to warm the digestive tract. The use of a clove in toothache is also said to decrease pain. It also helps to decrease infection in the teeth due to its antiseptic properties. Clove oil, applied to a cavity in a decayed tooth, also relieves toothache. It is also recommended for breast cancer both topical and internal.
Common Uses: A widely used fixative in perfumes, patchouli’s rich, earthy aroma providesan olfactory bridge between floral and herbaceous oils. Add a few drops to sweet almond oil to create a nourishing treatment for dry skin.