A little over two years ago my wife Dale introduced me and our family of four children to essential oils. We didn’t know at the time that these would change our lives as much as they have. We have enjoyed such noticeable health benefits that we have now replaced our traditional medicine cabinet full of synthetic drugs. In this posting we want to introduce you to essential oils and to share some of our testimony with these wonderful and natural alternatives, page visit this illness with the hope you can have your own experiences.
What is an Essential Oil?
Essential oils, known as nature’s living energy, are the natural, aromatic, volatile liquids found in leaves, stems, bark, flowers, seeds, and roots. The active components in essential oils defend plants against insects, environmental conditions, and disease. They are also vital for a plant to grow, live, evolve, and adapt to its surroundings. Essential oils are extracted from aromatic plant sources via several extraction methods, with the most common method being steam distillation. The resultant essential oil is highly concentrated and far more potent than the plant part from which it was extracted.
While essential oils often have a pleasant aroma, their chemical makeup is complex, and their benefits are vast—which makes them much more than something that simply smells good.
There are four grades in essential oils.
- Grade A – pure therapeutic quality essential oils. Usually derived from organically grown plants with regulated steam distillation to ensure the maximum potency remains in the extracted oil.
- Grade B – food grade. May contain synthetics, pesticides, chemical/synthetic extenders, or carrier oils.
- Grade C – perfume grade. May contain the same type of adulterating chemicals as food grade oils. Usually contain solvents (normally cancer-causing) to gain a higher yield of oil per harvest. Used in store bought perfumes and other scented products.
- Floral Water – byproduct of the distillation process. Very high quality if it comes from Grade A distillation but conversely very low quality if from lower grades. Usually found in skin and hair products.
A Short History of Essential Oils
Essential oils were the first medicines and have been used around the world for thousands of years. Research dates the use of essential oils back to 4500 BC where ancient Egyptians were the first to discover the potential of fragrance, and use oils and aromatics were used for treating illness and performing rituals and ceremonies in temples and pyramids.
According to ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics and Chinese manuscripts, priests and physicians used oils thousands of years before the time of Christ. There are more than 188 references to oils in the Bible, and some precious oils like frankincense, myrrh, rosemary, cassia, and cinnamon were used for the anointing and healing of the sick. Additionally, biblical prophets recognized the use of essential oils as protection against disease.
The reintroduction of essential oils into modern medicine first began during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Since that time essential oils have been used traditionally to kill harmful germs, as well as spiritually to balance mood, lift spirits, and dispel negative emotions.
Some ways essential oils have helped us
- Plantar Fasciitis – Healed in less than 30 days using Frankincense essential oil daily on the sole of the right foot. Click here to read more about my discovery.
- Mononucleosis – Healed in less than a week using Thieves essential oil blend. Ingested a drop of oil with water on the sore throat. Medical Swab test at onset and one week later confirmed presence of Mono and also healing.
- Misaligned spine – Feathered 6 drops of Valor essential oil to my back when I was doubled over from a misaligned spine due to construction work. After resting 20 minutes I was able to move again with range of motion and no stiffness.
- Flu/Colds – Our kids put Thieves essential oil on their feet before going to school and we parents before going to work. We notice over the past two years that we’re virtually free from colds or flu bugs.
- Head aches – a drop of peppermint essential oil to the temples and behind the ears relieved a head ache.
- Sleepless – Suffered from inability to fall asleep due to mental revving. Applied several drops of Lavender to soles of both feet as well as a drop under my nose to inhale. Fell into a restful sleep. I use it nightly now and have never had another restless night in two years.
- Relief from minor cuts and burns – Applied one drop of Lavender essential oil to a small knife cut as well as a burn on fingers and it immediately alleviated the sting.
- Severe back pain – 5 drops each of Frankincense, Balsam Fir and Copaiba essential oils in a capsule alleviated severe back pain for my 93 year old mother. She takes as needed to bring relief for her osteoporosis.
7 Reasons Why We Think You Should Try Essential Oils
- Natural and Non-toxic – The oils contain no toxic substances that will make you sick.
- No harmful side effects – Every man-made pharmaceutical product has side-effects. Essential oils have no side effects.
- Easy to use – Applying the oils is similar to learning how to brush teeth and applying toothpaste; children can easily be taught to use them.
- Lasting results – Essential oils resolve root causes rather than treating symptoms. For example, rather than taking a pill to remove the pain (symptom) I felt in my feet when walking due to plantar fasciitis, the essential oils removed inflammation on the muscle areas of the soles of my feet (root cause). The medical system prescribed symptom-based remedies: pain killers, foot orthotics, muscle-stretching physiotherapy and even surgery but none of these addressed the root cause of inflammation.
- Don’t attack healthy tissue – Unlike man-made therapies like chemotherapy or radiation which kill good cells as well as bad, essential oils only go after bad cells and leave healthy ones intact.
- Emotional healing benefits – Essential oils can help draw out negative emotions and trauma stored in your body and to flush these.
- Animal-friendly – Essential oils can be safely used for pets and other animals. Veterinarians use essential oils.
After a little over two years using essential oils, we have noticed a tangible improvement in our quality of life health-wise. We have switched from using pharmaceuticals to essential oils for all of our daily needs and can whole-heartedly endorse their effectiveness as well as the benefits from being non-toxic. Try essential oils for use by your family for 90 days as we did and see how it improves your health and wellness.
A final word if you’re considering using essential oils. Make sure you’re using Grade A essential oils. There’s no government regulation for essential oil labeling so even if it says “therapy grade”, “organic” or “100% pure” this is not reliable for determination of quality. We have noticed a lot of snake oil sold in stores or online that is not distinguishable to the casual observer.
In Canada, where we live, Grade A essential oils aren’t available over the counter. The health stores only sell brands that are diluted and of an inferior grade. We have done research and have sourced Grade A essential oils through Young Living (you can buy them on our website). We have visited their organic farms, walked through their distilleries, talked to the company founders Gary and Mary Young and recommend their products as the highest integrity and quality. In fact, Gary Young is working with the US FDA currently to define standards for essential oils.
Simple ways to see if an essential oil is not Grade A:
- Container composition and colour – The container you buy an essential oil in should be dark colour and made of glass. Grade A essential oils will dissolve plastic bottles and denigrate in quality if they’re in clear glass. If it isn’t a dark coloured glass bottle it isn’t Grade A (and probably less than Grade B or else it will melt).
- Look for “do not ingest” label. Grade A essential oils can be ingested and have no fillers. The ‘do not ingest’ label means it has chemical thinners and fillers added which are toxic.
- Price. Grade A essential oils should cost more because of their concentration and quality. For example, a $4.00 bottle of Lavender in the store is not Grade A. It has been diluted with fillers. The price should be around $20.00 or so. A bottle of Grade A essential oil requires only a drop or two because it is so concentrated.
- Smell. Generally, Grade A essential oils have a richness of smell that lesser grades don’t have although for the first-timer to essential oils, you won’t be able to easily differentiate this. If you smell an alcohol-like odor this is an indicator that the oil has been diluted. Smell by itself can be deceptive as perfume grade oils can smell just as rich or richer than Grade A oils but that doesn’t provide an indicator of the underlying potency of the oil itself. Some essential oil companies promote the smell of their oils as a means to measure quality but use perfume grade oils instead of Grade A.
Where To Buy Grade A Essential Oils
You can buy the Young Living Grade A essential oils we use by clicking here.