What are Essential Oils and How Do They Work?


Have you ever opened an orange and felt instantly invigorated?  Maybe you’ve stopped to inhale the soothing scent of a lilac bush in full bloom.  Then you’ve already experienced essential oils!  And while essential oils can have a powerful effect on your mood (who doesn’t need that?!)  they can also be used therapeutically to revolutionize your health! These pretty little bottles are full of much more than fragrance!  So what are essential oils?

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What Are Essential Oils?

Essential oils are an extremely potent form of plant “juice”.  They are so concentrated, in fact, that one drop of peppermint essential oil is equal to 28 cups of peppermint tea!  The name “essential” implies that these oils are vital to the life of the plant.

Sometimes essential oils are referred to as “the life blood of the plant.” 

This can sound a little kooky –  One thing we all know for sure- plants don’t have blood!

Allow me to explain.

The job of fatty oils (like coconut, olive, almond, etc…) is to protect the seed so that it doesn’t rot in the soil while it is waiting to sprout.  Fatty oils do not travel up into the plant.

Essential oils are different.  They travel throughout the plant in what look like veins, delivering nutrients and oxygen to all parts of the plant.  Not only that, these oils act as its immune system, protecting the plant from fungus, bacteria, and disease, while also repairing damaged cells – much like what blood does for our bodies.

When essential oils are very carefully distilled, they retain these properties and can do the same for us (bring nutrients and oxygen to our cells, helping to repair damage and support wellness).

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The Cell and Its Amazing Ability to Renew Itself

Because Essential oils are fat-soluble and also because of their extremely small molecular size, they can be absorbed into our blood stream within 2-3 seconds after application and spread to every cell in our body within 20 minutes.  This is why so many people see what seem to be immediate benefits from using essential oils.  Essential oils impact our bodies on a cellular level!

“The human body possesses an enormous, astonishing, and persistent capacity to heal itself. Disease generally occurs when we abuse our bodies or deprive them of basic requirements to keep us healthy over extended periods.

The most fundamental unit of the human body is the cell. All human life originally begins as one single cell, which then divides into many more cells, until a baby is born after nine months of cell division inside the mother’s uterus.

Every second that we’re alive, the cells in our bodies are endlessly working to bring us back to a natural state of homeostasis or equilibrium. When we turn to medicines or physical manipulations of our body’s systems to heal us, we are really only facilitating our bodies’ natural ability to heal from within.

Each cell is a dynamic, living unit that is constantly monitoring and adjusting its own processes, ongoingly working to restore itself according to the original DNA code it was created with, and to maintain balance within the body. Cells have the ability to heal themselves, as well as make new cells that replace those that have been permanently damaged or destroyed. Even when a large number of cells are destroyed — the surrounding cells replicate to make new cells, thereby quickly replacing the cells that were destroyed.”  (Source)


Every Living Thing Has a Frequency

Another reason Essential oils have such a profound effect on overall wellness is that, of all the measured substances on the earth, essential oils have the highest frequency.

It has been found that a higher frequency encourages the body to regenerate damaged cells while a lower frequency allows for and encourages pathogens and disease.  Consider this:

Processed or canned foods have no measurable frequency [a frequency of zero]. Fresh produce has a frequency of up to 15; dry herbs from 12 to 22; and fresh herbs from 20 to 27…

A healthy body, from head to foot, typically has a frequency ranging from 62 to 78, while disease begins at 58. It would seem we need a source of higher frequencies to maintain our good health. Essential oil frequencies start at 52 and go as high as 320 [Rose essential oil].

Clinical research shows that essential oils have the highest frequency of any natural substance known to man, creating an environment in which disease, bacteria, virus, fungus, etc., cannot live. (Source)

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Now, do I believe that the use of essential oils will eradicate all disease from upon the earth?  No.

In this life we will have trouble.

This is a fallen world and disease will simply be a part of life until Jesus comes back to make all things new!!

However, I do believe that the Lord is perfect in wisdom.  I believe that He created the magnificent patterns of nature and placed us within them – ON PURPOSE!  You see, our bodies recognize and accept essential oils as nutrients because we were created to work in partnership with plant life.

“I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it.  They will be yours for food” Genesis 1:29

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 fruit, because the water from the sanctuary flows to them. Their fruit will serve for food and their leaves for healing.”  Ezekiel 47:12

When we ignore the blessings that God has provided through nature (whether intentionally, or unintentionally), we reap the consequences – preventable chronic disease!

Many of us are already seeing the consequences of a toxic, modern lifestyle.  After all, we were born into it!

Thankfully, the Lord has created our bodies for wellness.  Our cells have the ability to begin renewing themselves the very moment that they are provided with the support they need! 

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