Before I start on this post, I need to make sure that there is a disclaimer at the end as this is merely a statement of my research and my thoughts. I’m not saying that essential oils are the alternative to drugs and I’m definitely not telling anyone to do what I’m doing, because I’m simply sharing. Whether you find yourself agreeing or otherwise, it is up to you to do what is best for you. After all, only you know your body best.
It’s the missing link in modern medicine and yet they play such a vital role in the physicial, emotional and spiritual wellbeing of mankind since the beginning of time. How did such an essential part of history get lost in the midst of man-made evolution? Now that’s a story that requires chapters and chapters of inquisitive research. But fret not, here’s a painless and compelling summary that I think should be more than sufficient for those questioning the use of essential oils. And it’s therapeutic-grade essential oils I might add.
So, what exactly is an essential oil?
“An essential oil is that aromatic, volatile liquid that is within many shrubs, flowers, trees, roots, bushes and seeds and that is usually extracted through steam distillation.”
– Essential Oils Desk Reference by Life Science Publishing.
The modern medicine era burgeoned from biomedical research to vaccines and antibiotics. Also known as pharmaceutical drugs or the commonly used term, ‘medications’. The modern era has become overly reliant on medications from the day-to-day aspirins to the drowsy cough syrups. What are they made of exactly? Sure they cured my headaches, allergies and coughs. But do I really know the kinds of chemical compounds I’m constantly relying on? Do they really have no negative side effects on my system?
Much to dismay, THEY DO. Every effective drug will and always has a negative side effect. They may contain traces of plant extracts but are stimulated with heavy synthetic chemical engineering. Since birth, most of us have been introduced to the use of these insoluble toxins which our system has no way of metabolising and eliminate. Those molecules are then stored in our long term waste holding area of our bodies (usually fat tissue including the brain) where it remains for years, disrupting our receptor sites and normal functions wreaking havoc in our system.
On the other hand, the natural molecules of essential oils are easily metabolised as our bodies are created to handle them naturally. Drugs and oils work against each other. While drugs toxify, essential oils detoxify. And while antibiotics attack both the good and bad bacterias, essential oils cleanse the harmful substances allowing our bodies to naturally flourish. With its multi-dimensional intelligence, essential oils have a way of adapting to our bodily changes, be it lowering and increasing one’s sugar levels, energizing or relaxing one’s mind and even activating or reducing one’s bowel movements. No they’re not silly, they’re smart!
Therapeutic-grade oils are created to bring your body back to its natural function, bringing it to a balanced equilibrium without causing harmful side effects. So why are drugs so commercially available? Cost. Nuff said. If you’d like to read further into it, check out this awesome article from Health News Impact.
These plant extracts are not only complex but they are highly concentrated and potent than herbs as the distillation process requires a large volume of plant materials to produce even the smallest amounts of distilled essential oil. Different from vegetable oils, therapeutic-grade essential oils do not go rancid and are strong antimicrobials.
Despite being pure in nature, each essential oil comprises of a complex structure of hundreds of different compounds to derive its therapeutic properties. The potency of an oil depends on the method of extraction and distillation and therefore with certain oils that are of lower medicinal properties, they are added with adulterated, engineered or synthetic-made oils to lower one’s costs. But we’re getting abit sidetracked here, let’s simply focus on 100% purely therapeutic oils for the time being.
The medicine that we have all naturally grown to know in our households come in the forms of pills, syrups and capsules. But here’s the midblowing fact, man’s very first medicine are actually aromatic herbs and essential oils. Go figure!
I’m sure some of you may have also heard about the biblical history of essential oils from Myrrh to Frankincense as some of the gifts the three wise men presented to the Christ child. But I’m not going to touch on any more than that because well before the time of Christ, it was the ancient Egyptians that actively used and collected essential oils.
Dating back to 4500 BC, balsamic substances with aromatic properties have been used for medicinal and religious purposes one of which is the Egyptian’s embalming processes. Scrolls and engraved walls can even be seen on some Egyptian temples showing records of numerous oil recipes. Amazing much? In 1922, when King Tutankhamen’s tomb was opened, jars designed to hold the oils were discovered and tomb robbers had apparently stolen nearly all of the precious oils leaving the heavier jars that still contained traces of those oils. Choosing oils over a King’s wealth in gold? Now that’s valuable.
Don’t get me wrong, we’re not here to condemn doctors and all medications. If that is what works for you, go for it. I admit, I do visit the doctors but merely for confirmation purposes. Taking in their diagnosis, throwing out their medications and applying the needed essential oils for my body.
*Disclaimer: The information on Yours Naturely is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, mitigate or prevent any diseases, illnesses or imbalances and should not be used in place of medical advice from your health care professionals. It is provided from personal experiences and is only for educational and entertainment purposes only.