“Where multiple samples of a single oil variety were tested, variability in activity profiles were noted. This suggests that different methods of preparation of essential oils, together with variability in plant chemical profiles has an impact on whether or not the essential oil is of use as an antimicrobial agent.”1
Each essential oil company has their own standardization level for the product they provide. Comparing the various grades of essential oils is like comparing music played by a symphony orchestra to music produced by a high school band. In a professional symphony, the harmonics have a higher quality, just like EOs which are made to excellent purity specifications.
Another good analogy is the refining process of crude oil. Petroleum products and essential oils are both made from the distillation process. Petroleum liquids are taken off the distilling column at specific heights: heavy distillates at the bottom, raw diesel fuels in the mid-sections, and raw gasoline near the top. These raw fractions are then processed further, with butane being one of the highest refined end products. Some essential oil suppliers use crude distillation facilities, with many facilities high up in the mountains without running water and sanitation.
This is important to understand because essential oils are used to increase the body’s vibratory rate and function. To reach the body’s highest potential, the essential oils must be purified to their highest possible purity level. Lower quality products bring about a substandard result compared to the highest potency oils. Like anything in life, finding the best products available is a process of intense research and discovery. See the post Discerning Energy to learn more about the importance of using superior quality products which are readily accepted into the biofield and cells.
Finding an excellent source of essential oils is the most important part of using them therapeutically. Using inferior products may decrease energy in the long run instead of enhancing it. The second step is learning where to place them on the body for balancing personal energy. The following video shows how clinical grade essential oils benefit each cell of the body. Enjoy this educational information!
“The antimicrobial activity of plant oils and extracts has been recognized for many years. However, few investigations have compared large numbers of oils and extracts using methods that are directly comparable. In the present study, 52 plant oils and extracts were investigated for activity against Acinetobacter baumanii, Aeromonas veronii biogroup sobria, Candida albicans, Enterococcus faecalis, Escherichia col, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Salmonella enterica subsp. enterica serotype typhimurium, Serratia marcescens and Staphylococcus aureus, using an agar dilution method. Lemongrass, oregano and bay inhibited all organisms at concentrations of < or = 2.0% (v/v)… These results support the notion that plant essential oils and extracts may have a role as pharmaceuticals and preservatives.”2
How are Essential Oils Standardized?
Essential oils are standardized with a variety of methods, including gas chromatography-mass spectrometer (GC-MS) measurements. Criminal forensics use this type of testing for drug detection. Urine drug testing for athletes is becoming increasingly popular, detecting minute traces of the substances being tested. Since high standardization is not required before selling an essential oil, most companies do not use this expensive process for each and every batch produced.
How are Essential Oils Absorbed?
Click here for an article sharing a study about the absorption of lavender essential oil into the skin after a massage session. A blood sample was taken five minutes after the massage, showing lavender already throughout the bloodstream. After twenty minutes the concentration peaked, and in ninety minutes all the lavender was absorbed into the tissues. Skin penetration is an effective method of absorbing essential oils into the body.
Click here for an educational outline of essential oils. See what part of the plant each one is derived from, how they are processed (distillation or cold pressed), and methods for use (aromatherapy, internal use, and topical application). Enjoy this simple outline!
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Essential Oil Information
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Oregano’s name is derived from a Greek word that means “joy of the mountains.” It takes 1,000 lbs. of flowering oregano herbs to produce just 1 lb. of oregano essential oil. Due to oregano oil’s various cleansing properties, it has a wide array of uses. Its sharp and herbaceous scent has a positive influence on mind, body, and spirit, making individuals feel more safe and secure.
Clove contains the largest antioxidant value of any oil, which helps protect cells from damaging free radicals. It is also revered around the world for its anti-inflammatory properties. Clove diffuses well alone or with many other essential oils, making it a popular choice to keep on hand in homes, offices, and other spaces around the world.
Frankincense oil has a pleasant, spicy aroma that promotes relaxation and tranquility. When inhaled, it sends messages to the brain’s limbic system, which controls functions such as emotion, behavior, motivation and long-term memory; in other words, frankincense oil can be used to ease stress and enhance your mood. It is also used to improve skin because of its natural anti-aging and cell-protective properties.
The scent of cinnamon stirs the appetite, arouses and warms the senses, and can create feelings of comfort. Other benefits include helping maintain healthy blood sugar levels and promoting normal immune system function. Mentally, cinnamon helps release frustration and anger.
Lemon is crisp and refreshing, with an array of health benefits. It is employed extensively in cooking, cleaning, topical application, ingestion, and more. It is also rich in antioxidants, which protect cells from damaging free radicals. Lemon oil helps boost the immune system with its natural vitamin C, magnesium, calcium, citric acid, and bioflavonoids.
A key ingredient in tangerine oil is limonene, which has many protective properties for the mind, body and skin. Tangerine oil also promotes normal circulatory and digestive function. Similar to grapefruit and lemon oils, it can be used as a household cleaner and refresher. Aromatically, tangerine oil helps promote a positive mood by calming the mind and body and dismissing feelings of anxiety, nervousness, and irritability.