how do essential oils work

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I am a curious soul, a skeptic by nature.  I do not believe something works until I see it, research it, and understand the science behind it.

The question of “do those oils really work?” comes up frequently.  I asked it in the beginning also.  Then when they did work for myself and my family, I needed to know why and how.

Here is a summary of what I found most important in my research.  There is a lot more that I could write – but maybe for another post!

Essential oils have three important components.  Phenolics, Sequiterpenes, and Monoterpenes.

Big words and even bigger jobs.  The fascinating thing about oils, is unlike most pharmaceutical medications; oils can cross the blood brain barrier.  They can enter the brain at the amygdala.  The amygdala is where our emotions are housed.

Phenolics stimulate the nervous and immune systems. They clean receptor sites of cells so sesquiterpenes can delete bad information from the cell. They have antioxidant properties and a high level of oxygenating molecules. They are anti-viarl, anti bacterial and antiseptic.  An example of an oil that is high in phenols is clove.


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Sequiterpenes erase faulty information in the cell’s memory and are present in almost every essential oil. The chemistry of essential oils tells us that they are the largest group of sequiterpenes known naturally in both the plant and animal kingdom!

They are larger than monoterpenes and are less volatile, or viscous, so they are often used in the perfume industry. Viscous oils have a longer half-life and blend well with lighter, more volatile oils.  An example of an oil high in sequiterpenes is one of my favorites, Cedarwood.  Cedarwood crosses right into that amygdala and gets to work!

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Monoterpenes
are also in almost all essential oils. Their action is to inhibit the accumulation of toxins and they are excellent at detoxing the kidneys and the liver. Monoterpenes also improve the therapeutic values of the other two components and are the balancing portion of the oil.

They put back the proper information in the DNA of the cell once the sesquiterpenes and phenolics have done their job. An example of an oil hish in monoterpenes is Grapefruit.

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When all three components are in place, the cause of the disease at the cellular level can be reversed, healed, sometimes immediately.  This is a no brainer when it comes to deciding to try essential oils for your family.

If you are ready to try them for yourself,  here’s how.

~Jennifer

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