Why Use Essential Oils?

Therapeutic grade essential oils still contain the live essence of the plant it was derived from. This is why they are so effective in helping to cure as well as prevent disease. (Heat, X-rays, and microwaves will destroy this live essence.)

Essential oils are small enough in molecular size that they can quickly penetrate the tissues of the skin. Essential oils are fast acting. When applied to the feet, essential oils can travel throughout the body and affect the cells within 20 minutes, and often sooner. Because of their volatility and high evaporation rate, they do not accumulate in the body. Because of their chemical structure, they are metabolized in the cells like other nutrients.

Essential oils are lipid soluble and are capable of penetrating cell membranes, even if the membranes have hardened because of an oxygen deficiency. According to Jean Valnet, MD, essential oils can affect every cell of the body within 5 minutes and are then metabolized like other nutrients.

Aromatherapy Document Essential oils, according to researchers at the University of Vienna, stimulate blood flow, which increases oxygen and nutrient delivery. Essential oils are some of the most powerful known antioxidants as determined by the ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbency Capacity) test developed at Tufts University. Essential oils have the highest level of oxygen molecules of any substance know to man. The disease cannot exist in an oxygen rich environment.

Essential oils containing sesquiterpenes have the ability to cross the blood-brain barrier, thus carrying oxygen directly into the brain. A brain deprived of oxygen for as little as 5 minutes, will have irreversible brain damage. Essential oils are antibacterial, antifungal, anti-infectious, antimicrobial, antiparasitic, antiviral, antiseptic, antitumor, and immune stimulating. Viruses cannot mutate in the presence of essential oils because of their complex chemical structures.

Essential oils may detoxify the cells and blood in the body. Essential oils are aromatic, and when diffused, may provide air purification by:

  • Increasing ozone and negative ions in the area.
  • Eliminating odors (not simply masking odors) from cooking, bacteria, mold, animals, and other sources.
  • Filling the air with a fresh, aromatic scent.

Essential oils promote emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being.


Always keep a bottle of a pure vegetable oil handy when using essential oils. Vegetable oils dilute essential oils if they cause discomfort or skin irritation.

Keep bottles of essential oils tightly closed and store them in a cool location away from light, especially sunlight. The darker the storage conditions, the longer your oils will maintain their original chemistry and quality. Many people keep the oils together in little storage containers made especially for bottles of oils. Excessive heat can derange the molecular structure of the oil also. If stored properly, essential oils will maintain their potency for many years (remember King Tut’s oil was still viable).

Keep essential oils out of reach of children. Treat them as you would any product for therapeutic use.

Essential oils rich in menthol (such as peppermint) should not be used on the throat or neck area of children under 30 months of age.

Angelica, bergamot, grapefruit, lemon, orange, tangerine and other citrus oils are photosensitive and may cause a rash or dark pigmentation on skin exposed to direct sunlight or UV rays within 3-4 days after application (citrus oils taken internally are not photosensitive).

Keep essential oils well away from the eye area and never put them directly into ears. There is a story about a woman that got a little peppermint too near her eye and she said the pain was immense. Also, she had an earache and decided to put thieves blend into her ear—not a good idea. It stung fiercely; she put vegetable oil into dilute it and woke up the next day with no earache and, luckily, everything was fine. Do not handle contact lenses or rub eyes with essential oils on your fingers. Even in minute amounts, oils with high phenol content, such as oregano, cinnamon, thyme, clove, lemongrass, and bergamot, may damage contacts and will irritate eyes.

Pregnant women should always consult a health care professional when starting any type of health program

Aromatherapy Document Epileptics and those with high blood pressure should consult their health care professional before using essential oils.

Use caution with hyssop, fennel, basil, wintergreen, nutmeg, rosemary, peppermint, sage, tarragon, and tansy oils.

People with high blood pressure should avoid using sage and rosemary.

People with allergies should test a small amount of oil on an area of sensitive skin, such as the inside of the upper arm, for 30 minutes, before applying the oil to other areas.

The bottom of the feet is one of the safest, most effective places to use essential oils. (This is another story of a woman who had terrible allergies, especially to fragrances, yet had no allergies to any of the oils, possibly because they are all natural and organic. In fact using lavender continuously is thought to relieve all allergies).

Before taking GRAS (Generally Regarded as Safe) essential oils internally, test your reactions by diluting one drop of essential oil in one teaspoon of an oil-soluble liquid like blue agave, olive oil, or rice milk. Never consume more than a few drops of diluted essential oil per day without the advice of a physician.

Do not add undiluted essential oils directly to bath water. Using Epsom salts or a bath gel base for all oils applied to your bath is an excellent way to disperse the oils into the bath water. When essential oils are put directly into bath water without a dispersing agent, they can cause serious discomfort on sensitive skin because the essential oils float, undiluted, on top of the water.

Keep essential oils away from open flames, sparks, or electricity. Some essential oils, including orange, fir, pine, and peppermint are potentially flammable.

Essential oils may sting if applied in or around eyes. Some oils may be painful on mucous membranes unless diluted properly. Immediate dilution is strongly recommended if skin becomes painfully irritated or if oil accidentally gets into eyes. Flushing the area with vegetable oil should minimize discomfort almost immediately. DO NOT flush with water! Essential oils are oil-soluble, not water-soluble.

Water will only spread the oils over a larger surface, possibly worsening the problem If your body pH is low (meaning that your system is very acidic), you also could have a negative reaction to the oils. At the same time, if your body is acidic, it may take a larger amount of oils and more time to see results.



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