What are essential oils and how do they work?

By Alice Stacionis
Young Living Distributer

So much is heard today about natural remedies. Many are seeking out alternatives to allopathic remedies. One remedy so popular today are essential oils. Many ask, “What are they and how do they work?”

Essential oils are the subtle, aromatic and volatile liquids extracted from the flowers, seeds, leaves, stems, bark and roots of flowers, herbs, bushes and trees through distillation. They are the regenerating, oxygenating and immune defense properties of plants.

How does healing happen? Given the right support, our bodies heal themselves. Essential oils provide that support to the immune, circulatory, respiratory, endocrine, digestive, nervous and other body systems.

Essential oils work their healing in several ways. They have:

→ been shown by research to create an environment in with microbes such as bacteria, fungus, mold, viruses and yeast cannot survive.

→ high antioxidant levels, creating an unfriendly environment for free radicals.

→ the highest level of oxygenating molecules of any known substance.

→ molecules small enough to penetrate cells.

→ the ability to cross the blood-brain barrier.

→ the ability to purify the atmosphere.

→ “good vibrations.” Essential oils have high frequencies.

→ the ability to clean cells, erase negative programming, and replace it with correct cellular information.

Create an environment in which microbes cannot survive

Essential oils contain natural chemicals that have been found by research to create an inhospitable environment for microbes.

High antioxidant levels

Recent research has shown that essential oils are 60 times more powerful than pycogenol. Many of us have heard blueberries are high in antioxidants. Compare this data on Oxygen Radical Absorbency Capacity (ORAC scale):

→ Blueberries: 2,400

→ Essential oil of Clove: 10,786,875

The highest level of oxygenating molecules of any known substance

Essential oils increase the uptake of oxygen and ATP (adenosine triphosphate), the fuel for individual cells. Thus, they help to keep cells healthy by maximizing their intake of oxygen and nutrients.

Certain essential oils contain high levels of sesquiterpene molecules, which deliver oxygen molecules to cells, like hemoglobin does in the blood. Sesquiterpene molecules are very small, and thus are able to cross the blood brain barrier (which is actually more like a sieve), bringing oxygen and nutrients to the brain.

The lipid-soluble structure of essential oils is very similar to the makeup of our cell membranes. This structure, combined with the small size of essential oil molecules, gives them the unique ability to penetrate cell membranes and diffuse throughout the blood and tissues. When applied to the skin, essential oils will easily penetrate into the body. In fact, an essential oil placed on the sole of the foot will be distributed to every cell in the body in about 20 min

From the Aug. 25-31, 2010 issue