What Are Essential Oils?

What Are Essential Oils

Essential oils are the subtle, volatile liquids that are distilled from plants, shrubs, flowers, trees, bushes and seeds. An ancient process, oil distillation is a delicate and precise art that has been almost forgotten. Science is just now re-discovering the incredible healing power of essential oils, which are the life blood of the plant kingdom, and beginning to acknowledge their value.

The Essential Beginning… History

According to the translation of ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics and Chinese manuscripts, priests and physicians were using extracted oils from plants for healing thousands of years before Christ. This makes essential oils the earliest known medicine, predating the U.S. Food and Drug Administration by some 6,000 years or more.

Highly revered, the Pharaohs of ancient Egypt routinely exchanged Blue Lotus Oil with the kings of India for slaves, gold and other precious goods. And so it is, essential oils were at one time in history considered more valuable than gold.

When King Tut’s tomb was opened in 1922, 350 liters of oil were discovered in alabaster jars. Plant waxes had solidified in a thickened residue around the inside of the container opening, leaving the liquefied oil in excellent condition.

In 1817 the 870 feet long Ebers Papyrus was discovered. This scroll is now referred to as a medicinal scroll. It dated back to 1500 B.C. and mentioned over 800 different formulations of herbal prescriptions and remedies. Other scrolls indicated that the Egyptians had a very high success rate in treating 81 different diseases. Many mixtures contained myrrh and honey. Myrrh is recognized today for its ability to support the immune system to help with infections of the skin and throat and to regenerate skin tissue. Myrrh was also used for embalming because of its effectiveness in preventing bacterial growth.

Anchored in Scripture

There are numerous references to these oils (or the plant they are derived from) in the Bible. Some precious oils, such as frankincense, myrrh, galbanum, rosemary, hyssop, cassia, cinnamon and spikenard were used for anointing and healing of the sick. There were wise men (magi), who brought gold, frankincense and myrrh to the Christ child. Clinical research now shows that frankincense and myrrh are two of the most powerful immune-stimulating substances available, containing very high amounts of immune-stimulating properties. Perhaps the wise men were wise in ways beyond our knowledge.

Recent excavation of the ancient city called Gilead, has unearthed the remains of a fortress like building used for the manufacture of balsam oil. This “balm of Gilead” noted in Jeremiah 8:22, had long been famous in antiquity for its nearly miraculous properties to HEAL WOUNDS. In fact, the balsam oil of Gilead was so famous that the conquering Roman emperor Titus (79-81 A.D.), after conquering Gilead, displayed branches from Gilead’s balsam trees in his triumphal march through Rome.

So precious was this oil to the commerce of Gilead, the exact manufacturing process was kept a closely guarded secret. So much so, archaeologists uncovered an inscription carved into the floor of a local synagogue that reads, “Whoever reveals the secret of the village to the gentiles, the one whose eyes roam over the entire earth and see’s what is concealed will uproot this person and his seed from under the sun.” (see Biblical Archaeology Review, Sep/Oct 1996 issue)

It should be noted when Joseph’s brothers tried to sell him to a caravan of Ishmaelites passing by, Their camels were loaded with spices, balm and myrrh, purchased in Gilead, on their way to Egypt (Gen. 37:25).

And so it is, the use of extracted plant oils was an established industry thousands of years before Christ walked on the Earth.

The Plagues of Europe

Essential oils were not produced in Europe until the 12th century. Although Medieval Europeans lost touch with personal cleanliness, which helped bring on the great plagues of the 13th and 14th centuries, essential oils are still known and talked about in relationship to the thieves who robbed the bodies of the dead and were not infected. These robbers, known as spice traders and perfumers, bathed in such oils as pine, frankincense, balsam, clove, cinnamon and rosemary. Imagine the knowledge and trust they must have had in the oils, that they were willing to expose themselves to an otherwise certain death.

Throughout early history, the ancients knew the value of essential oils. What happened to the information about these oils? Why is it we are only now beginning to re-discover nature’s amazing healing oils? During the Dark Ages and the burning of the library in Alexandria (a center for man’s knowledge) and other places, much of this knowledge was lost. It has only been through the cosmetic and perfume industry that this valuable science has started to re-surface.

Essential Oils Re-Discovered

In 1920, a French cosmetic chemist named Rene-Maurice Gattefosse, PhD., while working in his laboratory, had an accident that resulted in third degree thermal burn of his hand and forearm. He plunged his arm into a vat of lavender oil thinking that it was water. To his surprise, the burning quickly decreased and then stopped within a few moments. Over a period of time, with the continual application of lavender oil, the burn dissapeared completely without a trace of a scar.

As a chemist, Dr. Gattefosse analyzed the essential oil of lavender and discovered that it contained many substances referred to as chemical constituents. As a result of this, he determined that essential oils contained tremendous properties.

He shared his experience with his colleague and friend, Dr. Jean Valnet, a medical doctor in Paris, France. During World War II, while serving as a medical physician in the French Army at the China Wall, treating war victims, Dr. Valnet ran out of antibiotics, so he decided to try using essential oils. To his amazement, they had a powerful effect and he was able to save many of the soldiers who otherwise might have died.

Dr. Valnet had two students who did their internship with him who were responsible for expanding his work. Dr. Paul Belaiche and Dr. Jean Claude Lapraz. They discovered that essential oils contain health and wellness properties as well as being powerful oxygenators with the ability to act as carrying agents in the delivery of nutrients INTO the cells of the body.

Publisher’s Note: One of the causes of dis-ease in both plants and the human body is the inability of nutrients to penetrate the cell wall. Unless there is an adequate delivery agent to assist the cell to receive needed nutrients, the cell becomes deprived of nutrition, its wall thickens, thus preventing delivery of nutrients. This causes cell deterioration, leading to cell mutation, creating a host for dis-ease. If your food supplement program has seemingly hit a “wall of limitation,” it may be for the above reason.

One of the many incredible aspects of the oils is their amazing ability to penetrate and carry nutrients through the cell wall to the cell nucleus. They literally “fly” through the thickest cell walls. This is so due to the oxygenating molecules found in the oils which transport the nutrients, then delivers them through the cell for feeding the nucleus. The oils are nature’s most effective catalyst and delivery agent for feeding cells.

Frequency Of Essential Oils

The effectiveness of essential oils cannot be fully understood without some understanding of frequency. Frequency is the measurable rate of electrical energy flow that is constant between any two points. Everything has frequency. Dr. Robert O. Becker in his book “The Body Electric” establishes that the human body has an electrical frequency and that much about a person’s health can be determined by it.

In 1992, Bruce Taino of Taino Technology, an independent division of Eastern State University in Cheny, Washington, built the first frequency monitor in the world. Taino has determined that the average frequency of a healthy human body during the day time is 62 to 68 MHz. When the frequency drops, the immune system is compromised. If the frequency drops to 58 MHz, cold and flu symptoms appear; at 55 mhz, diseases like Candida take hold; at 52 MHz, Epstein Bar and at 42 MHz, Cancer. Taino’s machine was certified as 100 percent accurate and is currently being used in the agricultural field today.

According to Dr. Royal R. Rife, every dis-ease has a frequency. He has found that certain frequencies can prevent the development of dis-ease and that others would disgest the dis-ease, bringing about wellness and health. Substances of higher frequency will digest dis-ease of lower frequency.

The study of frequencies raises an important question, concerning the frequencies of substances we eat, breathe and absorb. Many pollutants lower healthy frequency. Processed or canned food has a frequency of zero. Fresh produce has up to 15 MHz; dry herbs from 12 to 22 MHz; and fresh herbs from 20 to 27 MHz. Processed, canned foods have no measurable frequency. It would seem we need a source of higher frequencies to maintain our good health.

Essential oil frequencies start at 52 MHz and go as high as 320 MHz, which is the frequency of Rose Oil. Clinical research shows that essential oils have the highest frequency of any natural substance known to man, creating an environment for health and wellness.

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Research by Dr. Gary Young, a world renown researcher in the field of essential oils, has shown that if the frequency of the right and left brain lobes varied more than 3 MHz, a headache would begin. If the frequency varied more than 10 MHz, a substantial or migraine-type headache would develop.

By combining an oil formula composed of Helichrysum, Chamomile, and Lavender and through simple inhalation, Dr. Young discovered the frequency of the head could be balanced and return to normal within a few seconds.

In another experiment the frequency of a young man, 26 years old, while holding a cup of coffee, dropped in three seconds to 58 MHz. Without the use of oils, it took three days to go back up to normal.

Another young man, 24 years old, drank the coffee, and in three seconds his frequency dropped to 52 MHz. When he inhaled a blend of oils, his frequency returned to normal in 21 seconds. There is still much research to be conducted, but the premise is if we can keep the body frequency high enough and well oxygenated, we will be free of disease.

Using Essential Oils

Further research has shown that with their immune-stimulating properties, essential oils enhance and support the building of the immune system, whether they be inhaled or applied on the body topically.


Diffusing the Oils Into the Atmosphere

Perhaps one of the greatest attributes of essential oils is their ability to purify the air we breathe. When diffused in the home they release oxygenating molecules into the atmosphere where they stay suspended for several hours to destroy and prevent bacteria, fungus, mold, and freshen the air with natural fragrances. In addition to removing dust from the air, the diffused oils allow us to inhale their wonderful immune stimulating properties, creating health and wellness.

This is the most perfect way to improve our home environment, either to help us relax, relieve tension and headaches, dispel odors, or just create an atmosphere of peace and harmony. If you or your children suffer from respiratory issues, diffusing essential oils into your home will make an essential difference for you and your family’s health.

Topical Application of the Oils

There is a misconception that pure essential oils should first be diluted before applying them topically on the skin. Pure oils, with the exception of those containing the natural chemical constituent known as “phenol,” (such as with cinnamon, clove or oregano) may be applied “neat” (undiluted) directly on the skin. Oils containing phenol can cause an irritation or burning sensation. Users of essential oils should always test an unknown oil first on a small area of skin to determine sensitivity.


Aromatherapy means to treat with aroma through inhalation. Essential oils, because of their fragrance and volatility, have also been reported to help create greater spiritual, physical and emotional harmony when inhaled.

The olfactory, that part of our nose responsible for odor detection, sends impulses created by various odors to the amygdala, which is the memory center of our brain for fear and trauma. It wasn’t until 1989 that it was discovered the amygdala plays a major role in the storing and releasing of emotional trauma, and ONLY odor or fragrance stimulation has a profound affect in triggering a response with this gland. Fragrance is one of man’s greatest enjoyments, bringing back memories of past experiences and creating a feeling of security, grounding, and well-being. Dr. Joseph Ledoux, of New York Medical University, feels that this could be a major break-through in releasing emotional trauma.

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Dr. Gary Young, N.D.

Oil distillation is a precise art that has all but been forgotten. Dr. Gary Young, Founder of Essential Oils Consultant/Trainer, Inc., is helping to bring this history back to life with research and oil formulations. Dr. Young has spent twelve years studying essential oils in Switzerland, France, Israel, Egypt and Turkey to learn as much as he could about the oils, and how to produce them. In the process, he has established himself as one of the world’s leading authorities on the subject.

Returning to the U.S., he built a research farm in Idaho where he built the largest and only stainless steel vertical steam distiller in North America. Today he is distilling some of the finest oils in the world, and lecturing all over America and abroad about the therapeutic value of essential oils.

Producing the finest oils requires several hundred pounds of plants, or more, to extract one pound of oil. For instance, it requires from 175 to 250 pounds of lavender to produce one pound of lavender oil, and 5,000 pounds of rose petals to produce one pound of rose oil. Low pressure and low temperature are the keys to maintaining the ultimate fragrance and therapeutic value.

Incorrect processing or contact with any chemical or impurity will destroy the effectiveness of the oils. With this in mind, Dr. Young is committed to producing and offering the finest quality and purest oils in the world. Even the earth on which Dr. Young farms his herbs is free of herbicides and pesticides, to prevent the plants from picking up man-made chemicals. Weeding is meticulously done by hand. In fact, should you visit Dr. Young’s Herb Farms, you might be invited to take your turn at “pulling weeds.”

When Dr. Young had his oil production tested in France, the world’s center for lavender production, he went to the government laboratory of Phytosun’Arom. His oils tested there showed some of the highest levels of chemical constituents that had ever been recorded. It is this kind of quality that Health Line 2000 urges its readers to insist upon when purchasing Essential Oils for aromatherapy.

The Essential Oils Consultant/Trainer Research Farm, located in Idaho, is the finest of it’s kind in North America. Dr. Young’s company grows the plants, distills them to produce the oils, packages and distributes them and educates the consumer in the usage and benefits of essential oils. What started as a small research farm has grown to sustain over 220 full-time employees.

To insure the oils produced by Dr. Young are free of solvents, he insures that each batch of oils is tested by an independent third party laboratory. The reports from these tests are available from Essential Oils Consultant/Trainer, Inc.

Caution: Because many commercially available EO’s (Essential Oils) have been adulterated with solvents and/or man-made chemicals, you should not apply EO’s directly to the skin…unless you know them to be safe. There is but one major producer of EO’s in the U.S. that is known for producing ONLY pure unadulterated oils. EO’s from this producer are, with few exceptions, considered safe to apply directly to the skin without diluting first with a carrier oil. That producer is Young Living Essential Oils, Inc. If in doubt, always try a small amount first to test for a possible reaction.

When applied to the body by rubbing on the feet, essential oils penetrate the skin and travel (via the bloodstream) throughout the body and affect every cell, including the hair, within 20 minutes. They may have a lasting effect for as long as five months from only one application. The oils do not build up and store in the body because they are very subtle and volatile, having a high evaporation rate. Because of their chemical structure, they are metabolized like other nutrients in the cells.

 James 5:14 Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord

Mark 6:13 And they cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many that were sick, and healed them.

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