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Medicinal Essential Oils

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

Medicinal essential oils would be defined as medicinal if the essential oil has healing properties such as oregano, that is said to contain constituent agents which combats and prevents the spread of bacteria and germs. There are many different medicinal essential oils that have been used to treat various diseases and ailments for hundreds of years. Medicinal essential oils have been used medicinally to treat conditions ranging from cancer to skin essential oils now Medicinal essential oil use, proposed by essential oil merchants, are based on this long history documented by lay persons and professionals alike. Most countries regulate claims of medicinal treatments, subjecting the consumer to less self treatment and requiring physicians and pharmaceutical companies to profit grossly at the expense of the patient. Merchants must NOT suggest what the medicinal essential oils can be used for, or how much medicinal essential oils to take, for fear that a government agent will prosecute them for diagnosing and prescribing without a license. This offense is punishable by fine and imprisonment, regardless if the essential oil has been used for centuries for a specific ailment.

It is paramount that the reader understand that any ingestion of medicinal essential oils should be undertaken under the supervision and direction of a licensed health profession knowledgeable in the administration of medicinal essential oils.

Medicinal essential oils can also be an aromatherapy essential oil or a therapeutic essential oil. Medicinal essential oils can be used internally by mouth, inhaled into the lungs and administered externally directly on the body. Please note that all aromatherapy and therapeutic essential oils may NOT be medicinal essential oils. Medicinal essential oils used for ingestion should be labeled “Food Grade”. Other distinguishing descriptions for medicinal essential oils should be; “organically grown, identified as 100% pure “botanical name” (such as “100% pure origanum vulgare”).

Medicinal essential oils are distilled at the optimum time of plant harvest, zero pounds of pressure, only quality plant parts and stored in ideal conditions, all other oils that do not meet this criteria are sold for perfume, cleaning fluids and low quality air fresheners.

France has been the forerunner of research and clinical trials for medical aromatherapy. The French have prescribed and encapsulated essential oils for oral ingestion and made suppositories with essential oils for patients.

The serious side of medicinal essential oil when combined in aromatherapy is made clear by the effects that medicinal essential oils used in aromatherapy have made in recent clinical trials. The prominent medical doctors, Dr. Lapraz, Dr. Pellecuer, Dr. Duraffourd and Dr Daniel Penoel of France, Dr Christine Carson of Australia, have had ongoing clinical trials using medicinal essential oils as healing agents. The Belgium and German governments are funding university based research of medicinal essential oils to validate their uses in the medical arena.

The medical system of France recognizes aromatherapy as ‘aromatic medicine’ and medical doctors and health practitioners prescribe essential oils for internal and external use to patients with diverse medical conditions. As a result, thousands of case histories have been documented and presented as clinical studies concluding the success of medicinal essential oils as an alternative to patent medicines.

Dr. Daniel Penoel of France says “We are at a changing juncture of time for pharmacy and medicine. Antibiotics may disappear, but they will represent an option for some, while essential oils continue to be the most powerful form of natural antibiotic available at this time.”

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Lavender officinalis Lavender Oil

Monday, December 21st, 2009

Lavender officinalis ( Lavender Oil ), the mother of all lavenders, was the common name originally given to all lavender plants. In the past 30 years lavender plant toxicology has separated lavender plants that have specific qualities, chemical constituents and physical differences. The botanical name Lavender officinalis now refers only to the lavender plant that we derive lavender oil 40/42 from. Lavender oil 40/42 has the least amount of therapeutic qualities of all lavender varieties and is the least expensive of all pure lavender essential oils.

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Today the lavender officinalis species, is one of 39 species of lavender plants, specifically identified for its profuse floral essence. This concentrated lavender flower scent oil, 40/42, from the Lavender officinalis plant, has been appropriated as the essential oil of choice for perfume, soap, bath oil, essential oil diffusers, lotion, potpourris, candles, and cosmetics. The “40/42” lavender oil of lavender officinalis, indicates the standardization of the linalool and linalyl acetate esters. This standardization insures a consistent floral scent to manufacturers of the lavender products listed above.

Lavender officinalis, lavender oil 40/42, has the highest concentration of floral scent of all the lavender essential oils, and has the lowest therapeutic components (chemicals) of all lavender essential oils. However, Lavender officinalis, lavender oil 40/42 also has some strong properties. Some of these values are:

    • diuretic,
    • analgestic,
    • sedative,
    • anticonvulsant,
    • vulnerary
    • anti-depressant,
    • tonic,
    • anti-microbal,
    • stimulant,
    • anti-rheumatic,
    • parasticide,
    • antiseptic,
    • insecticide,
    • anti-spasmodic,
    • emmenagogue,
    • anti-toxic,
    • cytophylactic,
    • deodorant,
    • carminative,
    • sudorific,
    • cholagogue,
    • hypotensive,
    • cicatrizant,
    • rubefacient,
    • choleretic,
    • nervine,
    • cordial,
    • vermifuge

Always purchase ALL essential oils by the BOTANICAL name to insure you are getting exactly the essential oil that you want. The label in this case should say, (words must be in this order) “100% Pure Lavender officinalis”, Lavender oil 40/42 essential oil. If the label does not list the botanical name and say that the oil from the listed plant is 100% pure, do not buy it, shop for pure quality and FULL DISCLOSURE! This tip will prevent you from buying a cheap blend or a synthetic oil concoction…

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Essential Oils, Fact or Blend?

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

Essential oils are derived from plant structures. Hallowed and hailed as healers, mood setters, gourmet accoutrements and glorious scents, essential oils have been slated for external application, ingestion, inhaled as well as mixed with a montage of various other essential and non-essential oils, minerals and herbs for innumerable concoctions, potions and even tinctures.

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There are only two essential oils that can be applied to the skin without being diluted, lavender oil and tea tree oil. All the rest of the essential oils have to be diluted to prevent skin burn from direct application. One of the “hottest” of the essential oils is oregano oil even though oregano essential oil is probably the best of all the essential oils for immune support.

Essential oils that are too potent for pure undiluted application to the skin are usually diluted so that the essential oils can be used safely and pleasantly. Due to the recent surge in essential oil consumption, most consumers assume all essential oils are presented the same… NOT! Most essential oils sold as lavender oil are in fact lavendin oil, a cheaper substitute for the real lavender essential oil. Most essential oils are sold as a “blend”, not with other essential oils but with what is known in the industry as a carrier oil that will “tone down” the essential oil so that it will not burn the skin. Carrier oils such as olive oil, grape seed oil, jojoba oil and coconut oil are a few of the oils used to dilute essential oils. ALL carrier oils have a shelf life before they “go rancid” or spoil. Therefore reputable companies will clearly label blended, mixed, diluted essential oils as such and print an expiration date on the label. For the consumer that doesn’t want to be bothered with mixing their own essential oils, this is a great option. On the other hand, essential oils that are not labeled as to their purity, and sold as just “essential oil” having no expiration date, leaves the buyer with a time sensitive product that has been adulterated, when the label leads you to believe you bought pure essential oil with no expiration date needed.

Most Pure Essential oils are usually distilled and have a shelf life of many years.

Essential oil buyers are becoming more sophisticated, desiring 100% pure essential oils of the highest concentrations of natural constituent chemicals that will yield the most benefits for aromatherapy, medicinal and therapeutic uses. 100% pure essential oils last longer than a blend and the buyer can control what carrier oil is used and how much is used thereby insuring that the pure essential oil can be used without fear of going rancid because of a carrier oil.

Pure essential oils MUST be labeled by SPECIFIC plant specie name, such as “100% Pure Lavendulus Angustifolia, lavender oil”. When the bottler places the exact name of the plant that the essential oil was derived from and states that it is 100% pure, then the “Truth in Advertising Laws” insure you are getting exactly what is printed on the label… the BEST unblended, pure essential oil that has performed throughout history as claimed!

When you decide to buy essential oils, research the plant it comes from and buy only the best from the Company that is willing to state clearly what is in the bottle. Be aware that you will not be able to buy 100% pure essential oils by the ounce (30 ml) for $1.99. Most 100% pure essential oils are 2 to 3 times more costly than blended oils, however when you mix 3 drops of 100% pure essential oil with 20 drops of olive oil, you will find out that your pure essential oil will cost you much less than if you had bought the “blend” already mixed.

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Lavender Essential Oil,will the real lavender essential oil please stand up?

Sunday, December 13th, 2009

Lavender essential oil, will the real lavender essential oil please stand up? Lavender oil buyers have to navigate through a maze of marketing hype to find the best lavender essential oil. To understand the genuine lavender oil lets examine the use, taxonomy, culture and finally the “other” oils that seem to be lavender…buy essential oils now

    Lavender essential oil has the following uses:
    • And for perfumes

The main species, lavender plant, had a previous name of Lavandula officinalis. In recent history this name has been changed to Lavandula angustifolia. This is the only variety of lavender plant that can be called “True” Lavender, “Fine” Lavender, “Wild” Lavender and/ or “Common” Lavender. Lavandula angustifolia is the only lavender plant that can produce lavender essential oils with the highest amounts of ALL the CORRECT constituent chemicals for Medicinal, Therapeutic and Aromatherapy uses. There are over 30 more varieties of lavender plants of which four are used for landscaping and a couple in the manufacturing of “essential lavender oils”, Lavandula dentata (French lavender), Lavandula latifolia (Portuguese or Spike lavender), Lavandula multifida (Egyptian lavender, Fernleaf lavender) and Lavandula stoechas (Spanish lavender). Lavandula angustifolia is now grown in almost every country that is climatically suitable for lavender oil culture. Lavandula angustifolia is a slow grower, short leaves and flowers, produces small amounts of oil to plant ratio and has a preference of climate. These limitations account for Lavandula angustifolia lavender essential oil being the highest priced of all lavender oils to grow and to buy.

Lavandula angustifolia can be propagated by plant divisions, cuttings and by natural pollinated seeds (pollen coming from other Lavandula angustifolia plants). Seed reproductions can receive a name such as Lavandula angustifolia var. Mont Blanc or Lavandula angustifolia var. Population. These two varieties have the highest amounts of constituent properties needed for Medicinal, Therapeutic and Aromatherapy uses.

Commercial lavender oil growers have used hybridization to create plants with longer leaves & flowers, faster growing and much more oil production. The hybrids are created by crossing Lavandula angustifolia with Lavandula latifolia. These hybrids are known as Lavandula x intermedia or Lavandula x hybrid. The “x” indicates that this plant is a lavender hybrid. All lavender hybrids are known as Lavandin. Lavendin is classified to be of a lower quality lavender oil due to its absence or crucially low quantities of some Medicinal, Therapeutic and Aromatherapy properties. Lavandin plants produce volumes of oil compared to Lavandula angustifolia, therefore growers tend to blend lavadins with Lavandula Angustifolia oil in order to sell their crop of lavadin oil. Lavandin oil is very inexpensive and produced in large amounts for cleaning fluids, perfumes, soaps and lotions. Lavandins have a few of the aromatherapy properties but not all that are needed to be classified suitable for the top three uses. Lavanden Provence and Lavanden Grosso are the best known of these, but there are many others, including but not limited to White Grosso Abriali, Dutch Mill, Hidcote Giant, Grappenhall, Seal, and Fred Boutin lavadins.

So how can you be sure that you buying the best quality lavender essential oil? Look for just 4 words… “100% PURE LAVANDULA ANGUSTIFOLIA”. These words insure you are getting quality, pure, true, fine, real Medicinal, Therapeutic and Aromatherapy grade lavender essential oil. So will the genuine lavender essential oil please stand up? Only one lavender oil can stand the laboratory test for all these qualities… 100% PURE LAVANDULA ANGUSTIFOLIA! (SOLD HERE)If the label does not say “PURE 100% LAVANDULA ANGUSTIFOLIA”, with the words IN THAT ORDER, don’t buy the oil thinking that the misnomers used to describe the “mixture”, “blend” or impostor will transform the adulterated tincture into bono fide lavender essential oil.

Yes, you will pay more for pure 100% Lavadula angustifolia lavender essential oil, but no other oil compares unless you are wanting to make soap or cleaning fluids that needs just a lot of lavender fragrance and little of the Medicinal, Therapeutic and Aromatherapy qualities.

So the next time you see a sale for an ounce (30 ml) of lavender oil for $8.99, know that the label will not say 100% pure Lavadula angustifolia, because it is more than likely the impostor LAVANDIN!

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Lavender Oil

Tuesday, December 08th, 2009

Lavender oil is the most popular of all essential oils. Lavender oil is the most used and the most recognized fragrance of all essential oils. Lavender oil has a long Biblical history of being used medicinally, for remedies, for incense and for scenting. More recently lavender oil has been used for aromatherapy, therapeutic purposes as well as a culinary accoutrement.

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Lavender oil growers recognize 39 species of this aromatic flowering plant of the mint family. Some lavender plants produce an abundant amount of lavender oil, however these varieties of lavender are of very little use to the medicinal and therapeutic consumers of lavender oil. There is one specie of Lavender plants that has all the components desirable for medicinal and therapeutic use, it is Lavandula angustifolia, with two strains called Lavender Mont Blanc (SOLD HERE) and Lavender Population. These two exotic lavender oils are grown at high altitudes in extreme weather conditions, creating very desirable complex lavender oils. Lavender Mont Blanc oil is more or less fragrant than Lavender Population oil depending on where it is grown, but is on a par for its medicinal and therapeutic constituents and qualities.

The lure of the lavender oil aroma is woven into a barrage of fragrant products that include perfume, cosmetics, soap, bath oils, gels, lotion, potpourris, scents, as well as numerous preparations for aromatherapy and therapeutic uses. The most noted use of lavender oil has been as a health supplement supporting a huge list of detriments.

Lavender oil has been credited as being an antidepressant, analgesic, diuretic, antiphlogistic, anticonvulsive, cholagogue, antirheumatic, antiviral, antiseptic, decongestant, antispasmodic, bactericide, carminative, cytophylactic, cicatrisant, cordial and as a deodorant. Lavender oil has also been claimed to have the following health benefits; induces sleep, reduces stress & nervousness, relieves pain, stimulates urine production, calms respiratory problems, skin care, burns & cuts, effective in eliminating lice in hair, improving blood circulation, aids in digestion, supports immune system, and repels biting insects.

Lavender oil is also popular because it mixes well with other essential oils for a greater scope of uses. Lavender oil is one of two essential oils that can be applied directly to the skin of most individuals without mixing it with another oil. Lavender oil can be diffused into a room or a couple of drops placed on a cotton ball or dryer sheet and placed on the back of your computer monitor vents for wonderful subtle scent while you work.

Lavender essential oil is an ideal gift year around. Lavender oil products make a large selection of lavender gifts. Your choice of lavender oil should be of the highest quality, pure, pesticide free, and specific to your needs. Always look for a Satisfaction Guarantee when buying all essential oils.

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Essential Oils

Friday, December 04th, 2009

pure essential oilsEssential oils are concentrated aroma compounds (volatile) of hydrophobic liquid derived from plants. Essential oils, known also as ethereal oils or volatile, are distilled from plant material by steam. Plant extracted oil is called “essential” because the processed essential oil has the specific scent, or essence of the plant.
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Essential oils have one similarity and that is that all essential oils convey fragrances characteristic to the plant the oil was distilled from.

Essential oils have a long history of medicinal history throughout most prior civilizations. Essential oils have influenced the perfume industry as well as created a new branch of alternative medicine called aromatherapy.

The most popular essential oils in alphabetical order are:

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There are four basic uses claimed for essential oils.

    1. Perfumes, (soaps, cosmetics, and perfumes)
    2. Flavoring, (drinks and foods)
    3. Medicinal, (topical and internal)
    4. Aromatherapy, (diffused fumes of essential oils to breathe)

Although there are over 4000 years of essential oil use in man’s history, government agencies now prohibit the specific descriptive use by a merchant that would claim any curative, diagnosis, treatment, remedy or even cosmetic use.

When shopping for essential oils, beware of vendors using creative hype. Essential oils are often categorized with terms such as;

    “Medicinal Grade”
    “Grade A”
    “Therapeutic Grade”
    “Clinical Grade”
    “Aromatherapy Grade”
    “by the Ancient”
    “Blend” or “Proprietary Mixture”.

This nomenclature is used as sales adjectives and is not totally correct descriptions of the essential oil you should be buying!

Here is a selection of terms that you want the manufacturer to use to describe their essential oil products:

    • 100% Pure Botanical name here.
    The slight of hand positioning of the words to say “100% Pure Essential Oil” and then the Botanical Name is deceptive as the concoction can have several cheaper essential oils blended with the Botanical Named oil. The label will be technically right but you can be cheated.

    Here is an example of how the label should read:
    “100% Pure Lavandula Angustifolia Essential Oil”.
    • No additives
    • No chemicals
    • steam distilled (excluding citrus essential oils)
    • essential oil from First Distillations
    • freshly harvested
    • free of inputs, carriers & diluents
    • Natural
    • organic
    • pesticide free
    • no parabens
    • Absolutes/Resin are not distilled but are extracted with alcohol or other solvents such as hexane or benzene, these essential oils are not used in aromatherapy but are great for therapeutical uses and perfumes.
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Normally the description should say this essential oil is; “for perfumes soaps etc.”, “for aromatherapy” “for medicinal purposes”, or “for therapeutic use”.

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