Our very favourite essential oils are made by Young Living Essential Oils. We have regularly seen little miracles happen with them.
True essential oils are from 100 to 10,000 times as potent as the herb so a little bit goes a long long way.
For example, 1 drop of peppermint oil is equivalent to 28 cups of peppermint tea. Since each 15 ml bottle of peppermint oil contains about 250 drops, each bottle is equal to 7000 cups of tea. Wow!
There is a significant problem in obtaining quality oils. Let me give an example.
For many years France has been the lavender capital of the world. Lately there are no more than 7,000 acres of lavender planted, producing only 20 to 25 lb of oil per acre. Most French production has now gone into lavendin, a hybrid of lavender. There are about 52,000 acres of lavendin grown yielding 150 lb of oil per acre, so the cost of lavendin is substantially cheaper.
There are several problems for the lavendin growers.
The first is that the lavendin oil contains a caustic compound called camphor. You can use lavender oil to heal even a third degree burn whereas lavendin oil will intensify the burn. So the lavendin growers heat their oil to a very high temperature to “flash off” the camphor. In the process the oil is fractured and becomes therapeutically useless.
The second is that lavendin oil also lacks an organic compound present in lavender oil, lenolol acetate, so the growers add up to 6% synthetic lenolol acetate and then market their product as pure lavender oil. It is a total scam.
This type of thing is happening with many oils all over the world. The result is you cannot trust the label on the bottle of oil you want to buy. You really have to know who you are buying from and how the plants were grown and processed.
The demand for essential oils world wide has outstripped the supply and the pressure to use chemicals and high temperature / high pressure production methods is enormous. Small companies still have to compete with big time buyers on the world market and price rules. Big time.
Lavender fields at the Young Living farm in France
Two of our very favourite oils from Young Living:
Lavender oil is generally regarded as the most useful and versatile essence for therapeutic purposes. Its sedative nervine properties make it useful in treatment of depression, insomnia, migraine, hysteria, nervous headache, epilepsy, convulsions, and catalepsy. This, with its balancing properties make it useful for treating manic depression. Its sedative and tonic actions on the heart make it useful for palpitations, especially those related to anxiety. It also lowers blood pressure.
It is carminative and stomachic, so useful for colic, nausea, vomiting, flatulence, especially if associated with nervous or emotional problems.
It has a soothing effect on inflammation, so is of use for burns, dermatitis , eczema, psoriasis, boils, rheumatism, wounds, ulcers, blepharitis, conjunctivitis, cystitis, diarrhoea, and laryngitis. In any of these conditions where infection is a factor, its usefulness is enhanced by its antiseptic effect. Lavender oil has been found to inhibit or destroy several pathogenic bacteria. The well known aromatherapist Tisserand used it to treat bronchitis, leucorrhea, and venereal disease. It is calming to the skin so is useful in skin conditions such as dermatitis, eczema, acne, and psoriasis.
It is both cytophylactic (stimulates growth of skin cells), and cicatrisant (healing to wounds): these properties along with its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory functions make it especially useful for burns and wounds. It neutralizes the poisons in most insect, snake and spider bites. It is used as a rinse for alopecia. It is apparently useful for sunstroke, although it is not effective as a sunscreen.
Lavender oil is antispasmodic, so useful in asthma and bronchitis. The antispasmodic action also makes lavender oil useful for menstrual pain. In childbirth it is used to purify the air, and this imparts its calming effect to the mother; it also apparently helps expel afterbirth and makes for speedy delivery without increasing severity of contraction. It is useful during birth as a massage oil for back pain. It also relieves rheumatic or muscular aches and pains and neuralgia when used in massage.
Peppermint oil is one of the oldest and most highly regarded herbs for soothing digestion. It has been studied for its effect on the liver and respiratory systems, its role in affecting impaired taste and smell and improving concentration and mental accuracy
Peppermint has been used for:
Asthma, bronchitis, candida, diarrhea, digestive aid, fever reduction, halitosis, heartburn, hemorrhoids, hot flashes, indigestion, menstrual irregularity, headaches, motion sickness, nausea, tumor growth, respiratory infections, shock, itchy skin, throat infections, and varicose veins.
Other Uses: This oil may help arthritis, indigestion, depression, skin conditions (eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis), food poisoning, headaches, hives, hysteria, inflammation, morning sickness, nerve regeneration, rheumatism, may elevate and open sensory system, toothaches, and tuberculosis.