Why are essential oils so effective?

In my own experience, I knew the essential oils were effective, but I wasn’t sure why or how. I am the sort of person that needs to know the ‘why’. The more I used essential oils and had consistent therapeutic benefits, the more I wanted to know the ‘why’ behind why they were so effective!

Essential oils became much less confusing and more useable as soon as I learned more about their chemistry. I would be awakened in the night with a child and be prompted as to which essential oil I needed to reach for to support them in their healing journey. After administering to their needs, often I would retire to my bathroom where I kept one of my favorite essential oil resource guides. Opening the resource guide, I would search out more information on that particular essential oil or group of oils that I was prompted to reach for.

One of my healing gifts is the gift of intuition. I was able to recognize spiritual promptings in attending to the needs of my children…but I also desired to learn more about the oil I had been prompted to use and why it was effective. Eventually, I found myself studying the biochemistry and turning to my husband to better understand the chemistry since he was first a chemist and second a pharmacist. During my husband’s study of pharmacy, he had a class called pharmacognosy, which was the study chemical constituents found in plants that had therapeutic benefit. From that science stemmed pharmaceuticals. So why don’t we reach for more natural solutions? Our Creator has placed them here on Earth for our use! We just need to search them out.

Studying the biochemistry a bit certainy helped! Learning more about the chemistry can seem daunting which is why I love how Dr. Hill breaks it down for us in this article “How do chemical constituents in essential oils affect us?” (https://doterra.com/US/en/brochures-magazines-doterra-living-fall-2015-ask-dr-hill”). He gives an easy to understand explanation of the science behind how and why these drops can do so much for our wellness. “The chemical constituents of an essential oil are analogous to the macronutrients in food. Just as the fructose (sugar) composition of a banana provides instant energy and has specific metabolic effects, essential oils rich in Limonene can provide a powerful boost to your immune system. The chemical constituents in an oil determine its potential benefits, what metabolites it will produce, and best practices for application.” Chemists have identified more than 3000 different chemical constituents in essential oils. Familiarity with why these constituents are so effective helps any essential oil user use the products safely.

What other resources have you found that help you understand the ‘why’ behind your favorite oils?

 

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