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Healthy Food and Essential Oils

Healthy Food and Essential Oils

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What Do Healthy Food and Essential Oils Have In Common? By Jen Gallagher www.essential-oil-goddess.

com www.loseweightpeacefully.com No matter what level of healthy eating you undertake you may realise by now that healthy food is about eating whole, minimally processed and “live” food. It is generally accepted that food heated above 40 degrees Celsius is not considered a raw food as it starts to lose its enzymes—it loses its “life force.” Essential oils are no different. If we are putting the best quality food into our bodies, it seems logical that we should be putting the best quality essential oils into our bodies as well. Most essential oils state on the bottle “Not to be taken internally” and “Not to be used neat on the body.” Have you ever considered why the manufacturer would make these statements? Is there something added to the essential oil that may make it harmful? After all, it is plant material, right? It seems all essential oils aren’t created equal! Here is how to identify the best quality essential oil. Firstly, let’s look at the production of essential oils. Most essential oils are steam distilled. Once the plant material is added to the distiller, water is added and heated under pressure, and steam rises. This ruptures the oil membranes of the plant and it releases the essential oil and mixes with the steam. The rising steam carrying the essential oil molecules are captured into a container where the lighter essential oil collects and floats to the top. The mixture is then separated and the oil is bottled as essential oil. To produce the best quality essential oil the oil needs to be distilled at a low pressure and low temperature. This helps to preserve the greatest amount of therapeutic chemical constituents. This type of essential oil is labelled “therapeutic grade.” You wouldn’t boil your vegies until all the life force was boiled out of them so why would you use an essential oil that may have been distilled at a high pressure and high temperature? Let’s take a look at cypress to understand the difference between a “therapeutic grade” essential oil and other essential oils. Cypress requires a minimum of 24 hours distillation at 129 degrees Celsius and 2.5 kilograms of pressure to extract the most therapeutically-active constituents1. However, most commercial cypress essential oil is often distilled for only 2 hours and 15 minutes at a much higher temperature and pressure! If distillation time is cut by only 2 hours, 18 to 20 chemical constituents will be missing from the resulting oils1. This short distillation time allows the producer to cut production costs including time, labour and machine operation. Also, as the chemical constituents and the pH may be altered, you may be able to smell the “harshness” of the oil. The result may be essential oil with little or no therapeutic value. The second important criteria—good quality essential oils should be “organic.” We all know we prefer to eat organic, healthy food. For most essential oils, the word “organic” only applies to the plant material at harvest and before distilling and bottling. Make sure you are certain that your

4th Edition (2007). There should be no need for additives if the essential oil is distilled at a low pressure and temperature and completely organic from seed to bottle. Add cacao powder and mix thoroughly. ask the question. so imagine the result if you added a lavender essential oil that has been cut with lavandin to a burn. So it’s true. Pour into a shallow dish or your favourite moulds and refrigerate until hard. or to add the fragrant chemical constituents such as limonene or citral.essential-oil-goddess.essential oil is guaranteed 100% pure. Sometimes they are topped up with cheaper essential oils.” Lavandin is a great antiseptic. lavender may contain lavandin. but also a skin irritant. so next time you buy an essential oil. These “cut” essential oils may be labelled “100% pure oil. and free of chemicals. unadulterated. essential oils aren’t created equal. mix in the agave and 1-2 drops of Young Living therapeutic grade essential oil. “Can I eat this essential oil?” Peppermint Chocolate Ingredients: 1-2 drops Young Living therapeutic grade essential oil 100 grams grated cacao butter ¼ cup agave 2 tablespoons cacao powder Method: Melt cacao butter by adding it to a bowl then sitting it in another bowl of warm water. Essential Science Publishing. 1 Essential Oils Desk Reference. This is because another trick essential oil manufacturers may use is to add chemicals such as propylene glycol to extend the life of the essential oils. uncut. a hybrid lavender. Once it has melted. if distilled correctly may have between 80 and 300 chemical constituents. For example. For more information about essential oils please visit: www. It may make it worse! Essential oils. pesticides and heavy metals from seed to bottle.com .

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