What is an essential oil anyway?
I mean, we know we steamed some plant matter, bottled it, and use it for various things...but really, what is it?Well... turns out... a pretty BIG DEAL.You see, all plants have essential oils in them. Some have likened it to the life blood of a plant. Is it really? Eh. The jury is out on this one. Debate exists as to whether or not it functions this way. Let me tell you what we do know. When a plant is injured, essential matter in the plant heads to the site of the injury and tries to regenerate the plant. hmmmm. Sounds like blood in a human body. As the plant is growing, essential matter continuously rebuilds and replenishes the plant and the roots, ensuring healthy growth and delivering adequate nutrition. hmmmm. Sounds like blood in a human body. When cut, the plant leaks this essential matter from the cut until a mending can occur (once again with the matter rushing to the injury.) hmmmm. Sounds like blood in a human body. Interesting. Why some scientists argue essential oil is not the life's blood of a plant, but rather just a by product of the plant itself, I will never know.
As with any science, we never know everything, and often do change what we know. What is concrete textbook knowledge today, is wiped out and replaced tomorrow. Anyone remember learning Pluto was a planet and we thought the earth was the center of the universe...and oh, by the way...it was flat?
By definition essential oils are the aromatic liquids found within shrubs, flowers, trees, roots, bushes, resins, and seeds. They are volatile, which means the scent rises quickly in the air. They have been used for hundreds of uses throughout history.They are so tiny. Oh, so tiny. They are measured in a system called Daltons. Air, exhaust from a car, smog in a city -- these are things measured in Daltons. So small they can cross the blood-brain barrier in the human body. Read that again. So small they can cross the blood-brain barrier in the human body. No joke. Not many things can, you know. The barrier is designed to keep harmful things out. Certain pharmaceuticals are able to cross this barrier due to their manufactured specifics, but most do not. Air does. Exhaust does. Smog in a city does. Fearful yet? Don't be. Essential oils do cross this barrier. Nice to know something healthy and happy can get in there, too, isn't it?
All this leads us to purity! Does it really matter? I mean, come on. Is anything ever really pure? Do you know what one part per billion looks like? Ever thought about it? One part per billion is the equivalent of half a teaspoon in an Olympic size swimming pool. Do you know there are 660,000 gallons of water in an Olympic size swimming pool? In teaspoons that is 506,880,164. Just in case you were wondering. Okay... so now... you buy an essential oil in a pretty bottle with a bunch of claims wrapped around the nicely designed label.It says: "certified" "organic" "tested" "synthetic free" YAY, you! Great label reading. So you buy it. We've all been there...fooled by pretty marketing.
Let's analyze a couple of these statements for a moment:
1. Certified? By whom? Do you know there is no certification in the United States for essential oils? None. Zip. Nada. While private companies issue their "stamp" of certification, or some will trademark it into their bottle, there is NO GOVERNING certification in existence for essential oils.
2. Organic? hmmmm. Well. Maybe. In the United States, federal legislation defines three levels of organic foods. Products made entirely with certified organic ingredients and methods can be labeled "100% organic," while only products with at least 95% organic ingredients may be labeled simply "organic." Both of these categories may also display the "USDA Organic" seal. A third category, containing a minimum of 70% organic ingredients, can be labeled "made with organic ingredients.Think about this a second. When you grabbed your organic whatever, did you analyze the label to be certain it said 100%?? Or did it just say made with organic? With 95% organic able to bear the seal of "USDA ORGANIC," this quite possibly means you just paid a lot of money for nothing. 5% can easily be synthetics, chemicals, and fillers. CHEMICALS. With the label, the beautiful label everyone searches for and identifies with..."USDA ORGANIC"
Lastly, on the topic of organic -- which we have now all realized is a marketing sham used by companies willing to pay the government for a stamp of approval, while small farmers everywhere who are BEYOND organic in their growing cannot afford to pay for certification -- I would like to leave you with the thought that even arsenic is organic. You wouldn't consume arsenic, would you? But according to our government...if it is organic it, too, can bear the holy symbol of organics.
Back to that swimming pool. How many teaspoons of arsenic would stop you from putting your kids in there? One? Two? A few dozen? How about just a teaspoon added a day, long term?
In the world of essential oils, we are always talking parts per billion ... or even trillion. One drop contains approximately 40 million-trillion molecules. Numerically that is a 4 with 19 zeros after it: 40,000,000,000,000,000,000. We have 100 trillion cells in our bodies, and that's a lot. But one drop of essential oil contains enough molecules to cover every cell in our bodies with 40,000 molecules. Seriously. Mind BLOWN. This is why it takes so little, just a drop or two, for the desired result. This is why, just like air, it is viable and beneficial when breathed in. This is why when you put it on your skin, the oh so tiny particles sink into your pours and are in every cell in your body in less than half an hour.
This would also be why purity matters. Anything...ANYTHING... added to the essential oil...synthetic, chemical, filler, pesticides or weed killer to the plant...ANYTHING added is going right along with those beautiful little molecules all the way to your brain, surrounding all the cells in your body, and either helping support a healthy life, or slowing poisoning you to death.To me, a teaspoon matters. To Young Living, a teaspoon matters. I sure hope it matters to you and your family, too.