Essential oils have been used as a form of healing medicine for as long as mankind has been on the earth. Evidence in history dates their use all the way back to Adam when the Bible records that God gave man “every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.” [i]
Not only was Adam instructed to eat all of these foods as part of a regular diet, but contained within every herb bearing seed and leaf of the tree are unique phytochemical compounds that can be extracted through distillation processes and other natural methods and used for basically every health ailment known to man. In the form of essential oils, these phytochemicals are thousands of times more potent and beneficial than simply eating a plant or leave. Essential oils are not a Johnny come lately healing modality. In fact, essential oils are the oldest natural form of healing and represent a quantum shift in our understanding of treating disease when compared to the bitter failure of modern pharmaceutical medicine that by all estimates kills at least 200,000 people annually in the U.S. alone just from drug side effects.
All pharmaceutical drugs are a counterfeit of God’s natural medicine. That may not sit well with most doctors or drug companies, but it’s the absolute fact. Almost every pharmaceutical drug has a plant based origin. However, they aren’t plants and don’t resemble essential oils or plant chemistry. Virtually all drugs are synthetic chemicals. They are man-made knock-offs of real plant chemicals.
For example, let’s say that scientists discover a compound within olive leaves that kills cancer cells. Pharmaceutical companies wouldn’t use the actual olive leaf to obtain this compound and mass produce a drug. Instead, through artificial chemical methods they will recreate that molecule in a laboratory. It may look structurally identical under a microscope to the molecule derived from the olive leaf, but it’s a counterfeit. It won’t work the same and can’t work the same. That’s why every single pharmaceutical drug comes with a long list of side effects. You can’t patent a leave that is abundant in nature, but you can patent a synthetic molecule that is found in a leave.
According to our own US NIH: “Until recently, plants were an important source of novel pharmacologically active compounds with many blockbuster drugs being derived directly or indirectly from plants. Despite the current preoccupation with synthetic chemistry as a vehicle to discover and manufacture drugs, the contribution of plants to disease treatment and prevention is still enormous. Even at the dawn of 21st century, 11% of the 252 drugs considered as basic and essential by the WHO were exclusively of flowering plant origin…Up to 50% the approved drugs during the last 30 years are from either directly or indirectly from natural products and in the area of cancer, over the time frame from around the 1940s to date, of the 175 small molecules 85 actually being either natural products or directly derived there from.” [ii]
The purpose of this article is to reintroduce our readers to the most effective natural medicine the world has available to it in the form of essential oils. There isn’t a health challenge that a particular essential oil or combination of essential oils won’t help in a completely safe, non-toxic manner with no side effects, and at a fraction of the cost of prescription medication. An important scripture to hone in on pointing to the use of essential oils is the birth of the Jesus.
“And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshiped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.” – Matthew 2:11
What was so special about these three particular gifts, especially the essential fragrances (oils) of frankincense and myrrh? A simple Internet search on what frankincense and myrrh can do for all kinds of health challenges would be of great interest to someone who has never considered these modalities before as a form of treatment. God’s solutions have been right in front of our eyes for years. Sadly, funds are raised every year for organizations like the American Cancer Society, and we are no closer to a cure after decades of false promises. Two other scriptures highlight essential oils for healing.
“…and the fruit thereof shall be for meat, and the leaf thereof for medicine.” – Ezekiel 47:12
“…the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.” – Revelation 22:2
Contained within the leaves of the trees, the flowers, the plants, and the roots that essential oils are obtained from are a variety of unique phytochemicals such as:
Real medicine used since the beginning of time has come from plants. Just as our lifeline to God is in our blood (Leviticus 17:11), plants and trees have their lifeline in the chlorophyll and essential lipid soluble fluids synthesized in the leaf. Interestingly enough, when a plant leaf is torn, it bleeds a substance called oleo-gum resin that initiates healing, similar to your skin mending in front of your eyes in a few days after being cut. The most apparent difference between hemoglobin and chlorophyll is that the porphyrin ring of hemoglobin is built around iron (Fe), while the porphyrin ring of chlorophyll is built around magnesium (Mg).
Almost everyone has experienced or heard of the extraordinary healing properties of Aloe Vera gel applied to an open wound, or used internally for stomach disorders. But yet, the scent of a rose, the perfume of a honeysuckle, the soothing fragrance that permeates from cedarwood, juniper, lavender, and spruce are never associated with healing properties stemming from the aroma of these aromatic essential oils. Scientifically, we know that these natural fragrances are more than just pleasant, they are emotionally, spiritually, mentally, and physically healing down to the sub-atomic level.
God was the first aroma therapist creating the aromatic molecules of plants to not only reverse illness but to preserve our health and prevent future sicknesses from manifesting. Is it possible that one of the longevity secrets to Adam, Methuselah, Enoch and others were their continuous application and exposure of aromatic oils from the garden flowers and trees that were in such abundance back then?
Whether applied in a pure concentrated state topically, consumed internally or used as aromatic vapors diffused in the air, the healing power of essential oils have been known and applied for more than 5,000 years. They are considered to be the very first medicines of the human race and a major part of the prescribed medicine of Hippocrates, whose works were published around 400 B.C.
Essential oils perform diverse duties. Like hormones, they regulate plant growth. Like enzymes, they extend the life force of the plant. The oil provides plant protection by giving immunity to ward off undesirable bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites, insects and environmental toxins.
Essential oils can be used as a therapeutic protocol to balance our hormones, nervous system, digestive system, immune system, and various other bodily systems. They can also help increase oxygenation throughout the body while increasing circulation to all cells. Essential oils can also help metabolize our nutrients, minerals and vitamins as well as help clear the sinuses and lungs to help asthmatics and those suffering from a broad array of respiratory disorders.
The power of essential oils, when applied to cuts, wounds or open sores, can accelerate the healing process dramatically by their antimicrobial and antiseptic properties without harming healthy tissue. Considering that MRSA and other dermatology related challenges such as flesh eating viruses are now becoming more commonplace, essential oils are proving to hold the answer to these difficult challenges where drugs are failing.
Pharmaceuticals vs. Essential Oils
The word “doctor” is only found three times in the entire Bible (Luke 2:46, 5:17 & Acts 5:34) and is never used to indicate a healer or a medical practitioner in the modern sense of the word, but is used to mean a teacher, rabbi or doctor of the law. However, a doctor of the law in biblical times was also a teacher of biblical health principles. This is the root of holistic health and Naturopathy.
Since when does a mainstream medical doctor ever sit down with a patient to teach them how to get well? The only thing they teach is how to take a script to the pharmacy and how to set up an appointment for surgery to get body parts cut out. A perfect correlation with the false trust in atheistic medicine is when King Asa contracted a foot disease that got worse through time. His choice was to seek the aid of physicians instead of looking to the LORD and His medicine. King Asa died as a consequence.
“And Asa in the thirty and ninth year of his reign was diseased in his feet, until his disease was exceeding great: yet in his disease he sought not to the LORD, but to the physicians. And Asa slept with his fathers, and died in the one and fortieth year of his reign.” — II Chronicles 16:12-13
Another biblical example is found in Mark 5:25-34 and Luke 8:43-48. According to these passages, a particular woman had an issue of blood for 12 years and had suffered many things of many physicians (Medical Merry-Go-Round), and spent all she had (sound familiar?) and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse. There is an important lesson to be learned that is applicable to us today. When afflicted with disease, many seek out intercessory prayer and to be put on prayer lists while confessing healing with their lips, but their heart’s faith is in doctors and hospitals. Separation of God from medicine is a deadly mistake witnessed by hundreds of thousands of deaths a year caused by physician and hospital errors.
Pharmaceutical companies have to continually strive to develop more potent antibiotics to overcome the newly formed resistant strains that are so virulent. Why? Because it’s just a matter of time before germs outsmart the strongest antibiotics. Virtually all antibiotic-resistant super germs being battled are in hospitals where massive amounts of antibiotics and toxic topical antiseptics are used coupled with inadequate ventilation, closed windows and hygienic and sanitary negligence by doctors and hospital staff.
With the natural antibiotic properties of God’s healing oils and built-in intelligence and variability, bacteria can never anticipate ways to resist essential oils because of multiple species within each oil and potency differences, coupled with adaptability. This assures that their effectiveness will never diminish, even thousands of years later.
It is interesting to note that the very name aromatherapy was coined by a perfumer when a French chemist working in the laboratory on a perfume burnt his hand badly and plunged his hand into the nearest soothing liquid, which happened to be a jar of lavender oil. He soon discovered how quickly it eased the pain and promoted healing without scarring.
Essential Oils Are A Great Source of Healing
Most people have been given a New Age connotation toward essential oils with the stigma of the term aromatherapy. Many others think of oils as used only for anointing purposes for priests and holy artifacts. Even some ministers consider the anointing oil as symbolic only and do not recognize any innate medicinal value to be contained in the oils themselves.
Aromatherapy is one of the most actively growing forms of alternative medicine. Most sick patients suffer from some kind of stress-related disorder and aromatherapy encourages the healing process largely through relaxation and the relief of stress. Stress is also a major problem in hospitals, hospices and homes for the aged and physically or mentally challenged. Aromatherapy is welcomed by nurses who want to be closer to their patient and doctors who can refer patients with stress-related disorders who do not respond to conventional medicines. The actual mode of action of essential oils in vivo is still far from known, although there is strong in vitro evidence that essential oils can act as an antimicrobial or antioxidant agent or have a pharmacological effect on various tissues. Studies have shown that essential oils have an effect on brainwaves and can also alter behavior. It is possible that most of the effect of the oils is probably transmitted through the brain via the olfactory system. Used professionally and safely, aromatherapy can be of great benefit as an adjunct to conventional medicine or used simply as an alternative.
Essential Oils Are Incredible Germ Killers and Disinfectants
Every year like clockwork the CDC and the mainstream media pull out all of the stops to scare the world into thinking that they better get a flu shot to stay protected because this year will be worse than the last. Like innocent compliant sheep, the vast majority heeds their advice and gets that annual flu shot along with a toxic load of contaminants that actually weakens the immune system. What’s ironic is that essential oils have been at the forefront of immune system protection for thousands of years. All sorts of essential oils have amazing germ killing properties, and they come with ZERO side effects and risks. Lavender, Oregano, Peppermint, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus, Lemon, Rosemary, and Clove are just a few of the many oils that not only offer protection but actually have clinical research proving they work. In an article published by Natural News, they gave particular attention to Lavender.
“Today, with the threat of H1N1 influenza and antibiotic-resistant superbugs, foregoing hazardous vaccinations and heading toward the lavender aisle instead is a wise choice. Here are six methods for using the oil which can keep you healthy during the flu season and beyond.
Hand sanitizer – This offers convenient and portable protection. In a small, leak-proof bottle, combine 1 tablespoon aloe vera gel, 3 tablespoons grain alcohol, and 10 drops lavender essential oil. Shake thoroughly and use liberally throughout the day.
Direct application – A therapeutic grade lavender oil can be your best friend this autumn and winter. By placing a few drops of the essential oil on the skin several times per day, the immune system is primed and ready to tackle cold bugs and flu viruses.
Antiseptic soap – Wash your hands frequently and enjoy one of the best practices for deterring illness. Even better, use a natural germicidal soap. In a mixing bottle, add 20 drops of lavender essential oil per 8 ounces neutral liquid soap (such as castile). Shake vigorously to combine. Transfer to a hand soap dispenser and use often.
Disinfectant – Utilizing lavender essential oil as a disinfectant spray will help keep your environment free of breeding pathogens. Add 40 drops of the oil to a medium spray bottle and fill with 2 cups water. Shake well before each use and generously spray countertops, toilet seats, handles and knobs along with the telephone and any other high traffic surfaces.
Air sanitation – This is a simple practice which minimizes infectious disease at home or in the office. Place several drops of lavender essential oil in a pot of simmering water or use a nebulizer. Diffuse for 30 minutes. With this method, the air is naturally disinfected and the immune system enhanced.” [iii]
There is so much research available that supports the use of essential oils that an entire encyclopedia would be needed to give ample coverage to each oil and the various uses they offer. E. Coli is one of the deadliest forms of bacteria that causes illness and death every year. How often have you ever heard the media or a doctor recommend immediate use of essential oils to help counteract the problem?
In a study published on the US NIH website titled, “In vitro antibacterial activity of some plant essential oils”, they evaluated the antibacterial activity of 21 plant essential oils against six bacterial species. The results are rather astounding. Here is a synopsis:
The selected essential oils were screened against four gram-negative bacteria (Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Proteus vulgaris) and two gram-positive bacteria Bacillus subtilis and Staphylococcus aureus at four different concentrations (1:1, 1:5, 1:10 and 1:20) using disc diffusion method. The MIC of the active essential oils were tested using two-fold agar dilution method at concentrations ranging from 0.2 to 25.6 mg/ml.
Out of 21 essential oils tested, 19 oils showed antibacterial activity against one or more strains. Cinnamon, clove, geranium, lemon, lime, orange and rosemary oils exhibited significant inhibitory effect. Cinnamon oil showed promising inhibitory activity even at low concentration, whereas aniseed, eucalyptus, and camphor oils were least active against the tested bacteria. In general, B. subtilis was the most susceptible. On the other hand, K. pneumoniae exhibited low degree of sensitivity.
Majority of the oils showed antibacterial activity against the tested strains. However, Cinnamon, clove, and lime oils were found to be inhibiting both gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria. Cinnamon oil can be a good source of antibacterial agents. [iv]
Epidemic of Lice Outbreak In America Leaves Doctors Scratching Their Heads For Solutions While The Answer Is Staring Them Right In The Face
Just as the 2015 school year approached, we began hearing reports of lice outbreaks all over America. What was different about this particular outbreak was the news that medical options were almost entirely ineffective at combating it. In years past one could just head off to the local drug store and purchase over-the-counter products that could eradicate the problem. Researchers are now classifying this new strain of lice as mutant lice because 25 states so far are dealing with lice that will not die off after using the standard treatments.
“The insecticides that have been the over-the-counter treatments of choice for head lice eradication are permethrin and pyrethrin, commonly known as Nix rinse and Rid shampoo. These products work by penetrating, then changing the chemistry of the nerve cells of lice causing eventual paralysis and death. They have been effective for years until the past decade or so, when certain genetic mutations started appearing randomly in lice, decreasing their susceptibility to this treatment.” [v]
While this news may be alarming to the uninformed, it is rather encouraging to those who understand the power of essential oils. Essential oils have actually been found to eradicate lice and clear up the problem in a completely safe, non-toxic manner in as quick as 24-hours. According to our own US NIH, “Early research suggests that tea tree oil might repel lice. Also, applying a combination of lavender and tea tree oil kills lice eggs and reduces the number of live lice. It is unclear if the effects are caused by the tea tree oil alone or the combination of lavender and tea tree oil.” [vi]
“One 2012 study examined the efficacy of two natural substances: tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) oil and nerolidol (3,7,11-trimethyl-1,6,10-dodecatrien-3-ol) against lice and nits (eggs). At a 1% concentration, tea tree oil was found to kill 100% of head lice within 30 minutes of application. Twice that concentration (2%) of tea tree oil resulted in the failure of 50% of the eggs to hatch after 4 days.
Another study completed in 2010 compared the efficacy of tea tree oil and lavender oil, pyrethrins and piperonyl butoxide, and a ‘suffocation’ product for the treatment of head lice in school children. Impressively, 41 of 42 (97.6%) of the tea tree oil/lavender oil treatment group were louse-free one day after the final application, whereas only 10 of 40 (25%) from the chemical insecticide group were free from lice after the last treatment”. [vii]
Essential Oils Have Amazing Benefits on All Sorts of Skin and Topical Issues
“Many studies of essential oils have found that they have antibacterial effects when applied to the skin. Some essential oils have antiviral activity against the herpes simplex virus. Others have antifungal activity against certain vaginal and oropharyngeal fungal infections. In addition, studies in rats have shown that different essential oils can be calming or energizing. When rats were exposed to certain fragrances under stressful conditions, their behavior and immune responses were improved.
One study showed that after essential oils were inhaled, markers of the fragrance compounds were found in the bloodstream, suggesting that aromatherapy affects the body directly like a drug, in addition to indirectly through the central nervous system.” [viii]
“Tea tree oil is an essential oil extracted from the leaves of Melaleuca alternifolia, a small tree indigenous to Australia. It contains approximately 100 compounds, mainly plant terpenes and their corresponding alcohols (Swords and Hunter 1978). A study of 124 patients compared 5% tea tree oil in a water-based gel with 5% benzoyl peroxide. Although the tea tree oil did not act as rapidly as benzoyl peroxide, it did show statistical improvement in the number of acne lesions at the end of 3 months, and there was a significantly lower incidence of adverse effects such as dryness, irritation, itching, and burning with tea tree oil (44%) than with benzoyl peroxide (79%; Peirce, Fargis, and Scordato 1999).” [ix]
Athlete’s Foot & Toenail Fungus
A variety of essential oils offer therapeutic benefits when it comes to athlete’s foot and toenail fungus. The most effective essential oil with actual published studies to prove its worth is tea tree oil.
Athlete’s foot (tinea pedis). Topical application of a 10% tea tree oil cream works about as well as tolnaftate 1% cream (Genaspor, Tinactin, Ting, and others) for relieving symptoms of athlete’s foot, including scaling, inflammation, itching, and burning. However, the 10% tea tree oil cream doesn’t seem to cure the infection. A stronger tea tree oil solution (25% or 50%) is needed for that. Application of 25% or 50% tea tree oil solution appears to both relieve symptoms and clear up the infection in about half of people who try it for 4 weeks. However, 25% or 50% tea tree oil concentrations don’t appear to be as effective for curing the infection as medications such as clotrimazole or terbinafine.
Fungus infections of the nails (onychomycosis). Topical application of 100% tea tree oil solution, twice daily for six months, can cure fungal toenail infection in about 18% of people who try it. It can also improve nail appearance and symptoms in about 56% of patients after three months and 60% of patients after six months of treatment. It seems to be comparable to twice daily application of clotrimazole 1% solution (Fungoid, Lotrimin, Lotrimin AF). Lower concentrations of tea tree oil do not seem to be as effective. For example, there is some evidence that a 5% tea tree oil cream applied three times daily for two months has no benefit. [x]
Early research suggests that applying a 5% tea tree oil shampoo three minutes daily for four weeks reduces scalp lesions, scalp itchiness, and greasiness in patients with dandruff. [xi] The following seven essential oils have all shown to benefit the causes and symptoms of dandruff: Tea Tree oil, Lavender Oil, Rosemary Oil, Thyme Oil, Peppermint Oil, Patchouli Oil, Chamomile Oil.
“In a randomized, double-blind trial of 116 patients with herpes simplex lesions, 96% reported complete clearing of lesions at day 8 after using 1% balm extract cream five times a day (Wobling and Leonhardt 1994). In another trial where balm extract was placed on lesions within 72 hours of the onset of symptoms, the size of the lesions and healing time were found to be statistically better in the group treated with balm (Brown and Dattner 1998). Tannin and polyphenols appear to be responsible for the antiviral effect of the balm.” [xii]
Other Uses and Benefits Essential Oils Have Been Known To Help
Headaches and Migraines
Lavender, peppermint, and basil essential oils have been known to help reduce the pain of migraines when inhaled. Peppermint oil works great for immediate headache pain relief. Just apply peppermint oil to your forehead, temples, behind your ears and on your neck and rub in vigorously. While it may not eradicate the pain entirely there will be almost immediate relief like nothing you’ve experienced before.
According to our own US NIH, “Applying a peppermint solution to the skin at the start of a migraine and again 30 minutes later seems to increase the percentage of patients who experience headache resolution…Applying peppermint oil to the skin seems to help relieve tension headaches.” [xiii]
Living with pain is one of the worst problems to deal with on a regular basis. Sometimes pain can be so severe that nothing else works except OTC or prescription painkillers. Unfortunately, these options are a leading cause of death in this country and not the greatest choice for long-term treatment. Millions of Americans are living with pain, and very few doctors in this country even know about essential oils or would ever recommend them to their patients as a viable alternative. Essential oils have captured the attention of our government and all sorts of clinical trials and tests have been conducted and are being carried out to determine their effectiveness in dealing with a wide variety of health challenges. With respect to pain, the US NIH actually published a study that showed great benefit in relieving neck pain using four different essential oils. Here is the summation of that research.
Sixty participants with a history of neck pain and Neck Disability Index (NDI) score >10% were selected and randomly divided into control and experimental groups.
Motion analysis laboratory at Hungkuang University.
For the experimental group, the intervention included 3% concentration cream composed of four essential oils: marjoram, black pepper, lavender, and peppermint. For the control group, only an unscented cream was provided. For 4 weeks, all patients applied 2 g cream directly to the affected area daily after showering or bathing.
Assessment was performed by using a visual analogue scale (VAS), NDI, pressure pain threshold (PPT) evaluated with a pressure meter, and neck-joint range evaluated with Motion Analysis System (MAS).
A t-test statistical analysis by SPSS statistical software indicated that VAS scores improved significantly for both groups (p<0.05). In addition, the experimental group had improved pain tolerance in the left upper trapezius (mean±standard deviation, 2.96±2.54) and right upper trapezius (2.88±2.90) as measured by the PPT. According to the NDI, the experimental group also showed significant improvement (p=0.02). Comparison of MAS values before and after the intervention showed significant improvement in the 10 motion areas in the experimental group. This finding suggests that the experimental group had better results than the control group.
The essential oil cream developed in this study can be used to improve neck pain. This study appears to be the first to quantify this by using PPT and MAS. [xiv]
Essential oils represent a profound and valuable form of healing that has been suppressed by Western medicine for too long. Essential oils have an application for every single health problem known to mankind. There is an explosion of interest in essential oils and aromatherapy that big pharma can no longer silence. Walk into any health food store or vitamin outlet in North America and you will likely see essential oils now being promoted predominantly in the stores with end cap displays, diffusers, and other gadgets. Many retail stores are running diffusers with samples of different oils at the checkout counter as a way to promote them. In a world where drugs and antibiotics aren’t working like they used to and with epidemics of disease outbreaks running rampant, essential oils hold the secret to our protection and health.
In order for essential oils to be a therapeutic grade for healing purposes, they must be derived from organically grown or wild crafted plants and steam distilled at low temperatures in non-reactive containers like stainless steel to differentiate between adulterated, diluted, refined or tampered oils and pure, unadulterated, living therapeutic essential oils.
Furthermore, dark amber glass or cobalt blue bottles are necessary for protection from light that causes oils to polymerize (coagulate) thus destroying their cell penetration capability and fragrant scent. The healing oils of the Bible had incredible healing properties because they consisted of uncontaminated organically grown wild plant extractions that were methodically processed to preserve life force and therapeutic constituents. Only the purest grown plants and oils can bring healing.
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[i] Genesis 1:29
Author: Gregory Ciola
Gregory Ciola began his publishing career in the year 2000 when he released a ground breaking book on the dangers of genetic engineering. The book’s title was, “GMOs – Beware of the Coming Food Apocalypse!”. Gregory Ciola was one of the first biotech whistle blowers in the natural food industry to alert the public to what was happening to a majority of our foods. Ciola also began publishing a hard-hitting national newsletter in 2001 called “CRUSADOR” that was renamed in 2015 to “The Investigator’s Report”. He is best known for his in-depth interviews with well known book authors and leading health experts.