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Sacred Oils - The Science (and maybe a hint of Spirit…)


Disclaimer:

This blog is heavy on science and history. The level of scholarly research that it would take to allow me to comfortable presenting this material as fact would be so vast that I would never be manage to post this blog. The thoughts I present are a combination of experience, research and intuition. It’s solidthinking. But, as such, I welcome information that both supports and confutes my conclusions. You should also consider coming to a Sacred Oils class at the WellNest, where I can expand upon these ideas without forcing you to wade through that much text.

Peace and good things, Eliza.

Humans have been using essential oils since ancient times. Mention of their aromatic, topical and even internal use can be found in ancient Chinese scrolls, Egyptian hieroglyphs and in many religious texts, including the Bible and the Koran.

There is much science behind the use of oils. What was once seen as magic can now be revealed as chemistry. Essential oils are the plant’s defense against invasion, attack and colonization. Essentially, they act as their immune system. Their guts, so to speak. Our guts are similar, really, housing 70% of our immunity. (And a delicate ecosystem of flora.) These chemicals work similarly in our bodies. And, as such, you will find that a a great deal of essential oils have antiseptic, antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties.

In ancient times people understood these plants and how to use them to keep disease at bay and to help people recover from illness. What science has “discovered” was already known by ancient healers and lay people alike. It is likely that there as a spiritual aspect to this practice, as conquering disease would have been seen by many as a casting out of unclean spirits. This is thought to have lead to their use in religious rituals and how they came to take on spiritual properties. Oils use can be found in the religious rituals of Buddhists, Hindus, Jews, Christians and Egyptians.

Frankincense tree

The group of oils referred to as sacred oils primarily includes: Cassia, Myrrh, Cypress, Cinnamon, Sandalwood and Frankincense. These oils are indigenous to or grew along the trade routes of the regions of the world where they were heavily used. Many of these cultures are situated in that old geographical grade school lesson about the Fertile Crescent. They are rugged and hearty plants. Good at surviving harsh conditions and extended periods of stress. This, in part, is what make them powerhouses of the essential oil world.

Scientists have also discovered that some constituents in essential oils aid in plant communication within the plant, between separate plants and with pollinators. This, I believe, is really the crux of the oils we refer to as “sacred.” The chemistry of this group of plants is unique because they all share some percentage of three specific compounds: Phenylpropanoids, Monoterpenes, and Sesquiterpenes. These constituents, in addition to the typical antiseptic, antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory qualities, are also pro cellular communication and DNA sequencing. And this has profound effect on the body.

These three compounds function as follows:

Phenylpropanoids: They create conditions unfavorable to viruses and bacteria. They are thought to clean the receptor sites on cells, which aids in communication. When cellular communication is not optimum the body can malfunction and result in illness

Monoterpenes: Have antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and wound healing properties. They are also believed to erase miswritten information stored in the DNA