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Blog 11 – What’s in an Essential Oil, Anyway?

Fortunately, I have a wonderful “up line” in Young Living, and the following information was recently shared with us (thanks, Wendy)! Just in case you’ve ever wondered what essential oils are made of… Come and get your LEARN on!

Each essential oil is comprised of millions of molecules and many different compounds. Because essential oils are pulled from living organisms, they contain several compounds that are also found in the human body. The fun way I like to summarize this is, when you use an essential oil, the body “recognizes” the compounds as the same, they are absorbed easily and effortlessly. “Life helps life.”  Each compound has a specific function and those functions have an effect on every cell of the body. Instead of thinking that Essential Oils are going to heal your body – try to understand that oils get our cells functioning as they were designed to and then the body is able to heal itself. We were made for perfect. Even a brief and cursory understanding will help you understand why Young Living Essential are so effective on every system and every cell in the body. Buckle up for your crash course!

  • Monoterpenes: They are combinations of hydrogen and carbon….and so is the human body. They are found in almost every essential oil. Nicknamed “The Mama” because they calm, coordinate, and organize the cells in the body. They serve as decongestants on mucous membranes, are drying to the skin, inhibit the accumulation of toxins and are highly anti-viral. Common monoterpenes are d-limonene (found in citrus oils) and alpha and beta pinene (found in juniper and pine). Other high monoterpene oils: Lemon, Frankincense, Balsam Fir, Tea Tree, and Cypress.
  • Sesquiterpenes: Combination of Carbon and Hydrogen…also found in almost every EO. This compound is heavier, so they are the thicker oils that do not evaporate as quickly therefore the nickname is “The Grandfather.” They are smart compounds that linger and will see a job through to the end. They clean out cellular memory of bad patterns, they are also able to quench or “chaperone” more aggressive molecules, ensuring that they do not wreak havoc in the body. Sesquit are immune stimulating, antiviral, increase bile flow to the liver, sedative, and antispasmodic. Oils high in sesquit are copaiba, myrrh, sandalwood, cedarwood, and vetiver.
  • Oxygenated Compounds are where it’s at! Alcohols, Phenols, Aldehydes, Ketones, and Esters are some of the oxygenated compounds found in EO’s. Let me run through them quickly. Alcohol: this is considered the most therapeutic compound found in EO’s. They have pleasant fragrances, and are generally not irritating to the skin. Examples include lavender, rose, geranium, palmarosa, german chamomile, and sandalwood. Phenol: These oils pack a punch. Their nickname is “The Teenagers or The Warriors” because they are “hot tempered” and they go in and agitate toxins in the cell, they literally cleanse receptor sites. EO’s high in phenols are highly “anti” bacterial, fungal, oxidant, and septic. Oils high in phenols are wintergreen, basil, clove, oregano, and thyme and peppermint Aldehydes: Therapeutically they are anti inflammatory, and very emotionally calming, examples of EO’s high in aldehydes are melissa, lime, and lemongrass. Ketones: There are not many oils high in ketones. They are very therapeutic in nature and are excellent expectorants. They also promote tissue regeneration. Oils high in ketones are Rosemary, Hyssop, Sage, and Idaho Tansy. Esters: Very calming and sedating to the nervous system, anti inflammatory, antifungal. Examples are bergamot, lavender, clary sage, and geranium. You can also have mixtures of these oils like phenolic esters, and monoterpene alcohols, etc.

To learn more about these essential oils, read my blogs below!

Blog 1 – So How Do These Oils Really Help Us?
Blog 2 – Not All Essential Oils Are Created Equally
Blog 3 – Frequencies – How Much Do You Really Know?
Blog 4 – Essential Oil Usage and Safety
Blog 5 – Can Frankincense Help Fight Cancer?
Blog 6 – Going All Natural with Essential Oils
Blog 7 – Ahhh…The Essential Oil Naysayers!
Blog 8 – Can Essential Oils Really Be “Organic?”
Blog 9 – Wait…What? YL is a Multi-Level Marketing (MLM) Company?
Blog 10 – Essential Oils…Now More Than Ever
Blog 11 – What’s in an Essential Oil, Anyway?
Blog 12 – Our Body Systems and Essential Oils


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