Healing with Essential Oils

Due to the large amount of requests the below lecture was made to answer many of your questions related to healing with essential oils. Enjoy!

And please let me know if you have any other questions I have not answered.

Essential Oils 101 Class

Healing with essential oils has been a common occurrence ever since the times of the Bible. For thousands of years the healing properties of botanicals have been used for multiple reasons.

If you are new to oils and want to expand your understanding  of essential oils I have provided you a number of pages to get you started.

In expanding our understanding  of essential oils we first need to know what can be classified as an essential oil.  We also need to know how pure they are and how do we, as a consumer, know what to buy and from whom.

Hopefully I can help.

Understanding Essential Oils

There are 4 different grades of essential oils, only one of which provides  the qualities to promote healing with essential oils. The grade of the oil will also dictate the quality or purity of the oil that you purchase.

I will list them from the purest/highest grade to the lowest grade.

Grade A - Therapeutic Oil -

These oils are made from organically grown plants and distilled at low temperatures.

These oils contain the purest quality and are used in the health and wellness field of holistic and alternative medicine.  Therapeutic oils are specifically designed containing the properties needed for healing with essential oils. Healing our bodies is all about preventative maintenance. We need to support our bodies systems and maintain a healthy balance throughout.  

Why is Temperature so Important?

Take as an example Cypress oil. This oil has 288 naturally occurring chemical compounds that enact change in the human body. If heated at 10 degrees hotter or cooler it only has 11. Big difference. This is one of the reasons that you need to be aware of your manufacturers distillation process.

Grade B - Food grade - These oils may pass growing standards and may or may not have optimal levels of plant compounds necessary for the purity of the oil. In other words you will never know what quality of oil you are receiving and paying for. These can contain synthetics, pesticides, fertilizer, chemical extenders or carrier oils.

This is another reason you want to be sure to research the manufacturer of your oils.  If they use pesticides on their plants - that's a big warning. They may spray to eliminate weeds in their fields as well - Not Good! Or they may try to produce a higher yield of product by using a solvent to extract more oil from the plants. Big No!


Because they are also putting these chemicals into the oils, it can't be avoided. When you place these in a diffuser you are not only inhaling the oil product but every other chemical they have used.

Grade C- Perfume - These oils are used for their fragrance only and contain a lesser level of plant compound and therefore do not have any healing capacity. These are lower grade oils and most of the manufacturers will use solvents to extract a higher yield of product. The solvent typically used is called Hexane which has been banned in many countries but not the US. Hexane has been directly linked to cancer. I wouldn't  want to breathe this or place it directly on my skin. These are the oils that are characteristically found in most stores.

Grade D - Floral Water - These are low level oils. When oils are distilled to manufacture therapeutic grade oils the manufacturer will pull all the oil out of the plant and then take what is left over and sell it to other companies. These companies mix a 5 percent mixture using the oil and  a carrier oil and then label this as a therapeutic 100 % pure essential oil.

How can they do this?

This is totally legal since the only requirement to label something essential oil is a 5 percent concentration of oil. Another reason why you have to thoroughly research your manufacturer to know their growing protocol as well as their distillation protocol to be sure it is truly 100% therapeutic essential oil.

If you are searching for a therapeutic oil be sure it is labeled with ingredients,  directions and specifically states that it is 100% pure therapeutic oil.

Healing with essential oils can be
achieved in three distinct ways;

Orally, Topically or by Inhalation

Therapeutic oils contain healing properties and therefore can be used orally, topically and with a diffuser for inhalation purposes. These are the most pure oils. To experience any amount of healing with essential oils a strict growth and processing of these oils are necessary. Research your manufacturer and be sure their product is 100 % pure.

When applying oils topically the oil is usually but not always, combined with a carrier oil, such as coconut oil, olive oil or grapeseed oil to name a few. You can find these in your grocery store or nearest health food store.

Through your understanding  of essential oils you will be able identify what is pure and what is synthetic. There are two different reasons you will see varying prices on each oil:

1. The level of plant compound found in the oil which indicates if it is truly 100% pure.

2. The process used to extract the oil from the plant.

That is why it is so important if you are serious about healing with essential oils that you research your company prior to purchasing your oil.

To learn more follow the next link below.

If you're looking for a high quality of healing with essential oils - Know your essential oil producer.

What is in an Oils Starter Kit and how do I order one?

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