I am geekily fascinated by the science behind how things work. My signature questions has always been “Why?” It’s not enough to me to just “take it on faith” that something works, just because it does. It has to make sense. This definitely applies to so-called natural and “alternative” health modalities, such as aromatherapy. I don’t want to do things “just because” or “for reasons.” I want to know why it’s valid, and how it works. Yeah, I was the kid who took apart my brother’s toys to see how they work.
In an effort to explore the science, why’s and how’s of essential oils, I am starting a 5 part series based on an article published by Dr David Stewart in his Raindrop Messenger ezine. The article is PACKED with info and SCIENCE! so I have broken it up into digestible bites for easy consumption.
Part One introduces the chemistry of essential oils and the many many compounds and components that make them up. It explores the concept of essential oils as “living energy.”
Quantum Physics, Essential Oils & the Mind-Body Connection
Essential oils are composed of numerous chemical compounds, numbering from a few dozen to several hundred in a single species. Thus far, chemists have not fully analyzed even one species of essential oil. Scientists do not know the complete compositions of even the most popular oils, such as Lavender, Frankincense, Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, or Peppermint. For example, lavender contains at least 200 identified compounds, but many more are known to be present whose identification has not been achieved. One scientist estimated that just to identify all of the compounds present in the essential oils known today would take a thousand years.
However, we do not need to know all of the constituents of an oil to enjoy its benefits. With essential oils, healing can start taking place right now, without complete understanding, while science can catch up later. Besides, essential oils are more than just chemistry.
Vehicles of Living Energy
A compound made in a laboratory may have the same chemical formula as one produced in nature, but they are not the same and do not have the same effect on your body and mind. A chemical formula is not a complete description of a compound, even though today’s chemists and chemistry books will say so. Instead of describing an essential oil as “A Mixture of Chemical Compounds,” essential oils are better described as “Vehicles of Living Energy.” Here is why that is so.
Most compounds of essential oils are built from “Aromatic Rings.” These are molecular structures composed of carbon atoms arranged in closed configurations such as triangles, rectangles, trapezoids, pentagons, hexagons, and other larger more complex shapes.
A prevalent form of these carbon rings in essential oils is the “Benzene Ring,” consisting of six carbons in a hexagonal circle. The benzene ring was discovered and described in the 19th century, but it was not well understood until the development of sophisticated technology in the 20th century. From a series of precise measurements of the electrical properties of the benzene ring, scientists eventually realized that the concept of simple atoms, protons, neutrons, and electrons could not explain its properties. Neither could the concepts of atoms and molecules fully explain the behavior of the many other kinds of rings found in essential oils.
What scientists came to conclude is that these ring structures could no longer be thought of as expressions of matter measured by discrete sizes, dimensions, and masses. This is because they are actually waveforms to be measured by frequencies, amplitudes, and phases. In other words, the compounds of essential oils are not just molecules of matter. They are energetic waveforms. Thus, essential oils can manifest either as particles of matter (chemistry) or as waves of energy (physics) or both.
The fact that energy and matter are equivalent and interchangeable was first articulated in 1905 by Albert Einstein (1879-1955). The realization that aromatic rings, originating as matter but functioning as energy, was only a further confirmation of Einstein’s insight.
To be continued… Part two will explain how light manifests as both matter and energy, waves and particles. –DT
Today’s post was written by David Stewart, PhD, author of Healing Oils Of The Bible, Chemistry Of Essential Oils Made Simple: GOD’S LOVE MANIFEST IN MOLECULES, and many many other books on essential oils, science, theology, earthquakes, breastfeeding and other varied topics. It first appeared in it’s entirety in Volume 7, Number 1 Jan – Feb 2009 issue of The Raindrop Messenger, and is reprinted here with permission from Dr. Stewart. To subscribe or download back issues, visit www.RaindropTraining.com.
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