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Brain Power™ gives your brain a boost with essential oils that are high in Sesquiterpenes. Use it to clarify thought and develop greater focus.


An article by Nancy Sanderson

Now some of you that are new to essential oils may be wondering what are Sesquiterpenes?

Well it is just one of the constituents in essential oils. Sesquiterpenes, which are found in some essential oils, are:

  • anti-septic
  • anti-inflammatory
  • soothing to inflamed tissue
  • can produce profound effects on emotions and hormonal balance
  • work on the liver
  • are a gland stimulant
  • increase oxygen around the pineal and pituitary gland
  • have the ability to go beyond the Blood Brain Barrier (meaning they can cross the blood brain barrier increasing the oxygen to the brain).

Unlike synthetic chemicals, essential oil chemicals or constituents are diverse in their effects. No two oils are alike.

  • Some constituents, such as aldehydes found in lavender and chamomile, are antimicrobial and calming, Esters and aldehydes have a stimulating and sedating effect on the nerve endings.
  • Eugenol, found in Cinnamon and clove, is anti-septic and stimulating.
  • Ketones, found in lavender, hyssop, and patchouli, stimulate cell regeneration and liquefy mucous.
  • Phenols, found in oregano and thyme oil, are highly anti-microbial. Phenols are antiseptic and kill bacteria, an are anti-oxidant which increase the oxygen into the tissue to relieve muscles spasms. Phenols also increase the velocity in the blood by increasing the oxygen and moving it along.

Young Living’s Basil has 72% metha charvicol which works great on spasmodic muscles. If the muscle doesn’t relax then the nerve may be affected, so you would want to look for an oil that has Esters in, which is calming and relaxing to the nerve. For instance apply1 drop Basil, 3 Eucalyptus to the chest and it may help relax the lungs and increase the oxygen. Or you may use 3 Basil and 1 Black Pepper in the Raindrop Therapy up the spine for the anti-viral effect.

Use less drops of the one with the highest Phenols, because the less you use, it pushes the effect you want. For skin problems such as Shingles and Herpes Simplex, you can relieve the pain and itching by using 7 drops Bergamot (for the calming and soothing feeling), 3 Melissa (for a soothing effect), 5 Lavender ( for balancing). When the problem is better reduce the Lavender and add Myrrh for the healing effect.

People with high acid need to use oils that are high in Sesquiterpenes. If you are attracted to phenols then you may have a bacteria in the body. If the body is building mucous then use Lavender to balance the parasympathetic system that produce mucous and get your body in an alkaline state.

Most viruses, fungi and bacteria cannot live in the presence of many essential oils, specially those high in phenols, carvacrol, thymol, and terpenes. This, perhaps, offers a modern explanation why the Old Testament prophet Moses used aromatic substances to protect the Israelites from the plagues that decimated the ancient Egyptians.

A vast body of testimonials suggest that those who use essential oils are less likely to contract infectious disease. Moreover, oils users who do contract an infectious illness tend to recover faster than those using antibiotics. The complex chemistry of essential oils make them ideal for killing and preventing the spread of bacteria, since microorganism have a difficult time mutating in the presence of so many different anti-septic compounds.

At the March 2000 International Symposium in Grasse, France, Dr. Berangere Arnal-Schnebelen presented a paper showing the anti-bacterial properties of essential oils against several infectious agents. Spanish oregano and cinnamon essential oils tested at above 95% efficiency against Candida albicians, E.Coli, and a Streptococcus strain. This is significant as we face life-threatening, drug-resistant viruses and bacteria.

The Essential Oils of ravensara, melissa, oregano, mountain savory, clove, cumin, cistus, hyssop and frankincense are highly anti-bacterial and contain immune supportive properties that have been documented by many researchers, such as Daniel Penoel, MD, and Pierre Franchomme. These oils are found in varying amounts in the immune support and anit-microbial essential oil blends.

To add this info which I feel is important when you are wanting to use essential oils for the first time. Make sure you have 100% pure therapeutic grade essential oil. Young Living’s oils are run through a number of tests and are stamped with the AFNOR standard stating they are 100% pure therapeutic grade. Most over the counter oils are adultrated and are not pure.

An essential oil may be labeled as “basil” and have a botanical name (Ocimun basilicum), but it can have widely different therapeutic actions, depending on its chemistry. For example, basil high in linalol or fenchol is primarily used for its antiseptic properties. However, basil high in methyl chavicol is more anti-inflammatory than antiseptic and is anti-spasmodic. A third type, basil high in eugenol, has both anti-inflammatory and antiseptic effect.

Of even greater concern is the fact that some oils are adulterated, engineered or “extended” with the use of synthetic chemical. They can be very detrimental, causing rashes, burning, skin irritations, allergic reactions, and etc., besides being devoid of any therapeutic effects. For example, pure frankincense is often extended with colorless, odorless solvents, such as diethyplhthalate or dipropylend glycol. The only way to distinguish the “authentic” from the “adulterated” is to subject the essential oil to rigorous analytical testing using state of-the-art gas chromatography, mass spectroscopy, and NMRI carbon testing.

Also oils that are subjected to high heat and pressure have a distinctly simpler and inferior profile of chemical constituents, since excessive heat and temperature fractures and breaks down many of the delicate aromatic compounds within the oil – some of which are responsible for its therapeutic action.

In addition, oils that are steam distilled are far different from those that are solvent extracted. Lavender (Lavandula Angustifolia) has 187 constituents and synthetic lavender only has 4 constituents. How can you get any benefit from using over the counter lavender?

Adulterated and mislabeled essential oils present dangers for consumers. One woman who had heard of the ability of lavender oil to sooth burns, used lavender oil from a local health food store when she spilled boiling water on her arm. But the pain intensified and the burn worsened, so she later complained that lavender oil was worthless for soothing burns. When her “lavender” oil was analyzed, it was found to be lavandin, a hybrid lavender that is chemically very different from pure Lavendula Angustifolia. Lavandin contains high levels of camphor (12-18%) and can itself burn the skin, which intensified her burn. The Lavendula Angustifolia, contains virtually no camphor and has a burn soothing agent which is not found in lavandin.

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