Thursday, December 26, 2013

Essential Oil Safety

Understanding how to safely work with essential oils and other natural plant extracts is important.  It is also an area most people seem to want to ignore.

Most essential oils are safe to use when diluted properly and used for short periods of time.  However, there are some health conditions that contradict the use of essential oils and some oils that can only be safely used at very low concentrations.

Over the past 15 years there has been many books published about aromatherapy that provide incorrect information about the uses of essential oils.  These books list many health conditions that essential oils may be used for, however, this information was taken from herbal data and usages.  

This herbal data is based on using the dried of fresh plant material in various formats such as tea, compresses, tinctures, capsules, etc.  Essential oils on the other hand are produced by steam distillation.   They are a very concentrated extract that can contain different chemical components that those found in the dried or fresh herb or plant material.  Thus, quoting and referring to herbal data and usage can by very dangerous.

Robert Tisserand has just published a new updated book on Essential Oil Safety and I highly recommend anyone who works with essential oils on a regular basis to purchase a copy.  It is a reference book you will not want to be without.  Click on the link below to purchase.

Essential Oil Safety Second Edition by Robert Tisserand | Rodney Young

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Myrrh is a aromatic resin used

Old Dominion University - Plants of the Bible

AgroforestryTree Database

Myrrh Information from Wikipedia

Plant World of the Bible

To Order Myrrh Resin or Essential Oil Click Here.

Frankincense is a tree that produces a beautiful aromatic resin.  It is mentioned in the Holy Bible and it was one of the gifts the wise men offered to the Christ child.

Here are some informational links with more information about frankincense.

God as a Gardener        
Experiencing God through Plants
Herbs of the Bible - Frankincense

Frankincense is also being studied for its ability to fight cancer.  Please note the studies are not complete and clinical trials are still being conducted.  Researchers are still trying to identify the chemical component in the Frankincense oil that is responsible for tumor cell-specific apoptosis.

Boswellia sacra essential oil induces tumor cell-specific apoptosis and suppresses tumor aggressiveness in cultured human breast cancer cells.

To Order Frankincense Resin or Essential Oil Click Here.
Calamus - Interesting information about the Calamus plant mentioned in the Bible.

Old Dominion University - Bible Plants

Gardening with Biblical Plants: Handbook for the Home Gardener

Plant World of the Bible

God as a Gardener
Experiencing God through Plants

To purchase Calamus Essential Oil Click Here.