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Your body is a chemical factory. It relies on chemicals to digest food, to know when you are hungry, sleepy, or in pain, and to recognize the love of your life. It pulls chemicals out of your food to use, and it makes its own.
Each chemical reaction inside your body is also an electrical event. Electrons are exchanged to create new chemical compounds. Fuel (sugar) is burned for energy.
When you look at life from a molecular point of view, it is all chemical and electrical. Einstein theorized that matter and energy cannot be created or destroyed; they simply change form, matter to energy, and energy to matter. Subsequently, science has theorized that all energy is related - it isn't a different type of energy, it is just performing a different function.
Things that have energy also have frequencies, and some are measurable using present technology, and some are not. Living things have measurable frequencies.
Properly produced therapeutic grade essential oils are naturally chemical and electrical. They also have measurable frequencies. That's why we say they are living; they have the same physical qualities we do. The chemical part is pretty set. Oils are made up of the same chemical compounds that are used by the body to help organize and stabilize our body systems, creating health. Molecules of these compounds travel around until a cell that needs their compound senses them, then the cell pulls in that compound, just like the molecules your body pulls from food.
The energy frequency part is where one oil will "work" for one person and "not work" for another. Every creature has their own distinctive vibrational frequency; so does each oil. The frequencies need to be compatible in order for the oil to effectively travel and function in the body.
What does this mean to you? It means that your friend may use lavender to help her relax, while it doesn't help you relax at all. Yet valerian or vetiver may help you relax, and to your friend the oil that relaxes you just smells good (or not - I like both of those, but some find them offensive).
If your body is in need of one or more of the chemical components in the oil, and the frequency is compatible with your body's natural frequency, the oil will be able to provide the needed chemical support more easily than if the frequencies are not compatible. That doesn't mean it won't "work" if the frequencies are not compatible. It just means that it won't work as easily, quickly, and effectively.
So, say you need to sleep but you are just too wound up. Try lavender on the soles of your feet and on your pillow (make sure you won't get it in your eyes - that will definitely NOT help you sleep!). Half an hour later, you are still wound up and awake. Okay, try something else - cedarwood, orange, RutaVaLa™, Peace & Calming™, Harmony™, Dream Catcher™, Valor™, Gentle Baby™, sandalwood, frankincense, valerian ... you get the idea. With all the choices of therapeutic grade oils and oil blends available, there will be SOMETHING that works with your body's frequency and is effective for you.
But hang on to your lavender - it can still help soothe burns, cuts, and bug bites!
Plus, your body's frequency changes. As you heal and cleanse your system, your frequency increases. Using essential oils will also increase your frequency. If you are fighting a cold or are sad or angry, your frequency decreases. So today peppermint might be just the ticket for that headache you are experiencing, but next month it might respond better to wintergreen.
How will you know what oil is going to work best for you today for this or that? You can use several methods to let your body tell you itself what it needs or doesn't need. Some people use a pendulum. There's also what's called the "Lean Technique" - hold the oil near your thymus (which is located behind your sternum, in the center of your chest between your heart and throat), and relax. Does your body slightly lean forward, or does it lean back away from the oil? If forward, then your body "likes" that oil right now; if away, then put it aside for another day.
Another test is to hold your ring finger behind your thumb - if you are testing "strong" (which would mean "yes" or that the substance is beneficial for you ) it will be harder to flick the finger out than if you are testing "weak" (or "no", or "not good"). Try this by stating a lie (for instance, "My name is Rumplestilskin,") and flicking, then stating a truth ("My name is Linda," if your name is Linda) and flicking. You should test "weak" on the lie and "strong" on the truth. Hold an oil in one hand and flick with the other. A "strong" response indicates that oil will benefit you; a "weak" response suggests another oil might be more appropriate.
Using your body to give you information about what it needs is called kinesiology. When properly done it can be very informative. I used to be a skeptic about kinesiology, partly because I considered myself to be "scientific", and partly because a friend with an obvious agenda for me used it to come up with just the answers she had been touting to me all along (how amazing!). When I went to a licensed acupuncturist who used it to help me heal from allergies, though, I was so desperate that I would try anything. She used kinesiology properly, without preconceptions, and was able to use it to help me when nothing else did.
There are many books and websites with information on how to do kinesiology. The "Lean Technique" and the finger flick described briefly above are worth practicing to help you help yourself.
So, why can one oil be used for so many different, unrelated issues? Lavender, for instance, is listed in the Essential Oil Desk Reference as being used to support the respiratory system, circulatory system, hormones, skin, and a few other things. How can one oil do so many different things?
We have been conditioned by the medical industry that a drug or medicine is supposed to do one thing and one thing only. Any other things that happen from taking the drug are called "side effects", and generally are undesirable.
Most of our drugs are synthetically produced substances that are duplicating only one component of a natural substance. But the natural substance itself has many components (hundreds, if not thousands), and science is (finally!) discovering that the components work together synergistically, and that there are components in there that we haven't distinguished yet, and that some of those unknown components can be very critical.
This is very obvious in the area of vitamins and nutrients; synthetically created vitamin C may be identical chemically to one component of natural vitamin C, but when you compare synthetic vitamin C to natural vitamin C you can see that they are two different substances - and our bodies treat them as different substances!
Essential oils, when properly grown and distilled, are natural substances. We can measure known chemical components and use those measurements to determine purity and therapeutic value, but we don't know everything! Even if we were to somehow exactly duplicate a known oil with every component we know in the exact measurements, it would still be an artificial substance, and would not provide the same healing benefits as a natural, therapeutic oil. So, a rather long, involved way to say that each oil contains many, many natural chemicals, each of which can assist the body in different ways.
In short, each oil contains many constituents, and your body works with the oils, accepting what it needs and ignoring (and eventually eliminating) what it does not need. That is what allows one oil to be effective for many different issues.
There is also some very interesting research being done in the area of intention. Quantum physics has discovered that the intention of the researchers affects the results of their experiments. Healers have used intention for generations to assist their healing modalities, and there are indications that one's intention in using the oil can assist its effectiveness for that purpose. Cool stuff!
The way to work with this information is: