Essential Oils vs Herbs
I’ve been asked a number of times, what’s the most potent, essential oils or herbs? Without a doubt, herbs have been used for thousands of years, and still are, with great effect; whether this be through the drying of the herb, the creation of salves or steeped as a kind of tea.
However, when you distill an essential oil from the plant, you are getting the concentrate of all the plant’s nutrients, molecules, trace minerals, enzymes, hormones, vitamins and lots more. And it’s the essential oil in a plant or herb that has the impact on us.
A dried herb can lose as much as 90% of its oxygenating molecules and nutrients. Essential oils are volatile subtle liquids. When you dry something like a rose, you might lose as much as 95% of this extract through vaporization. How many people like peppermint tea? I love it. However, as a healing remedy it’s benefits are slight. To get the same benefit from peppermint tea that you would get from a drop of peppermint essential oil, you would need to drink over 20 cups of peppermint tea! I love my peppermint tea, but not that much, Thanks.
Through the benefits of distillation, we are able to get the plant’s concentrated life energy ( its blood if you like) and do some ‘serious’ healing work on people ( and animals). When an essential oil is applied to the skin, it will penetrate every cell in your body within minutes. A number of essential oils can even penetrate the blood/brain barrier, carrying vital oxygen and nutrients into the brain. Research has shown such oils to be beneficial to the treatment of such ailments as dementia, alzheimer’s disease and even depression.
And another thing…
Many of the herbs that are grown for the purpose of creating supplements aren’t necessarily grown organically. They’re mass produced and harvested to be able to create as much of the supplement as possible. Have they been sprayed with toxic pesticides and herbicides? Maybe. How much of the plant’s essential life energy is left by the time it’s harvested, dried, chopped up, bottled up and put on the shelves? Very little I suspect.
For that reason, when it comes to my health, I put my trust in pure therapeutic grade, unadulterated essential oils. And drink the peppermint tea just for enjoyment.
Till next time
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