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I hear from time to time of people who either have an adverse reaction to using essential oils or don't get the results they are hoping for which is why I am including this section of content at the top of this page.  Every time I ask the question how is the person using the oils and I discover it is because the oils were not used correctly.  One important thing to remember essential oils are Ancient medicine.  The key word being medicine.  When you go to your doctor and he or she prescribes a medication for you to take you also are given directions as to how to take the medicine.  You should never use an essential oil unless you receive proper instruction as to how to use it.  In so many cases I hear people being told these are natural plant based oils so you can use as much as you like when you like.  While any essential oil you take should be natural pant based "Therapeutic Grade Essential Oil" (not a synthetic), does not mean it is safe bath in it.  That would be like your doctor saying you can take the medication prescribed to you like candy.  I encourage you to please use essential oils as a tool to help with issues you may have whether it is for physical or emotional issues.  Below I have included a great video by Dr. Josh Axe who describes 10 common mistakes to avoid when using essential oils.  I encourage you to contact me anytime via our contact page to ask me any questions you may have about essential oils.   I have never heard of anyone having adverse reactions to the use of essential oils when they were used correctly.  As Dr. Hill from DoTerra always says, "A Little Goes along Way." 

HISTORICAL REFERENCES TO THE USE OF ESSENTIAL OILS


The ancient Egyptians used essential oils in their daily lives to maintain health, smell sweet, to lift emotions, and as an offering to the Gods. They did not distinguish between essential oils being used for cosmetic (perfumes), medicinal or spiritual purposes. When someone became ill, they went to a priest/ess who recommended and administered the correct essential oil and/or internal remedy. It was understood that one affected the other; using a spiritual or emotional remedy could heal physical problems, and visa versa.


Biblical and Ancient References
to Essential Oils


"The Lord spoke unto Moses saying: Take thou also unto thee principal spices of pure myrrh...of sweet cinnamon...of sweet calamus...of cassia...and of olive...and thou shalt make it an oil of holy ointment, an ointment compound after the art of the apothecary: it shall be an holy anointing oil."

EXODUS 30:22-25


There are over 200 references to aromatics, incense, and ointments throughout the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. Aromatics such as frankincense, myrrh, galbanum, cinnamon, cassia, rosemary, hyssop, and spikenard were used for anointing and healing the sick. In Exodus, the Lord gave this recipe to Moses for a holy anointing oil: Exodus 30:22-25



Myrrh: "five hundred shekels" (about 1 gallon)
Cinnamon: "two hundred and fifty shekels"
Calamus: "two hundred and fifty shekels"
Cassia: "five hundred shekels"
Olive Oil: "an hin" (about 1 1/3 gallons)



Psalms 133:2 speaks of the sweetness of brethren dwelling together in unity: "It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down the beard, even Aaron's beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments." Another scripture that refers to anointing and the overflowing abundance of precious oils is Ecclesiastes 9:8: "Let thy garments be always white; and let thy head lack no ointment."


The Bible also lists an incident where an incense offering by Aaron stopped a plague. Numbers 16:46-50 records that Moses instructed Aaron to take a censer, add burning coals and incense, and to "go quickly into the congregation to make an atonement for them: for there is a wrath gone out from the Lord; the plague is begun." The Bible records that Aaron stood between the dead and the living and the plague was stayed. It is significant that according to the biblical and Talmudic recipes for incense, three varieties of cinnamon were involved. Cinnamon is known to be highly antimicrobial, anti-infectious, and antibacterial. The incense ingredient listed as "stacte" is believed to be a sweet, myrrh-related spice, which would make it anti-infectious and antiviral as well.


The New Testament records that wise men presented the Christ child with frankincense and myrrh. There is another precious aromatic, spikenard, described in the anointing of Jesus.


According to the translation of ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics and Chinese manuscripts, priests and physicians were using oils thousands of years before the time of Christ. There are 188 references to oils in the Bible. Precious oils such as frankincense, myrrh, rosemary hyssop and spicknard were used for the annointing and healing of the sick. The three wise men brought essential oils of frankincense and myrrh to the Christ Child.   Biblical prophets recognized the use of essential oils as a protection for their bodies against the ravages of disease.  Essential Oils are God's Gift of Health to Mankind.


There were three wise men (magi) who brought gold, frankincense and myrrh to the Christ child. Clinical research now shows that frankincense and myrrh are two of the most powerful immune-stimulating substances available, containing very high amounts of immune- stimulating properties. Perhaps the three wise men were wise in ways beyond our knowledge.


The Bible records that Aaron stood between the dead and the living and the plague was stayed. It is significant that according to the biblical and Talmudic recipes for incense, three varieties of cinnamon were involved. Cinnamon is known to be highly antimicrobial, anti-infectious, and antibacterial.

The incense ingredient listed as "stacte" is believed to be a sweet, myrrh-related spice, which would make it anti-infectious and antiviral as well.


The New Testament records that wise men presented the Christ child with frankincense and myrrh. There is another precious aromatic, spikenard, described in the anointing of Jesus: "And being in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at meat, there came a woman having an alabaster box of ointment of spikenard very precious; and she brake the box, and poured it on his head" (Mark 14:3).


The anointing of Jesus is also referred to in John 12:3: "Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment."


Anchored in Scripture

Recent excavation of the ancient city called Gilead, has unearthed the remains of a fortress like building used for the manufacture of balsam oil. This "balm of Gilead" noted in Jeremiah 8:22, had long been famous in antiquity for its nearly miraculous properties to HEAL WOUNDS. In fact, the balsam oil of Gilead was so famous that the conquering Roman emperor Titus (79-81 A.D.), after conquering Gilead, displayed branches from Gilead's balsam trees in his triumphal march through Rome.


So precious was this oil to the commerce of Gilead, the exact manufacturing process was kept a closely guarded secret. So much so, archaeologists uncovered an inscription carved into the floor of a local synagogue that reads, "Whoever reveals the secret of the village to the gentiles, the one whose eyes roam over the entire earth and see's what is concealed will uproot this person and his seed from under the sun." (see Biblical Archaeology Review, Sep/Oct 1996 issue).


It should be noted when Joseph's brothers tried to sell him to a caravan of Ishmaelites passing by, Their camels were loaded with spices, balm and myrrh, purchased in Gilead, on their way to Egypt. (Gen. 37:25)


Cedarwood

Cedarwood (Cedrus Atlantica) - This oil is historically recognized for its purifying properties, and is used in avoiding hair loss, dandruff, acne, psorisis, arthritis, congestion, coughs, sinustitis, cystitis, and nervous tension.


Cinnamon

Cinnamon (Cinnamomum Verum) - Sri Lanka has been producing this oil for over 2,000 years. It is used in the Middle East and Orient for fighting viruses and infectious disease. Dr. J. C. Lapraz found that viruses could not live in the presence of cinnamon oil. Because of its high phenol content, it is best diluted before being applied on the skin.


Revelation 18:13-"And cinnamon, and odours, and ointments, and frankincense, and wine, and oil, and fine flour, and wheat, and beasts, and sheep, and horses, and chariots, and slaves, and souls of men." 

 

Frankincense

Leviticus 2:15-"And thou shalt put oil upon it, and lay frankincense thereon: it [is] a meat offering."


Song Of Solomon 4:6-"Until the day break, and the shadows flee away, I will get me to the mountain of myrrh, and to the hill of frankincense."


Song Of Solomon 4:14-"Spikenard and saffron; calamus and cinnamon, with all trees of frankincense; myrrh and aloes, with all the chief spices:"


Matthew 2:11-"And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshiped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh."


Revelation 18:13-"And cinnamon, and odours, and ointments, and frankincense, and wine, and oil, and fine flour, and wheat, and beasts, and sheep, and horses, and chariots, and slaves, and souls of men."

 

Myrrh

Myrrh (Commiphora Molmol) - is anti-infectious and supportive to the immune system. The Arabian people found it to be beneficial for skin conditions such as athletes foot, chapped and cracked skin, eczema, ringworm, wounds, and wrinkles. It was used to help with asthma, bronchitis, catarrh, coughs, ginvitis (gum infection), mouth ulcers, and sore throat. It may also help alleviate diarrhea, dyspepsia, flatulence, and hemorrhoids. It also decongests the prostate and normalizes hyper-thyroid problems.


Psalms 45:8-"All thy garments [smell] of myrrh, and aloes, [and] cassia, out of the ivory palaces, whereby they have made thee glad."


Proverbs 7:17-"I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon."


The Egyptians so highly revered the use of essential oils that the art of drawing essential oils from plants was a highly kept secret. In 1922, when King Tut's tomb was opened, they discovered 350 liters of essential oils in alabaster jars. Alabaster is a fine-grained, translucent form of gypsum, typically white, often carved into ornaments.   Plant waxes had solidified the jar's openings, leaving the oils in an impeccable condition.

Safely Use Essential Oils

Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils are all natural we must still use them safely.  First it is important to make sure you are using a 100% natural, toxic free essential oil.  To be sure you are it is important to know where they came from, who the distiller is and what kind of testing is done to insure they are all natural and toxic free.  PLJ Healing Arts takes this very seriously and will only work with distillers who are transparent with their process, listing the chemical constituents which make up the pure essential oils and finally testing must be done via third party laboratories to insure non-bias testing of each batch of distilled essential oil. It is important to note that not all brands of essential oils are created equal.  Nearly 75% of essential oils on the market today are synthetic oils, meaning they were developed in a laboratory and have little to no natural chemical constituents in them and many may claim to be natural but cut their oils with other oils or chemicals to make the oils go further and make the oils cheaper to purchase.

1.  Use only the purest essential oils and follow all label warnings and instructions.
2.  When starting with essential oils, use a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil, olive oil, almond oil, grapeseed oil, etc. to apply the oils directly on the skin especially when using essential with children.  If redness or irritation occurs, add more carrier oil or discontinue use.
3.  Some oils are considered "hot" and care should be taken with a carrier oil, especially with children.  Those oils are:
     Basil
     Cassia
     Cinnamon Bark
     Oregano
     Peppermint
     Thyme
     White Fir
     Wintergreen
and any blends which may have any of the above oils as part of the blend.
4.  Keep all oils out of EYES, EARS, and NOSE.
5.  Do NOT try and rinse out with water, use a carrier oil.  Water will spread the oils therefore spreading the irritation further.
6.  Some essential oils, including many citrus oils, are sensitive to sunlight.  When you use them on your skin you may become sensitive to sunlight, you may easily burn or develop a rash.  It is recommended to avoid sunlight for at least 12 hours after application. Also, avoid UV light and tanning beds.  Remember these oils are concentrated so a little goes along way.
7.  Use caution using some oils while taking medications.  Talk with our personal physician before using essential oils and discuss any possible drug interactions.

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