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constituents are pharmacologically active. A pharmacologically active
substance may do me good in sufficient dose if I am ill but I wouldnt
necessarily take it on a daily basis because I am aware that any
pharmacologically active substance in sufficient dose can have toxic
side effects. Essential oil constituents are smaller versions of larger
drugs. They have similar chemistry which has similar therapeutic
effects and a long list of therapeutic properties but they are smaller
and simpler. In some ways more effective in some ways less effective.
In some ways more toxic in someways less toxic.
Education is the key particularly if you are advising
others. Then you can make informed decisions. Are you aware that Citrus
oil oxidises over six months from opening and should be kept
refrigerated or it becomes unsafe? I dont want toxic side effects so I
dont drink essential oil on a daily basis because even one drop of
lemon, peppermint or grapefruit is a large dose compared to the amount
of essential oil you would find in a fruit juice. You do find it there -
it is added to flavour the juice as the flavour is lost in processing.
Once you get beyond these three oils more toxic factors come into play
which you should be made aware of. Do these three make water more
palatable and so I get close to the seven glasses a day that I should be
drinking? Well thats an argument but you could get the same effect with
a dash of fruit juice without burning your throat with limonene - an
If I am ill that is a differant matter. Of course I'll consult a doctor
for a diagnosis. Does the harm outweigh the good? I'll look at the
drugs they recommend and choose whether my illness is sufficiently
severe to risk it. One of the drugs they might recommend is essential
oil in capsules. Peppermint oil in capsules is a favourite for gall
bladder problems and irritable bowl syndrome.
Sure I'll eat plants for their essential oil for example fresh onion
rings lightly fried in a little olive oil. Great for dental hygiene and
a mediterranean diet is good for the heart. Is obesity an illness? I
can follow the argument that an appetite suppressant oil might be
helpful but the only one I can think of Fennel Oil is toxic and you
wouldnt take it internally. However of course you would cook up the
Fennel plant (Florence fennel). It tastes good. Personally Id
recommend fresh pineapple and exercise however slight at first for
obesity. It works wonders.
For me essential oils in trained hands are great. For example for joint
pain someone can be in agony. The oils can penetrate deeply into the
body with a diluted topical application and with their antispasmodic
properties relax a muscle in spasm bringing relief where before there
were years of misery.