Does heat ruin an essential oil? My official answer is,”I don’t know.” I’m a stickler for truth so if I don’t have a reliable source of information, I choose not to participate in conversations. In our internet age today so many people copy and paste things so much that we don’t know if we are getting an answer from a reliable source, if we are only getting a segment of a conversation, or if that information was edited to fit the purpose of the person sharing that information. So for today’s topic, I have not included sources that I don’t trust. As always, my intention is to just give you data for you to make your own educated guesses with. So once you have read the data below, you decide – “Does heat ruin an essential oil”.
First of all, in our early days in Young Living back in the early 2000s, we were told to avoid temperature extremes.
“Don’t let your oils get too hot or too cold.”
“Don’t leave your oils in the hot car.”
“Don’t put your oils in the freezer.”
It appears that with the information Dr. Young had at the time that the science would point to this being true. After all, we use cold-air diffusers so that heat doesn’t ruin our oils.
But, on a recent Young Living discussion board for professionals, one professional was saying that in the last year or so (2011) that she heard Dr. Young say that your oils will be fine if they get too hot. Remember, I’m only including information from sources I trust. This brings me to my next thought.
I have used oils many times that have been left in my vehicle every day in the hot Arkansas summer heat. I have used helichrysum for pain and no matter how hot the oil got it was still effective for my pain. I have used hot Valor for allergic reactions and it was effective. I have used hot peppermint for sinus infections and it was effective. I have lost an oil and found it a year later and it was still effective after months and months of withstanding the hot summer heat. So if the heat fractured the molecules, then my body was able to utilize each fractured part anyway.
This brings me to my next thought. My aromatherapy instructor, Rhianna Harris from France, told us that your body breaks down essential oils into their specific components anyway. She said that a diffuser breaks essential oils into their individual molecules and your nose distributes each molecule where it needs to go in the body. That made sense to me because I likened it to how the digestive system breaks down our foods into smaller usable parts like proteins into amino acids.
Then, my brain thinks:
“Well, these plants that the oils came from stood out in hot fields, in the dessert soil of Utah or Egypt, in the volcanic ash of Ecuador and many other hot climates. The essential oil in the plant survived that. So they must be able to take some heat.”
“These oils withstand 200 degree temperatures during the distillation process.” (But we also know the temperature has to be controlled in distillation so that the oil isn’t scorched. So…how much heat can an oil withstand?)
“These oils withstand the rising temperatures inside my hot vehicle.”
And then I think of what Dr. David Stewart, a chemist, says in his books. He is talking about going through radiation at airport security but I use that information when I think of oils getting hot. He said that yes that airport screening will fracture the oils but in a matter of minutes the components all group back together making a whole oil again. So if oils can heal themselves coming out of radiation, can they heal themselves after their components have been separated by heat as long as they were not scorched and destroyed?
Maybe we found our answer. As long as the oil isn’t scorched, maybe it isn’t ruined when subjected to heat.
So how hot can an oil get before it is scorched?
How hot does a diffuser get?
Hot hot does the plant matter get when distilled?
How come we can use heat with oil resins but we can’t use hot-air diffusers?
I could make myself crazy over-thinking this? What did you conclude? Please comment in the thread below. What were you taught and which Young Living sponsored event did you hear it at?
I follow my own advice when I say you should ask other Young Living distributors to guest blog for you. Adam Green and I met on Facebook. It’s fun being professional colleagues doing favors for each other and I’ve enjoyed cashing in on this favor of having him share with you guys his “personal trainer expertise” on separating facts from falsehoods when it comes to finding the right balance of eating the right foods and the in right amounts. Once you’ve been edified by his great tips below, go “friend” him on Facebook and check out his other great tips.
Nutrition is a key component not only to your fitness program but to life! Food is fuel, and it is important to fuel your body properly and effectively. I highly recommend seeking the advice of a personal trainer when embarking on an exercise program as they can provide you with personalized programs and education specific to your needs. Please read below what I view as some of the top nutrition mistakes people make when starting an exercise program.
1. Skipping Meals/ Improper Meal Frequency
A key mistake often made is skipping meals in hopes of cutting calories to lose weight. However this often works against your goals. Food is fuel for your body and mind. It is essential to consistenly supply nutrients throughout the day. My ideal meal frequency is every 2-3 hours consuming 5-6 meals per day. This will result in more stable blood sugars, less cravings, and sustained energy throughout the day. To begin with, I suggest setting an alarm on your phone every 3 hours to remind you to eat. Don’t skip breakfast!!!
2. Not Eating Enough Calories
Your body has a Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) which is the basic amount of calories your body needs to sustain proper function if you were to lie in a room doing nothing. In order to lose weight, you still want to consume more calories than your BMR. Consume any less and your body sees it as being deprived of its essential nutrients and calories needed to sustain itself, so it feels the need to store energy for future use. Stored energy is… FAT! You want to ensure that you are eating enough calories of the right foods with frequent and proper meals.
3. Avoiding Carbohydrates
Carbohydrates get an unwarranted bad reputation. There is a plethora of bad carbohydrates out there with the key ones to avoid being anything processed. Good carbohydrates are essential to your body. Most times good carbohydrates make up 50% of your daily caloric consumption. The key is to consume the right types of carbohydrates such as fibrous vegetables and whole foods like sweet potato, brown rice, quinoa, and fruits. When I am shopping, I purchase items that do not have labels. If they do have labels, I look for single ingredients. For example oatmeal is oatmeal, sweet potato is sweet potato. However look at a box of cereal and you will realize how processed some foods really are.
4. Improper Macronutrient Balance
As a general rule of thumb when working with clients, I traditionally start them with 50% carbohydrates, 30% protein, and 20% fats. Everyone does have their own unique body type and preferences, and after monitoring progress adjustments can be made in ratios to find an ideal balance. Again, the key is not necessarily to cut carbs like many try to do, but to eat the proper carbs, proper lean proteins, and healthy fats. Balance is key. Keeping a food journal is a great way to monitor your food intake.
5. Consuming Diet/Sugar Free Products
Many diet products are marketed as calorie free, sugar free, and as a healthier alternative to sugar laden drinks. There is a lot of research suggesting that not only does the consumption of diet products actually lead to weight gain, but the safety of these products is also questionable. Some big players in the artificial sweetener world are Acephulame potassium (Ace-K), Aspartame, and Sucralose (splenda). I highly recommend anyone looking to become more educated on the dangers of these products read “Sweet Deception”. A brief summary on sweeteners can also be found on my site here. I encourage the use of natural sweeteners such as Stevia and Yacon, but ideally, I try to get people to stay clear of sweets in general so they can break those cravings and addictions and get back to the basics of eating good, clean, whole foods.
6. Consuming Empty Calories in Sauces
One look at the labels on most sauces and dips and you will quickly see why they are contributing to your weight gain. These are often loaded with huge amounts of sugar (from High Fructose Corn Syrup) or artificial sweeteners. I recommend things like hot sauce as a better alternative, and when choosing dressings I go with any kind of vinaigrette. I am a big fan of balsamic vinegar myself.
7. Consuming Liquid Calories
Cut out soda pop of any sort, high-sugar specialty coffee beverages, juices, etc. Cutting out these things can make a big impact on your results. There is no nutrient/health value in many of these drinks and they are sabotaging your success. Even your daily double/double from Tim Hortons can be adding in an extra 280 cals/day into your body, translating to an extra 102,200 calories a year, or approx 29.2lbs!. I personally only consume water flavored with essential oils, 2-4oz of Ningxia Red, Slique Tea, and Zevia (stevia sweetened soda) when entertaining company.
8. Missing Digestive Enzymes
There is a massive amount of research on the benefits of digestive enzymes. We do not get near the amount from our food that we used to due to the highly processed nature of our food supply.
A simple analogy: Food is fuel like logs for a fire. Imagine two different fires, one made with big thick logs, the other is made with the exact same logs but chopped up finely into kindling/tender. Which one will burn better, quicker and more efficiently? The second fire, of course. Enzymes help to break down food inside your body and assist in the absorption of the nutrients so everything you are eating is being used faster and more efficiently. I challenge you to add in Essentialzyme-4 with your major meals, and add Essentialzyme or Detoxyme with your smaller meals and in-between meals. You WILL notice the difference!
Yours in health,
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Important, the information provided is for educational purposes only. It is not provided to diagnose, prescribe or treat any condition of the body. The information provided should not be used as a substitute for medical counseling with a health care professional. If you have any concerns regarding this information, please consult your health care professional.
Today’s guest blogger is a member of my organization, Serenity Chandler. Her story is personal to me because I knew how much sleep Serenity was losing as Night Terrors is a whole family problem. When I quit looking at the physical solutions to help her daughter sleep and switched to emotional solutions, I was able to help Serenity find the answers she had been searching for. I feel better now that Serenity feels better because she has less stress, more sleep, and the whole family can get some much needed rest now. Let’s read her story now:
My name is Serenity Chandler. I am mom to four amazing children and wife to one awesome man.
My soon to be 7 year old daughter has had night terrors since she was two. She would wake up screaming or crying usually 2-5 times a night but be completely incoherent. She started sleeping in my bed because I got tired of running so often to her room. Usually by the time I got her calmed down and asleep again, someone else had woken up. She never remembered these episodes in the morning, but she did remember having bad dreams. She always had bags under her eyes even if she was in bed for 12 hours a night.
Over the years I have tried to find ways to help her sleep. I tried dietary changes, I consulted the lady at the health food store and tried supplements and natural sleep aids, we tried numerous things. Nothing ever worked. In December things got worse, she was under a lot of stress at school and started sleep walking. I started looking more diligently for something to help her.
One day I was on Facebook and noticed that Tiffany’s “I’ve Got an Oil for That” page was all about sleep issues. I read all of the posts, taking notes, hoping and praying one of them would be right for my daughter. After I read all of them I started muscle testing to see which one my girl needed. The answer was clear, she needed Dream Catcher essential oil blend. I ordered some and eagerly awaited its arrival.
While waiting, I told my daughter that I had ordered some oil that I thought would help her not have bad dreams at night. Even though she doesn’t remember them, she calls them her bad dreams. She asked me every day when it was going to get here. The day it came she was so excited she could not wait to go to bed. I put it on the little pad at the base of her big toe. I started out with 1 drop on each foot, but after about two weeks we moved up to 2 drops. I put it on as she’s getting into my bed. We then pray, cuddle, read, and sing for 10-30 minutes until she falls asleep.
As I went about my nightly routine I waited for her to wake up, but she didn’t. I went to bed hopeful, but still expecting to be woken up. I kept waking up to check on her, but she barely moved. She rolled over a few times, but she didn’t wake up, she didn’t talk in her sleep, nothing. In the morning she could tell a difference, she said she didn’t have any bad dreams. My husband and I were cautiously optimistic for the next night, and had the same results. Our biggest surprise was the second morning, the bags under her eyes were completely gone.
It’s been more than a month now; my daughter is sleeping in her own bed most of the time. She still sometimes wakes up and comes to my bed, but she doesn’t wake up because of a bad dream. She was even able to have a sleepover with her cousins and stay all night. Every night isn’t perfect, she woke up with bad dreams the other night and asked for more “dream oil”, but it’s as close to perfect as I could ask for.
Serenity’s email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org