The Chemistry of Essential Oils Oxygenated Compounds Part 3 of 3
The Chemistry of Essential Oils Oxygenated Compounds Part 3 of 3 will be gone over in this post. If this is the first time you have stumbled upon this, you need to read first:
Understanding that each essential oil has its very own specific chemical make-up is crucial to understanding why that oil offers so many diverse health benefits. When we understand these things, we can know better how they work with our own personal chemical make-up. If you are new to essential oils, you have to get this.
One important thing to remember is that the chemistry information in this post and the remainder of the essential oil chemistry post is based on clinical studies, scientific studies and experimental research. Not all of these studies have been conducted on humans. There is a lot of potential for cures and treatments as found in these highly documents studies. Hopefully someday, we can find cure for cancer and other diseases based on this research.
Please note that the components of essential oils can be recreated in a laboratory but even scientists are aware that they are not nearly as effective as when they are in their whole, complete, and natural state. These studies are also done often while isolating one single component. Essential oils have hundreds or thousands of these chemical compounds in one oil. God knew what he was doing when he put them all together. Therefore, most constituents work as a team as are far more effective when working together in their natural state…in essential oils. To learn more about essential oils for natural remedies, click here.
Although there are cautions based on some components in this studies, the claims often come from overdose of or consumption of essential oils. The only deaths that have ever been reported from essential oils come from internal consumption in large quantities, usually in children. Children should never consume essential oils. Adults should not consume essential oils regularly or in more than small doses. For more information on this check out, “Is It Safe to Use Essential Oils Internally? What Do The Experts Say?” Therefore keep these cautions in mind as you use your essential oils. Click here to learn more and to help you understand safe use of essential oils.
Ketones are great for respiratory care as it can help decrease and express mucus. It opens up the mucuos membranes and allows them to be cleared.
Ketones can be dangerous to babies, children, the elderly, pregnant woman and those who have been diagnosed with epilepsy. The most common ketones in essential oils are carvone and menthone.
Carvone is used as a food enhancers primarily but it’s health benefits are also widely documented.
It’s shown to inhibit staph infection, e coli, salmonella, tuberculosis and more.
Carvone shows potential as an chemopreventative (reverse cancer damage) and stop the advancement of cancer cells. The United States Cancer Institute has conducted many studies proving that carvone has very intense benefits against cancer.
Carvone blocks the sensation of nerve pain.
It is used as a decongestant and expectorant helping rid your body of mucus and clear airways. It treats bronchitits, asthma and coughs.
It has been used as an insecticide but especially well when it is paired with other chemical compounds that also have insecticidal properties.
It is good for skin conditions such as eczema and scabies. It is astringent, meaning it tightens skin which can promote healing.
It also helps digestive upset especially indigestion, heartburn, GERD, gas pains, colic, spasms, nausea, cramps and bloating. It can be used to regulate your digestive system since it acts as a digestive stimulant.
It lowers cholesterol.
It is used as a diruetic and can help UTI’s by flushing the urinary system.
It relaxes your emotions, eases stress, anxiety and depression.
It is known as a emmenagogue meaning it stimulates menstrual cycles which is especially good for people with PCOS, Endometriosis or irregular periods. It promotes lactation and can increase milk supply.
Essential Oils With Carvone
- -Caraway (Very High Levels)
- -Spearmint (Very High Levels)
- -Dill (Very High Levels)
- -Black Pepper
- -Spike Lavender
Not to be confused with menthol (The alcohol terpene discussed in Part 2.)-menthone is similar but not quite the same although it is often found paired together. Since they are often paired together and nearly the same, see menthol under “alcohols.” It is most renowned for it’s respiratory benefits that are very similar to menthol.
It is very powerful against airborne pathogens especially.
It is very powerful against airborne pathogens especially.
It’s anti-inflammatory properties are useful for sore muscles and respiratory tracts.
It clears mucus in our respiratory system and opens airways allowing you to breathe easier. It is found in many mainstream cough/cold/flu medicines. Menthone is an oxygenator, bring oxygen to your cells and brain. It can be helpful for asthma, emphysema and COPD.
It has long been used in history as an insecticide, especially against flea infestation and spiders.
Menthone is a mental stimulant. It can energize you and help you stay alert and focused.
It can curb appetite and cravings.
Just as menthol, menthone also can be dangerous for babies, small children, elderly or people with certain medical conditions. Menthone should never be used internally by babies and/or children. Aromatically, it can cause adverse reactions in some people with sensitive respiratory diseases.
Essential Oils With Menthone
It is used to fight fungal infections and warts. It is especially great for toe fungus.
It reduces pain, inflammation and swelling.
It increases blood flow.
It can help cease the urge to cough. Camphor is an expectorant which causes mucus to be expelled. It is great for respiratory infections also. It is used in many prescription and over the counter cough and respiratory medications.
Camphor helps to get a restful nights sleep.
It is used to relieve pain in many over the counter pain relief rubs, balms and ointments because of it’s ability to block pain receptors and promote numbness.
It helps relieve skin from irritations such as burns, eczema, acne, psoriasis and more by stimulating the nerve endings and blocking pain. Commercially, it is used to relieve itching and redness associated with common skin irritations and rashes. It can help promote hair growth by increasing blood flow to the scalp. It can also get rid of head lice.
It is excellent as an insecticide.
Camphor must be used in low doses. Toxicity can occur if swallowed or applied to an open wound directly enter the blood stream at high concentrations. Camphor CANNOT be used by pregnant women because it crosses the placenta and may cause developmental disabilities.
Essential Oils With Camphor
Oils that contain esters are generally considered gentle oils and very fruity smelling. Below we will discuss the types of esters.
Linalyl Acetate (Lin-ah-ll Ass-et-ate)
Linalyl Acetate is thought to be very gentle on all routes. It is often paired with the chemical compound of linalool.
It works well to relieve pain including migraines.
It reduces swelling and edema.
It helps reduces spams throughout the body as well as tremors, due to it’s very relaxing qualities.
It can help relieve pain from menstrual symptoms like heavy, painful flow and cramps. It even helps after birth pains from hemorrhoids, c-section and episiotomies. Some forms may balance female hormones.
Linalyl Acetate has shown to reverse the lung and cardiovascular damage cause by smoking material with nicotine.
It can reduce the duration of, number of and severity of seizures.
Linalyl Acetate is well know for being very sedative and relaxing mentally and physically. It helps fight depression, anxiety, restlessness, stress and insomnia. It helps your mind to relax and focus.
It improves the health and look of skin balancing skin oils, reducing redness, blemishes, healing wounds and calming rashes. It is great for burns, cuts, scrapes and more.
It can promote hair growth. It also beautifies hair and scalp making it look shiny and healthy.
It helps reduce blood pressure and slows the heart rate in stressed situations by relaxing tense blood vessels.
Essential Oils With Linalyl Acetate
- -Lavender (The Highest Levels)
- -Bergamot (Very High Levels)
- -Clary Sage (Very High Levels)
- -Ylang Ylang
- -Roman Chamomile
- -Siberian Fir
Methyl Salicylate (Meth-all Sah-liss-eh-late)
It works well on mold and mildew.
Methyl salicylate is use for aches and pains such as arthritis, rheumatism, gout, back aches, joint pain, sprains and so much more. It numbs the pain receptors in your nerves and gets rid of muscle cramps making it popular in pain relief medications. It also helps headaches. It is very similar to aspirin chemically and therapeutically.
It is absorbed into the skin very quickly and increases circulation.
It helps fight skin blemishes such as acne, lose skin and tightening muscles, skin and blood vessels. It can promote hair growth by increasing circulation and tightening hair roots. It helps to heal bruises.
It is used often as flavoring and scent in dietary products. It is one of the main ingredients in toothpastes and mouthwash.
It has been used to effectively treat fevers, colds and the flu and the symptoms of those including respiratory issues.
It fights fatigues and aides in cognitive function such as memory and focus.
It helps remove toxins, fats, and excess salts from your body through your urine since it is a diuretic. It can prevent kidney stones by removing toxins. This in turn can also help you lose weight and fight rheumatism and other disorders cause by a build up of toxins.
It is very helpful for women experiencing symptoms of menstruation and PMS, painful cramps, nausea and fatigue. It helps to regulate periods and stimulate them in women who have irregular periods, even those caused by reproductive disorders like PCOS and Endometriosis.
Methyl salicylate is highly toxic if swallowed. It should never be ingested in any amount. Children are especially susceptible to poisoning due to its delicious minty fragrance. It can cross the placenta and poison the fetus as well so it must be avoided by pregnant women. It also can pass into breast milk so it must not be applied near the breast tissue in a lactating woman. The poisoning properties is similar to aspirin overdose. One teaspoon is equivalent to at least 21 aspirin tablets.
Essential Oils With Methyl Salicylate
- -Wintergreen (The Highest Levels)
- -Birch (Also The Highest Levels)
- -Tea Tree
Lactones are found in mainly in expressed/cold pressed oils and absolute oils but in very low levels due to how heavy the molecules are. The weight makes it hard to be distilled. Oils that contain lactones may be phototoxic-causing burns when exposed to the sun. It can be a skin irritant. Lactones are very very fragrant and used in perfume and scented products. It is known to eliminate order molecules. Below we will analyze some of the main lactones.
Coumarins are a type of lactone although sometimes thought of separately.
It is found mainly in cassia and cinnamon. Cassia and cinnamon are very closely related…like cousins. They are basically the same with just slight differences. Cassia comes from the Cinnamomum Cassia Tree and Cinnamon comes from the Cinnamomum tree. Cassia is often sold as cinnamon but is considered “not true cinnamon” or “low quality.”
It helps lower a fever caused by influenza, colds and other ailments.
It can kill microbes by inhibiting a pathogens enzyme activity. It is used today to fight many chronic infections such as toxoplasmosis (found in the feces of cats), malaria and more.
Sesquiterpene Lactones, specifically coumarins are thought to be the most effective treatment for malaria.
It can help with arthritis and rheumatism due to it’s very very high anti-inflammatory qualities. It is a treatment for edema and edema related diseases because it reduces the level of protein in body tissues.
Yes, some studies have shown that coumarins help fight signs of aging internally and externally.
Coumarins target cancer and tumor cells when they are dividing and destroy them as well as preventing them from reproducing. It also fights damage done by some cancer treatments. Coumarins are used as a part of the cancer treatments already with much research on how to use them even more effectively.
Analgesic (Pain Relieving)
Lactones help prevent cardiovascular disease and lower blood pressure. It also has blood thinning habits by inhibiting vitamin K which is required for coagulation. It can steady heart beats cause by arrhythmia.
It can help treat burns and wounds.
They help fight mental disorders such as depression and anxiety. It is a sedative and helps relax, get rid of nervous energy and rest. It helps fight neurodegeneration specifically sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and Huntington’s.
Courmarins can be toxin when ingested frequently and in more than very small amounts. Because of it’s blood thinning properties, people using blood thinning medication should not use it. Coumarins may cause skin irritation.
Essential Oils With Coumarins
- -Cinnamon Bark
- -Cinnamon Leaf
- -Jasmine Absolute
Ethers are not found very often in this scenario. There are two main ethers called anethol (ann-eh-th-all) and methyl chavicol (Meth-ll Ch-av-i-cole).
It breaks down mucus and expells it, easing congestion. It stimulates your respiratory system and opens your bronchi.
Ethers help balance hormones.
It relaxes and balances your Centeral Nervous System. It can also help fight fatigue yet at the same time, it can improve your quality of sleep. If other chemical compounds are not effective at improving sleep, ethers may help tremendously. Ethers can also help with headaches that may not be treated otherwise. Eithers support memory and overall mental well-being including focus.
Essential Oils With Ethers
- -Cinnamon Leaf
Oxides come from other chemical constituents that have been oxidized. They can come from alcohols, ketones or terpenese likem monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes. Some of the main oxides are eucalyptol and cineole.
Essential Oils With Oxides
- -German Chamomile
- -Eucalyptus Globulus
- -Eucalyptus Radiata
- -Spike Lavender
- -Tea Tree
These statements are not regulated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnosis, treat, prevent or cure any disease or illness. These statements are no substitute for professional consultation with your personal physician. Consult your doctor before making any changes and/or additions to your health care routine.
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