by Dr. Lawrence Wilson
© February 2013, L.D. Wilson Consultants, Inc.
All information in this article is for educational purposes only. It is not for the diagnosis, treatment, prescription or cure of any disease or health condition.
Essential oils are liquid extracts of various herbs, flowers and other botanicals. They are generally extracted using a heavy press, and without the need for alcohol or other solvents.
As herbal remedies, they tend to be quite potent, requiring only a drop or two to have an effect. This is different than other herbal extracts or dried herbs, which require a much larger quantity to have an effect. However, what is important is that essential oils are herbal remedies, just in a very concentrated form.
Sadly, while essential oils are certainly interesting remedies, I find that among our clients, the essential oils are mainly toxic and not helpful at all. They are similar to many other herbal remedies in that they are medicines, all of which tend to be a little toxic. While they can reduce symptoms in many cases, they do so at the expense of the whole body system, and are therefore unsuitable for use with a nutritional balancing program. We find that essential oils, unfortunately, generally will interfere with a nutritional balancing program and therefore should be avoided.