I was recently asked if Essential Oils could cure nerve damage caused by a recent surgery. It was a reasonable question and one that I fear does not get enough thoughtful attention, so I wanted to attempt the question “Can Essential Oils cure me?”
Can Essential Oils Cure Me?
The short answer is no.
There are no magic bullets.
I do not believe that is how Essential Oils actually work. It is not the oil by itself, but the oil’s ability to help the body return to balance that allows the body to heal.
A Body in Balance
As you may know, our bodies continually toggle in and out of balance, a state also known as Homeostasis. When we respond to any kind of physical, emotional or physiological stress, our bodies release stress hormones that cause our breathing to increase, our heart to beat faster and our blood to flow to external muscles and away from the digestive organs.
This stress response allows us to flee from a pressing emergency. When the stressful situation passes, our breathing and heart rate return to the balanced state of homeostasis so our bodies can rest, repair and heal.
This balance also exists in nature. We know that the tides, the seasons, the circadian rhythm of day and night along with the cycles of the moon all ebb and flow in balance. Our bodies are designed to maintain a similar natural rhythm.
This is one reason that connecting to nature, either through the consumption of nutrient dense whole food, or walking in the woods, barefoot on the grass or dirt or by the water is so healing. It allows our bodies to align with the natural rhythm of the planet.
When we lose this connection to nature, it interferes with our internal rhythm and balance, impeding our ability to return to balance so we can relax, sleep, detoxify, digest, anti-inflame, repair and heal.
When our bodies are in a balanced state of homeostasis, these natural processes flow easily without interference. The body can easily recognize or respond to a stressor, then return to balance.
Connecting with nature – either by consuming nutrient-dense whole foods or inhaling or topically applying essential oils derived from plants — allows us to align with the balance of nature so our bodies can return to balance and heal.
Blue Print for Health
There is also a blue print in nature for all living things. We know that as embryos we all start as stem cells, but somehow the cells know to differentiate themselves as they develop into different organs and function. It is almost as if they are following the blue print of nature. Biologist Rupert Sheldrake describes these biological blueprints, which he calls “morphic fields” in his book, The Presence of the Past: Morphic Resonance and the Habits of Nature. Sheldrake points to experiments where severed limbs of salamanders regenerate as one example of this observable energetic blueprint that exist throughout nature.
The concept of energetic blueprints can help explain many things, like phantom limbs, when an individual loses a limb or body part, but still feels pain in the area because the blue print is still present as well as the power of essential oils to help return the body to balance.
Use Blueprint of Plants to Heal with Essential Oils
Essential oils are highly compatible with human biochemistry, in part because they share three primary elements – carbon, hydrogen and oxygen – along with similar energetic blueprints.
In his book Healing is Voltage, a medical doctor out of Dallas named Jerry Tennant hypothesized that since humans and plants are bio-familiar, they have similar energetic blueprints, which he calls frequencies.
It might help to think of the own unique frequency of each plant as you would perceive a unique color or musical note. Just as you can combine musical notes and instruments to make beautiful harmonies, or combine paint colors to match a specific hue, you can mix the frequencies of different plants through the use of their oils to match the frequency or code of a particular organ, part of the brain or emotional energy in balance. Topically applying this blueprint of the organ in balance can help to shift the body back into balance.
Addressing the Underlying Health Imbalances
When I first started working with essential oils, I was struck by the potential to utilize them in tandem with dietary and lifestyle modifications to address the root issues that throw the body out of balance, making it challenging to rest, repair, regenerate and heal.
Most health issues can be traced to imbalances in the organs associated with the following systems:
If you can return the organ or the system to balance, the body can often return to homeostasis and begin the process of healing.
Can Essential Oils cure me in and of themselves?
I don’t think so. But they can help relieve symptoms and when combined with dietary and lifestyle modifications, can play a powerful role helping to return the body to balance so it can heal.
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