Essential oils. What makes an essential oil of superior quality?

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Essential oils. What makes an essential oil of superior quality?

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Since we are removing this element from nature, it is understandable that many aspects must be taken into consideration regarding this procedure.

What is an essential oil?

We are talking about the aromatic molecule produced and stored in its reproductive organs obtained from a process called distillation. The aromatic plant is distilled using a still to obtain liquid vapor. Essential oil is made up of 100% aromatic molecules. It can also be obtained from a hydraulic press, such as in the case of the peel of citric fruit.

What to check for when buying essential oil?

Now that we understand the process a little better, it is easier to check for aspects related to this process of obtaining essential oil that will indicate a higher or lower quality.

1 The botanical species

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The botanical species must be defined because in each gender there may be different species. The international criteria to describe essential oils should always appear in Latin. An example is artemisinin which in latin is called: Artemisia annua.

Or when we talk about frankincense essential oil and we need to refer to its latin name because there are 2 types of frankincense oils, namely: Boswellia Serrata or Boswellia Frereana.

2 The correct reproductive organ

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The next step is verifying that the correct reproductive organ was chosen. We would obtain different compositions when distilling different parts of a plant. In each case, the organ would be one of the following: leaf, flower, bark, seed, root, berry etc.

For example, orange essential oil is obtained from the peel while Jasmine essential oil is obtained from the flower.

3 Geographic location

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Depending on its geographic location, aromatic plants produce a different essence, even within the same species. The location therefore will affect its biochemistry.. Another aspect to take into consideration when we talk about location is:

  • whether it was grown in the wild (the most natural and strongest plant)
  • whether it is organic or not

Essential oils obtained from plants that are not wild or organic will certainly be of lower quality.

Organic is pesticide free but the soil used to grow these crops can be depleted of nutrients as this soil has been used for growing crops for hundreds of years. We cannot be sure of the quality of the water used to water these crops (possibly containing chlorine and/or fluoride) because these plants are cared for and watered, their roots need to grow so deep.

Wild plants on the other hand, have not been watered and have lived despite weeds so these have the deepest and strongest roots to be able to tap into the most amount of nutrients to survive. These certainly are the most desirable to use.

If oil is not extracted from a pure source (organic or wild plant) it cannot be considered to have a health benefit other than a pleasant odor.

4 The time of collection

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The aromatic plant must be picked during a certain season and even at a designated time of the day to obtain a maximum amount of its essence. The biochemistry will vary between 5 and 10% depending on the plant’s biological cycle. In many cases, the most essential oil can be obtained from the plant when flowering or when producing fruit.

5 Distillation and rest time

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There can be no short cuts with distillation time to obtain all the aromatic molecules and for the oil to be considered a 100% complete essential oil. To be of true therapeutic grade, it is essential that the correct processes for each aromatic plant has been taken into consideration such as the temperature, pressure, distillation time and resting time to guarantee that the essential oil can be considered of true therapeutic grade.

Budwig Center offers essential oils from a manufacturer that adheres to these high standards. Therefore you can be confident that our essential oil matches the quality indicated on the label. When treating serious illnesses like cancer, Budwig Center is determined to offer the best quality available in essential oils for our patients.

Even though few clinical studies have been done on the health benefits of essential oils, more and more people are discovering these from using essential oils orally and topically. One example is frankincense and myrrh essential oils in conjunction with Lemon grass oil for deeper penetration has been helpful for treating cancer and especially glioblastomas (brain cancer) when applied to the roof the mouth and areas of the head and both hands and feet on a regular basis.

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  1. Brad Greer December 15, 2016 at 8:27 am

    Hello Kathy,

    Thanks for the article! What do you think about ingesting large quantities of Frankincense to combat cancer?

  2. Kathy Jenkins December 15, 2016 at 3:36 pm

    Dear Brad,

    Thank you for sending us your question. Frankincense oil is one of the best, if not the best oil to use on a cancer patient. Certain studies have suggested that when a person has been taking the same essential oil for more than 7 days, it is possible that the body get used to the frequencies of that oil and that these would not have such a powerful effect on that person’s body anymore. That is why we have 4 formulas with mainly frankincense oil but each with a slight variation of combination so that each week the body receives a different mixture and therefore different frequencies.

    Also, with essential oils, as well as anything taking orally, we have to make sure that the digestive tract of the person receiving it can tolerate it.

    Kind regards,
    Kathy L.J.

  3. Pamela January 26, 2017 at 9:50 am

    , husband did the fo/cc i along with raw veggies and fruit and all about arthritis pain was gone in 5 days. His squamous cell started dying and surgeons asked what treatmentto he was tdoing to be attacking the cancer in just 2 weeks and in 2 more weeks his melanoma was dead too. We know too that a chronic ear Kinfection was going away and bowels worked better and lost about 1-1.5 lbs of fat each day. Energy was back too. In the beginning I did do a body and liver detox for a week too. I KNOW it works, I’ve seen it work. He did add fruits like berries and Saigon cinnamon to it or apple cider vinegar for a salad dressing. He liked it better that way.

  4. Kathy Jenkins January 26, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    Dear Pamela,

    Thank you for sharing this testimonial with us about your husband’s success using natural remedies. This is very encouraging!

    Kind regards,

    Kathy L.J.

    Budwig Center
    Calle Huéscar, 5 Ed. Galaxia 1-11
    Málaga 29007, Málaga Spain
    Tel. +34 952 577 369

  5. Nigar February 16, 2017 at 1:16 pm

    Kathy ,What is for/ cc? I have metastatic breast cancer- 3 tumour sites are lymph node, liver and spine( T-7 )

  6. Susan August 27, 2017 at 6:29 pm

    The fo/cc is probably flaxseed oil and cottage cheese.

    I pray that your cancers are going away if you’re using the Budwig method.

    God bless you.


  7. Kathy Jenkins August 29, 2017 at 8:05 am

    That is right, FOCC stands for flaxseed oil and cottage cheese.
    The Budwig protocol means doing a lot more than taking this recipe.
    At Budwig Center we teach patients to take care of their health.
    Thank you for your prayers.

    Kind regards,
    Kathy L. Jenkins

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