The French Model

The following commercial brings me to TWO essential oil topics of discussion:

1. Not everything on the Internet is true. (Ironic, I know.) Much of the misinformation regarding essential oils stems from poor quality essential oils and the lack of knowledge of natural substances in Western culture. More often than not, people put their trust in a pharmaceutical rather than an essential oil because of “science,” but the truth is the pharmaceutical has much less testing than the plant, which predates mankind[1].

Research on modern uses of essential oils is available at pubmed.gov, a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health. However, the main area of concern is not whether or not the oil works, but the value of the oil itself in it ability to be viable for human use. Factors like genetic modification, pesticides used during growing, wrong harvest practices, aluminum distilleries, high heat distillation, too little or too much distillation time, and adulteration by the manufacturer are all things the research community should consider when testing these compounds. Likewise, researchers should review the natural composure of an essential oil separate from its herbal profile, when proteins and allergens are not yet removed through distillation.

The safe use of pure, properly distilled essential oils dates back thousands of years. Numerous historical documents record the medicinal, emotional, and spiritual uses for these substances for both physicians and parents alike.[2]

2. Not all essential oils claiming to be a French model are truly a French model. The French Model of Aromatherapy emphasizes medical aromatherapy, including the ingestion and neat (undiluted) topical application of therapeutic grade essential oils. It is a specialized field of medicine in France. Remember my first point: Not everything you read or see on the Internet is true. You really must know for yourself the source and quality of an oil. I trust my brand because of the Seed to Seal Promise.

English model – Advocates dilution of carrier oil with a small amount of essential oil in a carrier oil and topical application.

German model – Originating in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, advocates focus on inhalation only of essential oils for healing purposes.

Why do the English and German models focus on one method application, while the French used both plus ingestion? If the skin is the largest organ of the human body, then why would topical application to the skin be fine when ingestion would not? Why would it be safe to breathe something into the lungs and through the nostrils to the olfactory blub that cannot be eaten? Clearly, the multiple substantiated models show that oils can be used in a variety of application methods. The pioneers, chemists, and medical practitioners who adhered to the French model also were working with unadulterated, pure oil that had not been synthesized and was properly distilled. The endorsers of inhalation, topical and oral application include R.M. Gattefossé, Dr. Jean Valnet, Dr. Paul Belaiche, Jean-Claude Lapraz, Christian Duraffourd, Dominique Baudoux, Henri Viaud, Dr. Daniel Pénoël, and D. Gary Young. Not all modern aromatherapists avoid “internal usage” either. Internationally Certified Aromatherapist, Debra Raybern also is a Master Herbalist and has 15 years of actual application with her own family and clients.

Supporting Resources for the French Model of Aromatherapy

Essential Oil Desk Reference and Essential Oils Pocket Reference (Life Science Publishing)

The Chemistry of Essential Oils Made Simple (David Stewart, PhD.)

– The Chemistry of Essential Oils Made Even Simpler (Michelle M. Truman, Ed.D.)

Essential Oils Integrative Medical Guide (D. Gary Young, ND)

The Healing Oils of the Bible (David Stewart, PhD.)

Gentle Babies: Essential Oils and Natural Remedies for Pregnancy, Childbirth, Infants, and Young Children (Debra Raybern, ICA, MH, CNC)

Inner Transformations Using Essential Oils (LeAnne Deardeuff, DC, and David Deardeuff, DC)

Statistical Validation of Raindrop Technique (David Stewart, PhD.)

Essential oils are not standardized in the United States. The safe practices are outlined in various texts (see above) and the validation of medicinal uses are extensive, but poor quality oils still remain on the market.

When opponents of essential oils claim injury reports to validate their position, they need to provide the governing body or authority collecting injury reports and the standards for the data collection. Who investigates each report with thorough medical reports and proof of injury was in fact caused by the oils reacting in a direct adverse way and not due to another underlying medical issues such as toxic exposure to synthetic chemicals, vaccines exposure, food, genetics, etc? In addition, there is no evidence to show that pure, authentic essential oils damage cells.

AIRASE (Association for the International Research of Aromatic Science and Education) is an independent organization to promote research to establish the scientific validity for the standardization of essential oils for the home, health care, ad medicinal uses. The goal of AIRASE is to “fund research through contributions and membership fees and to globally inform the public on research results and research validity concerning the therapeutic uses and healing properties of essential oils, thus providing hope, health and well-being now and for future generations.”

Berean Jews

Please do not let your examination of essential oils stop here. I urge you to check it out for yourself.

In Acts 17, the apostle Paul was teaching things to people in Berea that none had heard before. However, in verse 11 it says they examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. This is what we should all do as consumers. We should be aware of what we are believing as truth. It doesn’t mean to be a skeptic, but to have a reason to support what you believe. Create a foundation for your health and the health of your family based on sound education and confidence.

[1] Genesis 1:11

[2] Stewart, David, Ph.D, Healing Oils of the Bible. CARE Publications, Marble Hill, Missouri. 2010.

Hildegarda, inaedibus B.G. Teubneri, Harvard University, 1903. Not in copyright

Ebers Papyrus, translated by Cyril Bryan, Geoffrey Bles. London, 1930.

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