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Essential Oils and Oxygen
by Jim Lynn

So much has been said of late about the therapeutic qualities of essential oils, we've tended to overlook one of their greatest and most obvious assets...OXYGEN.

Most people take the air they breathe and the oxygen they need to survive for granted. Even fewer people understand the vital role oxygen plays in maintaining a healthy body, free of disease.

A Startling Revelation:

Recently, when scientists analyzed air bubbles trapped in fossilized amber, they were stunned. The trapped air had an oxygen content of 38%. By comparison, the air we breathe today has an average oxygen content of from 19 to 21%...50% less oxygen than the ancient bubble of air found in the amber.

This discovery is startling to researchers, because it suggests the human body was designed to function at a 50% stronger concentration of oxygen than what we have now. These figures become even more alarming when we realize the oxygen levels in the air over many cities is even lower...measured at from 12% to 15%. It is generally accepted that human life cannot be supported with air containing less than 7% oxygen.

Oxygen Deficiency Is Linked To Disease:

Leading researchers see a direct correlation between decreases of oxygen levels and concurrent increases in chronic degenerative diseases of all sorts.

Dr. Otto Warburg, two-time Nobel Laurate and Winner of the Nobel Award for Cancer Research, linked oxygen, or the lack of it directly to cancer. Specifically, his research revealed that cancer cells can only thrive when the cells become oxygen deficient. He wrote:

"Cancer has only one prime cause. It is the replacement of normal oxygen respiration of the body's cells by anaerobic cell respiration."

Many other researchers now believe Dr. Warburg was correct. Dr. Norman McVea states:

"Insufficient oxygen means insufficient biological energy that can result in anything from mild fatigue to life-threatening disease. The evidence is overwhelming. Oxygen plays a powerful role in our health and well-being. The more oxygen we have in our system, the more energy we produce. Understanding this is more important today than ever before, because of a general deficiency of oxygen intake. Simply put, the best way to optimize health is to be sure that we oxygenate every cell of our body."

Dr. Stephen Levine, a renowned molecular biologist and geneticist, has concluded from his own research that the lack of oxygen at the cellular level is not only the foundational cause of not just cancer...but of all chronic degenerative disease. In his book, Oxygen Deficiency: A Con-comitant to All Degenerative Illness, Dr. Levine states:

"In all serious disease states we find a comitant low oxygen state...Low Oxygen in the body tissues is a sure indicator for disease...Hypoxia, or lack of oxygen in the tissues, is the fundamental cause for all degenerative disease."

Unfortunately, the lack of oxygenated air is not the only way in which we have become oxygen deficient. Our diet of the foods we eat, stress and acidic overload all add to our growing oxygen deficiency. Junk food is low in oxygen and high in toxic chemicals and preservatives. Physical and emotional stress rob the body of much needed oxygen. And a chronic acidic system causes the body to draw down its precious reserve of oxygen.

The oxygen content in a healthy human body is roughly three times that of the oxygen content in the air. Pathogens, cannot live in such an oxygen rich environment. But as the body becomes oxygen deficient, it opens the door to invasion for every kind of harmful bacteria, virus, fungus and parasite... ALL anaerobic disease causing micro-organisms (Anaerobic meaning they live and proliferate best in bodies where there is little or no oxygen).

Researcher Ed McCabe, author of Oxygen Therapies: A New Way of Approaching Disease explains:

"Because you have a low oxygen condition in your cells, these foreign pathogens find it easy to invade your body. They grow and form colonies, and excrete toxins that make you sick or sometimes give you a fever, or a sore throat, or a runny nose, or arthritis, or cancer, or AIDS, or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, or herpes, or candidia, or a cold, etc, etc. The reason they can grow in you, rob your body of energy and produce disease is because of the low oxygen level in your cells. In short, they grow in you because the traditional sources of oxygen for our bodies air, food and water can no longer supply all the oxygen we need to live long and healthy lives."

The bottom line in a long list of accepted research on the subject is that OXYGEN DEFICIENCY IS THE PRIME CAUSE for much, if not most of modern day disease. The human body today, without an adequate supply of life-giving oxygen, cannot function in a disease-free state.

Essential Oils...Nature's Answer To Oxygen Deficiency:

If there is any one BIG reason for you to use essential oils everyday, it can be summed up in one word...OXYGEN! Essential oils are loaded (concentrated) with it, at least 50 times more oxygen than what the plants give off from which they are derived.

While essential oils may contain hundreds of different elements, three primary elements common to all oils are hydrogen, carbon and OXYGEN. So each time you inhale essential oils or apply them to your body, you are enriching your body with needed oxygen to purge toxins and fight off disease causing pathogens. This is why the use of essential oils on a daily basis can help you develop a superior immune system, and why people who use the oils (several times daily) seldom experience illness and disease.

One of the incredible aspects of essential oils is their ability to penetrate and carry nutrients through the cell wall to the cell nucleus. Dr. Radwan Farag, Ph.D., head of the bio- chemistry department at Cairo University, is the man accredited for documenting the oxygenating and antioxidant activity essential oils afford.

When the viscosity of blood is reduced, it's velocity increases. By increasing its velocity, our blood is able to deliver greater amounts of oxygen to tissues. When essential oils are introduced to the blood stream, they increase circulation, thereby increasing oxygenation.

As the blood delivers nutrients and oxygen to the cells for feeding, it is the oxygenating molecules that penetrate and carry nutrients through the cell wall to the cell nucleus for feeding and oxidation.

As the body grows oxygen deficient, individual cells begin to suffer. Without adequate oxygen, cells become nutritionally starved and become a garbage pit for waste and toxins, Deprived of nutrition, the cell protects itself by thickening its outer wall...making nutrient delivery even more difficult. This in turn causes cell deterioration, which can lead to cell mutation. It is in this state that the body becomes a host for disease causing pathogens.

Due to their high oxygen content, essential oils are natures most effective catalyst and delivery agent for feeding cells. Rich in oxygen, they pass through the thickest cell walls with the greatest of ease (to maintain or begin a restorative process).

This is just one of many ways in which essential oils help us. Because of their vast complexity and human individuality, modern science is just now beginning to realize we have only scratched the surface in understanding how essential oils work and interact within the human body.