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Part 3: Finding Pure Essential Oils

Herbal pharmacy at clinic

At home that night, I began reading and did not stop until 3 a.m. I could not sleep from the excitement I felt about this new discovery! The study was made by several researchers who found certain essential oils to have anti-infectious properties, anti-inflammatory properties, and immune-supporting actions. In fact, the study described how the essential oils could increase the uptake of oxygen and the delivery of ATP (adenosine triphosphate) to the cells.

I reread and highlighted the research until 6 a.m. As soon as I felt it wasn’t too early, I picked up the phone and dialed the number Annemarie had left on the back page. She answered the phone on the first ring and said, “Dr. Young, I was expecting you to call. What did you think?”

I told her that I found the information fascinating and that it made a lot of sense. I then asked the million dollar question, “Where can I learn more?”

Just seven days later, I was sitting in a classroom in the medical department at the University of Geneva, Switzerland, attending a 40-hour seminar on the chemistry of essential oils and their function and action against infection and immune support. The course was taught by Jean Claude Lapraz, M.D., and Paul Duraffourd, M.D.

Following the conference, I traveled to Paris to spend a week with Dr. Lapraz to learn even more about essential oils. Before returning to the U.S., I purchased 1 liter each of 13 different essential oils: frankincense, myrrh, lavender, thyme, oregano, peppermint, lemon, rosemary, marjoram, basil, mountain savory, ravensara, and hyssop. And so began my journey into a new frontier: the study of real plant medicine.

To be continued . . .

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12 Oils of Ancient Scripture: Myrtle and Hyssop

Along with the other oils of ancient scripture, myrtle and hyssop have fascinating historical significance. Join Gary Young as he discusses these two oils.

myrtleMyrtle is another precious aromatic that appears in historical writings. When the Jews came out of the Babylonian captivity, King Nehemiah reminded them that the Lord commanded that they gather branches from four trees, including myrtle. Nehemiah 8:15: “Go forth unto the mount, and fetch olive branches, and pine branches, and myrtle branches, and palm branches, and branches of thick trees, to make booths, as it is written.” To the ancient Jews, myrtle was symbolic of peace and justice. One of the promises to Israel to the future is that instead of the briar shall come up the myrtle tree (Isaiah 55:13). Ancient texts also mention the use of myrtle for overcoming respiratory conditions, although no clinical research has so far validated this.

hyssopHyssop may be the most difficult biblical plant to identify because so many possibilities have been suggested. Even though Hyssop officinalis may not be the exact plant used in ancient times, it has similar properties to the aromatic herb mentioned throughout the Bible. A quote in Psalms states, “Purge me with hyssop and I shall be clean; wash me and I shall be whiter than snow (Psalms 51:7). The hyssop plant was used during the exodus from Egypt to dab the Hebrew’s door posts with lamb’s blood, protecting them from the plague of death. Anciently, leprosy was thought to be the result of the sin of pride. Rabbi Isaac Bartavelle from the third century AD, wrote about the use of hyssop in cleansing the leper: “You were proud like the cedar and the Holy One, blessed he, humbled you like this hyssop that is crushed by everyone.” The term “officinalis” refers to the fact that hyssop was a part of traditional pharmacopeias. Intriguing historical evidence refers to hyssop being used to treat respiratory conditions and ward off parasites, although current medical research is yet confirming these uses.

I hope that you find this information as fascinating as I do! Please join me next time for a discussion of galbanum and cypress.

Essentially Yours,

Gary Young

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