In modern times we have made ourselves an “I want it now” society. This includes our healthcare. We want to go to the doctor or grocery store, buy a medicine, and see immediate results.
Globally we spend $4.5 trillion dollars per year on healthcare; however, everywhere we go are the implications of a society driving itself further into a health crisis. So, are we healthier because of the money we spend on our immediate results?
The answer is NO.
Modern medicine is actually the synthetic reproduction of isolated natural agents. In other words, scientists will isolate a molecule from a plant understanding that it will help with a common ailment. They will then synthetically reproduce this in the lab, add a bunch of fillers, and put it on the market.
Nevertheless, synthetically reproduced molecules aren’t metabolized by our systems like natural ones. The product may help with one symptom but it will cause a host of other symptoms, to which, we then turn around and take another medication for, right?
So we are a culture of treating symptoms… not root causes.
Despite what most believe, there are natural remedies that can and do help with common ailments. However, you have to have the right ones.
So let’s discuss a few common natural cures and which are best to use.
Herbs are dried pants; whether they are dried in the sun or in a dehydrator they are still exposed to heat for an extended amount of time. In general, herbs lose approximately 50% of their nutritional value and healing ability when dried. For example, although there are roughly 1620 micrograms of beta-carotene and 27 milligrams of Vitamin C in a standard portion of mint; when dry, these nutrients are reduced to 810 micrograms beta-carotene and 13.5 milligrams of Vitamin C. So their healing ability and nutritional value aren’t anywhere near what this herb can deliver raw.
I am quite partial to essential oils; however, there are a TON of fakes out there on the market. First, let me tell you why essential oils work and then I will explain what oils you need to get the most healing benefit.
Essential oils are the volatile liquids that are distilled from the seeds, bark, leaves, roots, stems, flowers, or fruit of a plant. Each essential oil differs in its chemical constituents and therefore its ability to heal certain things in the body. This chemical makeup can be affected by many things prior to and during the distillation process. Things like the fertility of the soil, fertilizer used, geographic region, climate, altitude, method of harvest, and method of distillation can greatly impact the quality of each essential oil.
For example, what do you think of when you think about where oranges come from? Florida, right? So if I brought an orange tree from Florida and decided to grow it in Wyoming, do you think it would bear the same quality fruit? The answer is emphatically, NO. The fruit probably wouldn’t grow as big or be as sweet. The same thing goes for essential oils, they come from plants so there quality can be affected by things that are sometimes completely overlooked.
Essential oils exemplify the regenerating, oxygenating, and immune-strengthening properties of a plant that, when pure, can penetrate the very selective cellular membrane around each of our cells. In truth, they can actually affect every cell of the body within 20 minutes and once in the body they are metabolized like other nutrients.
Because essential oils can penetrate the plasma membrane of a cell they can inhibit the growth of bacteria and viruses. How does this happen? Essential oils have actually been proven to inactivate a protein in viruses that prevents it from reproducing. They have also been proven to cause apoptosis (or programmed cell death) in bacterial and cancer cells without affecting normal healthy cells.
Unlike herbs, essential oils are not dried and therefore retain all of their nutritional value and healing ability if distilled properly. In reality, they are 50-70 times more powerful than herbs.
What to choose?
Natural remedies are definitely the way to go. There are things out there that can help you live healthier and heal from every kind of health problem, but it’s sometimes difficult to know which remedies to choose.
In my humble opinion, essential oils are much more effective than anything you find dried or frozen; however, if there aren’t any FDA regulations on the essential oils sold in health food stores which ones do you buy?
There is a company out there (I won’t name names) that sells CPTG or Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils. This means that all of their oils are third party tested for purity.
Well then what constitutes purity, right? Well, the third party tests each oil to make sure all of its constituents a) come from the plant that was distilled b) contain no fillers, pesticides, herbicides, or heavy metals and c) are in the right proportion to one another and makeup an oil profile that is of the upmost purity for that particular oil. I personally use these oils in my daily life and recommend you do the same.