Paths to Better Health

The EO Short Story

by Bobbi Bartsch Curtis

For thousands of years, essential oils, sometimes called “the soul of the plant,” have been used to support good health; for household and environmental cleansing; for heightened personal hygiene; to heal the body, mind, and spirit; to cure dis-ease; and for religious and spiritual rituals.  The uses of some oils were reserved for the very wealthy or for those in power as is recognized in the Christian faith by the gifts bestowed by the Magi upon the infant Christ, ranking both frankincense and myrrh with gold.  For those who have been healers of various styles, on different continents, and throughout the centuries (shaman, wise-women and -men, medicine men and women, apothecaries, followers of The Craft, and all relative translations of “healer”) plant oils and essences have been among their mainstays in the practice of healing both others and themselves.  As we surged into the scientific only a few decades ago, their use diminished in Western Medicine and was replaced with chemical and synthetic (man-made) substitutes.  In many cases, those substitutes have been found, over time, to have unwelcome side-effects along with the possibility of addiction, abuse, dependency without necessity, built up tolerance that reduces effectiveness, and the risk of being over-prescribed for the sake of greed alone.

Recent efforts among many in Western cultures to return to nature, to follow the steps of Eastern healers, to seek alternatives that do not damage the body while attempting to affect a cure or making it necessary to take one drug to treat the illness and another drug or two to treat the side-effects of that drug, and/or to become generally more healthy overall have driven many back to the earth and her offerings, causing a resurgence in the interest and use of plant oils.  The Bible states that the Lord put everything we needed upon the planet.  For believers, this should indicate that the plants we have are here with purpose, to provide sustenance as well as to care for the body when in a weakened state.  For those who follow Eastern philosophies and earth-based religions, herbs and oils have continued to be focal points of the professional healer’s medicine bag.

As the West moves forward toward a more naturalistic state, we should become more familiar with essential oils and have some idea of how they are produced.  The importance of such knowledge can assist those who seek to use oils in order to make intelligent choices.  I bring this up for a particular reason.  As yet, there are no regulations (at least in the United States) covering either the production of or the labeling of essential oils.  There are some companies that sell synthetics with aromas similar to essential oils.  There are others that cut essential oils with carrier oils (to be discussed in more length later) in order to create a product with a highly competitive price but also one that is substandard and does not work as expected or as effectively.  Most oils are NOT produced using standards that allow them to be ingested.  Standards of quality are not in place unless one can locate a company that puts them in place on its own.  Let’s try to make a bit of sense out of what one might see.

Essential oils are the aromatic compounds found naturally in plant parts, such as their leaves, rinds, flowers, bark, seeds, and/or roots.  Essential oils, when properly produced are 50 to 70 times more potent than using the same plant parts in their herbal form, such as making tea from the dried leaves of the same plant.  For example, it takes 28 cups of peppermint tea to equal a drop of peppermint oil.  Essential oils effectiveness lies in two main areas.  They work on a cellular level since they can pass through the membrane that surrounds the cells and work with the body on a deeper level.  Additionally, the body does not tend to build up tolerances to oils like it generally does when using synthetically created (man-made) substances such as prescription and over-the-counter drugs.  Oils continue to be effective over time.  Also, oils, by their very nature, move toward and work with the body to alleviate dis-ease unlike most medications (either prescribed or over-the-counter) which have been purposely developed to treat symptoms only and not to cure anything.  Keep in mind that Western medicine has been designed around a system of profitability and not the idea that healing is the ultimate goal.  The ultimate goal, unfortunately for all of us, is profit, not our welfare; and there’s no profit a cure.

There are three main methods of extraction:

  1. Distillation – converts the oil to vapor which is then condensed back into liquid form
  2. Expression – cold pressed method of “pushing” the oil from the plant parts, usually used to make citrus oils
  3. Solvent extraction – where a secondary ingredient is used to separate the oil from the rest of the plant parts

Generally, for those wanting high-quality essential oils that are not tainted in any way, only distillation and expression are considered viable methods of extraction since solvent extraction can leave small amounts of the solvent behind, making the oil less pure.  So, one of the things you would want to be aware of when selecting oils is their method of extraction.

There are four grades of oils:

  1. Synthetic – toxic, man-made chemicals, produced for the sake of aroma alone, that can be found in many forms of personal care items and cosmetics along with detergents, air fresheners, and other household products
  2. Food Grade – add smell and flavor to dressings, cooking extracts, gums, mints, candies, etc.
  3. Therapeutic – lack of regulation leads to compromised quality, undependable production and labeling, and reduced or negligible health benefits for products that are usually used for their aromatic properties and in massage therapies and fall under the Food and Drug Administration’s ranking as GRAS – generally recognized as safe, which leaves me, personally, with a general lack of confidence
  4. CPTG – Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade – taken from plants grown and harvested in their natural habitat with third party testing on every batch to assure purity and safety with no fillers, pesticides or other contaminants

The last one?  Yep, those are the ones you seek.  Many of them can be dropped in your tea or coffee in the morning, added to one of your glasses of water throughout the day, or dropped under the tongue for quick ingestion and dispersion.  Those are the ones that are going to give you the health benefits you seek.

There are three ways to use essential oils – quality essential oils:

  1. Aromatically – breathe in or via a diffuser
    1. Affects mood
    2. Opens airways
    3. Cleans the air
  2. Topically – apply to skin, usually bottoms of feet or pulse points like behind the ears, on the wrists, on the inside of the elbow, or directly to the affected area of the body, not including delicate tissue like the eyes, inside the ears, inside the mouth (unless safe for ingestion and/or diluted), or the genital area
    1. Take care to dilute effectively with a carrier oil such as coconut oil
    2. Some can be used neat (undiluted) but care must be taken to assure lack of sensitivity
    3. Supports specific needs according to the oil or blend
    4. Give direct relief
  3. Internally – (only CPTG oils) in water, under the tongue, or via gel capsules to support mouth, throat, digestive, and internal health issues as well as overall well-being

Usually, one drop or two per application, using smaller amounts more often for best results.  Dilution with coconut oil is recommended for sensitive skin.  Treat on-going issues in a regularly scheduled manner such as daily, once in the morning and once at night.

As can be expected, different oils have different properties and serve different purposes.  Oils can be blended to treat a complex group of issues, to intensify the treatment of a stubborn issue, and/or to work toward general well-being.  There is a wide variety of oils, pre-blended oils, and recipes using individual oils available.  There are also personal care items that contain no harmful chemicals but, instead, contain helpful essential oils.

Please feel free to contact me at if you have questions or would like to purchase oils.

Disclaimer:  This information is intended for educational purposes only and is not meant to substitute for medical care or to prescribe treatment for any specific health condition.  Please see a qualified healthcare provider for medical treatment.  These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

To purchase the purest oils available, click here.

© Bobbi Bartsch Curtis 2015

Oil Pulling
by Bobbi Bartsch Curtis

There’s a process called oil pulling. Using a teaspoon of coconut oil at room temperature (it becomes liquid at room temperature), swish the oil around your mouth and in and out between your teeth for 15 to 20 minutes. DO NOT SWALLOW the oil. All the while you’re swishing, it is pulling toxins from the tissues in your mouth and from the blood circulating through those tissues. Spit it out in the toilet and flush. You will notice that the oil became white and is no longer clear. Do this every day to treat your teeth and gums and eliminate toxins. It also whitens teeth naturally.

To purchase the purest oils available, click here.

© Bobbi Curtis 2015

A Personal Story

By Bobbi Bartsch Curtis

Earlier this year, I was online doing some collecting on Pinterest when I noticed a trend – a lot of shares with information on blends of oils that featured a particular brand.  Many of the blends were ingestible.  In all my prior reading, no one ever recommended ingesting aromatherapy oils — diffuse them, put on the skin diluted with a carrier oil, put them on a cotton ball and breathe deeply, put a few drops in bath water, mix them with other ingredients and make lotions, potions, soaps or bath salts, yes.  Put them in your tea, not generally.  Food grade oils could be used for things like making peppermint flavored candy although aromatherapists would point out that most oils sold in grocery stores have little to no therapeutic value, having been made with synthetic ingredients or being highly diluted.  What you really get is flavored tea and not more along with possible toxins.  Thus, these oils peaked my interest although I was not in the market to purchase more oils at the time.  I decided that the next time I needed to purchase any oils, I’d check them out.

A few weeks later I saw another recipe but this time on Facebook that featured the same oil brand and was also to be taken internally, according to the instructions.  I took a look at the company’s website and was quite impressed with their information on why their oils are such high quality.  I cataloged it in the front of my mind.  Within the week, my daughter invited me to an essential oils class that she was hosting.  She’s my kid.  I didn’t ask for details, got the date and time, and put it in my phone calendar.  I walked in the door at her shop on the night of the class; and, to my happy surprise, the class was being presented by representatives of just the company from whom I had plans to make my next purchase.  I do want to point out that I’m not a big believer in coincidence.  A long time ago, and it has stood the test of time, I read a theory that states that if something is brought to your attention three times, it is something to which you should pay attention.

During the one-on-one, the representative determined that one oil would be very helpful for me – coriander.  I had never purchased coriander oil and decided that this would be my introduction to ingestible oils, something that made perfect sense to me.  A way to treat from inside and out as well as through exchange of gasses within the lungs.  I had been having awful spasms in my lower back, so bad that they could bend me backward and put me down on my knees more often than I care to admit.  I woke up with pain; I spent my day with pain; I went to bed with pain; I learned to sleep through some of the pain.  This started in my late 50’s and wasn’t bound to get better.  I could have surgery with a warning that it could reduce mobility by around 60%.  That sounded worse than the pain to me.  One thing I had started to do about three months before this incident was to use a natural electrolyte balancer made with lemon juice, baking soda, sea salt and 100% natural maple syrup.  (Please email me at for the recipe.)  It was helping most of the muscle spasms I was experiencing in my arms, legs and chest, but was not reducing the issue in the small of my back.

Now, I couldn’t wait for the coriander to arrive, and it came within just a couple of days.  The bottle said that it could be ingested at a level of 1 drop to 4 ounces of liquid, and I took some right away.  The next day I did one drop in the morning and one at night, and the same the next day.  On day four after only three days of taking the oil, got up from bed without pain.  I walked across the room to the bathroom without pain.  My back was not crunching backward.  I was walking upright without feeling as though I’d be down on my knees any second.  I was not prepared for this.  I expected to have some sort of relief, but not in three days and certainly not to this degree.  I also realized that I had slept through the night without having been awakened by excruciating pain.

I still don’t know exactly what was wrong.  I still have weakness in my lower back which seems to be improving with time, being able to move more freely and having more energy.  I can’t say what would happen for anyone else, of course.  However, here’s what I know.  If I stop taking a drop (I now do just one in the morning) of coriander essential oil daily, the pain and spasms return within three to four days.  I know because I tested it.  I’m currently 61 years old and feel better than I have for at least the last four years.  This is not my only experience with oils that has been either a miracle or close to it for me.  It’s just one of the most recent ones.  I use oils on my adult children, my grandchildren, my cats, and my grandpuppy.  Some of my friends have had me make hair oils for them and oils to help them fall asleep and stay asleep.  Some years, holiday gifts have been custom-made bath salts for both friends and family.  I use essential oils for personal care items like toothpaste and deodorant as well as facial cleanser and moisturizer.  I use essential oils for household cleansers.  I use essential oils to help when someone feels sick — it’s usually not me due to the number of oils I use regularly that kill germs and bacteria naturally.

I am thrilled with my new supplier!  Anyone who is familiar with oils will recognize the higher quality of the oils. Please feel free to contact me at if you have questions or would like to purchase oils.

Disclaimer:  This information is intended for educational purposes only and is not meant to substitute for medical care or to prescribe treatment for any specific health condition.  Please see a qualified healthcare provider for medical treatment.  These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

To purchase the purest oils available, click here.

© Bobbi Curtis 2015

For oil recipes for mind, body, and spirit health click here.

May all things good come to you!


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