Video Transcript: What Are Essential Oils?
Ty Bollinger: What are essential oils? Let’s go back to the basics.
Dr. Eric Zielinksi: An essential oil is a volatile organic compound and what I think what people need to recognize when it comes to an essential oil, there is no nutrition in it. There is no vitamin or mineral. It is a chemical that essentially God gave to the plant to protect the plant from outside threats − whether it’s bacteria, viruses, fungus, or even vectors like flies, bees, whatever that might attack the plant.
What it includes are organic compounds. Not organic as we think meaning organic, having a carbon chain included in it. Organic compounds like terpenes, alcohols, ketones, esters, and you name it – is basically chemicals.
Ty Bollinger: From the plant.
Dr. Eric Zielinksi: From the plant. Natural chemicals from the plant. And with that there are antioxidant properties. And we can talk a lot about that as time permits.
Ty Bollinger: So basically what the theory behind essential oils is then is you take this natural protection for the plant and you are somehow able to move it over to yourself.
Dr. Eric Zielinksi: Basically.
Ty Bollinger: With essential oils.
Dr. Eric Zielinksi: Well, you know you have to think of it − God inspired the writers of the Bible long ago when he said “the leaves of the trees are for the healing of the nations.” That’s exactly what this is.
Ty Bollinger: That’s essential oils.
Dr. Eric Zielinksi: Exactly.