Healing with Terpenes.
Did you know that you can use Terpenes of plants to cure diseases? The spicy aroma of fresh basil, the sweet fragrance of a rose, the savory smell of oregano, and thousands of other volatile oils from plants are not just pleasant to smell, but are powerful medicines. Many plants can help us heal, but those which contain aromatic oils occupy a special place in natural medicine. Here is some basic information that will help you select and use the healing Terpenes.
The role of Terpenes their regulation of bodily functions, and how they create homeostasis in plants and in humans:
Terpenes have been called “the life blood of a plant.” They circulate through plant tissues and pass through cell walls, carrying nutrition into cells and carrying waste products out.
When Terpenes are applied to people, they do the same thing, carrying oxygen into cells and carrying waste products out. In fact, Terpenes are one of nature’s best body cleansers. They can cleanse our cellular receptor sites of pharmaceutical drugs, petrochemicals, and other disruptors of intercellular communication. They can also chelate heavy metals and other toxins, helping to remove and flush them through the liver, colon, sweat, lungs, and kidneys. They can also increase our ability to absorb vitamins and other nutrients.
Terpenes are Regulators of Many Functions
Terpenes act as plant hormones, regulating plant functions and orchestrating the production of vitamins and enzymes. They act as messengers and supervisors within the plant that help coordinate and initiate vital plant activities. Terpenes can also do the same when applied to humans. They can act as neurotransmitters, peptides, steroids, hormones, enzymes, vitamins, and other message-carrying molecules (called ligands) which intelligently assist our bodily functions and help to restore or maintain wellness.
Terpenes Possess Homeostatic Intelligence
Homeostasis is that state where every vital biological process within a living organism is functioning as it should. It is a state of perfect wellness. Terpenes always work toward restoring and maintaining balance and homeostasis, first in the plants who create them, and then in the humans who apply them.
To say that an Terpene works toward balance and homeostasis means that the same Terpene can work in different directions depending on the needs of the plant or person. Oregano oil (Origanum vulgare) will kill hostile microbes while nurturing those that are friendly. Angelica oil (Angelica archangelica) can stimulate a uterus to contract or to relax depending on the need. Myrtle oil (Myrtus communis) is an adaptigen that can stimulate an increase or a decrease in thyroid activity depending on a person’s condition. [Pharmaceutical] drugs are incapable of such intelligent discrimination’s and act only in preprogrammed directions.
What exactly are Terpenes?
A Terpene is the volatile lipid (oil) soluble portion of the fluids of a plant containing odiferous compounds produced by steam distillation of vegetable plant matter. Plant matter can be any part of a botanical species including stems, branches, fruits, flowers, seeds, roots, bark, needles, leaves, etc. During the distillation process, the vapors are condensed, collected, and separated from the condensation water. The residual water, containing traces of oil constituents, is called a “floral water” or “hydrosol,” and has therapeutic applications of its own.
Only High Quality Terpenes can Heal
Only the highest quality Terpenes have the capacity to promote healing. The plants that are used as the raw material for Terpenes must be healthy and clean. The processing methods must preserve the natural qualities of the Terpenes. The Terpenes that results must be 100% natural and 100% pure. Nothing should be added and nothing should be removed from the Terpene after it is processed.
Using Terpenes to Bring about Homeostasis and Cure Diseases
There are four basic portals through which Terpenes can enter the body: through the lungs, through the skin, through the digestive tract, and through the absorbent tissues of our body orifices.
The German school emphasizes inhalation as the best way to receive the benefits of Terpenes. Inhalation puts oil molecules directly into the blood stream through the alveoli of the lungs as well directly to the brain through the olfactory nerves which connect to the central brain.
Taking the cap off a bottle of Terpenes and sniffing it will not offer much therapeutic benefit. When you sniff a bottle, you are not necessarily obtaining the full complement of compounds that are in the oil.
One of the simplest ways to use an Terpenes is to put some of the oil in the palm of your hands and to breathe the oil as it vaporizes into the air. You can do this by putting one or two drops of an Terpenes in the palm of your hand and rubbing your palms together. Then open your palms slightly and put your nose between your thumbs and take a deep breath. Press the palms of your hands back together and hold your breath for a few second before exhaling. Holding the palms together will slow down the evaporation of the Terpene.
Since Terpenes also penetrate directly through the skin and enter the blood stream, you will obtain a treatment through your hands as well. If you have a tendency to touch your eyes frequently, you might wish to use some carrier oil on your fingers to remove any residue of Terpenes before you go on to your other daily activities.
Absorbing Terpenes in the Digestive Tract
By “digestive tract” we are referring to Terpenes taken by mouth, and swallowed so that they are actually absorbed through the stomach and intestines by digestive processes.
Taking Terpenes with Food or Beverages
Many Terpenes have a very pleasant flavor and can be added to food or to water. A single drop of peppermint added to ice water makes a very refreshing drink. You can also add spearmint, lemon, orange, tangerine, or grapefruit to hot water and enjoy the fragrance as you drink it like tea, or add them to ice water.
Terpenes can be added to your recipes. Beware, however – Terpenes such as oregano and Terpenes from other herbs are very highly concentrated. A single drop of oregano oil might be too strong for most recipes. It is best to take a clean toothpick and dip it into the Terpenes and then use the toothpick to stir the food that you are preparing. If there is fat or oil in your recipe ingredients, then the Terpenes will quickly spread from the tooth pick into your saucepan or mixing bowl.