Mineral Oil v. Essential Oils

Posted by on Dec 30, 2013 in Functional Medicine | 1 comment


There is great benefit to essential oils, those pressed from living plants, while mineral oil is an inert (dead) substance, a byproduct of petroleum refining. Mineral oil is overwhelmingly used as the medium in U.S. personal care products because, bottom line, it is cheap. Interestingly, most U.S. companies use mineral oil as a medium in personal care products, while in many European countries it is banned for such use.   Mineral oil is occlusive, like a plastic wrapping on the skin.  The skin is the largest detoxifying organ of the body and mineral oils, because of large molecules, make expressing toxins through the skin difficult. Be sure to use personal care products without mineral oil.

Dr. John Lee explains that mineral oil is “estrogenic” (estrogen) and therefore not recommended for skin application. Essential oils, by contrast, have the highest ORAC ratings of any substances in the world.  The “ORAC” or Oxygen Radical Absorbency Capacity scale measures the antioxidant powers of foods and other substances.

According to Dr. Jordan Rubin, author of The Makers Diet, herbs and botanicals were humanity’s first medical source.  Herbs and spices are incredible sources of antioxidants with antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties…[that] still offer us medicines for inducing healing, preserving health and improving our quality of life.  The Bible mentions at least 33 species of essential oils and makes over 1000 references to their use…essential oils were inhaled, applied topically, and taken internally.  Some essential oils are antiviral and antibacterial, can re-program receptor sites in body cells and damaged DNA coding and are anti-carcinogenic.

According to Dr. Rubin who was stricken as a young man with Crohn’s disease, essential oils have been highly prized since ancient times.  Rubin reports: “four biblical essential oils greatly outperform the highest ranking fruits and vegetables in existence.  For example, one ounce of clove oil has the antioxidant capacity of 450 pounds of carrots, or 120 quarts of blueberries or 48 gallons of beet juice.”

Synthetically formulated perfumes or those added to cleaning and personal care products may smell good, but that ends in the nose.  Why?  Essential oils work on the hypothalamus (which links the nervous system to the endocrine system via the pituitary gland) to actually change mood and attitude.   Because synthetic scents don’t work on the hypothalamus, their benefit is merely cosmetic and often times cause allergic reactions.

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  1. Thank you for the great info!

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