This is a little beyond my wheelhouse. Does anyone have any thoughts, for or against, on this subject?
asked bypaleohacks (78467)
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on September 20, 2012
at 10:25 PM
I don't doubt that essential oils have therapeutic benefits, but to make it seem like a panacea is just plain wrong and even dangerous for people looking for a cure/ treatment. The author may be telling the facts, but the facts are meaningless without the context. For example: We have 100 trillion cells in our bodies, and that's a lot. But one drop of essential oil contains enough molecules to cover every cell in our bodies with 40,000 molecules. I don't actually know if this is true, but the author neglects to mention that, once ingested or topically applied, these compounds have to by pass a whole series of "check points before it even gets close to the BBB or desired destination. The check points can include the stomach acid, liver, kidneys, and even the blood has a whole host of biological means to degrade these compounds!
"In fact, when it comes to essential oils, small molecules (less than 500 amu) are what they are made of. That is why they are aromatic. The only way for something to be aromatic is for the molecules to be so small that they readily leap into the air so they can enter our noses and be detected as odor and smell."
Just from a chemist's point of view, just because a molecule is small, it doesn't mean it's aromatic. Last time I checked, molecular oxygen is well below 500amu, and I've never smelled it. I've seen it though; it's a nice blue color.
In summary, I think David Stewart should stick with the field he achieved his PhD degree in: Geophysics.