This is the very first installment of the “Ask Dr. P” live video classes that include questions submitted from followers of the Essential Oil University Facebook page (www.facebook.com/EssentialOilUniversity) from all over the world.
Questions in this episode include:
1. Heather Nielsen – Are there any oils that are similar in chemical composition to steroids? Prednisone for instance?
2. Marianne Ek – How important is it for oils to be sourced from plants that are nurtured in their native environment? It seems to me it would make a difference, but does it really enhance the chemistry to have, for example, lavender from France, rather than another random location.
3. Lori Schuster – There is so much controversy over ingestion of essential oils. And with all of the hype out there, how is one to know what is a safe practice? And with that question comes another, What is the difference between an essential oil and the oils (the supposed food safe, natural oils, not the artificial flavorings) sold in supermarkets for flavoring?
4. Kathy Gentil – Can you explain the chemotype/constituent differences between plant “extracts” verses their counterpart as a steam distilled essential oil? For instance, is the chemotype for a plant extract similar to its essential oil, and if not, what are the major differences, and how does the “extraction” process create a different chemotype than steam distillation?
5. PJ Hanks – What are the three most exciting things you’ve learned in your research of essential oil chemistry the last year and how has it affected your knowledge of how essential oils work chemically?
6. Abbi Taves – When learning about essential oil chemistry, what are the most important aspects that should be learned first to build a solid primer/foundation to further master the field of study?
7. Simone Reitberger – What /if any is the difference in chemical constituents between steam distilled and cold press for citrus oils ?
8. Rhonda VanTuyl – In your opinion what is the future of essential oils at the rate that we are using them? Popularity of oils is increasing and new companies are popping up every day. At this rate of usage can the industry be sustained ?
9. Brooke Verdrager – How is it that the chemistry of a trees trunk is different than the leaves? I.e. thuja plicata. There’s concern about Thuga, but it is my understanding that there’s specific parts of the tree that are more toxic than others. Those are the parts that protect the tree in its environment, toxic for consumption, but yet what is distilled isn’t toxic.