Parts of this were taken with
permission from Essential Oils Overview and
published by: The Family Tree, 2008
Synergy in Blending
Synergy is the interaction of two or more agents or forces that when combined, their total effect is greater than the sum of their individual parts.
Let’s consider the synergy of the combined components of chrome, nickel, and steel. Their collective force greatly surpasses the sum of their individual natures. This alliance is necessary for today’s jet engine, which is asked to withstand the heat and pressure produced by engine thrust. If any of its components singularly endured the same pressure and heat, the results would be catastrophic.
This same synergistic effect is present in the blending and mixing of essential oils. A unified marriage of the correct oils in proper proportions with harmonious frequencies is considered highly compatible and efficacious as a whole as opposed to the benefit that an independent oil has working autonomously. Effective blends, when certified therapeutic grade, offer an exhilarating union that creates a highly effective performance.
As is discussed in the chapter on "Application Methods" of the Essential Oils Reference Guide there are many methods of application. Just as oils are combined to create a synergistic effect, so, too, might multiple methods of application offer greater efficacy. For instance, any time oils are used topically during a massage; the residue left on the hands can be cupped and inhaled deeply, thus benefiting respiratory absorption. Different methods of application will advance and stimulate healing from different perspectives.
One of the most common methods of application is massage and Vita Flex or reflexology (foot massage). The benefits of massage in its own right are extraordinary. Massage relieves muscle tension and pain while increasing flexibility and mobility. It helps clear lactic acid and other waste, reducing pain and stiffness in muscles and joints. Massage relieves stress, increases circulation, and is a key to post-surgical rehabilitation. Techniques used in gentle lymphatic massage help to drain lymph nodes that become burdened with toxins.
These types of massage alone have positive benefits, but when done with essential oils, their effects are wonderfully enhanced. When tissue, muscles, and nerves are stimulated simultaneously with the oils, it creates a deeply relaxing and therapeutic experience.
In the New Testament, Paul illustrated the dynamic synergism as he "did the planting, Apollos the watering," (but God made things grow) (1 Corinthians 3:6). Does our faith in God help bring about healing? Does our faith in God united with the use of oils have a synergistic effect on our wellness? Some believe that faith combined with essential oils synergistically adds to our healing. There are those that believe plants were placed on earth as our pharmacy, and knowing their divine background increases their faith in the healing effects of essential oils. Often prayer is used as a complementary, supportive measure. For many, the synergizing effects of prayer used simultaneously with other remedies offers some of the most effective healing opportunities.
Synergy does not just apply to blending oils. There are other things that when combined with oils make them stronger and more effective. Those who follow a personal program of defensive wellness infrequently experience major diseases before becoming middle-aged. Conversely, consider the overweight man who has a heart attack for the first time at age 50. One of the first things he will do on the road to recovery is change his diet. He will be quite motivated to do this. Shedding those pounds will detoxify him and prepare him to receive further nutrition in a more productive way.
The effectiveness of oils is measurably enhanced as the vessel (body) is cleansed. Cleansing the body prepares the way for a greater synergy of wellness and healing. Like a mother entering her child’s dirty room, oils might sometimes find themselves in overwhelming situations. If an oil had a voice, it might be saying, "Wow, where do I start?!"
Healthy, detoxified people are much more likely to enjoy and recognize the benefits of oils. In fact, when first introduced to essential oils, consider "cleaning your house" (See "Detoxification" in the Essential Oils Reference Guide in the "Wellness Uses" chapter.)
Because of the time proven properties of essential oils they are often thought to hold the "key to efficacy" as pharmaceuticals and over the counter medicines are developed. In this process of copying mother nature science searches for the "key constituent" in an essential oil hoping to find the one element that makes it successful. What they may fail to recognize is that many essential oils are effective because they have two or more constituents working together to create a synergy that is far more effective than any one constituent by itself. In fact these key constituents may represent only a small percentage of the oil but may contribute greatly to its properties. The combination of seemingly unimportant elements working together may be what makes this essential oil effective.
As we understand this, we begin to understand why it is so important to have an essential oil that has all the correct natural constituents present, with no synthetics or fillers. Just as a correct combination of natural elements can make it powerful, synthetic fillers and missing key or even minor constituents can make the essential oil ineffective or even dangerous.
Yin and Yang Synergy
The use of essential oils by some may be regarded as an alternative to modern medicine. However, it is important to still embrace modern, or Western, medicine and the positive qualities it has to offer. Individuals should consider healing solutions from both approaches. Working together with experienced homeopaths and physicians often presents more comprehensive healing solutions. Options should never be ignored when facing decisions of health and wellness. There has historically been a growing chasm of disrespect and distrust between modern medicine and the essential oils industry. Soon the factions from both sides will begin to come together with complementary medical approaches.
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