Bobbi Schaben a former Reinbeck resident will be presenting a free basics of essential oils workshop on January 6 at the Broad Street Brewery in Reinbeck from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Jessica Larsen, Managing Editor of the Reinbeck Courier, interviewed Schaben on this interesting subject.
Tell me about yourself: Education, background etc.
After graduating from Gladbrook-Reinbeck High School, I received Bachelor's degrees in Athletic Training and Psychology from Buena Vista University and a Master's degree in Occupational Therapy from Chatham College. I worked as an Occupational Therapist at Blank Children's Hospital (Des Moines, Iowa) from 2000-2003 and at ChildServe Outpatient Therapy Services (Johnston, Iowa) from 2003 until present. Currently I only substitute at ChildServe due to staying at home and home-schooling my four children.
I am extremely passionate about teaching people what God has taught me about walking in divine health. For many years I struggled with my health. I had high blood pressure, Meniere's disease, extremely painful feet and recurrent infections. I was miserable and wasn't able to do everything that God had planned for me.
Over the course of a number of years, God showed me through His word that he desired for me to be healthy. He had a plan for my life and desired for me to feel well while living out that plan. I began implementing the Biblical principles of health that I saw in the Bible. From that moment on, my life was transformed. I am healthy and feel great! My family members are healthy. I no longer live with fear that health problems will keep me from fulfilling my dreams.
What are essential oils?
Essential oils are aromatic liquids. They are distilled from flowers, trees, roots, bushes and seeds of plants. The distillation process is what makes essential oils so concentrated. It often requires an entire plant or more to produce a single drop of distilled essential oil. For example, it takes thousands of flower petals to create the drops that are in a single bottle of rose oil, and adding just one drop of peppermint oil to a glass of water has approximately the same concentration as 20 bags of tea.
I find it interesting that so many of our ancestors had home remedies that they claimed worked. Today so many people run to the health food store and buy capsules of that same herb that their grandparents used and it doesn't work. I believe that this is because the essential oils have been extracted from the dried herbs. I have read that your body absorbs only 8% of the nutrients from dried herbs, but it absorbs 100% of the nutrients from essential oils.
Tell me about the quality of the oils/where do they come from?
Young Living essential oils are known to be the world leader in cultivation, distillation and production of pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils and aromatherapy products. They have their own farms in Utah, Idaho, France, Ecuador and Oman. I don't know of any other company who uses organic seeds, soil nurtured with enzymes and organic fertilizers, waters with spring water (city water has too many chemicals), weeds the plants by hand, gets the peppermint (for example) to the distiller within 15 minutes of harvest, and distills with low pressure and temperature, for an extended period of time to maximize, not the yield, but the molecules found in the oil.
Explain therapeutic grade?
The AFNOR-ISO standard is the only standard in the world that specifically sets a measure for an essential oil to be therapeutic. Young Living's oils have been AFNOR certified. That means care has been given to every single drop, to ensure that the medicinal properties have been retained. They are made from organically grown plants distilled at the proper temperatures using steam distillation.
How do you use essential oils?
There are so many different ways that I use essential oils. I not only use essential oils for my health care needs, but I also use them in my cooking, cleaning and to purify the air in my home. I use them to make many of my own personal care products such as bug spray, perfume and deodorant. I love the fact that I am doing all this with high quality, effective, and natural products that will benefit my family.
How/why did you start using essential oils?
A few years after I turned my life around and started living a healthy lifestyle, my friend introduced me to Young Living essential oils. She had been a mentor in my life for a number of years and I highly respected her. Initially, when she shared the oils with me I thought that it sounded kind of crazy. Over the course of a few months, she gradually taught me about the Biblical background and science behind essential oils. I was also witnessing many amazing testimonies.
After learning about the chemistry of the oils, I started to have an understanding of why God used specific essential oils in various situations. It was very eye opening to me. I had always known that I serve a big God, but after learning about essential oils my view of His majesty got a lot bigger.
I then started using essential oils to combat morning sickness when I was pregnant with my second child. Within that first few months of using essential oils the members of our family had already experienced and witnessed so many amazing transformations. My husband and I then prayed that God would allow us to bless others with these oils in the same way that He had blessed our family. Shortly after that prayer, I overcame my fear of public speaking and started teaching workshops.
Young living essential oils can be applied topically, taken internally (all single oils and some blends), or inhaled. I use all three of these methods.
Which essential oils do you prefer the most? Why?
I really like the essential oils that are in Young Living's Start Living with Everyday Oil kit. They include: lavender, peppermint, lemon, frankincense, and the blends of purification, thieves, panaway, peace and calming, and valor. I like this kit because the oils in it are all multi-functional. The kit has an oil for almost anything that I would want to use it for.
What are the benefits of using oils?
Essential oils are known to be anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and/or anti-fungal. It is interesting to note that, unlike man-made antibacterial agents, researchers have not found one virus or bacteria that can mutate against an essential oil. Young Living's essential oil blend called Thieves was found to have a 99.96 percent kill rate against airborne bacteria.
Essential oils are also known to be immune-stimulating. I like to know that I am not only avoiding toxic chemicals when utilizing Young Living essential oils, but I am also breathing molecules that may support my immune system.
Are there any side effects of essential oils?
I don't now of any dangerous side effects with Young Living oils. Sometimes people may get a headache, rash, and/or body aches when initially using the oils due to the detoxification process. Also, some of the oils may cause skin sensitivity and/or photosensitivity.
There are dangerous side effects to using essential oils that have been distilled with chemicals or have been adulterated. In order for a manufacturer to put "100% pure" on the label there only needs to be 5% essential oil in the bottle. In order to safe guard themselves, other companies put warnings against ingesting their oils. The FDA has approved lavender and many other single oils as safe to ingest. If your bottle of an essential oil has a warning label against ingesting, call the company and ask what other ingredients are in the product.
How do you know that the oils work?
There are many reasons why I know that Young Living essential oils work. The first reason why I know that they work is because I have read many of the scientific research articles documenting the success rate of essential oils at killing germs, improving concentration and test scores, suppressing tumor aggressiveness, etc. The second reason is because I have experienced many miracles first hand and have witnessed many others. My life and the lives of many of my loved ones have been transformed. The third reason why I know that they work is because God used them in the Bible. He used them to protect the Israelites from the plague (Exodus 30:34-38). His people used them to anoint the alters (Exodus 30:22-29). Oil was poured on the victims' wounds in the story of the good Samaritan (Luke 10:34). God's word tells us that if any of us are sick we should call on the elders of the church and have them anoint us with oil (James 5:14)
Which oil is the most popular for use? Why?
I believe that lavender is probably the most popular essential oil. According to the Essential Oil Desk Reference by Essential Science publishing, lavender is one of the few essential oils to still be listed in the British Pharmacopoeia. I use it for burns, bruises, inflammation, allergies, etc. I also use it in my laundry, cleaning and personal care products. I know of people who use it in cooking. There are so many ways to use lavender.
What should you look for when purchasing a quality oil?
1) The plants used should be organic.
2) The oil should be stored in a dark colored bottle (light causes the molecules to expand).
3) The only ingredient should be the specific oil that you are looking for. True essential oils do not need preservatives.
4) The oil should be AFNOR certified.
5) Extracted by steam distillation at minimal temperatures and pressures in an optimal time frame.
6) No chemical solvents should be used in the distillation process.
For more information on essential oils please visit Bobbi's website at www.Jamesfive14wellness.com.