Essential Oils As Medicine – The Transience of Drugs and Permanence of Oils

Essential Oils As Medicine – The Transience of Drugs

by David Stewart, PhD, DNM, IASP, BCRS

In this issue we want to discuss some other aspects of essential oils that make them effective medicines, not only today, but effective medicines for all future time. Commercial antibiotics and antibacterial agents such as hand soaps, household cleansers, etc, all have a limited useful life on planet earth. This is because bacteria inevitably crack the codes of these synthetic, chemical agents and develop resistance so that they are no longer effective.


When a resistant strain of pathogenic bacteria results, people get infected and allopathic medicine has no remedy. People so afflicted can die, and often do, or suffer permanently from the effects of the infection.

All of these resistant strains of pathogens were created in hospitals and harbored there exclusively. It used to be rare to find one of them elsewhere. Unfortunately, today these resistant strains are finding themselves into public places, such as schools and playgrounds. But hospitals are still the places where the greatest infestations of resistant bacteria hide and lurk. While hospital patients are particularly vulnerable to incubating a resistant strain of bacteria, even hospital visitors can pick them up and become seriously ill, even to the death.

We have a relative whose wife went to the hospital for a check up while he simply accompanied her as a visitor. He happened to have a small open cut on his leg, which became infected with a resistant strain of bacteria. His leg has been swollen, sore, and inflamed ever since. That was more than two years ago. The infection got so bad that twice he was hospitalized, which is an irony since it was in a hospital where he contracted the infection in the first place. As of this writing, he still carries the problem, for which medicine has no cures, only palliative measures.


Drug companies address the problem of every-growing, more resistant bacteria by developing stronger and stronger antibiotics and antimicrobial agents. Unfortunately, these pharmaceuticals are also harmful to people, even potentially deadly. For example, vancomycin was a powerful antibiotic developed to attack resistant strains of bacteria, which is strong enough to also kill the patient. When prescribed, doctors could only hope that the bacteria within the patient would die before the patient did. Now there are “vancomycin resistant bacteria,” so even that antibiotic is no longer effective.

Drug companies then developed another powerful antibiotic, methycillin, which is also potentially deadly to the patient. With the adoption of this antibiotic in hospitals throughout the country, there are now MRSA, or “methycillin resistant staphalococcyx aureus” bacteria, which can be deadly and for which there are no allopathic remedies.

Essential oils are different. While they are extremely effective against pathogenic microbes, they are not only harmless to humans but beneficial to our tissues. Furthermore, their application does not result in the production of resistant strains of bacteria. Here is why.

Antibiotics and antibacterial agents are simple compounds or simple mixtures of a few compounds. Every batch of a particular antibiotic or antibacterial agent is identical to the previous batch. Doctors would want it this way. They would want today’s tetracycline or penicillin to be exactly the same as yesterday’s and tomorrow’s. This consistency of product, along with their simplicity, is why bacteria can figure them out and develop resistance such that their offspring are not only immune to the drug, but are even more virulent and toxic to humans.


Essential oils are not simple. They consist of hundreds of compounds, the numbers and formulas for which are not completely known even for one species of oil. Furthermore, there are never two batches of essential oils the same.

You can grow lavender or peppermint every year in the same plot of land and every year’s production of oil will be slightly different. The same 200 or 300 compounds will be there that make lavender like lavender and peppermint like peppermint, but the proportions will vary. This year’s lavender oil may have more or less linyl acetate than last year’s or this year’s peppermint oil may have more or less menthol, but they will still be lavender and peppermint.

The variations are because the oils of a plant are dynamic during the life of the plant, changing daily, even from hour to hour, to adjust to the heat of the day, the moisture in the air, and other factors uncontrollable to humans. The oils in plants also vary their composition according to soil types, climate, elevation, latitude, planting time, harvesting time, amount of sunshine, amount of rain, amount of wind, and other factors such as the species of insects that may be pests this year. The conditions that affect plant growth (and its oils) are never repeated two years in a row.

Because the oils of a species vary according environmental factors that are never the same, no two batches of an essential oil are ever exactly the same, even from the same species grown in the same field. Oils are like wines. Vintners put dates on each year’s bottles of a wine because every year will produce a slightly different taste and coloration of the wine because nature never repeats itself.

Therefore, because essential oils are far more complex than any laboratory produced drug and are never exactly replicated year to year, bacteria can never figure them out and become resistant. Microbes are smarter than synthetic drugs, but essential oils are smarter than microbes!

We have oils from Egyptian tombs that are just as antimicrobial today as they were 5,000 years ago. The effectiveness of essential oils is permanent, which is why they, and other natural remedies, will eventually replace the synthetic pharmaceuticals of today. This means that drug-based allopathy, as practiced today, is eventually doomed to disappear, being based on transient medicines and a flawed paradigm.


Sooner or later, all synthetic drugs and antibiotics become ineffective or lethal and have to be discontinued. Hence, drug companies are continually engaged in finding and developing new drugs to replace the old ones as they become ineffective or too harmful to continue. Since they cannot patent a natural product, such as an herb or an essential oil, pharmaceutical companies have no interest in studying or marketing natural products.

In fact, they would like to remove all natural products from the free market to create for themselves a profitable monopoly enforced by law and government regulation.

Patented medicines are all unnatural, composed of molecules never before existing on planet earth. Our bodies were not made to utilize, metabolize, and eliminate such substances. This is why all pharmaceuticals, without exception, have negative side effects.

By contrast, properly administered natural products, such as essential oils, have little or no untoward side effects. They can be taken into the body, utilized, metabolized, and eliminated when they have completed their healing mission. The majority of side effects from oils and natural products, if any, are unexpected good ones.


Allopathic medicine, which is practiced by today’s doctors, nurses, and hospitals, addresses symptoms not causes. If your symptoms are life threatening, like uncontrolled hemorrhaging, stoppage of breath, unconsciousness, severe internal injuries, broken limbs, etc., then treating the symptoms is appropriate and necessary to save your life and get you through the crisis.

Emergency medicine is the best of medicine as we know it today. But after the crisis has passed and your vital signs are stabilized, the healing is yet to come, which does not come through allopathic medicine, but through receiving God’s healing energy. While dealing with symptoms is often desirable and necessary, when the treatment stops with symptomatic removal, the body simply produces another ailment elsewhere as a result of the unresolved roots left behind. Hence, simple ailments whose symptoms are suppressed can eventually become serious sicknesses, sometimes even unto death.

Furthermore, allopathic medicines (antibiotics and other pharmaceuticals and synthetic drugs) all eventually become ineffective and obsolete, requiring that pharmaceutical companies engage in endless research to find the next drug to replace the antiquated ones. Hence, allopathy is based on a flawed paradigm employing medicines of only transient value.

Holistic natural medicine, including essential oils, addresses root causes from the quantum behavior of electrons to the intelligence of the cells to the human mind and spirit. True and permanent healing can occur when the right environment of balance in body, mind, and soul have been established. Furthermore, the medicines of nature, which include herbs and essential oils, will never become ineffective. Their therapeutic, divinely created properties are forever. Holistic medicine, incorporating essential oils, is based on a more encompassing paradigm employing medicine of permanent value.


Therefore, it is inevitable that allopathic medicine, as we know it today, will eventually shrink into a very minor part of the health care system, dealing only with traumas, crises, and acute situations, while true health care, true healing, and true regimens of wellness will come from the concepts of natural medicine using plants and other natural substances as God made them and intended them for our benefit.

There will always be a need for allopathy because sometimes symptoms are serious and need to be dealt with directly before their causes can be diagnosed, resolved, and the healing can begin. But future health care will not primarily be allopathic in its approach. It will be holistic and natural and essential oils will be a fundamental and principal element of the new system.

The birth and labor of that new and better system is already well underway and progressing well. All of you who are educating yourselves in oils, herbs, nutrition, healthy life styles, and natural health care solutions are the midwives of the new system.