302: Essential Oils

Essential Oils

Essential oils have so many uses. Its natural components can address numerous health issues like depression, anxiety, obesity, and inflammation. To teach us how to use essential oils safely and effectively, my guest Dr. Eric Zielinski will expound on that in this episode.

Early Years

Dr. Eric Zielinski shares that essential oils initially weren't part of his healing story. On the contrary, it was fasting, supplementation, nutrition, and detox. He focused on things that he needed to do to be healed of addiction to narcotics, alcohol, and smoking.

Dr. Eric Zielinski also reveals that he had a spiritual transformation when he was 23 years old. His mentor at the time told him body is a temple. And that he needed to honor God by taking care of his body.

“When I was a kid I always wanted to become a doctor. I was raised in urban Detroit, got a decent job, managed a bank for a while, but my heart was to help people. Then I met someone who suggested I become a chiropractor,” said Dr. Eric Zielinski.

Shortly after, Dr. Eric Zielinski quit a good job. He moved to Georgia with his family to pursue studies on how to become a chiropractor, so he could open up a health center.

A Whole New World

In school, Dr. Eric Zielinski fell in love with research. And because of the necessity to pay bills, he started writing professionally as a public health researcher. His primary tasks were writing in academic journals and ghostwriting blogs.

“That's when I got introduced to this online marketing world. One of my clients commissioned me to write a series of public health reports about essentials oils. And that's what got me,” Dr. Eric Zielinski said.

Educating People

Dr. Eric Zielinski does not sell essential oils. He just educates people through his books and platforms where he can teach people the truth behind essential oils.

“The one thing people need to recognize is that price does matter. Frankincense, myrrh, sandalwood, and rose are costly raw materials that require a lot of product to get a little bottle of essential oil,” explains Dr. Eric Zielinski.

He says if it is cheap, chances are; the product contains synthetic ingredients. Same thing when it comes to sourcing. That's why you can't trust the label.

“The same thing with supplements. No one is monitoring your supplement labels. That's why my book is loaded with references from researches,” Dr. Eric Zielinski said. 

He adds, “It all boils down to trust. Find out the source and what internal sourcing they have. There are no third-party governing agencies monitoring and evaluating these oils. The word therapeutic grade does not mean anything. It's just marketing terminology. There is no standard. Ultimately, it's about how your body responds to the product.” 

Do The Research

Digging deep for information goes a long way. Dr. Eric Zielinski says a company that has good quality sourcing, morals, integrity, and does the research is an ideal company.

He also says most of the information online is absolute rubbish when it comes essential oils. Putting a drop of oil straight in your mouth isn't entirely the best idea because you could burn the mucous membrane in your oral cavity.

The same thing happens if you put a drop in your water. Oil and water don't mix. Hence, you need something to combine them.

“Randomized controlled trials in a sterile, clinical setting doesn't exist in real life. Here's the problem with research. You take people and try to isolate all variables, so you're only testing one thing,” said Dr. Eric Zielinski.

Dr. Eric Zielinski believes we need more case studies. But the problem is, there has been a lot of negative response to case studies because they are called anecdotal. However, Dr. Eric Zielinski would rather have an anecdotal study than a sterilized non-clinical evaluation of what can happen to people aka randomized control trial.

“It's not that the research is doing anything wrong. But it's what we have out there in the literature that is limited. And the limit is that we have very few human trials specifically when it comes to essential oils,” Dr. Eric Zielinski said. 

He adds, “Because we don't have big funding. We have grassroots efforts, and most researches come from overseas, like the Middle East, particularly Iran. We don't have a lot of research from North America. And that's a problem.”

Volatile Compounds

What are essential oils? Dr. Eric Zielinski says it all boils down to volatility or a volatile organic compound. That's what essential oils are by definition. Those are the compounds that readily evaporate.

“And those compounds through the steam distillation process are evaporating up. When they hit the condenser or the cooling tube, it gets to the point where it goes through. Then it re-consolidates, and you get up collecting as an essential oil,” Dr. Eric Zielinski said. 

He adds, “Any particle that isn't light enough to be evaporated and light enough to go through skin distillation is not part of the essential oil. So, when we have a tincture or extract, it contains volatile and non-volatile components. There's a lot of things that are heavy, but they're good. But they still don't become an essential oil.”

Doing It Naturally

Dr. Eric Zielinski explains that our ancestors never used pure essential oils because they didn't have steam distillation then. And that's important. Because our ancestors used tinctures and extract.

“By simply putting plant matter like a bunch of lavender flowers for example in a beautiful clay pot. Fill that clay pot with olive oil, let that seep for a few weeks or months,” advises Dr. Eric Zielinski. “You're going to get a beautiful extract that includes some volatile and some non-volatile. But it all boils down into the different components that you are trying to utilize.”

How We Are Designed To Be

Dr. Eric Zielinski also says certain chemical compounds are just super potent in essential oils that you can't get anywhere else. Because you can't get the concentration. This is because the essential oil only contains a portion of what the healing plant matter contains.

“Your body has been designed by God to interact with the chemicals in Nature. Not the chemicals invented in the lab,” Dr. Eric Zielinski said. “Essential oils are the essence of the plant matter that people have used to heal. They have different chemical constituency than your tinctures or extract.” 

He adds, “Convenience doesn't come without a cost. Every convenience we see on the shelf has a cost to it one way or another. If we step back and start challenging ourselves and manage our life, it is empowering.”

Hand Sanitizers

Dr. Eric Zielinski lessened the use of hand sanitizers. Because he believes that a little bit of dirt isn't going to kill you. He says we have become obsessed with cleanliness. And we have become obsessed with the smell of cleanliness.

“Our microbiome is 70% housed in our gut. And there is a skin microbiome that is more robust in our gut. So, we don't need to be so obsessed. We are so far beyond the days of cholera and plagues annihilating our industrial civilization,” said Dr. Eric Zielinski.

If you want a hand sanitizer, Dr. Eric Zielinski says a pinch is fine. But he recommends getting a one-glass spritzer bottle. And for every one ounce of water, you want a high proof alcohol content as much as possible.

One example is the 160 to 180 proof alcohol called Everclear organic grain alcohol. Dr. Eric Zielinski says just put ten drops of the alcohol and ten drops of essential oil that is wild-harvested. You can even put ten drops of aloe or 10 drops of vitamin E. And fill up the bottle with water. 

“Water and oil don't mix. So, use a high proof organic grain alcohol. If you can't find that, use the highest proof of vodka,” advises Dr. Eric Zielinski. “It's a minimal amount of alcohol, so it's not going to dry your skin. And the essential oils are anti-microbial, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial. It even has aromatic benefits.”

Choosing Oils

Budget-wise, Dr. Eric Zielinski says these are the oils you need for sure. Ylang-ylang, orange, peppermint, and clove. He singles out ylang-ylang, which significantly helps with anxiety related to stress.

“Essential oils help the body and gives the body what it needs. Frankincense will help trigger the body to stop the blood flow to the tumor. Rosemary will bring balance to your high blood pressure. It is a hypertensive agent,” Dr. Eric Zielinski explains. 

He adds, “Essential oils will bring peace and harmony to your body. If you have a disease or taking medication, you need to think twice about what you are doing. You need to think about your supplements, and even what you are eating.”

Going Organic

Dr. Eric Zielinski declares that he is more concerned about the end product. Same for supplements and food. Because our body's chemistry today can be completely different tomorrow or even hour by hour. And what works for one person doesn't mean it will work for another.

You should only have positive reactions when you use essential oils and supplements. Dr. Eric Zielinski says if you apply a small amount of oil on your skin, even if it is diluted and develop a rash, pain or redness, that's not detox. That's an adverse reaction, either a chemical reaction or allergic reaction.

To know more about essential oils, go to www.learntruehealth.com/oils and sign up for Dr. Eric Zielinski's 10-part video series masterclass that he filmed with his wife. It's packed with information that has proven to help improve your health.

Celebrate Life

Achieving optimal health requires some significant efforts. Dr. Eric Zielinski stresses the importance of pure water, air, good food. Make sure your home is a good haven. And get a good air purifier and water purifier.

“You can live a life with clear mental capacity, with vibrant libido and energy, love and good mood even in your old age. That's what life is supposed to be like,” said Dr. Eric Zielinski. “You're supposed to enjoy it. We need essential oils more than our great, great grandparents did because of all the stuff out there that is fighting us and hurting us.” 

He adds, “We need to celebrate the successes along the way. It's a journey and a marathon. This isn't a sprint. The issues plaguing your family can go away.”


The author of the National Bestseller, The Healing Power of Essential Oils, Dr. Eric Zielinski has pioneered natural living and Biblical health education since 2003. Knowing what it's like to be sick from a young age and having recovered from several chronic diseases in his early 20s, he has been on a mission to share the evidence-based approach to natural living that empowered him to regain control of his health with the world. Trained as an aromatherapist, public health researcher and chiropractor, Dr. Eric Zielinski is an accomplished researcher with several publications and conference proceedings. 

Dr. Eric Zielinski and his wife started their online ministry in 2014 with DrEricZ.com to help people learn how to use natural remedies, like essential oils, safely and effectively. Now, with more 6 million visitors every year, it has rapidly become the #1 source for Biblical Health and non-branded essential oils education online. 

Dr. Eric Zielinski and his family live in Atlanta with their four children. 

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Ashley James

Health Coach, Podcast Creator, Homeschooling Mom, Passionate About God & Healing

Ashley James is a Holistic Health Coach, Podcaster, Rapid Anxiety Cessation Expert, and avid Whole Food Plant-Based Home Chef. Since 2005 Ashley has worked with clients to transform their lives as a Master Practitioner and Trainer of Neuro-linguistic Programming.

Her health struggles led her to study under the world’s top holistic doctors, where she reversed her type 2 diabetes, PCOS, infertility, chronic infections, and debilitating adrenal fatigue.

In 2016, Ashley launched her podcast Learn True Health with Ashley James to spread the TRUTH about health and healing. You no longer need to suffer; your body CAN and WILL heal itself when we give it what it needs and stop what is harming it!

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