Essential oils

Essential oils enhance life

Ideas: Essential oils enhance life

Essential oils

Essential oils enhance life

What do you know about essential oils?

Story: Bridget Broihahn

Photos: Heather Coit

Brenda Stout Jamieson’s kids just kept getting sick, and she was at her wit’s end.

“That was back in 2000. I have three children, and they had strep throat that just kept coming back that year,” she said.

Like many moms, she looked around at alternative methods to heal her youngsters. The antibiotics would get rid of the strep throat, only to return a short while later, along with other viruses and ailments. Besides being a mom, Stout Jamieson is a busy teacher and likes to take care of things efficiently.

“I was at a health fair, and I met , a distributor of essential oils. She suggested using a few of the oils to help heal my children,” Stout Jamieson said. “After reading about them, I decided to try them, as they are therapeutic grade. I was really trying to get my kids well, you know?”

When many think of essential oils, they conjure up images of aromatherapy, and yes, this is just one of their many uses, according to Stout Jamieson. They are very versatile, however. For example, they can be applied directly to the skin or diluted with a carrier oil. Some are safe to be taken orally as a supplement.

Ironically, essential oils are not truly oily, because they lack fatty acids. They are actually highly concentrated plant components, the volatile liquids that are distilled, mostly by steam. Some are extracted by cold pressing the plants, as well, because the heat would render the plant constituents ineffective. It can take several hundred-or even thousands- of pounds of plant material to extract 16 ounces of essential oil.

Human beings have been using essential oils for thousands of years. Evidence has been found in Egyptian hieroglyphics and Chinese manuscripts of essential oil use in ancient times. In fact, jars of essential oils were found in King Tut’s tomb. The Bible makes reference to the use of essential oils 188 times in its manuscript.

So, are they effective?

“Well, we haven’t had strep throat since! The essential oils helped us feel better. My children are now adults and they are very healthy,” Stout Jamieson said.

According to Stout Jamieson, the others weren’t as pure or concentrated.

“The human body actually has a frequency of 60 to 70 megahertz. Oils can help raise your body’s frequency,” Stout Jamieson said.

Frequency, as in electrical current?

“Yes, every living –and some not living-thing has a frequency,” she said.

In the book, “The Body Electric,” by Dr. Robert O. Becker, he states that the human body actually has an electrical frequency and a person’s health can be affected by it. According to Becker, frequency is the measurable rate of electrical energy flow that is constant between any two points.

“My health and well-being significantly improved. They have even enhanced my mood. It even helped me through my divorce,” she said. “They have helped me with my hormones and I sleep better, too.”

So, Stout Jamieson started telling people about essential oils. She said that there are many uses for the oils: bug bites, maladies, muscle aches, and migraines. They can be used in cooking. They are also a beauty aid, used in many cosmetics, shampoos, creams and lotions. They can an effective cleaning agent, too.

Stout Jamieson sells the oils through the website, at trade shows and through informational meetings that she holds at various locations. She sells 84 single oils, like lavender and peppermint, and some 80 blended oils, which are two or more oils blended together to create a synergistic oil. She also sells health and beauty aids. There are many uses for essential oils. The possibilities are endless.

For further information about essential oils please contact Stout Jamieson by phone at 217-898-5944, or visit her website at