Curiosity gets me every time. I remember from my studies in Homeopathy the law of minimums applies. Yep, less is more.
In homeopathy, there are measurements like 30C, 30M, 30X. The numbers may also change like 300C, 3X, etc. To make a homeopathic remedy, you start with a mother tincture. The letter in the remedy refers to how much water is used. So, X would be 10 drops, C would be 100 drops, M is 1000 drops, etc. The numbers refers to how many times the combination is agitated, or sucussed as it is called in homeopathy. Put this all together, take 1 drop of mother tincture, add to 100 drops of water, sucuss to make 1C. Take 1 drop of this combination and add it to 100 drops of water then sucuss to make a 2C dilution. One you have repeated this process 30 times, you will have a 30C dilution.
The kicker is the higher the numbers, the stronger the remedy. For example, 3X is a lot weaker than 30C. In our allopathic way of thinking, this makes no sense at all. but this has been proven in homeopathic research, less is more.
In my own dissertation and personal research, I found the same to be true for Flower Essence Therapy, an energy medicine. In my clinical trial, I provided a single or combination remedy flower essence. The protocol was the recommended 3-4 drops sublingually up to 4 times per day. While effective when the subject was compliant and open to accepting the change, I have since then discovered that an essence seemingly works faster and more profoundly when added to water. This has involved adding 3-4 drops to 8oz, 16oz, even 20oz of water. Then the subject sips on the water throughout the day. Less is more.
In flower essence therapy, it is an energy therapy. In my mind, this concept makes sense. In homeopathy, it starts with a mother tincture. Is tincturing also a process of passing the energetic properties vs. natural chemicals of the plant? This also makes sense to me when taking into consideration the tincturing process and that flower essence therapy came about from Dr. Edward Bach who was a student of Hahnemann, the Father of Homeopathy.
So, here is my question. Is this also true for essential oils? Is less actually more? And when thinking of an herb like Arnica Montana, which is toxic for ingesting as an herb yet is safe for ingestion as a homeopathic remedy. Does this, when in the right carrier mediums, ring true with essential oils and ingestion?
When I joined Simply Aroma, I learned ingestion was embraced, but with caution. There are some consultants that will jump in with both feet and others that completely condemn the practice. Me? Well, it has brought out the researcher in me.
I did some online research, found a product that involved ingestion, but not in a therapeutic manner. I standardized and adapted the formula. This turned 4 drops of essential oil into over 150 possible doses; whereas, it is now practice to use 1-3 drops for 1 dose.
I am testing this for a same purpose, using 2 oils in conjunction. Ingesting 3 objects of each oil, twice per day. This breaks 4 drops into over 26 days. Taste and portability, along with ease of use is improved. Today is my fifth day. The first 2 days did not produce any noticeable results; however, the last 3 days have netted what I feel are great results. It is my intention to carry this trial for 14 days.
Stay tuned for more details.