Organic, Medicinal, Essential Oils from Around the World
The Alma de la Planta line of medicinal,
essential oils are made especially for Alpha Omega Labs. These are pure,
unadulterated plant extracts with no additives. (Please read sidebar.)
The product line presented below -- consisting
of each essential oil in convenient 30 ml. bottles -- comprises the first of 150 planned
essential, medicinal oils. Because the clinical side of Alpha Omega Labs'
work often involves the use of essential oil blends, each bottle is handmarked,
covering both single oils and "made-to-order" blends. See plant links and
medicinal property summaries below.
Name of Essential Oil (plus quantity & description)
Medicinal Properties / Traditional (Ethnobotanical) Use
Clear and colorless, but possessing an aroma of black licorice, Star
Anise is sometimes confused with ordinary Anise
Used for colds, flu, rheumatism, bronchitis, coughing, colic, cramping, and ingestion. Warnings: When used in large doses, star anise is a narcotic and slows circulation. Avoid if breast-feeding, pregnant, or attempting to conceive.
Also, do not use if you have liver disease or suffer from alcoholism or endometriosis.
Basil oils have strong organoleptics, thus if
used in concert with other oils, use sparingly.
The smell is "sweet and herby" with a hint of
licorice and camphor.
Insect bites, insect repellent, muscle aches,
rheumatism, sinusitis, bronchitis, coughing, gout, colds and flu, and exhaustion.
Possesses strong anti-bacterial, anti-viral properties. Warnings: Avoid
if pregnant or suffering from a serious liver condition. Always use Basil Oil
sparingly and with caution.
Another very strong-scented oil; balsamic and spicy.
This is the Indian variety, Boswellia serrata, which
has a thinner consistency.
Among the most ancient and highly-regarded medicinal oils;
used cosmetically to tighten skin and give a more youthful appearance -- a basis for its
anti-aging reputation; strongly antiseptic and anti-inflammatory; strengths the immune system
by inducing more T-Lymphocyte production; various studies suggest it helps to reduce the
rate of tumor growth.
This is "true lavender," not "spike" or another variety
of the Lamiaceae family. Oil is light and sweet.
Therapeutically, one of the most versatile essential oils. Its properties include:
analgesic, antiseptic, antirheumatic, antidepressant, deodrant, diuretic, hypotensive, sedative, stimulant, and vermifugal.
Often used to calm an upset stomach
This oil is dark, viscous, and has strong base notes: warm and balsamic, slightly smokey.
The odor strength is moderate.
Diluted and used for treating the skin, tightening the pores and skin,
providing a lustrous glow. Analgesic: used for joint pain; sedative. Vermicidal: ringworm. Pulmonary:
bronchitis and colds. Flatulence; loss of appetite; hemorroids; etc.
Virgin, cold-pressed with a scent that is unique to neem.
[For years we dealt in neem products.
The introduction of this oil (in 2014) is our first foray back in the market since 2003.]
Neem oil is strongly antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, and vermifugal.
Skin: cold sores, boils, scabies, eczema, psoriasis, acne, ringworm, hives, burns, shingles, rashes, gangrene,
wounds, warts, and wrinkles Hair: Makes hair brilliant; stimulates growth by oxygenating follices. Mouth: Treats gingivitis.
Vermifugal: Repels insects. Nervous System: insomnia, hypertension, exhaustion. Other: Prostate tonic,\
poor circulation, snake bites, etc.
Papaya oil has a rich, aromatic smell
and unusually smooth, silk-like texture.
Anti-microbial (antibacterial and antifungal),
carminative, digestive, diuretic, expectorant, having tonic effects for the
heart and cardiovascular system. The most common use in the tropics is as a
vermifuge. The seeds themselves are often eaten for this purpose. The worm-killing
effects can be experienced by taking as little as ten drops at a time in hot green tea once a day.
Pine needle essential oil is a
widely-used "traditional." It has
a moderate odor strength.
Antiseptic, antiviral, antifungal, neuralgic. Traditional uses and indications
include colds, flu, and fever; bronchitis, asthma, arthritis, gout, prostatitis, sciatica, neuralgia, insect
repellent, eczema, and psoriasis.
Antibacterial, antifungal, analgesic; stimulates mental cognitive facilities; stimulates hair
follicles and improves hair growth; traditionally used for acne, eczema, and other skin problems; indicated for colds,
flu, sinusitis, tonsillitis, and muscle soreness. Contains carnosic acid, which research has shown inhibits cancer growth
by inhibiting the expression of cancer genes.
1. Are "Alma de la Plant" oils pure?
Are there any additives or incipients?
Yes, they are pure. And, no, they contain no
additives, incipients, or diluting oils. If an oil in question
is not "pure," it is not truly a medicinal essential oil. The dilution or adulteration
of essential oils is common in the massage oil business, but no serious producer of
medicinal oils would ever dilute their oil. Moreover, since there are protocols
for using select medicinal oils internally (see question below), it can actually
be dangerous to contaminate medicinal oils with other impure substances -- something
we would never do.
2. What method is used to extract your
We use steam distillation for all of our
oils, except for myrrh, for which we use solvent extraction (using the purest, natural
solvent in the business,
In all our citrus essential oils, we use a "cold press" technique, as this is the only
way to do the extraction and preserve the medicinal components, which are
well-established as having "heat lability" issues.
3. Why are your medicinal essential oils
so much cheaper than the vast majority of comparable items in the marketplace?
It is not our position that Alma de la Planta
products are too low . . . but that market forces exist which have taken these natural medicinals
which should be regarded as a natural household commodities, and turned them into luxury items.
Two primary market forces exist which have caused
this to occur: the first is the multi-level marketing (MLM) channel, where
markups of 1,000% are often necessary to fund the extravagant marketing plans that
are designed to enrich a select few and impoverish the everyday, working "MLM distributor."
We discuss this at length in my essay, MLM 101.
The second major marketing force that has
exerted pressure to keep essential oils artificially high is that of perfumery.
By their olfactory similarity to perfumes, essential oils are affected by the
same pricing dynamics that affect this market. Enormous sums are devoted to
advertising and marketing of various fragrances annually under the rubic, "You get what
you pay for." Out of this phenomenon comes the pejorative expression, "cheap perfume."
Advertisers work to convince you that
a brand name perfume is expensive because it's superior in quality . . . and to
anyone who has worked in the advertising field, this is known to be pure nonsense.
Likewise, you have hoards of resellers of
pricey oils (many of them MLM distributors) who will try to convince you that a
certain brand of essential oil is expensive because it's better.
It's all nonsense. Pure oregano oil from wildcrafted or organic sources,
for example, is pure oregano oil. You can pay under $10 for a 30 ml. bottle, or you can
pay $50. It's the same product. Same plant. Same oil. Same medicinal effect. The
difference is how it's been marketed. If you want to pay more, pay more.
That is entirely your choice.
4. Where do "Alma de la Planta" products
Currently, they ship from the United States,
but we will soon be adding to the line and shipping from Ecuador and Peru, as well.
5. Can "Alma de la Planta" essential oils
be taken internally?
There is considerable debate -- both online and
in the extant literature as to whether or not essential oils should be taken internally.
There is no question that since essential oils contain the distilled, concentrated essence
of the plant, there is considerable room for abuse and harm if one takes them internally
without proper guidance.
At the same time, those in the orthodox community
who brand all internal consumption of essential oils as dangerous, only make themselves
look foolish. Specifically, many medicinal oils come from foods, such that to consume
the essential oil is to be taking one small component of the food itself. Is there anything
inherent dangerous about oranges, grapefruit, lemon, basil, fennel, ginger, or peppermint?
Many practitioners use protocols that employ medicinal
oils that come from "natural foods." One or two drops are taken with a teaspoon of flaxseed,
olive, castor, or other "carrier oil." There is nothing wrong with this approach, but
still, our standing advice is that you are better off working with an experienced
practitioner than doing it yourself -- particularly if you have any concerns in this area.
6. What is the "shelf-life" of Alma de la Planta oils?
Well made and bottled, pure essential oils take many years to go rancid, if they
do, at all. We've have essential oils we made in the lab in 2008 that are good today. The manner
in which we process our oils, stored in dark, amber dispenser bottles (commonly used throughout
the essential oil business), ensure a long-shelf life. (Though you must keep the oils in a cool,
dark place . . . refrigerating if necessary.)
Nonetheless, when used for professional purposes, taking into
account that all natural materials lose therapeutic value over time, a practical shelf-life of two
years from the date of purpose should be observed. The exception is citrus oils (like lemon, orange,
and grapefruit) and oils from plants of the Coniferinae class (like pine, yew, cypress, etc.), which --
because of high "terpene" content -- will oxidize quicker over time. Adopt a date of six months from
the date of purchase for maximum therapeutic value.
7. There are many "grades" of myrrh and frankincense
on the market. Which do you use?
The myrrh we sell is the "resnoid oil," derived from
"Commiphora myrrha" in India. This is a frequently asked question because there is a purified
myrrh oil that is much more expensive to make and far more expensive on the market. In our work
with essential oils, we never found the additional cost to be commeasurate with increased
medicinal effect. For the vast majority of users, the resnoid oil is the best choice.
In the case of frankincense, we use Boswellia serrata
from India, one of several species of the Boswellia genus from which frankincense is derived.
8. Do you provide chemical analysis with each
We do not -- for seveal reasons. First of all, "Alma de la Planta"
is a "lose leader." It is our way of "giving back," by providing high quality, medicinal oils
at much lower prices that are generally found on the market (see above). The cost of running
quantitative analysis (like the analytical lab
we had in the States) is prohibitively expensive.
Secondly, there are going to be small variances from batch
to batch no matter who on this planet is making medicinal essential oils. It is the same with
nutrients in food. Take it out to fractional micrograms, and it would not be inaccurate to say that
no two oranges, lemons, or grapefruit on this planet has the same exact quantity of Vitamin C.
The focus of "Alma de la Planta" is to make the best,
most medicinally active, essential oils we can for the money . . . and with or without
daily, batch runs of analytical reports, this is precisely what we do.