Why Clockwise Circles?
By David Stewart, PH.D., R.A.
Originally Posted September/October 2004
In applying essential oils, healing aromatherapists teach us to “energize” the oil with a “clockwise” spin. This is often done by placing the desired number of oil drops in the palm of our non-dominant hand (usually the left) and then stirring the oil in small clockwise circles with one or more fingers of the other hand. It can also be done directly on the site where oils are applied. Why is this done? And is there a scientific basis for it?
The reason it is done is because it has been observed, empirically, that the therapeutic effectiveness of the oil is increased by this procedure. Thus, we say “the oil has been energized.” This is something you can verify yourself.
The concept dates back thousands of years to Chinese medicine where the yin and yang principles are said to rotate in opposite directions, both clock and counterclockwise. According to Chinese principles in cooking food, if one stirs clockwise it corresponds to balancing conditions within the human body that may be unbalanced if stirred counterclockwise.
The science behind this practice is as follows: There are certain chemical compounds that can exist as pairs. They have the same formula, but the atoms are put together in such a way that there are two versions. These are called chiral isomers with each member of the pair being the mirror image of the other, like a right and a left-handed pair of gloves. Hundreds of compounds in essential oils are chiral in nature.
The word, chiral, comes from the Greek, cheiro, meaning hand. Chiral pairs are designated as being d-isomers where d = dexter (meaning right in Latin) or l-isomers where l = laevus (meaning left in Latin).
For reasons known only to God, the major molecules that make up living systems on earth are all chiral in the same way. This is true for all terrestrial plants, animals and micro-
organisms. Amino acids are the basic molecular building material of living matter. All amino acids are l-isomers (left-handed). Right-handed amino acids can be made in a laboratory, but they are all dead and are not found in living organisms.
Proteins are macromolecules built of amino acids present in all living cells. About 50% of your body’s dry weight is protein. Proteins are major structural components in all of our bodily tissues. They also catalyze our chemical processes as enzymes, transport oxygen, serve as hormones, regulate bodily functions, and make life possible as we know it. Whatever their role, each protein molecule is built from the levo-chiral molecules of amino acids. Levo-chiral molecules, and all substances built from them, always twist clockwise.
From dinosars to the tinest protozoans and viruses. the living proteins of this planet are all helical with a clockwise twist. This includes the molecules of DNA. Counterclockwise proteins and strands of DNA do not exist on planet earth as normal substances. Simple counterclockwise proteins have been synthesized in a lab, but they are dead, having no place in the lifeforms of this world.
The insistence of nature on just one chiral form in the molecules of terrestrial organisms is called “homochirality” by scientists. It is possible that the proteins of extraterrestrial creatures could be counterclockwise. We only know that on earth, at a microscopic level, all life turns in a clockwise direction. If an organism or living entity was discovered on earth whose genes and proteins were all counter-
clockwise, you could know for a certainty that they were aliens from another planet. This fact could be the basis for a good science fiction movie.
There are some exceptions to the homochirality of proteins. The earth possesses a global magnetic field with a north-south polarity due to ferric minerals and movements in the core the earth. However, at the earth’s surface one experiences significant variations in the measurable field due to latitude and the magnetism of local rocks, ores, and crystalline mineral deposits. There are also dynamic electric fields (called Telluric currents) that move and change continually over the earth’s surface that move differently from place to place.
This give rise to a phenomena called “geopathology.” In other words, some places on the earth are more in electromagnetic harmony with human function than others. Living in some locations support health, wellness, and strength while others promote sickness and weakness. The unhealthy places are said to produce “geopathic stress.” People living in such geographically unfavorable places have higher rates of cancer and other diseases. What is interesting is that measurements of the blood of people living under geopathic stress find reverse polarized proteins. They rotate counterclockwise. When these people move to a different place, their blood cells return to the normal clockwise twist and their health improves. Cancer patients, in general, are found to have reverse twisted proteins in their blood. If the cancer goes away, the proteins return to their normal clockwiseness.
These examples of counterclockwise rotation do not change the fact that all proteins created on earth have a clockwise twist. It is just that in certain situations, the surrounding electro-
magnetic fields or other forces can acually unwind some proteins, including our DNA, and turn them backwards. When this happens, we have an abnormal situation. If not corrected, physical, mental, and/or emotional sicknesses will inevitably insue.
There are times when counterclockwise motions are used in healing. For example, in getting access to repressed emotions or forgotten memories of traumatic experiences, those who do emotional release work with oils sometimes make small counterclockwise circles on the temples of the client to “unwind the DNA” to gain access to these subconscious memories. However, before the close of the session, clockwise circles are made to restore the DNA back to its normal helical twist.
Getting back to essential oils, when we make clockwise circles before applying them, we are placing a spin on the molecules that enables them to more easily engage with the proteins in every cell of our bodies as well as the strands of DNA that form our cellular intelligence. Thus energized, essential oil molecules can enter our bodies turning in synchrony and harmony, spinning in the same direction as our body parts on a microscopic level. In this way the oils can more effectively administer their therapeutic powers. For cancer patients or persons living in geopathogenic places or who work in man-made electromagnetic environments that have reversed some of their proteins and set them up for sickness—properly polarized and energized essential oils can restore these twisted proteins back to their normal clockwise spin, thus setting the person back on the path to wellness.
For more practical information on the consequences of geopathology and electromagnetic fields in general, and what you can do about them, see the excellent book, Electromagnetic Pollution, by DeVita available from CARE.
NOTE: This is an extract from a new book to be released before the end of 2004, probably in November. It’s title is THE CHEMISTRY OF ESSENTIAL OILS MADE SIMPLE and its author is Dr. David Stewart (Ph.D.) The subtitle of the book is GOD’S LOVE MANIFEST IN MOLECULES. The book will be a little over 700 pages long. When published it will be available from CARE at (800) 758-8629 or at the CARE website, www.RaindropTraining.com. Price will be $34.95 plus $6 s&h.
See also, Supplement to this issue of the Raindrop Messenger for Dr. Stewart’s article, “Clarification on What is Clockwise.”
Young Living vs Other Brands of Oils
Jacquelyn A. Close, CCI, RA
Having been introduced to oils 3 years before finding Young Living, I used oils from 4 other companies. Two of those companies are considered among the absolute best in the world of Aromatherapy by members of the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapists (NAHA). As a Registered Aromatherapist, I can say without any hesitation that Young Living’s oils are superior to any other I have ever found. But let’s be fair, some oils from other companies are good. So how can you tell the difference? One need only inhale the oils to know the difference. That certainly was the case for me, and that difference is one of the only reasons I ever gave Young Living oils a chance.
I have now been using oils for almost 10 years. Half of that time I have used Young Living oils exclusively. While teaching Aromatherapy Basics classes through the Continuing Education Department at Southeast Missouri State University, I take oils from the Health Food Store, from the mall, from Tisserand, from Cheryl’s Herbs in St. Louis (Cheryl Hoard, owner of that shop, has been the President of NAHA twice and has exceptionally good oils), and oils from Young Living. I am not able to sell oils or promote any single company in theclass – because if I did that, they wouldn’t let me teach there. But I am happy to report to you that by the end of the class, there is always someone in the class, who is new to oils and has no vested interest in promoting Young Living, who stands up and says, “I don’t know about the rest of you, but I find these Young Living oils smell better, last longer, and actually help me more than these other oils.”
What a wonderful testimonial to the quality of our fabulous Young Living oils. And most of the people, usually all but maybe one person, come to me afterward and ask how they can get Young Living oils.
Regarding price, I have always paid very nearly the same price for high quality, organic singles regardless of the source, and often pre-bottled blends of the same high quality cost more from other companies than from Young Living. The absolute biggest difference in what we have available to us through Young Living is the amazing number of high quality, therapeutic grade, organic essential oils, and the low cost training. The value of training available from Young Living and the Center for Aromatherapy Research and Education (CARE) is without comparison in the world of Aromatherapy. You can’t beat it. Plus you get so much free information and training from your sponsor, upline, and the chat groups. You CAN’T BEAT IT ANYWHERE.
Remember Dr. Joseph Mercola, D.O., who spoke at the Young Living Convention a few years back. He said he believed he could get an oil that was at least as good a quality as Young Living’s Frankincense and Lavender. He had an entire research team scour the internet and North America. After a few months, they came back to him and said they thought they had found oils that would work just as well, at half the cost. He started using them and the condition with his eyes (that he was using the oils for) returned within 2 weeks. He said he had learned the hard way that Young Living is the BEST!
Don’t be fooled by other company’s promises, and other people’s opinions who do not have the experience. They may have a few oils that are exceptional, they may have a good selection of high quality organic oils, but they do not have anything that truly compares with Young Living’s oils and training.
NOTE: Jacqui Close is a Certified CARE Instructor, a Registered Aromatherapist and Director of the Conscious Healing Institute. She is working on a book that will contain accounts of many people’s experiences with healing using essential oils to be entitled:
ANCIENT WISDOM, MODERN MIRACLES.
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This was not just another seminar. It was a true learning experience. I have been doing oils for nine years, but never really understood the chemistry of them before now. David Stewart is very knowledgeable and a master teacher who can reach both the novice and the well-
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The recent CARE Seminar was fabulous! Dr. Stewart and his wife, Lee, have an incredible gift and passion for teaching. I have met many people in the healing arts, but I have never met anyone with purer hearts than these two precious people. I would highly recommend the CARE program for anyone who wants to learn more about oils and what they can do to heal the world we live in. There were four other CARE instructors there as well and they were all incredibly knowledgeable and so willing to share with others.
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I feel as if God has cleared space in my heart to pour his gifts into me. I also feel his calling to go and use these wonderful oils to help others heal themselves. I am so grateful to God for bringing me to this seminar and confirming His love for me. Niki Moman, Olathe, Kansas