Carbon is a very difficult mineral to discuss. Here is why; every mineral we discuss we end up seeing that particular mineral as being the most important mineral of all. Well, you might be correct in that we are looking at the actions and action potential of that mineral. When we consider the role it plays, well, yes, it is important, as in if the actions of that mineral isn't taking place, death is the result. So yes, very, very important. Every mineral is so vital to the whole, in that if it isn't there or functioning, death will become the host. The only variable is the length of time. With some minerals, when they are lacking, it can be a slow death, with others, maybe not so slow, but rather fast. When the fast happens, we tend to blame it for some reason that sounds good, usually some political correct observation that is commonly associated with the observed cause of death. For example, if a person dies of Lung Cancer, we automatically say, "Yeah, that smoking will get you every time", even when the person wasn't a smoker. But when it comes to a long drawn out illness, then death, say from Lung Cancer, we say the same thing as we did with the fast death thing. When the truth is known, the bottom line is that some mineral malfunction caused some gene switch to turn on that wasn't supposed to turn on, essentially bypassing the safety switches or even turning off the safety switches, thus allowing the Lung Cancer to take root and grow out of control. Since most people don't understand minerals and their biological function, then the blame is laid at the feet of some idea that people thinks and believes they understand. With the result being the problem is never solved. Why isn't it really ever solved? Most Lung cancers are sourced from air pollution. Lay the blame to where it is really is, and the solution becomes more clear. As a note, more women than men die from Lung cancer. Air pollution cancer affects women at about a 35% higher rate than it does men. Now when we come to Carbon, it really is the most important mineral of all. Our life, as we know it is based on Carbon. Everything revolves around Carbon. Carbon is at the center of all life. So with that, let's us move on and get down to some fun discussion as soon as we get the technicalities out of the way.
Carbon associates with the amino acid Arginine. It is used 2,072,480 times in the DNA sequence and follows the CGA codon. It carries a valence of -4+, so a wide range of charge on both ends. It weighs very low and comes in at 12.01 on the molecular scale. Carbon is recognized by the symbol of C.
We really need to use some analogy mixed in with technical descriptions to get a clear picture of Carbon and how it functions in the biological application of life. We are very simple a Carbon-based life form. This statement applies to both plant and animal life as well as anything before or after or in between this idea. It goes without saying that Carbon is always at the beginning of each and every genetic sequence. However, Carbon is sometimes found at the top end of some genetic sequences. So it can be everywhere. But since it is everywhere, it tends to not have a lot of speed and direction, unless there are primarily two other minerals present, those being Selenium and Nitrogen. Earlier I mentioned that Carbon is everywhere. This is not entirely true, it is generally, but it isn't supposed to be everywhere when looking at it specifically. Selenium's main role in relationship to Carbon is to give Carbon direction and to keep it from going where it shouldn't go or be. Of course, we know that Nitrogen's role is to help assimilate and to allow the Carbon to be water soluble, thus leading to being able to be used in biological functions.
An interesting aspect of the whole deal is this, all food is essentially Carbon Dioxide, one of many forms of Carbon. Plants are consumed by all animal life form. Plants also contain Carbon because of Photosynthesis. So any plant consumed will provide Carbon to the life form. Also, consumption of meat will also contain and provide Carbon because of the meat sources having consumed plant material. So by further connecting the dots, everything organic contains Carbon and will give back Carbon to nature through death and decay, which is also known as the Carbon Cycle. However, the only substance that normally does not contain Carbon is water.
Carbon is involved in all of the major food types, ie; Carbohydrates, Proteins, and Fat. When the Carbon has run its course through the body system, it is returned to nature in the form of Carbon Dioxide. Interestingly with plants and their respiration process, will, in essence, take in Carbon Dioxide and expel Oxygen. So we have a give and take relationship with plants, we give them what they need, they give us what we need.
Many of the newer medicines and many old medicines, particularly the pharmaceuticals, have as their base a mineral or a combination of minerals. Many times they will use a synthetic additive or two, mainly to give them patent rights I feel, but many of the modern ones are simply mineral based.
Essential Oil Connection;
Here we have to look at the essential oil connection from a different perspective. In theory, each and every plant has Carbon content. So it then goes without saying that Carbon is found in each and every single essential oil. But the question is this, we have to look at the Selenium and Nitrogen contents of each plant to determine if it is any Carbon to be obtained from the essential oil being discussed. But let us start with this curveball, it is a good place to jump in at. Have you ever heard of Vitamin C? I am sure some have. What is Vitamin C? What is it made up of? Vitamin C is simply nothing but Carbon atoms strung together. So Vitamin C is just Carbon being controlled by Selenium and with the action being driven by Nitrogen. But basically, if you get low on selenium, as in not enough to provide direction for the Carbon, you will lose your Vitamin C and it's action potential. So what happens when you have a Vitamin C deficiency? Scurvy comes to mind, but more importantly, we typically see a lack of building or replacement of Collagen. Collagen is a structural protein in the connective tissue of all animal life forms, including humans.
So what does this jibberish mean? First off, we see a massive web of connections of minerals and vitamins and other elements and their dependency on each other. In walking this backward, we see that Collagen, which is vital for us to move, is dependent on Selenium and NItrogen and in the end Carbon. So we can use plants that contain higher levels of Vitamin C. As these plants by obvious association has to have good levels of Selenium and Nitrogen of they wouldn't be there to make Vitamin C, which is just a bunch of Carbon atoms being organized in a way that they formulate Vitamin C and being water soluble so that the Vitamin C can be used in the biological functions. See the lectures on NItrogen and Selenium for specifics, I make this as a reference because of space and redundancy. That is if you approach it from that perspective. But why try to make a formula for this whole process when you can just use plants high in Vitamin C and be done with it. Typically we have the Citrus plants and thus the oils that would help us here. Now don't get me wrong here, but those are not the highest Vitamin C containing plants out there. You can find high Vitamin C containing plants everywhere. Usually, these other high containing plants are those that are growing in soil that has a low mineral draw or has not gone through extensive crop cycling over the years.
So when you have concerns about your Carbon needs, you need to look at things from a different perspective than you normally approach with. So how is the best way to obtain your Carbon mineral needs? Don't look for Carbon, look at the Vitamin C aspect, as that will provide you with your Carbon needs. Simply, Vitamin C won't exist without Carbon, being controlled by other vital minerals. As a comical side note, What plant that we use for oil production? Catnip. What does Catnip do to most people? It will turn off your lights in short order. We use it in blends for the sleep-related purposes. It works safe and effective in a blend, but it can be a serious safety issue with some people with brain issues if used as a stand-alone oil. It is way too strong. Besides just a little bit is all that is needed and since it is a very expensive oil, a little bit is good, right? But all it does is knocks you out. You have to have other oils to keep the REM cycle working through the night.
I bring up this idea and association with Vitamin C to help you understand the concept of reverse engineering some of these issues when dealing with heavy duty clinical work, using aromatherapy. There are many different issues out there that there is no clear-cut direction on solutions. We have some anecdotal ideas, but that isn't the coolest idea to work with people when their life depends on your work. So what we have to do is a reverse engineer the ideas, such as with Vitamin C, and we walk it back to the very most base, which is Carbon. Once there then you can walk it back the other way. It is interesting as you come up with solutions, apply them and they work, many times working perfectly. I say work perfectly because you don't end up with the client saying, "Oh yes, I don't have that issue anymore, but now I have this other issue". But it does take a lot of work and a lot of learning.
Summary and Discussion;
I didn't mean for this to be a discussion on Vitamin C, but we had to go there to understand an aspect of Carbon. We all know that we can obtain Vitamin C, and thus Carbon from plants. I mentioned that we can get it from meat as well. In the Napoleon wars, it was discovered the French troops were coming down with Scurvy. The solution was that they feed the troops Fresh Horse Meat. The troops were cured. So the taste for horse meat has carried on in French culture ever since. The British picked up their nickname, Limey, or Limeys, because of taking Limes on long ship voyages for the sailors to consume in order to prevent scurvy.
Many of the human consumable minerals of today, particularly the plant-based ones are all sourced from plant material, with plants that contain high levels of minerals. I have made the comment that in theory, coal should provide for a good source of minerals. Coal is simply biomass from plants, compressed over time. I am going to start some studies using coal and other locally sourced minerals. I am making a portable type greenhouse and it should be done within the week, so I can run these studies in a controlled environment throughout the winter. I am pretty sure the outcomes will be as expected. So we shall see. Then we will measure the mineral content of the plants. So stay tuned for these studies to be presented here.
I think it is best to bring this discussion to a close. I don't know what more to say than to say Carbon is vital to life, all life depends on it, whether it animal or plant life. We generally obtain Carbon from the consumption of food. So with that, have a good day, hope this is enjoyable. See you with the next mineral, Boron. You will find it interesting, I promise.