Mineral - Oxygen
Today's discussion will be about Oxygen. I am betting that most of you didn't know that Oxygen is a mineral. Well, according to some people it is a mineral. To others, it is not really a mineral, even though it is listed on the periodic table of elements. To them, it is just an element. So in some discussions that center around minerals, the Oxygen will not be discussed as a mineral. But in reality, it should, by my understanding of minerals, is that I am going to say, yes, Oxygen is a mineral, pretty much in a gas form, although it can be found in liquid form. But let us move on to getting the technicalities out of the way.
Oxygen associates with the amino acid Glycine. It is used 14,548,193 times in the DNA sequence, follows the GGA sequence, carries a valence number of -2, comes in at the 16.00 on the molecular scale, and is recognized by the symbol of O.
The one most important thing to remember about Oxygen is that itis highly reactive to other minerals. For example, Oxygen in the presence of Iron, with a number of other factors, like water, etc., will form rust. Oxygen is found everywhere in the world. The natural ratio is about 20.8% of the air we breathe. It comes in at second place, behind nitrogen, which will be our next discussion. We receive most of our oxygen from the air we breathe. We do receive it from other sources, which I will mention later. One of the main minerals that Oxygen has to have in order to function is Selenium. Without the proper ratios of Selenium, Oxygen has a very difficult time in performing its biological function. Of course, we know that Selenium plays a major role in determining rather a cell lives or dies. So it goes without saying that Selenium is an important buddy for Oxygen. Now the mechanism of a function here is likely that we get a reasonable amount of oxygen, but usually not enough Selenium, so the ratio of Selenium to Oxygen will only function to the lowest level fo Selenium to make the useable ratio of Oxygen to Selenium level. In simple speak, when a person with a low Selenium level uses up the available Selenium at that moment in time that is needed to be a companion to Oxygen, then that is the highest level of function for that time frame. So you may be getting enough Oxygen, but without enough Selenium, you will indicate for an Oxygen deficiency. When the real problem is a deficiency of Selenium. This is a good example of what appears to be a deficiency of a given mineral is really a deficiency of another mineral. Then as another example, we see a Copper deficiency indicating as an Iron deficiency. I mention this because of both of those minerals playing a role with Oxygen in regards to the Heart. We know that it doesn't take long for the Heart to go without Oxygen to begin to suffer irreparable damage. So when we have a lack of Oxygen to carry and react to all of these other minerals in the various places in the body and in organ function, especially the brain, we see how important that Oxygen is to the movement of minerals and making them react in concert with and to each other.
Essential Oils Connection.
We have learned that Oxygen is highly reactive to other minerals. Now we also know that Oxygen can be harmful to essential oils. Why is Oxygen harmful? Because when it is in the open air, it reacts to any of the minerals that are there. In this case, the oxygen levels are not in proper ratios in relation to the essential oils. So when you have fresh air, which contains oxygen, getting into the bottle with the oil you will observe a situation called oxidative stress. The Oxygen will begin a process of degrading the oils. It isn't as observable as it is with Iron and rust, but none the less it is there. What happens is that the Oxygen reacts to what is there. It is called degrading. But sometimes with the oils, it simply changes the properties or at least some of the properties in the oils to make a different oil. However, most of the time, it is not a good thing. The oils that can still be used are normally used only by experienced Aromatherapists or in clinical settings for a very specific purpose, that needs ot be monitored. This happens to only a handful of the oils, where the oils, once oxidized are still useable. Most of the oils are not very useful once oxidized for their specified purposes.
All of the oils have Oxygen in them. The ratios are proper for the chemical makeup of the oil. The reason will be covered in the next section. But for now, just keep in mind that the oils do contain Oxygen. They also contain a lot of other minerals. If they didn't contain minerals, then they wouldn't oxidize. They oxidize when the Oxygen levels and Oxygen ratios are too high in relationships to the other elements in the oil sample. However, this process is normally a very slow, long draw out process. The process will speed up as the amount of oil in the bottle lowers. Then it allows for more space for free Oxygen to accumulate when the bottle is opened.
All plants contain Oxygen. The ppm levels will be directly associated with the health of the plant and the way it has been processed. When they are steam distilled, the oil can separate because of how light the Oxygen molecule weight. But in a closed distillation system, the oil will reattach to the oil as it cools. In an open distilling process, the Oxygen molecule can separate, never to reattach to the oil. In other processes, such as cold pressing, the Oxygen molecule will likely stay attached, unless the heat of the pressing gets too hot. If this happens it usually destroys the oil anyway, so it isn't that big of a concern in pressed oils. As a side note, when cooking or in processing food, plants, etc., there is that tendency to have heat exposed to the material for a long length of time and in repeated situations, so the mineral, in this case, Oxygen is "cooked" out. It is not found in the material because it is usually done in situations where the product is vented into the atmosphere and forever lost as to that food or product.
Summary and Additional Discussion;
I have chosen to not include a lot of the information out there on Oxygen. Many of you will already know all of that material. Also, some aspects of this Oxygen discussion has some roots in climate change. Since it is a highly charged political discussion, I respectfully chose to avoid the controversy. So, as a result, I just have wanted to touch on the main elements of the Oxygen mineral and leave it at that. Most of our Oxygen is introduced to us through our breathing system in a form of a gas. We do get some Oxygen through our food that we consume. However, the fresher the food the more Oxygen that it contains. We know that the plant has Oxygen, otherwise, it would have never grown to the point of being able to be harvested. However, the amount of Oxygen in that plant is highly dependant on the overall health of the plant in relationship to all other elements, mainly minerals. We are continually receiving a replenishment of our available Oxygen because of Photosynthesis from the Sun. So we don't have a huge danger of using up our Oxygen, as it is always being replaced. Plants essentially breathe in carbon dioxide and will exhale oxygen. The water bodies will generate Oxygen. We do receive some Oxygen from our drinking water. The big problem and that problem is HUGE and that is having a sufficient supply of all of the other minerals for the Oxygen to work with and to react to as to biological function.
I was watching a pretty intense documentary recently and it was discussing Oxygen. In studying the cosmos the general body of scientists has discovered that the color of Oxygen is Purple. They have learned that when they see purple out there on planets, stars, etc., it indicated or is used as one of the indicators of Oxygen being present. So for those of you out there using color as part of a healing modality, you can consider using Purple when Oxygen is indicated for. I can see how this color thing could be extended to Psychology as the color modality is used in emotional healing programs. I say the field of Psychology because most all of these psychological problems have a very strong mineral deficiency element to them. So measure and control for the color element, and you are halfway to the solution.
So with this, we will end our discussion on Oxygen. Have a good day and hope this serves you well. Thank you for your time and interest.