Ocotea (pronounced oc-o-tA-ah) essential oil is related to the cinnamon species but has a slightly different aroma and taste. Ocotea contains some of the highest known levels of alpha-humulene, which offers potent digestive support and can help balance the body’s response to irritation.*
Ocotea is wild crafted and distilled at Finca Botánica Aromática, Young Living’s farm and distillery in Ecuador. Ocotea is harvested from this large tree found in the Amazon Basin of Ecuador, from sea level up to 1,500 meters in altitude. The trees are divided into male and female trees, with only the female trees producing foliage suitable for distillation into Ocotea essential oil.
Historical usage of ocotea dates back more than 500 years, when it was used to aromatize sweets and cakes.
Though there are hints of a cinnamon base, Ocotea is different from traditional cinnamon. Ocotea has high levels of alpha-humulene, one of the highest of any known essential oil. Alpha- humulene can balance the body’s internal response to irritation. Only copaiba essential oil has comparable levels of this natural plant compound.
Ocotea has a relatively low concentration of cinnamaldehyde (less than 5 percent), which is a natural plant chemical that can trigger sensitization reactions. Traditional cinnamon can contain up to 50 percent cinnamaldehyde.
Every two years the ocotea tree produces large flowers known as “ishpingo” or “flor de canela.”
Traditionally Ocotea has been used as a disinfectant and for digestive support. Ocotea has far less skin sensitivity than Cinnamon Bark or Cassia.
If you’ve found Tea Tree (Melaleuca) doesn’t clear up foot fungus, try putting a couple drops of Ocotea essential oil on the affected area 1-2 times a day. You should see a vast improvement within a couple of days.
Gary Young found that one drop of Ocotea essential oil once a day in a glass of water can help with Candida and parasites.
3 Ways to Use Ocotea Essential Oil
- Diffuse: follow instructions on your diffuser for best results. More on diffusers and diffusing.
- Topical / Massage: mix 3-4 drops of Ocotea with 1 TBSP V-6 Massage Oil (#3031) and massage into skin.
- Internal: put 1 drop Ocotea into an 8 oz. glass of water or milk, once a day. Or, 1 drop under the tongue.*
- Cooking: put 1-2 drops of Ocotea in your favorite cake recipes for additional flavoring when mixing the batter. More on cooking with YL essential Oils.
Layering: a Method of Applying Ocotea Essential Oil
Layering your essential oils can bring added benefit to topical applications. This is particularly useful if you’re finding that one essential oil alone is not producing powerful enough results.
This technique consists of applying multiple essential oils (3), one at a time (each spaced/applied a few minutes apart)..
For example, place a couple drops of Marjoram the area of a sore muscle, gently massage it into the tissue gently until the area is dry, then apply a second oil, such as basil (a couple drops), until the oil is absorbed and the skin is dry. Then layer on the third oil, such as peppermint (a couple drops), and continue a gentle massaging action.
Have your V-6 handy to use as your carrier oil to dilute your essential oils. If you’re new to Young Living essential oils, allow enough time (3-5 minutes) for the body to respond before applying each essential oil.
Other good single essential oils for layering would be a combination of any 3 of these for aches and pains: Lavender, Palo Santo, Chamomile, Frankincense, Idaho Balsam Fir, Tsuga, Ginger, Nutmeg, or Ocotea.
Layering can be done with any Young Living singles and blends as well. Some good blend choices would be: R.C., PanAway, Valor, Peace & Calming, EndoFlex, and Motivation.
Interesting Notes on Ocotea from the YL Convention
- Lowers blood sugar with 1-3 drops under tongue 10 minutes until blood sugar is normal.*
- Disinfectant properties
- Antibiotic (Trans-cinmalohol)*
- Anti-inflammatory (has sesquiterpenes that reduce inflammation)*
- Ocotea oil has shown to eliminate Candida and streptococcal*
- Supports the liver in balancing metabolism*
- Tested 88 children – 66 with parasites, 22 with parasites and Candida. One drop of Ocotea in an 8 oz glass of water, and diffused. Killed both the parasites and Candida.*
- Can help with weight loss. Reduces food cravings in the evening. One drop in evening in a glass of water.*
- Foot fungus. Tea Tree (Melaleuca) didn’t work, but Ocotea applied topically just once, 3 days later the fungus was dead. Just one application!*
- A 69-year-old female, couldn’t lower glucose below 150. Used 3 drops of Ocotea. Instant change down to normal. Gary has been working for her since July. When she gets stressed her glucose goes up. She uses Ocotea to bring it down. No side effects and feels better than when on the meds. She uses 4 drops sublingually (under the tongue) 4x a day for type 1 diabetes. She says she loves the energy Ocotea gives her. She’s able to focus now too.*
- One person had a fungal infection on their neck and forehead. No creams helped. There also was a dark stain on skin. Tried clove oil. She added Ocotea and has found to feel 50-60% better in a few weeks, and she’s had the fungal infection for years.*
- A 67-year-old female low energy, grumpy, irritable, not feeling well. Couldn’t think clearly, cold. Blood sugar 340 on 4/21/2009. She began using YL supplements plus Ocotea essential oil. By 4/28/2009, down to 210, by 5/7/2009 blood sugar was 140. Such a small amount of Ocotea and such great effect.*
- Ocotea impacts emotional state, insulin balanced, then looses weight.*
- Janet got diabetes 3 months after being vaccinated at age four. She now continues to improve with Ocotea, proving medical science incorrect. Juvenile diabetes can sometimes be corrected!*
* The information here is not intended to treat, diagnose, or prescribe. It is intended for educational purposes only for a better understanding of plant and human interactions. Please seek council from your medical doctor for any condition, illness or injury you may have. This information is not intended as a substitute for proper medical care. You are the one responsible for your health and wellness, please make wise and informed choices.
Articles by Evelyn Vincent, Young Living Independent Distributor #476766
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