An essential oil is a concentrated hydrophobic liquid containing chemical compounds from plants. Essential oils are also known as volatile oils, ethereal oils, aetheroleum, or simply as the oil of the plant from which they were extracted, such as oil of clove. An essential oil is "essential" in the sense that it contains the "essence of" the plant's fragrance—the characteristic fragrance of the plant from which it is derived. The term "essential" used here does not mean indispensable or usable by the human body, as with the terms essential amino acid or essential fatty acid, which are so called because they are nutritionally required by a given living organism.
Dr. Eric Witherspoon earned his DVM degree in 1980 from the University of Tennessee. Upon graduation, he founded a private practice in Carlton, OR and over the ensuing 30 years has built a large and successful operation that treats both large and small animals. Dr. Witherspoon still runs Carlton Veterinary Hospital.
During the course of his practice and tired of dealing with often caustic wound care products and antimicrobials/antifungals that just didn’t work as advertised, Dr. Eric Witherspoon began working with various mixtures of naturopathic ingredients. He started experimenting with tea tree oil, comfrey, and goldenseal for wound and skin care issues such as fungal