That’s another excellent example. One aspect of essential oils that is frequently overlooked is their ability to catalyze carbon and its cofactor, silicon. Carbon as an element is prevalent in all life, and as a result, acute deficiencies in carbon are not a normal thing. And while perhaps being chronically deficient may be possible in some situations, it usually doesn’t take much to correct the situation. So, what is more important than the actual levels of carbon itself, is the importance of the silica, the essential co-factor to carbon.
The element carbon, because of the way it bonds with other elements, is the major contributor to the structure stability and strength of a molecule. Silica, a naturally occurring form of silicon mineral in the soil, also plays a role in the structure and strength stability by adding flexibility, IE; the strength-flexibility ratio. And, as you can imagine, flexibility is so very important to our joints, skin, nails, and other tissues.
And although you asked about joint support, there are also other uses that can be impacted as well. For example, carbon is also known to protect against cancers of many types, but here as well we see that if a person is silica deficient, the carbon can’t do its job in regards to anti-cancer protection. Silica also plays a direct role with carbon in many other roles as well. And it’s not merely these two minerals alone that interact. Nitrogen also helps “provide the power”, so to speak, to fuel the interaction of Silica and Carbon.