Essential oils are God's natural medicine. 11 essential oils are mentioned in the Bible including frankincense, myrrh, hyssop and more. Essential oils have practically no side effects.
As you may know, our bodies; skin, kidneys, pancreas, stomach, liver, intestines, heart, lymphatic system, brain and et al, are bombarded with chemicals and foreign “stuff” from one source or another daily.
Hmm, disorder of body part, you have. Take this pill. Don’t worry, the side effects should disappear in a little while. If not, we can give you this capsule which will illuminate several of the side effect of pill # 1. But it has side effects too. Not only prescribed chemicals, but they put inorganic compounds that nobody can pronounce, into the mix also.
Two things are better than those inorganic substances, CBD’s & essential oils. The CBD supply chain is already in operation and I’m not going there. I’m going essential oils. It’s like the ocean. We all know it is there but we don’t know what is beneath the surface. The ocean and essential oils should both be further explored. We should taper back on NASA and start looking in to the ocean in my opinion.
Some oils should not be used if pregnant, lactating, have high blood pressure or seizure disorder. I will notify you if any of my blends contain these oils.
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excellent reports of clinical studies I have compiled if you aren't convinced or want to convince somebody else.
Kritsidima M, Newton T, Asimakopoulou K. The effects of lavender scent on dental patient anxiety levels: a cluster randomised-controlled trial. Community Dent Oral Epidemiol. 38(1):83-7, 2010.
To review the effect of lavender scent on anticipatory anxiety in
dental participants. In a randomized-controlled trial, 340 patients with dental anxiety were assessed while waiting for a scheduled dental appointment, either with use of lavender scent or not odor. Analysis showed that although both groups had similar, moderate levels of generalized dental anxiety the lavender group reported significantly lower current anxiety than the control group.
Ni CH, Hou WH, Kao CC, et al. The anxiolytic effect of aromatherapy on patients awaiting ambulatory surgery: a randomized controlled trial. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2013;2013:927419.
The aim of this study was to determine if aromatherapy could reduce preoperative anxiety in outpatient surgery patients. A total of 109 preoperative patients were randomly assigned to bergamot essential oil or a placebo (water vapor) and their responses to the State Trait Anxiety Inventory and vital signs were monitored. All those exposed to bergamot essential oil aromatherapy showed a greater reduction in preoperative anxiety than the control groups. Aromatherapy may be a useful part of a holistic approach to reducing preoperative anxiety before outpatient surgery.
Sasannejad P, Saeedi M, Shoeibi A, et al. Lavender essential oil in the treatment of migraine headache: a placebo-controlled clinical trial. European Neurology. 67(5):288-91, 2012.
Forty-seven patients with migraine headache were divided into two groups: 1) inhaled lavender essential oil for 15 min or 2) used liquid paraffin for the same time period. Patients were asked to record their headache severity and associated symptoms in 30-min intervals for a total of 2 hours. From 129 headache attacks in the lavender group, 92 responded entirely or partially to lavender. In the control group, 32 out of 68 headache attacks responded to placebo. The percentage of responders was significantly higher in the lavender group than the placebo group. Results suggests that inhalation of lavender essential oil may be an effective and safe treatment modality in acute management of migraine headaches.
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Complementary and Alternative Medicine Guide
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What is the history of aromatherapy?
Essential oils have been used for therapeutic purposes for nearly 6,000 years. The ancient Chinese, Indians, Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans used them in cosmetics, perfumes, and drugs. Essential oils were also commonly used for spiritual, therapeutic, hygienic, and ritualistic purposes.
More recently, René-Maurice Gattefossé, a French chemist, discovered the healing properties of lavender oil when he applied it to a burn on his hand caused by an explosion in his laboratory. He then started to analyze the chemical properties of essential oils and how they were used to treat burns, skin infections, gangrene, and wounds in soldiers during World War I. In 1928, Gattefossé founded the science of aromatherapy. By the 1950s massage therapists, beauticians, nurses, physiotherapists, doctors, and other health care providers began using aromatherapy.
Aromatherapy did not become popular in the United States until the 1980s. Today, many lotions, candles, and beauty products are sold as "aromatherapy." However, many of these products contain synthetic fragrances that do not have the same properties as essential oils.
The chemistry of essential oils is influenced by the local geography and weather conditions, as well as the season and time of day when the plants are harvested, how they are processed, and how they are packaged and stored. Each plant is unique in its chemistry so essential oils are never exactly the same-this is different from pharmaceutical drugs that are synthetically reproduced to be identical every time.
Currently the International Standards Organization sets standards for each essential oil that include a range of acceptable concentrations for its major chemical constituents.
Standards for essential oils. 15700 standards found
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What does the research say?
Research studies on essential oils show positive effects for a variety of health concerns including infections, pain, anxiety, depression, tumors, premenstrual syndrome, nausea, and many others. The resources on this page are meant to highlight a few examples.
Many conventional drug studies are funded by the pharmaceutical industry. There is little motivation for these companies to fund research on natural plant substances because they cannot easily be patented, limiting the potential for profit. Thus, finding funding for essential oils studies can be challenging. The pharmaceutical industry does not want any natural substances to interfere with their profits either.
The Science Behind Essential Oils
Quantum Physics, Essential Oils & the Mind-Body Connection
~^~by David Stewart, PhD
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Essential oils are composed of numerous chemical compounds, numbering from a few dozen to several hundred in a single species. Thus far, chemists have not fully analyzed even one species of essential oil. Scientists do not know the complete compositions of even the most popular oils, such as Lavender, Frankincense, Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, or Peppermint. For example, lavender contains at least 200 identified compounds, but many more are known to be present whose identification has not been achieved.
One scientist estimated that just to identify all of the compounds present in the essential oils known today would take a thousand years. However, we do not need to know all of the constituents of an oil to enjoy its benefits. With essential oils, healing can start taking place right now, without complete understanding, while science can catch up later. Besides, essential oils are more than just chemistry.
Vehicles of Living Energy
A compound made in a laboratory may have the same chemical formula as one produced in nature, but they are not the same and do not have the same effect on your body and mind. A chemical formula is not a complete description of a compound, even though today’s chemists and chemistry books will say so. Instead of describing an essential oil as “A Mixture of Chemical Compounds,” essential oils are better described as “Vehicles of Living Energy.” Here is why that is so.
Most compounds of essential oils are built from “Aromatic Rings.” These are molecular structures composed of carbon atoms arranged in closed configurations such as triangles, rectangles, trapezoids, pentagons, hexagons, and other larger more complex shapes.
There are probably as many uses for aromatherapy as there are essential oils, but research shows particular promise in relieving stress, stabilizing your mood, improving sleep, pain, and nausea relief, and improving your memory and energy level.
An important element of aromatherapy is synergy, which is why using a combination of oils often creates a much more powerful effect than any one particular oil. With a skilled aromatherapist, the possibilities are nearly endless!
PDQ Cancer Information Summaries [Internet].
Aromatherapy and Essential Oils (PDQ®)
PDQ Integrative, Alternative, and Complementary Therapies Editorial Board.
Published online: June 9, 2017.
Created: March 9, 2007.
This PDQ cancer information summary has current information about the use of aromatherapy and essential oils in the treatment of people with cancer. It is meant to inform and help patients, families, and caregivers. It does not give formal guidelines or recommendations for making decisions about health care.
Editorial Boards write the PDQ cancer information summaries and keep them up to date. These Boards are made up of experts in cancer treatment and other specialties related to cancer. The summaries are reviewed regularly and changes are made when there is new information. The date on each summary ("Date Last Modified") is the date of the most recent change. The information in this patient summary was taken from the health professional version, which is reviewed regularly and updated as needed, by the PDQ Integrative, Alternative, and Complementary Therapies Editorial Board.
What are the benefits of aromatherapy? From the Mayo Clinic
Answers from Brent A. Bauer, M.D.
Research on the effectiveness of aromatherapy — the therapeutic use of essential oils extracted from plants — is limited.
However, some studies have shown that aromatherapy might have health benefits, including:
- Relief from anxiety and depression
- Improved quality of life, particularly for people with chronic health conditions
- Improved sleep
Smaller studies suggest that aromatherapy with lavender oil may help:
- Reduce pain for people with osteoarthritis of the knee
- Improve quality of life for people with dementia
- Reduce pain for people with kidney stones
Why aromatherapy is showing up in hospital surgical units. From the Mayo Clinic
Essential oils are surging in popularity, but what does the research say? Find out from Mayo Clinic experts how botanical extracts could help you.
Can it help with pain management?
It might. Researchers looking at aromatherapy as a way to help with pain after surgery have found that those who try it not only have better pain management, but also report higher overall satisfaction with their care. Of course, essential oils are just one part of a post-op pain management plan.
Women in labor have also reported positive results using scents such as rose, lavender and frankincense. In one study, these scents seemed to help ease anxiety and fear, and reduce the need for pain medications.
Interesting resources for essential oils
- National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA): Everything about the medicinal use of aromatic plants and the holistic practice of aromatherapy
- Aroma Web: A directory of aromatherapy information, tips, recipes, sources, including a regional aromatherapy business directory
- American Botanical Council: Herbal medicine information that includes an herb library and clinical guide to herbs
- Herb Med: Interactive electronic herb database (some information is free, but full access requires a fee)
Essential oils to Avoid throughout Pregnancy, Labor, and while Breastfeeding (Table 6)
|Essential Oil||Latin Name|
|Basil ct. estragole||Ocimum basilicum|
|Parsley seed or leaf||Petroselinum sativum|
|*Note that this is not the same as Ho Wood/Ho Leaf chemotype Linalool (Cinnamomum camphora ct. Linalool), which has no known contraindications.|
Therapeutic properties of essential oils
- garlic, tea tree
- AND THE LIST GOES ON