Essential Oils


Can essential oils improve your life? The answer is a decided "yes," depending upon whom you ask.

A growing number of people are using these plant-based remedies to relieve anxiety and depression. They report positive changes in their mood and in their overall outlook on life.

I use oils to help me sleep better. I'm convinced, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that they're working. Nowadays, it's very rare that I don't wake up feeling refreshed, even if I go to bed too late and don't get my full eight hours. I also wake up less during the night.

But where is the research?

At the moment, scientific studies are few and far between. But the handful we do have seem to confirm what aromatherapists have been telling us for centuries. Essential oils do seem to have a profound positive effect on brain function.

One of the rare conventional healthcare providers that recognizes the value of aromatic oils is the University of Maryland Medical Center. According to its website, various researchers have found certain oils have been shown to provide various benefits, which include:

  • Stress reduction in response to a number of oils, including lavender, orange, rose, lemon, bergamot (a citrus), as well as others.
  • Neroli oil was found to relieve anxiety and stress among people in a clinical setting about to undergo a medical procedure.
  • Women in labor had less anxiety when rose, lavender and frankincense oils were used during labor. There was also a reduction in the level of pain medication requested. These oils were recommended by midwives, as pregnant women should never use essential oils, unless they're working with a healthcare provider.

Anyway, as the University of Maryland page pointed out, more research is needed.

Meanwhile, I'm not waiting. As someone who uses natural remedies, instead of pharmaceuticals, I don't need studies, typically funded by drug companies, to convince me that essential oils can, indeed, improve my life.

I'm not a doctor of a psychologist, but, in my own humble opinion, I also believe they can help us recover from emotional trauma. (Many professional aromatherapists would agree.)

Plant Therapy Let it Go

For instance, there is the Plant Therapy Let it Go blend, which contains ylang ylang, patchouli, sweet orange and blue tansy oils. This made by Plant Therapy, a company based in Twin Falls, Idaho. I totally trust their oils, a number of which I own myself.

Most of the time, there's absolutely no reason to buy an over-priced essential oil sold by a multilevel marketing company. Don't fall for the "therapeutic grade" hype. All oils that are 100 percent pure, such as the ones shown this page, can safely be used for aromatherapy.

Edens Garden Oil Set

Because essential oils are becoming so popular, especially among people seeking an alternative to habit-forming chemical tranquilizers, it's easy to find stress-reduction formulas made by the leading essential oil retailers, such as the Edens Garden De-Stress Set.

The oils in this gift, which comes in a gift box, are some of the most commonly used oils for stress and mild depression. But they have potential other uses as well. For instance, the "Calming" formula on the left, with the tan label, contains lemongrass, sweet orange and ylang ylang. The first ingredient is lemongrass, which is an excellent oil to reach for when you're fighting the flu, as it contains powerful infection-fighting compounds.

It can also help reduce inflammation, a condition that many alternative health practitioners believe is the root cause of disease. Lemongrass, like all essential oils, contains antimicrobial compounds. This is why, when I want to clean up a meat spill in my kitchen, I sprinkle a couple of drops of essential oil on the sponge.

(Sweet orange and ylang ylang can also be used during an upper respiratory illness.)

Fabulous Frannie Happy

Fabulous Frannie is a company I buy from often, because I love the smell of the oils it sells. They are also extremely economical, and shipping is free. The Fabulous Frannie Happy Blend includes bergamot, grapefruit and ylang ylang. Because essential oils are so strong, you only need to use a little. I would recommend putting a drop or two on a cloth and inhaling.

Disclaimer

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Women who are pregnant or nursing should not take herbal remedies unless directed to do so by a healthcare professional.

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