Essential Oils Have Numerous Health Properties

April 12, 2022

Considering their extensive use, very little is understood about essential oils’ potential to cure specific illnesses. 

Below is a glance at the information for using essential oils and aromatherapy to address some of the most common health issues.


Anxiety and stress 


According to estimates, 43% of persons with stress and anxiety use some type of alternative therapy to help them manage their symptoms. 

Initial research on aromatherapy has proven quite encouraging. Many studies have demonstrated that the scent of various essential oils can help cure anxiety and stress in addition to regular therapy. 

Due to the fragrances of the chemicals, blinded trials are difficult to conduct and biases are difficult to rule out. As a result, numerous studies on the stress- and anxiety-relieving properties of essential oils have come up short.

Utilizing essential oils while massaging, for example, may help ease stress, albeit the results may only persist for the duration of the session.


Migraines and headaches 


Individuals’ migraine pain was reduced by dabbing a peppermint oil and ethanol combination on their foreheads and temples. Latest research has also found that putting peppermint and lavender oil on the skin reduces headache discomfort. Furthermore, using a combination of chamomile and sesame oil on the forehead has been proposed as a treatment for chronic migraines. This is an old Persian headache treatment. However, further high-quality research is required.


Insomnia and sleep 


Lavender oil has proven to enhance the sleep condition of mothers who have recently given birth, and also cardiovascular disease patients. Smelling the oils — predominantly lavender oil — helped people sleep better.


Inflammation reduction 


Essential oils have been suggested as a possible treatment for inflammatory conditions. They have anti-inflammatory properties, according to some test-tube studies. 

In one mouse trial, consuming a mixture of thyme and oregano essential oils aided promote colitis remission. Caraway and rosemary oils achieved comparable benefits in two rat experiments. 

However, the benefits of such oils on inflammatory illnesses have been studied in only a few human trials. As a result, their efficacy and tolerability are unclear.


Antibiotics and antimicrobials 


The emergence of antibiotic-resistant germs has reignited interest in finding new ways to combat bacterial illnesses. 

Essential oils like peppermint and tea tree oil have been studied extensively in test tubes for their antibacterial effects, with some promising results.


While the results of these test-tube studies are intriguing, they do not always reflect the effects of these oils on your body. They don’t show that a specific essential oil can be used to treat bacterial infections in people.


Side effects and safety 


Simply since anything is organic does not imply that it is risk-free. 

Essential oils, like plants and herbal goods, contain a variety of bioactive components that can be harmful to your health. 

Most essential oils, on the other hand, are deemed harmless when breathed or mixed with just a base oil for application on the skin. Keep in mind that people in your vicinity, such as pregnant women, children, and pets, may inhale the odor.


Essential oils can induce more significant reactions than the most frequent adverse effect, which is a rash. Lavender, peppermint, tea tree, and ylang-ylang are the oils most frequently linked to negative reactions. 

Cinnamon oil, which is high in phenols, can cause skin irritation and should not be used on the skin without first mixing it with a carrier oil. However, citrus essential oils boost the skin’s sensitivity to sunshine, increasing the risk of sunburn. Always use Young Living Essential Oils with a carrier oil for best results. 


Gulping essential oils also isn’t suggested because it can be hazardous and even deadly in some cases. If essential oils are combined with a base oil, they are commonly regarded as safe to inhale or apply to the skin. They must not be consumed. Utilizing Young Living Essential Oils as a supplemental therapy for minor health issues is likely to be safe. 


If you have a significant medical problem or are taking meds, you should talk to your doctor about how to utilize them.

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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