It’s almost become a joke when people say “Well I saw on the Internet so it must be true.” We now know, of course, that is not necessarily the case. But when a reputable newspaper reports something, unless you believe in everything being ”fake news”, it tends to be a little more believable. Such is the case in a story recently published by Sun-News. It involves essential oils and their increasing use and popularity. And, they back their statement by information from the University Of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC).
When it comes to treating pain, anxiety, insomnia, and other conditions, the latest and greatest trendy way to remedy those situations has become aroma therapy and essential oils. And though they are currently used in hospitals and spas, and have been relied upon for thousands of years, aromatherapy and essential oils’ credibility where scientists are concerned are still questionable. You’ve got to love those scientists!
What Are Essential Oils?
Essential oils are derived by various methods from the blossoms, seeds, leaves, roots, and the bark of certain kinds of plants and trees. Steam distillation and cold-press extraction are the methods most commonly used. They can be complex mixtures or 100% pure and simplistic in nature. Buying your essential oils through a reputable dealer that guarantees 100% natural products is your best bet.
Children, women who are pregnant, anyone with sensitive skin, or individuals with some type of allergy should check with a doctor before using essential oils – even though they are, for the most part, considered safe.
Some essential oils mix well with other essential oils to form various blends that can be used for any number of outcomes. There are also carrier oils that are used to dilute certain essential oils.
Popular Essential Oils
The article lists some of the most commonly used or popular essential oils as follows (these statements are backed by doctors and/or UMMC):
- Clary sage, sage, aniseed, and fennel oils – may relieve symptoms related to menopause and PMS through estrogen compounds.
- Floral oils such as rose and lavender – shown to relieve depression, stress, and anxiety. Also applicable are sandalwood, lemon, bergamot, rose, orange, and lavender.
- Rosemary – referred to as an ‘herb of remembrance’, can be used to improve memory quality.
- Lemon body butter – has been effective when used against skin conditions such as shingles, herpes, and cold sores.
- Basil – not only can it be used to treat acne but it also helps lift spirits when inhaled.
- Eucalyptus oil – another dual purpose essential oil, this can be inhaled to relieve respiratory congestion but is also useful for its antibacterial characteristics.
- Clove – this has been used on toothaches, literally, for decades; but in addition to its anesthetic characteristics is a good antibacterial agent.
- Peppermint – can help to ease stomach upset and also contains antibacterial characteristics. Additionally, many individuals have found success treating headaches by mixing peppermint with olive oil or almond oil and applying it to their temples.
In the interest of non-culpability, the article does drive home the fact that essential oils don’t cure everything under the sun and, of course, are not backed by science.
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