Hoax or Helpful?
Over the last few years, the essential oil industry in North America has sky-rocketed in popularity. The buzz around essential oils leaves us questioning if this is just a fad or something that could really benefit our health and wellness.
Essential Oils have been trusted for thousands of years!
The truth is that this is not a fad but instead a throw back to treatments that have been relied upon for thousands of years. The use of essential oils can be traced back 5000 years to areas of India and Egypt. Essential oils and other plant-based cures were all we had for medicine until recent years. Over the last century, tremendous advancements have been made in medical treatments. With the advancement of pharmaceuticals, society had trended away from natural remedies for even the most minor ailments and conditions. People are now realizing that natural remedies have a place as well. Essential oils should never be a replacement for much needed pharmaceuticals, but they have proven the test of time when assisting with minor ailments, conditions and general well being.
Science is confirming the benefits of essential oils!
There are many things that were once thought to be helpful that science has shown to be ineffective – this is not the case with essential oils. Although the research is still building, some clinical trials and lab studies have confirmed the benefits of essential oils. For instance, a John Hopkins lab study found that essential oils may be better than antibiotics at killing persistent Lyme disease bacteria. Essential oils have been found to have strong antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. They can produce a positive change in mood and behavior. There is credibility to the claims made about the effectiveness of essential oils.
Just because they are natural, does not make them safe!
Essential oils, although natural, are extremely potent and must be treated with respect. An essential oil should never be applied directly to the skin unless diluted in a carrier oil such as sunflower oil, coconut oil, etc. Skin irritation and sensitivities can develop from the use of pure, undiluted essential oils. Essential oils should never be taken internally unless directed to do so by a medical professional. To ensure safe and effective use of essential oils, it is best to consult with a clinical aromatherapist. When used properly, essential oils can be safe and effective in promoting healing and improving overall wellness.
The use of essential oils has gained in popularity for good reason. They have proven the test of time and scrutiny. New information is coming out about these beneficial plant-based products everyday and the possibilities of how they can help to promote health and wellness are endless.