The Straight Up Guide to Essential Oil Research — Part Two

In yesterday’s post I gave you a wealth of essential oils research listed by ailment. For those who may be curious about particular oils, I thought it might also be a good idea to create a post that shows you the amazing benefits of essential oils listed by oil rather than the ailment it can help.

Please note that essential oils are not regulated by the FDA. Because they are not evaluated by the FDA, essential oils are not regulated to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent any illness. While I cannot officially claim to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent any illnesses, I can, however, present you with the essential oils research, the science of it all.

With that said, here are some of the results of scientific studies regarding individual essential oils, listed in alphabetical order:

(The links to the studies are all highlighted in green.)

The Straight Up Guide to Essential Oil Research - part 2

Angelica also has also been shown to protect the body against seizures. In one study, Angelica suppressed the duration of seizure convulsions, delayed the onset of convulsions, and may have even stopped convulsions altogether.

Anise essential oil, along with Fennel oil, have been shown to increase milk secretion, promote menstruation, and increase libido, meaning that both oils have properties oils effective in the treatment of women’s issues.

Basil essential oil has the ability to prevent salmonella in food.

Bergamot is helpful in aiding the body’s response to stress, and can effectively be used for anti-anxiety purposes.

Black Pepper oil can be used in the battle against diabetes and hypertension. Research shows that it could potentially manage or even prevent type-2 diabetes and hypertension. As you may know if you have veins that roll or are difficult to find, having blood work done can be extremely tricky. However, applying Black Pepper to veins prior to needle insertion can help alleviate that frustration. And if you or know someone is trying to quit smoking, consider getting yourself some Black Pepper essential oil. Studies show that Black Pepper aromatherapy can significantly reduce cravings for nicotine and alleviate withdrawal from smoking addiction.

Amazingly, research shows that Blue Yarow may be beneficial for the treatment of skin cancer melanoma.

Cardamom is a natural insecticide, making it a terrific choice for natural pest control.

Speaking of cancer, Chamomile essential oil shows significant effects on inhibiting cancer cell growth and mast cell degranulation.

Cinnamon essential oil can effectively be used as an herbicide.

Clove oil contains compounds that work just like fluoride, so it can naturally prevent tooth decay and protect against oral bacteria.

Copaiba has shown to be effective in fighting acne, due to its anti-inflammatory, healing, and antiseptic properties.

Eucalyptus oil is exceptionally versatile. It is effective for gastrointestinal issues, decreasing gastric retention and aiding in the accelerating of liquids from the stomach. Eucalyptus essential oil also has properties that bolster immune system response, particularly for use in fighting off infectious diseases and for protecting the body after chemotherapy. In addition, Eucalyptus oil can aid in the body’s response to respiratory viruses and bacteria.

Frankincense and Sandalwood together have been shown to be effective in the treatment of bladder cancer. The study showed that the two employed different mechanisms which together led to cancer cell death.

Garlic essential oil has the potential to reduce lipid accumulation by suppressing fatty acid synthesis and stimulating fatty acid oxidation. These protective effects may be associated with improved liver health.

Geranium is another versatile essential oil. It can be used in combination with other treatments for colon cancer. In one study, Geranium essential oil caused a 70% reduction in colon cancer cell growth. A low concentration of Geranium can be just enough to fight off vaginal yeast infections. Research showed that vaginal application of Geranium oil suppressed the infection when combined with washing the affected area.

Ginger essential oil can boast substantial antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

Laurus Nobilis essential oil has been found to be effective in the treatment of diabetes.

Lavender is arguably the most versatile of all essential oils. While it is known to lower stress levels and reducing anxiety, Lavender is also effective for increasing attention span. Lavender essential oil can be an effective treatment for managing migraine headaches as well as seasonal allergies. It also inhibits inflammation caused by asthma. Lavender can even alleviate emotional symptoms associated with PMS. Lavender oil aromatherapy is becoming more commonly used in hospitals too. It has been shown to be effective post-surgery for common issues such as tonsillectomy pain. Lavender can decrease heart rate and improve blood flow, making it potentially beneficial for coronary (heart) health. Lavender oil can even be used to combat antifungal-resistant infections, such as those responsible for common skin and nail issues. It should therefore be no surprise that Lavender oil is an effective herbicide when used either before planting or prior to transplantation of seedlings.

Nausea in pregnancy can be a troublesome issue for many women. It turns out that inhaling Lemon essential oil can be effective in reducing nausea and vomiting during pregnancy. Lemon essential oil is also helpful for fighting off seasonal allergies.

Lemon Balm, also known as Melissa, can be used for a wide variety of concerns. It has been known to effectively help treat diseases associated with inflammation. Lemon Balm can lower triglycerides and aid in the control of elevated cholesterol levels. It can also help to regulate glucose levels in diabetes, and aid in the treatment of hypoglycemia when administered at low concentration. Lemon Balm has been shown to decrease agitation associated with dementia. Lemon Balm even has a direct antiviral effect on Herpes viruses. Its ability to penetrate the skin with strong selectivity index makes it a topical treatment for herpetic infections.

Lemongrass oil has powerful properties that can be a beneficial solution for stubborn problems. Lemongrass has seen success in antibiotic resistant staph infections. Lemongrass has the natural ability to inactivate salmonella on leafy greens. Lemongrass essential oils may even have potential as treatment for stomach pain and h pylori.

Molluscum is a commonly found virus in kids. It can be highly contagious and last for months. Many doctors do not give medicine for molluscum, saying instead that it simply must run its course. However, a study on Lemon Myrtle found that it can be effective in reducing in molluscum.

Lime essential oil may be used for metabolic disorders. It can potentially benefit people suffering from dyslipidemia and hyperglycemia.

Got hives? Melaleuca, also known as Tea Tree oil, can reduce histamine-induced skin irritations and inflammation. You can also get rid of all those chemical filled lice shampoos. Melaleuca oil is effective for the immediate and long term treatment of head lice. (You are itchy now, aren’t you? Sorry about that.)

Neroli oil is helpful for several women’s issues relating to hormones and hormonal changes. It may relieve menopausal symptoms, increase sexual desire, and reduce blood pressure in postmenopausal women.

Orange essential oil has tranquilizing properties that can be used to reduce anxiety.

Oregano essential oil has powerful antimicrobial effects. In fact, research shows that is as effective as detergent solution for hand washing and cleaning surfaces. Oregano oil can effectively fight off the norovirus. It can also be valuable for the treatment of gastric ulcers.

Patchouli has anti-cancer properties shown to decrease cell growth in colorectal cancer cells.

Peppermint can both enhance memory and increase alertness. Who couldn’t use a little of that? Peppermint has clear antibacterial properties and can be used together with Spearmint as antibacterial agents to stop the growth of pathogens. Peppermint essential oil may also have positive benefits for sports performance. It was shown to improve exercise performance, blood pressure, respiratory heart rate and other measures.

Rosemary oil can counteract bacteria, making it useful for fighting off drug resistant infections. Rosemary also has several cognitive and emotional advantages. It can be effective for reducing anxiety associated with test-taking. Lavender and Rosemary together can reduce cortisol levels. Cortisol is known as the stress hormone, so these two essential oils used together have the potential to lower your stress levels. Rosemary essential oil can be used to enhance cognitive function. In fact, following exposure to Rosemary, subjects had significantly improved performance on concentration exercises. Rosemary has also shown benefits for fighting depression.

Sage oil has been shown to improve memory and attention, as well as improve mood and cognitive performance. Not too shabby, right? Sage also has disinfectant properties and can manage airborne microbes when diffused.

Tarragon essential oil has antibacterial properties, particularly shown on two important pathogen bacteria (S. aureus and E. coli) and can be applied as a preservative in foods such as cheese.

Research shows that Thyme is effective for the treatment of respiratory infections.

Valerian oil has long been known for its ability to help people sleep more soundly. From restless leg syndrome, to cancer patients, to women whose sleep patterns have changed due to menopause, Valerian can be a natural cure for sleepless nights.

Ylang Ylang has emotional calming properties that may lead to a relief of depression and stress. Ylang Ylang oil can lead to a significant decrease of blood pressure. It also has a relaxing effect on the bladder, so it can be effective for bladder health in those with spasmodic bladder issues.

If you have been interested in trying essential oils for yourself, or if you are curious how they can help you and your family, I would be happy to help you get started with Young Living essential oils. Just email me at with any questions.

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  1. H Johnson says:

    Thank you for this list! I love reading medical evidence of how YLEO can help with so many issues. I was looking at the study for sinus allergies. They used lemon to make a nasal spray. They also used pure aloe, and a small amount of Ravintsara (I am thinking Raven may work well too?). They also added soluble propoli. I am having a hard time figuring out what this is and where to find it. Do you know, or do you have knowledge of a good anti-allergy nasal spray? THANK YOU!!

  2. Kristy Dempsey says:

    Thank you so Very much for the time you have committed to sharing and collecting this information and research! This is such a valuable tool for those of us needing a resource that is easy to read / follow as it relates to research. You ROCK!

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