Whenever I talk about essential oils, it occurs to me that we have it all backwards. Why is it that the natural leaves and herbs, the stuff that nature intended to cure us, is considered “alternative,” while products that are developed in a lab and laden with chemicals are considered “mainstream?”
With that, it makes sense that some people are just skeptical about natural alternatives such as essential oils. It’s okay. I get it. Living in the pharmaceutical belt of the country, we probably have a lot of naysayers around here. What I wanted to do is collect the data behind the oils, the science – the research. As a former researcher myself, I understand the need for validation. You want proof from a third party. You want the essential oil research. So here it is, folks.
Before I begin, please note that I am not a doctor, nor do I play one on this site. Though there is plenty of essential oil research, essential oils are not regulated by the FDA. (Again, this seems somewhat backwards thinking, does it not?) Because essential oils are not evaluated by the FDA, they are not formally regulated to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent any illness.
With that said, here are some of the results of scientific studies on essential oils by ailment. The links to the studies are all highlighted in green.
Helps support normal hair growth: Essential oil aromatherapy
Helps support the normal aging process: Essential oil aromatherapy
Supports normal bladder and urinary tract function: Ylang-Ylang essential oil.
Supports normal cellular function: Essential oils such as Chamomile, Eucalyptus, Blue Yarow, Patchouli, Geranium, and Valerian essential oil. Frankincense and Sandalwood together have also been studied.
Promotes healing of chronic wounds: Peppermint
Helps alleviate daily stressors: Lavender essential oil.
Contributes to better overall heart function: Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Laurus Nobilis, Black Pepper, Lime, Lemon Balm, (aka Melissa). Lemon balm essential oil has been studied more than once for heart function.
Supports a normal scalp: Melaleuca essential oil.
Supports liver function: Garlic essential oil.
Used for occasional skin discomfort: Lavender essential oil.
Supports optimal digestive function: Tarragon essential oil.
Complements post surgery care: Lavender essential oil.
Helps provides support for occasional nervous irritability: Angelica essential oil.
Revitalizes skin: Lavender, Melaleuca, also known as Tea Tree oil, and Copaiba. And a recent article in Forbes even noted that essential oils are being used at barber spas and in luxury shaving lines.
Promotes a restful night’s sleep: Valerian essential oil.
Supports optimal sports performance: Peppermint essential oil.
So, are you convinced yet that there is something to these essential oils? I sure hope so! If you have been interested in trying essential oils for yourself, or if you are curious how they may potentially help you and your family, I would be happy to help you get started with Young Living essential oils. If you have a particular ailment that you would like to address, stay tuned for tomorrow’s post or email me at Jessica@EatSleepBe.com with any questions.
If you have additional essential oil research that you would like me to add to this list, please share it in the comments below!