The Straight Up Guide to Essential Oil Research

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

The Straight Up Guide to Essential Oil Research - part 2

Promotes proper nasal function: LemonLavender, and Sage essential oils.

Helps support normal hair growth: Essential oil aromatherapy.

Helps support the normal aging process: Essential oil aromatherapy.

Promotes normal body responses: Esssential oils, including PeppermintSpearmint and  Oregano essential oils.

Supports normal bladder and urinary tract function: Ylang-Ylang essential oil.

Promotes healthy blood flow and circulation: Lavender and Black Pepper essential oils.

Supports normal cellular function: Essential oils such as ChamomileEucalyptusBlue YarowPatchouliGeranium, and Valerian essential oil. Frankincense and Sandalwood together have also been studied.

Supports focus and concentration: PeppermintRosemary, and Sage essential oils.

Promotes healing of chronic wounds: Peppermint essential oil.

Promotes normal digestion: EucalyptusLemongrassOregano and Lemon essential oils.

Promotes optimal emotional wellbeing: Ylang YlangOrangeLavenderBergamotRosemarySage, and Lemon Balm (aka Melissa) essential oils.

Helps alleviate daily stressors: Lavender essential oil.

Contributes to better overall heart functionLavenderYlang Ylang, Laurus Nobilis, Black Pepper, LimeLemon Balm, (aka Melissa). Lemon balm essential oil has been studied more than once for heart function.

Supports the immune system: Essential oils such as CinnamonOreganoImmupower and PurificationLemongrassRosemary, and Oregano too. Lemon Balm (Melissa) essential oil too.

Helps support cartilage and joint function: Six essential oils, including Thyme, Clove, Rose, Eucalyptus, Fennel, and Bergamot. Lemon Balm (Melissa) essential oil has been studied too.

Supports a normal scalp: Melaleuca essential oil.

Supports liver function: Garlic essential oil.

Used for occasional skin discomfort: Lavender essential oil.

Promotes a woman’s normal reproductive function: Essential oils including LavenderFennel and Anise essential oils.

Supports optimal digestive function: Tarragon essential oil.

Helps support proper oral function: Essential oils such as ClovePeppermintTea Tree (Melaleuca) and Thyme essential oil, have long been studies for their potential oral care support.

Complements post surgery care: Lavender essential oil.

Supports normal emotional balance: Clary sage essential oil.

Promotes normal respiratory function: EucalyptusThyme, and Lavender essential oils.

Helps provides support for occasional nervous irritabilityAngelica essential oil.

Supports smokers: Black Pepper and Angelica essential oil.

Revitalizes skin: LavenderMelaleuca, 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.

Promotes normal women’s bodily functions: NeroliFennelAniseGeranium and Valerian essential oils.

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!

Comments

  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!

  3. I would like to know how much the start up kit is thanks

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