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Do Essential Oils Really Work

The Use Of Aromatherapy Dates Back Some One Thousand Years Rooting It Deep In Our History

Aromatherapy and essential oils have long been recognized for treating minor ailments and promoting emotional stability. But how does it actually work?

essential oilWe know the Egyptians used essential oils for embalming their dead, as medicine, and for their perfumes and as cosmetics.

The centuries following the Egyptians the use of essential oils in medical treatments was refined through the use of improved distillation equipment and additional studies of plants that could provide oils.

Although the name aromatherapy is fairly new, the practice of using essential oils as medicines is not. We do know that aromatherapy uses our sense of smell to regulate certain emotional behaviors.

What We Do Know About Essential Oils

We do know that certain essential oils are known to induce certain feelings of peace, harmony, reduce anxiety, stress, anger or fatigue as well as other emotional facets such as feelings of loneliness.

We do know there is an essential oil that can aid in the treatment of just about every negative emotion and enhance positive ones.

Essential oils have been and are used in the treatment of acne, athlete's foot, eczema and other skin ailments. Essential oils have also been noted to reduce scarring tissue and stretch marks.

Citrus oils have also been used to treat insect bites as well as act as insect repellant. There are so many uses!

We do know that essential oils when used as a topical treatment demonstrate analgesic, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory responses. Pure essential oil as topical treatments are rarely applied directly to skin but are normally diluted mixes of essential oils blended with carrier oils such as almond sweet oil or apricot kernel oil.

Testing Alternative Therapies

But how it all works has still not been proven. The Creighton University Medical Center School of Medicine is trying to find out if alternative therapies actually do work.

The Center reported although the use of aromatherapy is widespread there is still not much scientific evidence to prove claims of the ability to treat ailments and promote positive emotions. The Medial Center tested lavender, chamomile, marigold and peppermint essential oils in several studies to see if there was a decrease in the perception of pain.

The Medical Center also performed Placebo tests in these studies and the results showed positive effects through the use of the essential oils although they were not conclusive. Does this mean that essential oils do not work? No, what these studies do show is that there are positive physiological effects when aromatherapy was used as a complementary form of treatment.

While there may be little evidence at this time to support or validate the scientific processes of healing or emotional balance that take place within the body, we still do see positive responses and experiencing the benefits of what aromatherapy can do when we add this to our regimen.

Only you can decide whether the use of essential oils works for you. Take some time to consult with your doctor or aroma therapist and see how you can add nature's benefits to your life.

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Do Essential Oils Really Work

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