The argument will go on and on... who is correct?
The only way to find out "WHO" is right about the effectiveness of essential oils and herbs in health and wellbeing is to do the reading and digging and using yourself.
I write this as a person in healthcare who has used essential oils and herbs since 1997.
Beginning with a few oils such as lemon oil on my toothbrush and on a cotton ball just to smell to lift my spirits. Also lavender oil for my skin and for burns. Then peppermint oil on a cotton ball to smell when nauseated. Just these 3 oils showed me in a short time that there definitely was something "real" with using essential oils for wellness.
I diluted my oils with olive oil and put into small roll-on glass vials for easy use.
To this day, my morning routine includes at least "2" oils... lemon on toothbrush, aloe leaf or sweet orange oil applied to my face.
There are TOO many companies selling oils that have a "middle man" making a commission when you purchase oils. Some are over rated and expensive and others are cheap and not worth a cent. So how do you know which to use? It all comes down to trial and error. And I have tried many over the years.
Scoffers abound... they laugh and ridicule when you state you use oils to ward off illness and to stay well. Well to the scoffers I say - you can stick with your prescription drugs, but I KNOW what works for me. After 22 years in the health field I have not had any pneumonia or flu vaccines. I take Vitamin D, Zinc and take Oregano capsules (quality brand). Why oregano? HERE is the research.
Now I am not saying you should do the same, this is my personal stance. My immune system is different than yours. I have been using herbs in cooking and oils on my body since 1996 and I am in good health.
After an auto accident in 2005, my essential oils were used instead of prescription drugs to help with inflammation and pain. I even used my oils to get my thyroid under control after trauma from the accident threw it into a tailspin.
If you want to get started with essential oils.... READ.
Research on the effectiveness of aromatherapy — is limited.
WHY? Because no one can make BIG money on essential oils. LOL.
Big Pharma wants you to take meds, plain and simple.
However, some studies (per Mayo Clinic) have shown that aromatherapy might have health benefits, including:
Efficacy studies of lavender or orange and peppermint essential oils, to treat anxiety and nausea, respectively, have shown positive results. Many if not most essential oils are antiviral and antibacterial. I use Fighting Five from Edens Garden diluted in olive oil on my feet and neck when I think that I have been around someone sick.
Many times these studies will have the names of plants/oils written in the botanical name which is confusing to most of us. Such as "thymus vulgaris." What is it? It is thyme! Why don't they just say thyme? That would be too easy, they want to confuse you.
Thyme has had MANY positive results ( read here) - it is an herb in the mint family and is commonly used in cooking and is believed to have medicinal properties beneficial to health.
Rosemary - well it is an antifungal - proof is HERE.
THIS KILLS BREAST CANCER CELLS... not my words, but scientific research! What is it?
Erythrina corallodendron L. leaf essential oil inhibits the migration and invasion of breast cancer cells. Migration and invasion are generally considered crucial factors in the process of breast cancer metastasis. When migration and invasion of cancer cells occurs, cells undergo significant morphological changes. Source: here.
OK here we go with the garbled language.... look up erythrina corallodendron and find out it is a small tree that grows wild! So why are they not using this for breast cancer treatment? Hmmm let's see, maybe because there is no money to be made. Here is the plant info.
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