Lately, I have been getting a lot of questions from friends, patients, and family on my thoughts about the essential oils. I, myself use an essential oil on an almost daily basis. Generally, I do not make recommendations on home therapies without clinic research to back it. With all the attention and rising popularity of essential oils, I thought I would shine some light on essential oils, their uses, and their effectiveness.
Essential oils are highly concentrated compounds extracted from plants. These compounds are normally collected though distillation. In nature, these compounds are used by plants to attract insects for pollination, communicate with other plants, detract predators, and as a defense against harmful organisms. These compounds have been used for thousands of years by people for aromatherapuetic benefits.
Essential oils have long been proven for their antifungal properties. Some examples of these are tea tree and cinnamon oils. Other essential oils more recently do have clinical evidence backing anti-inflammatory properties, helping to provide some relief in asthma, chronic knee pain , and back pain. These oils are ginger, citrus, lavender, and eucalyptus oils. There is some evidence suggesting garlic oil helps to stimulate the activity that naturally breaks down clots in those suffering from coronary artery disease.
We recommend that you consult your physician before using essential oils for therapeutic use and follow the proper instructions for use of any vitamin or supplement.
Effect of essential oil of garlic on serum fibrinolysis activity in patients with coronary artery disease
An experimental study on the effectiveness of massage with aromatic ginger and orange essential oil for moderate-to-severe knee pain among the elderly in Hong Kong
Atherosclerosis Oct, 1977
Complementary Therapies in Medicine June,2007
Antrim-inflammatory activity of 1.8 Cireol in Bronchial Asthma.
Respiratory Medicine, 2008