Do Essential Oils Really Work? And Why?

What does the research say about what essential oils can actually do?

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44 Comments

  1. Altaic on December 2, 2020 at 9:40 pm

    What do you call essential oils that work?

    Medicine.

  2. Kelleen Louchart on December 2, 2020 at 9:42 pm

    And then you have people like me who are very scent sensitive (scentsitive – LOL). Essential oils and other scented products almost always give me a terrible headache. Lavender oil would definitely not make me feel calmer.

  3. Douglas MacRae-Smith on December 2, 2020 at 9:47 pm

    Not essential as in necessary for us, but rather the constituant, concentrated oils of the plant.

  4. marla rose on December 2, 2020 at 9:48 pm

    Ugh… i hate essential oils, they affect my asthma, giving me an asthma attack. I remember the deans office of my high school had it, and allways gave me an attack. I was so worried that one day id get in trouble and they would try to make me sit in there. Be careful, your oils may cause someone to not breathe

  5. Georgi Tenev on December 2, 2020 at 9:49 pm

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  6. Vickie W Smith on December 2, 2020 at 9:49 pm

    The effect of essential oil varies with people. Exploring the science behind essential oils helps us to understand how different individual oils can be used to support our bodies. Bergamot, cedarwood, frankincense, juniper berry are some of the most popular ones. If you wish to buy essential oil, be careful about the amount and make sure the quality of the oils you want to buy. https://myessentialbusiness.com/

  7. Luke Rossi on December 2, 2020 at 9:53 pm

    My mom used essential oils, but thank god not as a healing thing.
    She just made us sniff lavender every night to sooth us and make us sleep easier.

  8. Disneyfy on December 2, 2020 at 9:54 pm

    Beginner to prepare these essential oils then click the girl n see surprise box

  9. AussieWitchCerberus Bindweed on December 2, 2020 at 9:54 pm

    As a clinical aromatherapist I can definitely state that though there can be a placebo effect with essential oils (subject to the individual), essential oils can in fact impact and assist a persons a health and well being on a mental, emotional and physical level. The issue with the industry and education around aromatherapy and essential oils are follows:

    1. The industry is not regulated.
    2. Any idiot can call themselves an Aromatherapist and purchase/sell essential oils.
    3. Said idiots are promoting unsafe, and ridiculous unsubstantiated claims.
    4. There needs to be more financial assistance in order for more clinical research can be put forward to essential oils.

    Essential oils can be very effective. In France for example, they are used within hospital settings. One of the biggest users outside of clinical aromatherapists who use essential oils are Nurses within palliative, hospice, cancer and aged care facilities.

    The chemical component 1,8 cineole for example has been heavily researched as we know it is an amazing decongestant which is why it it used in vicks vapour rub and other cold & flu salves. 1,8 cineole is found in high amounts in Eucalyptus oil. Another essential called Ravintsara may not have a lot of clinical research on it, however when we break it down to see what chemical constituents it has in it and in what percentages, we can see it is high in 1,8 cinelole, therefore it is not unreasonable to say that ravintsara is beneficial in cold and flu salves as a decongestant.

    The issue most people have with essential oils is that each individual reacts differently to them, and we don’t know why. For one person, Lavender which contains the linalyl acetate a known sedative and analgesic can be very relaxing not only on stress but also to release muscle tension, yet for another person, its not as effective.

    However the same can be said for pharmaceutical headache medication for example, however no one seems to question why one works better for one person compared to another.

    For people to say that aromatherapy is all placebo is incorrect, but to say its the be all and end all and is also incorrect.

    If a person with cancer comes to me, I would never claim essential oils can cure cancer as that would be false.
    Any clinical aromatherapist worth their salt would tell said cancer patient to undertake the advise and treatments recommended and advised by a certified Oncologist and that aromatherapy may be beneficial to assist is the side affects that can result for said cancer treatments – appetite loss, constipation, diarrhoea, fatigue, mouth and throat problems such as ulcers, sleep problems, nausea, vomiting, muscular or nerve pain, stress, anxiety, etc.
    We would work along side said patients oncologist openly and honestly.

    There are quite a few studies on essential oils, however I 100% agree that we need more clinical studies of their affects on the human body.

    Here is one clinical study onThe Effect of Lemon Inhalation Aromatherapy on Nausea and Vomiting of Pregnancy: A Double-Blinded, Randomized, Controlled Clinical Trial
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4005434/

  10. Tarek Stone on December 2, 2020 at 9:59 pm

    When the 3 wisemen traveled to witness the birth of Jesus Christ, they brought gold, muure and Frankensence. Frankensence is an essential oil that cure skin cancer tumors on my dog Isabelle twice. Frankensence is an embalming fluid. They use embalming fluid to prolong the aging and deterioration process of the body. God bless

  11. Alanna on December 2, 2020 at 10:00 pm

    Once an eye doctor brought me in to fill in some papers. In her office I started to feel really calm, and a little sleepy. Usually my stress makes me energetic and twitchy so it prevents me from feeling sleepy and I had slept at 4am the day before. Anyway I kinda rested on the chair I was in. I feel like she noticed because she asked "do you like the smell? I use these oils" and she showed me some lemon essential oil. I was like "oh cool! I actually felt so calm I got sleepy" so cant be placebo, cause I had no clue they were there when I felt the effects. So I’m sure essential oils can at least calm you 🙂 so, I bought a diffuser (dw she didn’t sell any to me, I got it at walmart) and lavender oil and used it at home. It did help me chill out. So again I think they work for certain things. Just not miracle cures like pyramid schemes or soccer moms try to tell you.

  12. Christ Conscious on December 2, 2020 at 10:01 pm

    I believe they work for things such as headaches, allergies, protecting your teeth and muscles pains(cbd comes into play here as well). They def arent going to cure diseases but maybe we should be more concerned about avoiding the causes of diseases than trying to find natural cures for them. Most diseases(not all, obviously) are caused by the synthetic stuff we injest everyday. Syntheitic diseases need synthetic medicine. If we eat natural and healthy food we’ll avoid the majority of diseases, such as cancer and type 2 diabetes. Thats just my logic in the subject. Feel free to debate my logic, I love a good debate. Just dont be rude about it lol

  13. survived and thriving on December 2, 2020 at 10:03 pm

    Yikes! What about people like me that have allergies to some of these scents? I go in for a teeth-cleaning and end up in the hospital because some researcher decides to spray essential oils in the dentists’ waiting room to see how I react. Yeah, ending up in the hospital instead of getting my teeth cleaned would make me far from calm…

  14. Willy Wong on December 2, 2020 at 10:06 pm

    Good smells make you feel good?! Crazy!
    Probably won’t cure chronic illness or cancer. Just use that scented candle to make your room smell nice

  15. Vlado S on December 2, 2020 at 10:07 pm

    Only Organic essential oils work. I learned the hard way. It also took me 8 years to figure out the correct proportions of essential vs carrier oil.

  16. Christy Tanner on December 2, 2020 at 10:08 pm

    My question: if it’s just the smell it doesnt matter if its organic or synthetic does it? It’s just the smell not the actual plant extract then right?

  17. robert olson on December 2, 2020 at 10:08 pm

    Nothing works better than a placebo, especially when you are convinced its outcome is real.

  18. Alexander Schestag on December 2, 2020 at 10:12 pm

    You’re missing a few important points. For example, essential oils are not only applied as a smell, but also topically. This can have totally different effects, like antibacterial and antifungal effects, which could be shown in several studies. And in the recent years, there have been studies, which showed exactly, which component bound to which neurotransmitter. For example, incensole acetate, a component of some frankincense oils, activates TRPV3 channels in the brain, which leads to a reduction of depression symptoms. This cannot be explained by a placebo effect.

  19. Teofilo Salomon Garcia on December 2, 2020 at 10:12 pm

    I’ve been using eesential oils for a couple of years, and they are great

  20. weston saathoff on December 2, 2020 at 10:13 pm

    It works don’t believe your ignorant doctor. Not all doctors are bad but they usually have a list from the pharmaceutical company and get kick backs when they recommend things. I have chronic neck pain and severe anxiety and it’s like a miracle. Medicine is an art and the purity of the product is key. Don’t read so stupid blog in the google search with low quality information buy a book and try it for yourself it’s cheap. Almost everything in our food and medicine market is watered down product and filled with additives. If you’ve ever bought grapes and taste the pesticides on them that’s small amounts of poison to kill pests. What do you think that does over a large amount of time?

  21. obed soto on December 2, 2020 at 10:14 pm

    so that can cure my brain tumor

  22. Brett Schott on December 2, 2020 at 10:16 pm

    Fast absorbing CBD oil, essential oils, and sprays. https://www.winwithmdc.com/cp29/SPRAYHEALING

  23. Wicks Studio - Home, Bath & Body on December 2, 2020 at 10:17 pm

    It’s great just don’t ingest it https://wicksstudio.com/product/essential-oils-myrrh/

  24. mayank nagpal on December 2, 2020 at 10:17 pm

    Hi,
    I also use essential oils and I fell they work. Whenever I felt muscle pain I use peppermint essential oil as it has certain components in it which gives relief from pain.and each essential oil has its own healing property some times I use lavender essential oil because it is good for night sleep and its aroma gives the essence of nature. I think everyone should once use essential oil in their life.
    https://essentialoilswholesaler.com/manufacturer/essential-oils/

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  26. Isaac Ho on December 2, 2020 at 10:18 pm

    Mom: ewww your room smells like sweat and is musty.
    Me: BUYS LAVENDER ESSENTIAL OIL

  27. free thinker on December 2, 2020 at 10:20 pm

    I use essential oil after i fart

  28. Audrey Baker on December 2, 2020 at 10:21 pm

    It really sucks that some oil people claim it does something for things like cancer, it ruins everything for the people that just do it to get rid of a headache, and then they get a negative stigma from people who think all oil people think that it cures cancer.

  29. robert olson on December 2, 2020 at 10:25 pm

    If paint thinner contains the chemical a-pinene its bad. If essential oils contain a-pinene, suddenly it cures cancer! Learn the truth. Time to end the essential oil scandal.

  30. Sara Blackwolf Dancer on December 2, 2020 at 10:25 pm

    Terpenes are not well understood in general but some have been studied and have been found to affect neurotransmitters, some are antimicrobial, etc. Ask Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners how well essential oils work for patients. Just because they’re not studied much (because they won’t make a pharmaceutical company a lot of money) doesn’t mean they don’t have medical value on some level. For example, thymol (from thyme) is used in botanical disinfectants. Thyme essential oil contains thymol. Lemon essential oils contain the terpene limonene and it has been preliminarily shown to help with mood (and is also frequently found in cannabis). Again, just because it’s not mainstream doesn’t mean there’s not evidence of effect. But it also isn’t a cure all. I certainly wouldn’t treat cancer or sepsis or severe mental illness with essential oils alone.

  31. lamenamethefirst on December 2, 2020 at 10:26 pm

    Nice fragrances are pleasant and make you feel better? Wow. I had no idea until a scientific study came out and told me about it. I used to smell poop all the time and it was fine until that damn scientific report was published, proving that bad smells are unpleasant. The more you know right?

  32. QueenofSilence101 on December 2, 2020 at 10:28 pm

    Aww, damn, I was hoping this would cover things like essential oils being used for skincare.

  33. megalopolis2015 on December 2, 2020 at 10:28 pm

    I put peppermint oil on my forehead and temples every morning and night. That and CoQ10 cut back my headaches almost entirely. I also Love the tingling and smell.

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  35. David Thompson on December 2, 2020 at 10:32 pm

    How essential are they. Ive lived 57 years and Ive never needed them

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  37. reeglyson escabal on December 2, 2020 at 10:34 pm

    i use essential oils to treat corona

  38. Benny Pika on December 2, 2020 at 10:36 pm

    essential oil are specific set of chemicals and chemical do cause reaction in body

  39. CHUNG JIA YEW Moe on December 2, 2020 at 10:36 pm

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  40. Brandon Wilson on December 2, 2020 at 10:36 pm

    Essential oils come from plants. The plants wouldn’t be able to live without the oils. Therefore the oils are essential to the life of the plants. That is why they are called essential oils.

  41. beaniebooluvs on December 2, 2020 at 10:36 pm

    me: my hand hurts-
    my mom: rub 1/2 of a lemon on it, then crumple up printer paper and dab it on your skin. then, perform a ritual and then add sunflower seeds
    me: i-

  42. Sashinka Sashev on December 2, 2020 at 10:38 pm

    Essential oils, Tim, do you do essential oils, Tim?

  43. Aeturnalis on December 2, 2020 at 10:40 pm

    Your glade oil diffuser just covers the smell of weed, the weed is what makes you feel better. You’ve confused these things because you’re high.

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