Have you ever wondered what essential oils actually are? Are they, well, essential? We'll take a quick look at these popular but often misunderstood pieces of alternative medicines.
An essential oil is a compound extracted from a plant. They derive their name not the word "essential" but from "essence," meaning they capture the plant's scent and flavor profile.
Each essential oil contains unique aromatic compounds that give them their specific, one-of-a-kind essence.
First, the proper aromatic chemicals are extracted from the plant. Then, these chemicals are combined with a carrier oil to create a product ready for sale and use.
How Does it Work?
Usually used in aromatherapy, essential oils are not meant to be consumed or swallowed but are instead used for their unique, strong aromas.
Some people also use them topically, applying the oils to their skin as the oils can be absorbed that way.
Inhalation is still the most common use, and inhaling essential oil aromas can stimulate areas of your limbic system. This is the part of your brain responsible for emotions, behaviors, smell and long term memory. Because the limbic system is heavily involved in memory creation, familiar smells can trigger vivid memories or emotions.
Studies around aromatherapy as a use for stress and anxiety have been quite positive. The smell of some essential oils have been shown to work alongside traditional therapy to treat anxiety and stress.
In the 1990s, two studies (1, 2) found that using peppermint oil and an ethanol mixture on subjects's foreheads and temples actually helped relieve headache pain.
Other benefits have been discovered in recent years like reducing inflammation, aiding healthy sleep habits, and even some antibiotic and antimicrobial properties.
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