I have a love affair with essential oils. I enjoy using them in my lymphatic massage practice and in my private practice. It comes as no surprise that I’d love to share some little-known facts about essential oils with my lovely readers.

So, let’s dive right in! Here are a few facts, and health benefits of essential oils.

Securing Research Funding for Essential Oils is Difficult

While essential oils have been used by humans for thousands of years, modern science has largely ignored the properties surrounding essential oils. Part of the reason is that modern science has a specific process for testing any sort of ‘drugs’.

The first step is to test the product in a lab, then on animals, and then on humans. Research boards typically only provide approval for research studies that take this conventional study path. As a result, it is more difficult for studies to be approved of and then given a grant for. Additionally, plant substances cannot be patented, which means less of a profit margin for would-be essential oil companies.

Lavender Essential Oil Isn’t The Only Stress Reducer

That’s right, there are more than just one essential oil that can help reduce your stress levels. Lavender is a long-standing favorite for essential oil lovers, but what if I told you that sweet orange can also be effective at increasing relaxation? Some research has shown that sweet orange can slow down your breathing and pulse. The health benefits of essential oils like sweet orange also extend to cheerfulness and joy.

Of course, lavender essential oil is also great for just about anything! Lavender is fondly referred to as the “Mother of essential oils” because it is so versatile. When in doubt in which essential oil to use, you really can’t go wrong with lavender! Have fun with it and don’t be afraid to try it out.

Essential “Oil” is a Misnomer

Oil isn’t actually the right word for these products. Instead, they have actually concentrated plant components. Fatty acids are what make an oil, an oil, and plants do not contain this ingredient. Other ingredients are added to create the oily substance.

Not All Essential Oils Are Created Equal

Don’t forget that not all essential oils are created equal. Unfortunately, since the FDA does not regulate essential oils it can be a challenge to find quality essential oils. However, there are clues in the name of the product and the location their growth. Quality essential oil manufacturers will add this information to their packaging so be sure to read it before making a purchase.

Essential Oils Can Increase Confidence

That’s right, essential oils can also improve your confidence! If you feel nervous about an important event, then grab some Jasmine and rosemary essential oils! Jasmine is great for calming your nerves while rosemary can make it easier to remember information. If you want to add more confidence boosting essential oils to your toolbox, then consider bergamot or grapefruit as well!

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