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Latest Studies and Treatments Using Essential Oils.

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Welcome to Essential Healthy Living.

As health care professionals and lifetime users of essential oils we want to share our products and knowledge with all who seek a more healthy and natural lifestyle. Essential oils have been shown to aid if not cure many illnesses from chronic depression to cancer in countless studies and we invite you to take some time to educate yourself on essential oils before you use them. Science is always progressing and learning new and exciting things, here are a few current studies being conducted. Each highlighted word is a link to the posted results.

 

 

 

Cancer research:   Studies found that chamomile essential oil killed up to 93 percent of the MCF-7 breast cancer cells. Thyme oil was even more effective on MCF-7 cells, killing them at a rate of 97 percent. Chamomile should be taken orally while Thyme should be pure and rubbed into the skin.

Aroma therapy is often used in addition to other therapies to help the patient’s overall emotional state as the immune system as has been shown to be directly linked to one’s emotional state.

Frankincense has also been effective against ovarian cancer says researcher Kamla Al-Salmani, PhD, Frankincense has no known adverse side effects like most treatments. Frankincense has also been effective against Colon, breast, and prostate cancers. Lecture on the findings available here.

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Antibiotics: Essential oils have been shown in studies to kill bacteria effectively, thyme being the most effective and even shown to kill “super bugs” in as little as 60 minutes which are evolved now to be resistant to modern antibiotics.

Studies show that Rosemary is a powerful antibiotic, but when used with Clove together it becomes much more potent.

Used in a diffuser many essential oils can kill air-born bacteria as well, particularly cinnamon, thyme, clove, tea tree, and peru balsam oil. 

Tea tree oil has been shown to be an effective anti-microbial medicine, and please also note the antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal effects of eucalyptus oil.

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Pain:  Babol University of Medical Sciences has confirmed that thyme is not only an excellent pain-relieving herb. It also reduces pain of difficult menstruation better than ibruprofen.

Ginger has been shown to be a great anti inflammatory pain reducer. The present report revealed that ginger oil possesses antioxidant activity as well as significant anti-inflammatory and antinociceptive property.

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Sleep:  Lavender oil has been shown to help promote a deeper and better quality sleep. Lavender increased the percentage of deep or slow-wave sleep (SWS) in men and women. All subjects reported higher vigor the morning after lavender exposure, corroborating the restorative SWS increase. Lavender also increased stage 2 (light) sleep, and decreased rapid-eye movement (REM) sleep and the amount of time to reach wake after first falling asleep (wake after sleep onset latency) in women, with opposite effects in men. Thus, lavender serves as a mild sedative and has practical applications as a novel, nonphotic method for promoting deep sleep in young men and women and for producing gender-dependent sleep effects.

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    Anxiety: Bergamot, Lavender, chamomile, neroli and Orange oil have all been shown in clinical trials to reduce anxiety.In addition to this there are six other noteworthy oils known to reduce anxiety which include Atlas Cedarwood, Rose, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang, Geranium, and Vetiver.

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Stress relief: Clary sage Reduces Stress during Urodynamic Examinations. The conclusion of this study shows that the inhalation of 5% clary sage essential oil is potentially useful in mitigating stress caused by urodynamic exams in those suffering from incontinence.

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Anti-inflammatory: This study was aimed to evaluate the chemical composition, antioxidant potential in vitro and in vivo, anti-inflammatory, and antinociceptive activity of turmeric oil. These results demonstrated that turmeric oil has potential health benefits as it can scavenge the free radicals and produce significant anti-inflammatory and antinociceptive activities.

Thyme also significantly inhibited inflammatory edema in trials.

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Alzheimer’s: Patients were shown to have better cognitive function with aromatherapy using rosemary and lemon oils in the morning and orange oil in the evening.

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Blood pressure: In a double blind study using Rosemary oil and placebos, subjects were shown to have lower blood pressure,stress, and greater relaxation.

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Tuberculosis: Eucalyptus oil has been shown to be effective against tuberculosis. Eucalyptus oil has also been shown to offset the myelotoxicity of one chemotherapy agent. Whether this is a general attribute that does not decrease the benefit of chemotherapy remains to be determined.

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Cognitive Function Specifically, smelling rosemary essential oil aids in memory recall and performance on tests. This  study also showed that groups that inhaled rosemary or lavender essential oil felt far more relaxed than those who inhaled no odor at all.

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Here is a link to the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database in Stockton California which archives hundreds of other notable studies.