The simple answer is, “No.” Essential oils get that name because the concentrated essence of a plant is either steamed out or extracted via pressure. The only evidence that proves essential oils are effective may either have to do with changes in mood, perception, learning or comprehension. But the studies done showed that the power of suggestion may have had a bigger effect than the actual oil itself.

REALITY BITES!

“Researchers at Marywood University exposed people to three ambient scent conditions: neroli (traditionally classified as stimulating), lavender (traditionally classified as relaxing) or no scent. No matter which condition they were in, people who were told they were smelling a stimulating scent showed changes in heart rate and skin conductance that indicated physiological arousal. When told they were smelling a relaxing scent, they exhibited decreased physiological arousal.” http://www.latimes.com/health/la-he-essential-oils-20160116-story.html

Just open up Facebook and you probably have at least 2-3 friends who are selling a multi-level marketing brand of essential oils. Many of them are having “workshops”, teaching participants about the benefits of essential oils. But scientific reviews of 10 different studies came to the conclusion that “the evidence is not sufficiently convincing that aromatherapy is an effective therapy for any condition.”

BUT THEY SMELL GOOD!

Well, no one can argue that if it smells good, it may make you feel good, emotionally. But if you use essential oils and they have an effect on you, it is purely anecdotal. You can swear by it but research, so far, won’t back you up. Go ahead. Use them. Experiment. Just don’t expect a miracle. Essential oils are not going to cure cancer, take away depression, remove your menopausal symptoms, or make your ADD child calm and focused. But…

IF IT MAKES YOU FEEL GOOD, GO FOR IT!

RESOURCES:

Science Direct

Dr. Eric Z

PubMed Health

University of Minnesota