So, just how useful ARE essential oils?

Essential oils are SO USEFUL!!  What can I say – I am a convert.  I am sceptical about a lot of what is said about a lot of things, and research aside, unless I have seen any kind of results FOR MYSELF, I am sceptical about it.  And so should you be (especially when it comes to claims made by cosmetic companies – their research is usually conducted by themselves rather than an independent group, on a small number of women – they publish any positive results (and they are usually twisted to sound great) and the negative results are usually hidden away from the world).   If it seems too good to be true, it probably is!

There are many proven benefits of using essential oils (there are also unproven claims, usually historical ones).   Where research is useful, and conclusive, is the determination of the chemicals which make up the oils.  Understanding their chemical composition means we can determine how the oil should act.  That said, some oils are more effective than others – this is to do with the quantities of the chemical in the oil, synergy, the quality of the oil (the topic of a future blog), supply (some suppliers are dodgy!), and variation in climate (where the plants originate).

We know that some oils are useful antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antifungal, anti-infectious, antiseptic, and antiviral. These oils can help to treat infection and virus, and can also be useful for protecting others who are living in an environment with a sick person.

We understand that certain oils act like hormones (due to their chemical components) and have historically been useful for treating premenstrual syndrome, regulating menstrual cycles; some authors recommend hormone-like essential oils (such as geranium) for disorders such as dysmenorrhoea and amenorrhoea.

Essential oils can also have a positive effect on emotions, and can be helpful for mild depression, sleep problems and irritability.  They can aid study, or help to relieve stress in any environment.   

I believe that there will be an essential oil for almost all ailments and or emotional situations.  They might be helping to relieve symptoms, helping you to feel more comfortable, helping to boost your immune system to deal with the complaint, or helping to relieve the side-effects of any drugs that you might be taking for the ailment.

Your decision to use essential oils in your life can only be a positive one; however, it is important to seek advice from a professional.  There are many blogs and websites out there that suggest recipes for any number of issue – whether it be for personal use or within the home.  They do suggest that some oils are irritants, and that some research into what suits your own personal situation is essential.  This is good advice, but most do not offer guidance on what to do.  So, for guidance on how to test essential oils out on yourself, please see Essential oil safety: It is sometimes dangerous to associate ‘natural’ with ‘safe’ under the section entitled “How to conduct a patch test”.

My next blog (which will come along a lot sooner than this one, I promise!!) will consider the different approaches aromatherapists use; and how they sit with the conventional ”holistic approach”.


“The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on.  It is never of any use to oneself”
Oscar Wilde


All material provided in this blog is for your information only.  Whilst every caution has been taken to ensure the material is accurate and the analysis is critical, due to the nature of essential oils, it is important that you consult your doctor and/or aromatherapist before making any decisions based on the information here. The author will not compensate you in any way if you suffer an inconvenience, damage or side-effect because of  the information provided in this blog.

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