therapeutic oils

Scientific research on therapeutic oils

Q: Is there any research documenting the properties of therapeutic oils?

A. Oils, such as peppermint, have been reviewed for their ability to block pain, reduce headache, and block indigestion (Dvorshak et al., 1995). Melaleuca oil has been used to treat acne (Bassett et al., 1990). And lavender oil has been examined for its role in inducing relaxation, (Hirsch, 1991), counteracting travel sickness (Bradshaw et al., 1998), reducing blood cholesterol, and protecting blood vessels (Siurin et al., 1997; Nikolaevskii et al, 1990).

Coriander and dill oil have been studied for their effects on diabetes in animal studies (Farag et al., 1984). In an article entitled, "Anticarcinogenic Effects of the Essential Oils from Cumin, Poppy and Basil", some essential oils were also researched for their effect on tumor growth (Aruna et al., 1996).

Q: Is it true that essential oils can kill different kinds of fungi, bacteria, and viruses?

A. Extensive studies have discussed the antibacterial, anti fungal, and antimicrobial properties of many essential oils. Research published by the university of Georgia, Weber State University, the Journal of the American Pharmaceutical Association, and numerous other journals have documented the ability of essential oils to kill many strains of fungi, viruses, and gram negative and positive bacteria. Some of these include Staphylicoccus pneumoniae (responsible for lung and throat infections), Herpes simplex, Salmonella, typhosas, and Pseudomonas aeroginosa.

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