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Essential oils - aromatherapy--what are benefits?

Essential oils - aromatherapy--what are benefits?

Different effects: Some essential oils (or aromatherapy) can be calming and reduce stress -- such as lavender and lemon balm. Others may increase alertness, such as rosemary. Often they can be mixed with neutral carrier oils and massaged into the skin; also, they can be diffused into the air. Clinical studies are mixed -- so use them if you enjoy them, but don't rely on them alone for "a cure.". ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Aromatherapy (Definition)

"Aromatherapy is used in a wide range of settings -- from health spas to hospitals -- to treat a variety of conditions. In general, it seems to relieve pain, improve mood, and promote a sense of relaxation. Several clinical studies suggest that when essential oils (particularly rose, lavender, and frankincense) were used by qualified midwives, pregnant women felt less anxiety and fear, had a stronger sense of well-being, and had less need for pain medications during delivery. Many women also report that peppermint oil relieves nausea and ...Read more


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Are aromatherapy oils effective?

Are aromatherapy oils effective?

For some things, yes: It depends on what you're wanting to use them for, and the product that you use. The essential or aromatic oils are usually mixed with a carrier oil (like evening primrose or almond oil) or diluted before being massaged into the skin, sprayed into the air, or gently inhaled. There may be effects on mood and nervous system. One study: http://tinyurl.Com/p46chnp. ...Read more

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Is adding essential oils to drinking water safe?

Is adding essential oils to drinking water safe?

No: The vast majority of essential oils are unsafe (read poisonous) when ingested. ...Read more

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How do I use rosemary essential oil and sage essential oil, for memory improvement?

Maybe not the oils: Using sage essential oil for this purpose may not have much evidence, but using sage extract (salvia officinalis) may have some benefit. http://tinyurl.com/q76w6s7 there are very possibly some cognitive effects with rosemary oil: http://tinyurl.Com/pggj5m9 you could place a drop or 2 on some cotton and inhale gently; also there are air diffusers for this purpose. ...Read more

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Which essential oils work for arthritis?

Which essential oils work for arthritis?

14 essential oils...: Exist which are found to be helpful in a variety of ailments. These oils are concentrated and purified and diluted into a cream, or body oil, or lotion; they are rubbed onto the skin anywhere over body, but never near eyes or any mucus membrane. Some types include basil eo, which has a relaxing effect and good for arthritis; others are boswellia, lavender, lemon, tea tree essential oils. ...Read more

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How is rosemary essential oil used?

How is rosemary essential oil used?

Many different uses: Rosemary essential oils has a variety of medicinal benefits, including stimulating mental activity and concentration, relieving headaches, muscle & joint pains, treating asthma, bronchitis & colds, treating indigestion and abdominal cramps & to stimulate hair growth, strengthen hair & treat dandruff. See www.Organicfacts.Net/organic-oils/natural-essential-oils/health-benefits-of-rosemary-oil.Html. ...Read more

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I've been reading that essential oils can help with pre diabetes as well as buttermints, true??

I've been reading that essential oils can help with pre diabetes as well as buttermints, true??

There is nothing: true about it. The only thing that can help is weight loss and medication. Don't get your medical information from friends, TV or internet scams. ...Read more

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Is using diluted essential oils as a body spray considered safe?

Is using diluted essential oils as a body spray considered safe?

It depends: It depends on where you're spraying them, in what concentrations, and whether you personally tolerate them. If you have sensitivities towards what you're spraying, you could develop a skin or other tissue reaction. You want to dilute essential oils into a carrier oil to at least 2% (or less). http://www.aromaweb.com/articles/dilutingessentialoils.asp. ...Read more

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Which is better for alopecia --vitamins, essential oils or minoxidyl?

Which is better for alopecia --vitamins, essential oils or minoxidyl?

Minoxidil.: This one's a no-brainer. Oils make hair loss worse, and vitamins are of no help (except for biotin and, possibly, iron). Minoxidil is the only topical treatment thus far that has been clinically shown to grow hair - or at least keep you from losing any more. ...Read more

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Which aromatherapy oils are good for itchy skin?

None: Most of the time itchy skin will become worse if you apply anything irritating to it like fragrance. Your best bet is unscented moisturizers. A much better choice for you might be an unscented oil like jojoba oil. ...Read more

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Please help! will lavender essential oil help with leg pains?

Please help! will lavender essential oil help with leg pains?

Hard to say. : By definition, "alternative" is different than modern western medicine. Generally any drug, herb, treatment, or oil that stands up to rigorous scientific scrutiny is included in modern medicine. Many alternative practices, oils etc do not stand up to scientific scrutiny and cannot be shown to work. 'course the people who sell them make big $$$. Check https://nccih.nih.gov/ for research ...Read more

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Is there any health benefit to ingesting wintergreen essential oil?

Is there any health benefit to ingesting wintergreen essential oil?

Not vs the risk: Topically it may relieve pain. However the concentration of methyl salicylate in the oil is very high. 1 teaspoon is equal to 21 aspirins. Thus it could easily induce toxic effects. ...Read more

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Essential tremor over-the-counter essential tremor control?

Essential tremor over-the-counter essential tremor control?

Maybe: If you look at tremor getting worse with caffeine or stimulants, and better with alcohol or sedatives, you might consider that otc preps, such as Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or dramamine could sedate and thus subdue the tremor. Maybe some homeopathic remedies can help. I am being creative here, as there is no real formulary of alternative meds for essential tremor, but why not try the above. Might work. ...Read more

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Can combining olive leaf extract (oleuropein 20%) and ginkgo biloba be harmful?

Can combining olive leaf extract (oleuropein 20%) and ginkgo biloba be harmful?

Not known to be: While gingko may interact with certain pharmaceutical drugs, there are no known interactions between olive leaf extract and gingko and no reason to think the combination would be harmful. ...Read more