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Doctor insights on: Essential Oils

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Is there a medicinal effect of essential oils?

Is there a medicinal effect of essential oils?

Possibly: It depends on what you're using the essential oil for, but there are some positive studies. For instance, the use of lemon balm oil (melissa officinalis) for severe agitation in dementia: http://tinyurl.Com/p9xn2ky this one used 71 patients. 60% of the active treatment group vs 14% of the placebo group had reductions in agitation scores. ...Read more

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Any suggestions on which essential oils are better?

That depends on: What properties you desire them to have (what effect)? ...Read more

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Is there any side effects in using essential oils?

Is there any side effects in using essential oils?

Essential oils: Essential Oils are plant-derived. Benefits are promoted from rubbing into skin, ingesting, and aromatizing. Side effects are possible from impurities or adulterated products. It is essential to have a trudsted reputable source and know all ingredients. Store properly. Follow instructions perfectly. If used extremely carefully, you can have true benefits. ...Read more

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Are there any essential oils that help with menopause?

Are there any essential oils that help with menopause?

Yes: I would suggest first to try evening primerose oil capsules about 1000 mg twice a day after meals. That is not an essential oil but rather a carrier oil and usually working good for controlling menopausal symptoms. ...Read more

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How safe is it to use essential oils and to sleep with a diffuser on? Could I be exposed to too much?

Very safe, possible: Essential oils tend to be very safe when inhaled by a diffuser. Problems are more likely if applied to skin (due to irritation) or if taken internally. But too much of anything can be hazardous and too inhaling too much essential oils could irritate your nose or lungs or cause nausea, headaches, dizziness or fatigue. See http://www.floracopeia.com/education/how-to-use-essential-oils-effectively/ ...Read more

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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