Using Essential Oils To Treat Illnesses And Pets

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Herbal essential oils have existed for many years but it is only now, after extensive research that they have come into the limelight. It is reported that herbal essential oils have recently been shown to have several health benefits. The medicinal action of herbal essential oil is attributed to the multiple mechanisms and pathways of action of botanical ingredients found in plants. Recent clinical studies identified its potential therapeutic benefit in several psychiatric diseases including anxiety, depression, arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s and migraines.

Herbal Essential Oil Trials

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But, clinical trials on herbal essential oil alone cannot identify its clinical efficacy or safety profile in the absence of adequate data on the profiles of the other bioactive compounds included in the blend. Therefore, conclusive studies on the profile of these substances and their interactions at the biochemical level are required to determine whether they are useful in the treatment of psychological disorders. Mechanism-related bioactive compounds and their levels of bioactivity are also important to determine the safety profile of these oils. Chemical composition of the blend as well as its direct application on the patient’s skin and in the oral and dermal absorption are also important factors that need to be determined. To address these issues, we conducted a pharmacological evaluation of four different herbal essential oils.

The first pharmacologically tested herbal essential oil was a sample of rose hips oil from Eucalyptus globulus (L.) isolated from the Australian Melaleuca family. This oil had substantial antispasmodic, antibacterial and antiseptic activity, which is attributed to the presence of numerous flavonoids and terpenoids. This oil was proven to be bioactive with 16% of the total oil.

 Sample Of Black Currant Oil From The Same Source

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The second herbal essential oil that was tested was the sample of black currant oil from the same source. In this study, a novel antimicrobial agent was isolated from the leaves of the plant. The agent, which had a cytotoxic effect, has been successfully used in numerous clinical trials for the treatment of infections, including influenza, pneumonia, herpes and other viral infections. The third essential oil that was tested was the sample of burdock oil from the roots of the plant. The evaluation showed that this herbal essential oil contains several flavonoid compounds and terpinen-4-ol, which are known for their medicinal properties.

Sample Of Raspberry Ketone Oil From Black Cohosh (Cyperus Rotundus)

The fourth essential oil was the sample of raspberry ketone oil from Black Cohosh (Cyperus rotundus). A recent clinical trial showed that the compound, which acts as an insulin sensitizer, may prevent the development of diabetes. The study also showed that this herbal essential oil has a positive effect on blood pressure, cholesterol levels and blood glucose levels. The studies were conducted by the Prather Institute for Developmental Biology at the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom.

Bottom Line

Herbal essential oils are used to help promote balance in the body’s chemical processes and to prevent illness. It is common practice to dilute the herbs and use them as massage therapy and aromatherapy. When using these oils, it is important to dilute the oils completely before applying to the skin. Food grade essential oils are the best choice for those looking to provide their own alternative medicine for healing purposes.

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