Global essential oil market sale was USD7.5 billion in 2015by the year end and by the year 2022, the sales are expected to be pegged at USD 11.67 Billion. Orange oil was the leading product segment and accounted for 29.1% of total market volume i

Essential Oils Defined: Essential oils are compounds extracted from various plants. These oils capture the plant’s scent and flavor apart from the healing properties. Unique aroma in these compounds give each essential oil its characteristic essence viz., a lavender oil has a different soothing essence as compared with eucalyptus oil Essential oils are obtained through distillation (via steam and/or water) or mechanical methods, such as cold pressing.

Essential oils are concentrated plant extracts that retain the inherent, natural and healing smell and flavor, or “essence,” of their source

Once the aromatic chemicals have been extracted from the plant source, they are combined with a carrier oil to create a product that’s ready for use.

The way the oils are made is important, as essential oils obtained through chemical processes are not considered true essential oils.

How Do Essential Oils Work?: Essential oils are used in aromatherapy. They are either inhaled through the nose / mouth, or rubbed on the skin. They can occasionally be ingested, although this approach isn’t always safe and is not recommended. One needs a doctors’ advice for that in the light of the fact that chemicals in essential oils can interact with your body in a number of ways which are detrimental.

It’s thought that certain methods can lead to better absorption, such as applying with heat or to different areas of the body. However, more researchis needed in this regard.

Towards healing, when we Inhale the aromas from essential oils, they stimulate areas of limbic system in the brain. Limbic system plays a role in emotions, behaviors, sense of smell and long-term memory.

Popular Types There are over 90 types of essential oils, each with its own unique smell and potential healing benefits. I write below very popular essential oils and the health claims associated with them:

Bergamot: Used to reduce stress and improve skin conditions like eczema. Chamomile: Used for improving mood and relaxation. Chamomile tea is very famous.

Essential oils can be inhaled or applied to the skin. They may stimulate your sense of smell or have medicinal effects when absorbed or both.

Jasmine: Used to help with depression, child birth and better libido. Lemon: Used to aid digestion, mood, headaches et al.

Lavender: Used for stress relief and relaxation. Peppermint: Used to boost energy and help with digestion process. Rose:Used to improve mood and reduce mildanxiety.

Sandalwood: Used to calm nerves and help in be focus better.

Tea Tree: Used to fight infections and boost immunity. A sure-shot remedy. Try it on skin only. Never, never, never ever put into the ears as it may affect hearing negatively

Ylang-Ylang: Used to treat headaches, nausea and skin conditions.

Health Benefits of Essential Oils: Despite their widespread use, little is known about the effectiveness of essential oils in treating various health conditions. Let us explore which oil helps in a particular disease:

Stress, Anxiety and Depression It has been estimated that approx. 40% of people who have stress and anxiety use some form of alternative therapy to help with their condition[s].Regarding aromatherapy, initial studies have been quite positive. Many have shown that the smell of some essential oils can work as a complementary therapy to treat anxiety and stress. Interestingly, using essential oils during a massage may help relieve stress.

Headaches and Migraines In the ’90s, two small studies found that dabbing a peppermint oil and ethanol mixture on participants’ foreheads and temples relieved headache pain. Recent studies have also found positive effects against headaches when lavender oil to the skin. Experts suggest that applying a mixture of chamomile and sesame oil to the temples may effectively treat headaches and migraines. This is a traditional Persian headache remedy.

Sleep and Insomnia Smelling lavender oil has been shown to positively affect the sleep quality. It is helpful for women after child birth, as well as patients with heart disease. The majority of studies have shown that smelling the oils-mostly lavender had positive effects on sleeping habits.

Reducing Inflammation It has been suggested that essential oils may help fight inflammation. In one study it is found that ingesting a combination of thyme and oregano essential oils helped induce the remission of colitis. However, more studies are needed to examine the effects of these oils on inflammatory diseases. Their effectiveness and safety are unknown and may differ from person to person.

 

Prof. Surinder
Shaun Kochhar

LPN, FCN, M.Com, CAIIB, DIM
(A freelance writer with
36 Years Exp.)