Updated: Jun 21, 2020
This great piece appeared on WebMD and was reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner, MD on October 22, 2019. I've taken some snippets from their post however for full disclosure and transparency - the entire WebMD article can be viewed by clicking the link at the bottom of this blog.
Always speak with a certified aromatherapist before using oils and/or speak with your medical provider.
What Are Essential Oils?
They're made from parts of certain plants like leaves, herbs, barks, and rinds. Makers use different methods to concentrate them into oils. You may add them to vegetable oils, creams, or bath gels. Or you might smell them, rub them on your skin, or put them in your bath. Some research shows that they can be helpful, if you know how to use them the right way.
Are you anxious?
Who doesn't face obstacles and have stress in their lives at one time or another? Lavender, chamomile, and rosewater are among the most popular smells and may help keep you calm. You can breathe in or rub diluted versions of these oils on your skin. Scientists think they work by sending chemical messages to parts of the brain that affect mood and emotion. Although these scents alone won’t take all your stress away, the aroma may help you relax.
Don't rub them everywhere
It's essential (pardon the pun) that you work with, and seek out advice from experts in essential oils, there are huge differences between oils and what they can be used for. If you use watered down ones they will be ineffective, if you use them in the wrong way, the results will be disappointing and potentially harmful. Follow the instructions carefully.
Try Essential Oils, sample many of them
Used the right way, they can help you feel better with few side effects. For example, you may feel less nauseated from chemotherapy cancer treatment