If you are going to enumerate all the benefits of essential oils, you will need several books to really understand them. While some members of the medical community do not necessarily believe in the effectiveness of these wonderful gifts from Mother Nature, these essential oils have been used by many civilizations all over the world for many centuries and have been handed down from generation to generation. Now, science is slowly unlocking the secrets of these essential oils and we can now put forth with confidence the 10 incredible benefits of essential oils.

1.       Enhances Nervous System Functioning – Many of the best essential oils work by regulating the synthesis and release of certain neurotransmitters that are essential in the many processes of the brain and the spinal cord. This helps improve cognitive abilities while at the same time promotes a general sense of wellbeing. Essential oils affect the dopamine, serotonin, and GABA receptors in the brain promoting a variety of nervous system effects. 

2.       Improves Immune System Functioning – Essential oils help stimulate the production of certain substances that are essential in keeping the full functionality of the immune system. These essential oils provide the necessary building blocks for the production of immune cells while at the same time increasing their sensitivity to potential threats to immunity. 

3.       Helps Relax and Calm the Mind – Essential oils are often used in aromatherapy primarily for their effects on certain neurotransmitters particularly gamma aminobutyric acid, dopamine, and serotonin, the latter 2 of which are responsible for making us feel good about ourselves while GABA allows us to feel more relaxed and more calm. This is particularly beneficial in leading a life that is relatively free from stress. 

4.       Helps Reduce Inflammation – There are certain active ingredients in essential oils that help prevent the action or effects of pro-inflammatory substances like tumor necrosis factor, leukotriene, and interleukin. Because these substances are effectively prevented from exerting their mechanism of action, inflammation is reduced and its different clinical manifestations are also mitigated. 

5.       May Help Fight Certain Infections – By acting on and improving the immune system and affecting the biosynthetic pathways of pro-inflammatory substances, essential oils have been shown to have antibacterial, antiviral, antiparasitic, and even antifungal properties. In some studies, certain essential oils have been shown to prevent the proliferation of certain DNA viruses that may lead to the development of certain cancers. 

6.       Improves Skin Health – The cicatrisant and cytophylactic properties of certain essential oils like chamomile, geranium, and neroli oil are primarily indicated in the promotion of faster skin and hair regeneration. Additionally, the anti-inflammatory effects of many essential oils help prevent skin inflammation while at the same time nourishing both the skin and hair.

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7.       Improves Blood Circulation – When used as a massage oil, essential oils help improve the flow of blood and lymph thus promoting adequate tissue oxygenation and nourishment as well as the removal of toxic waste products from the cells. The overall effect is healthier cells and tissues. 

8.       Helps Delay the Aging Process – Concomitant with the improvement in blood circulation is the improvement in the antioxidant effects of essential oils. Since these are mostly made of plant oils, they contain many phytochemicals and flavonoids that have been well-documented to exert antioxidant effects on cells damaged by free radicals. This leads to fairer looking skin, fewer wrinkles, and a more vibrant appearance. 

9.       Improves Respiratory Symptoms – Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, certain essential oils have been shown to be effective in the promotion of more effective breathing. It relieves congestion in the respiratory passages while at the same time improving the ability of oxygen to enter the lungs more efficiently. 

10.   Helps Alleviate Pain – The inhibitory effects of essential oils on pro-inflammatory compounds have been shown to have an effect on the management of pain. Because cytokines and prostaglandins are effectively blocked, the sensation of pain is also reduced. That is why essential oils are always included in the management of certain types of pain particularly muscle pain and even muscle soreness.

Each essential oil actually has its own benefits. As there are literally hundreds of essential oils and thousands more just waiting to be discovered, it is sufficient to say, for now at least, that essential oils have more benefits than we could ever imagine.

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  1. Paul Southon says:

    This can be summed up in two words – citation needed.

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