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skinny-beakerEssential oils have been used for centuries for medicinal reasons as well as overall health and wellness.  However, it was not until fairly recently that the real science behind why these amazing oils work has been studied.  This page includes videos, articles, and thoughts and ideas from those that are leading the way with these ground breaking studies.

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Emotional Aromatherapy: Psychology meets Chemistry
Scientists and psychologists have spent centuries trying to understand the phenomena we refer to as emotions. Although science cannot yet definitively explain the exact mechanisms, we do know that emotions have vast influence on many components of well-being. Employing the most current research and the purest essential oils, the new dōTERRA Emotional Aromatherapy™ System is the first in the industry to offer scientifically formulated blends for comprehensive, robust, and targeted emotional health benefits.
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Cardamom: Chemistry, Benefits, and Uses
Co-Impact Sourcing™ has a huge impact on the quality and productivity of the cardamom plant, which directly impacts our Cardamom oil. Contributing to the quality and uniqueness of dōTERRA Cardamom oil is a proprietary distillation process that our partner distillers developed over many years of trial and error. All of this results in an especially unique essential oil with high amounts of terpinyl acetate and 1,8-cineole, as well as lesser amounts of linalyl acetate and linalool. This unique chemistry makes Cardamom a great calming and soothing oil.
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Bioactivity of Essential Oils
The scientific process is characterized by change and progression. Reflecting on standard health protocols that have been used throughout history, it is easy to understand the significance of continual evolution of thought. Just think, there was a time in history when it was common to use leeches and mercury as go-to health care practices. How times have changed! As scientific research continues to expand, we develop a better understanding of human health and wellness.
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All-natural composite wound dressing films of essential oils encapsulated in sodium alginate with antimicrobial properties
We present natural polymeric composite films made of essential oils (EOs) dispersed in sodium alginate (NaAlg) matrix, with remarkable anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties. Namely, elicriso italic, chamomile blue, cinnamon, lavender, tea tree, peppermint, eucalyptus, lemongrass and lemon oils were encapsulated in the films as potential active substances.
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Frankincense oil derived from Boswellia carteri induces tumor cell specific cytotoxicity
Originating from Africa, India, and the Middle East, frankincense oil has been important both socially and economically as an ingredient in incense and perfumes for thousands of years. Frankincense oil is prepared from aromatic hardened gum resins obtained by tapping Boswellia trees.
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Chemical Composition and Anti-Inflammatory, Cytotoxic and Antioxidant Activities of Essential Oil from Leaves of Mentha piperita Grown in China
The chemical composition, anti-inflammatory, cytotoxic and antioxidant activities of essential oil from leaves of Mentha piperita (MEO) grown in China were investigated. Using GC-MS analysis, the chemical composition of MEO was characterized, showing that it was mainly composed of menthol, menthone and menthy acetate.
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Aromatherapy and the central nerve system (CNS): therapeutic mechanism and its associated genes
Molecular medical research on aromatherapy has been steadily increasing for use as an adjuvant therapy in managing psychiatric disorders and to examine its therapeutic mechanisms. Most studies, as well as clinically applied experience, have indicated that various essential oils, such as lavender, lemon and bergamot can help to relieve stress, anxiety, depression and other mood disorders.
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Essential oils and anxiolytic aromatherapy
TA number of essential oils are currently in use as aromatherapy agents to relieve anxiety, stress, and depression. Popular anxiolytic oils include lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), rose (Rosa damascena), orange (Citrus sinensis), bergamot (Citrus aurantium), lemon (Citrus limon), sandalwood (Santalum album), clary sage (Salvia sclarea), Roman chamomile (Anthemis nobilis), and rose-scented geranium (Pelargonium spp.).
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Two US practitioners’ experience of using essential oils for wound care
Though essential oils are a proven antiseptic, little work has investigated their use on chronic wounds. This article describes the progress and problems of a small study of five patients, who were treated with lavender and chamomile essential oils.
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Effects of aromatherapy massage on blood pressure and lipid profile in menopausal women
This study investigated the effects of aromatherapy massage on the lipid profile and blood pressure in Korean climacteric women. A wait-listed control group, pretest-posttest design was used. The subjects comprised 58 climacteric women: 30 in the experimental group and 28 in the control group. Aromatherapy massage using lavender, rose geranium, rose, and jasmine was given to the experimental group only. Each massage session lasted 30 minutes, and was performed once weekly for two 8-week periods with self abdominal daily massage at home.
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Characterisation of lavender essential oils by using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry
Nine samples of lavender essential oil were analysed by GC-MS using low-polarity and polar capillary columns. Linear retention indices (LRI) were calculated for each component detected. Characterisation of the individual components making up the oils was performed with the use of an mass spectrometry (MS) library developed in-house. The MS library was designed to incorporate the chromatographic data in the form of linear retention indices. The MS search routine used linear retention indices as a post-search filter and identification of the “unknowns” was made more reliable as this approach provided...
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The effect of aromatherapy abdominal massage on alleviating menstrual pain
Dysmenorrhea is a common cause of sickness absenteeism from both classes and work. This study investigated the effect of aromatherapy massage on a group of nursing students who are suffering of primary dysmenorrhea. A randomized blind clinical trial of crossover design was used. In the first treatment phase, group 1 (n = 48) received aromatherapy abdominal massage once daily for seven days prior to menstruation using the essential oils (cinnamon, clove, rose, and lavender in a base of almond oil). Group 2 (n = 47) received the same intervention but with placebo oil (almond oil).
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Fumigant Toxic Activity of Essential Oils on Sitophilus granarius
Granary weevil (Sitophilus granarius L.) is the most important and oldest known pest of stored products. To protect the grain wheat against this pest, nineteen essential oils extracted from aromatic and medicinal plants were tested for their insecticidal effect by determination of percentage of mortality after 24 and 48 hours of exposure. Several extracts were toxic to this pest, however the strongest activity was attributed to the essential oil of Mentha pulegium(100% of mortality) followed by Mentha viridis, Origanum compactum and Eucalyptus globulus.
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