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Is There Scientific Validation for Using Essential Oils?

Essential oils have been used for over a thousand years, but we are just scratching the surface of their potential. In the past, knowledge of essential oils was solely based off anecdotal experience. However, scientific research of essential oils has increased exponentially. In the last decade, there have been more studies published about essential oils than in the last 500 years combined.


What Is the Science behind Essential Oils?

Each bottle of essential oil contains a unique blend of chemical constituents. These compounds are volatile and organic, meaning they quickly evaporate and their chemical structures are primarily composed of carbon atoms. Constituents can produce powerful effects through their interaction with cellular targets. Some constituents can attach to receptors located on the outside of a cell to influence changes within it, while others can readily pass through the cellular membrane and bind to enzymes, proteins, and even DNA. Understanding how essential oils induce beneficial effects through chemical interactions can lead to a renewed sense of confidence in their use and inspire new opportunities for application in daily life. (