I totally get it! You are skeptical if this new trend of essential oils is actually something beneficial and are wondering, Do these things actually work??? I get that question ALL THE TIME! Even on a recent date the guy asked me if it was real or just "psychological" Well let's break it down for a second and you tell me what you think after reading this.
If look at what exactly an essential oil is (the oil from a plant's bark, root, flower, seed, etc) we can better understand how and why they work. An essential oil is what is essential for a plant to live, hence the name. They are what nature has given us to naturally support our bodies. If these oils are essential for a plant's life and plant's give us the nutrients we need to survive, you can see how these oils can help support our systems and why they work.
Using oils is not a new trend, it is basically going back to the basics. Essential oils have been used dating back to 4500 B.C. for religious rituals and medical applications. This was all that was available before science advanced. There are many hieroglyphics on walls of Egyptian temples that depict blending of oils and many oil recipes. One in particular is the Temple of Edfu, located on the west bank of the Nile River.
So back to the question, Do Essential Oils Actually Work? I think it comes down to two things. 1. The purity of the oil you are using. There are SO many oil companies out there that sell "pure" oils, but you have to be careful because there is no regulation on that statement. When an oil is not pure, you will not get the effects that you should because it is likely mixed with chemicals and/or additives that are masking the oil and its effects. 2. Everyone's body is different which means what works for me might not work for you. If lavender works amazing for me to help me sleep and I give you some to try and it doesn't work, then you may think oils don't work. But this where most people go wrong. Maybe you need to use Cedarwood or maybe Stress Away. Just like medications, some oils affect people differently.