Essential oil is a highly concentrated plant component distilled or cold-pressed from leaves, flowers, fruits, and seeds and combined with a carrier oil. A small vial can represent an enormous amount of raw material. For example, it takes about 250 pounds of roses to distill one ounce of rose essential oil.
Historically, herbs and plants have been the source of medical breakthroughs. In 15th to 18th century Europe, Spanish traders brought potent herbal remedies from South America that finally gave doctors a way to treat smallpox, malaria, and syphilis.
Despite their ancient roots and modern popularity, there are fewer published scientific studies on essential oils than CBD. Here are a few of the results researchers have found.
Lavender Essential Oil
A controlled clinical trial found that lavender oil served as a mild sedative and promoted deep sleep. Another study focused on patients immediately before surgery indicates that lavender slightly reduced anxiety in that situation.
Rosemary Essential Oil
The rosemary plant is a hearty evergreen with a potent, woodsy smell. A team of researchers at Northumbria University did two studies. They put one group into a room diffused with rosemary essential oil and put another group in a room with no scent. Both groups completed the same tasks. The researchers found that the rosemary essential oil improved memory and cognition in older adults and resulted in higher test scores for children.
Garlic Essential Oil with Herbs Defeats Lyme's Disease
At Johns Hopkins, the combination of essential oils from garlic cloves, myrrh trees, thyme leaves, cinnamon bark, allspice berries, and cumin seeds killed "persister" forms of Lyme bacteria that can otherwise plague patients for years and resist traditional antibiotics.
Pure essential oils are potent, and diluting them in carrier oil is vital when applying directly to the skin. Some people have allergic reactions to essential oils. If you get a red, itchy rash or hives after using them, see a medical professional.
CBD is an Essential Oil
Full-spectrum CBD is the distilled product of the industrial hemp plant mixed with a carrier oil and, by that definition, an essential oil.
However, instead of stimulating the olfactory system or being absorbed through the skin, CBD activates receptors in your endocannabinoid system.
A unique neural net that stretches from head to toe, the endocannabinoid system functions to help the body to maintain equilibrium. It regulates several processes, including mood, sleep, appetite, reproduction and fertility, and memory.
Essential oils are not a substitute for medical care, but they can supplement wellness and support healing. Even if an oil does nothing than enhance your mood, it can have a positive effect on your health.
Funding for research is challenging to find, and few studies have been done. Even so, the results with a variety of essential oils are encouraging.
As with CBD, the source and purity of your oils are essential. At Jampha, we create organic, full-spectrum CBD oil with targeted cannabinoids and introduce Synergy Enhanced terpenes to give you maximum benefits from this remarkable plant.
Check out our Botanical Library for more detailed study of the botanicals used in Jampha infusions.