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The Evidence:  

For those who want to know a little more before diving in. 

Hundreds of research articles have been publish with regard to efficacy of essential oils for many different situations.  Each oil has a unique chemistry and interacts with our own chemistry differently.  Therefore, each oil may support our bodies in multiple ways.  The chemistry of the plants may be altered by the growing, harvesting, and distillation processes as well, which will alter their therapeutic benefits.   Also, different strains of the same plant can render very different therapeutic benefits or no benefit at all.   Remember, essential oils (extracted from different components of plants) have been used for thousands of years.  Hundreds of articles exists in nih.gov and pubmed.  These articles are not being posted to insinuate any medical treatment or as proof of efficacy.  These articles are merely for your reference and education.  Remember, being published does not make the results any article true.  If you would like information on how to evaluate research articles contact me.

A few quick tips.

1.  look for reliable sites:

     PubMed, Nih.gov, nib.gov

2.  Check the "N" number:

     This is the number of participants in the study.  A statistically relevant study will have a 100+

3.  Read their discussion to reveal bias, errors, and questions that arose from the study.

      For instance:  do they have financial backing, personal investment, or just a poorly designed study.

4.  Review their methods and look for obvious bias or holes in the study.

5.  Look to see if they are sponsored or receiving financial support from a company or single source.

6.  Literature reviews are excellent because they compile a large number of similar studies.  Look for "Cochran reviews".  However, remember that it could be a compilation of poor studies.

Warning signs:

*Very low "N" number

*Author draws direct correlation without statistically relevant numbers.

*Author draws direct correlation without additional questions and recommendations for improvement on the study.

*Author is financially sponsored.

*Methods do not have a control group.

*Remember to always refer to your physician with any medical diagnosis or a medical plan.