What are essential oils?

What are essential oils?

The properties of essential oils include anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and antiseptics along with the effects of relaxation while receiving treatment.  An essential oil is a result of a distillation or expression process that yields different groups of chemical constituents that deliver a synergy of healing properties such as physiological, psychological and spiritual response to the individuals applying them.
A professional Aromatherapist has the skills to assess and apply essential oils professionally and safely to enhance the state of well-being and compliment the clinical and holistic environments with essential oils to bring on effective results.


There are different methods of applications when applying essential oils.

  • Inhalation
  • Massage
  • Bath
  • Ointments, Gels, Lotions & Compress

Essential oils ARE NOT synthetic fragrances used in commercial perfumes.  Essential oils are a cluster of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen molecules that are from a distillation yield of plants.  These components deliver gentle physical and psychological therapeutic responses upon application. Whereas synthetic perfumes are primarily made from petrochemicals and attempt to duplicate the smell of a specific plant. [1]  

Even though essential oils are natural,  over exposure or not used in proper dilutions they can lead to sensitizations and allergies.

The growing investigation in research studies have provided with good solid evidence that essential oils can be used as a supportive method of therapeutics.

Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) Diffusing lavender with an aroma stream demonstrated an effective treatment for agitated behavior in patients with severe dementia.[1

Sweet Marjoram (Origanum marjorana) and Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) were used in hospital located in Oxford, England.  The essential oils were used to enhance sleep in patients and helped reduce use of benzodiazepine drugs.[2]

German Chamomile (Matricaria recutita) was found to be effective in a controlled double-blind study of slow healing wounds in 14 patients.[3]

Melissa (Melissa officinalis) was investigated in Herpes simplex virus.  115 patients used a preparation of Melissa extract lip balm showed effective in the treatment of lip sores associated with Herpes simplex virus.[4]

Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens) was used with Neuragen and Geranium essential oil for relief of pain associated with diabetic peripheral neuropathy, showed 69% improvement in pain, usually within minutes applying ointment topically.[5]


[1] Aromatherapy Science (A guide for healthcare professionals Maria Lis-Balchin)
[2] Clinical Aromatherapy in Nursing (Jane Buckle)
[3] Clinical Aromatherapy in Nursing (Jane Buckle)
[4] Wolbling and Leonhardt, 1994
[5] Aromatherapy Science (A guide for healthcare professionals Maria Lis-Balchin
[7] The Practitioners Guide to Aromatherapy (Danielle Sade)



The information contained in this educational service is not intended nor is it implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Healing Fragrances School of Aromatherapy does not accept responsibility for any problematic situations experienced by you or anyone to whom you give treatment.

Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health providers prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Nothing contained in the course is intended to provide a medical diagnosis or offer a treatment.



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