Essential oils have been a useful part of medicine in various forms since biblical times, or even before. Franckenscense and Myhrr are some of the most famous examples. Essential oil are volatile extracts of plants. In the case volatile simple means that they have a natural tendancy to evaporate. These oils are typically absorbed readily into fatty tissues and they cross the dermis, or skin, well. We also know that they are taken up over the nasal mucous membranes as well giving us another avenue of getting medication into the body not often utilized. In recent years essential oils have enjoyed a popularity among people trying to rely less on pharmacological medications and more on natural medications.
In our continued effort to find was to treat medical ailments in our patients we have explored several uses for essential oils. It is important to realize, though, that essential oils are extremely concentrated components harvested from plants. Around 50 pounds of rose petals are needed for 1 bottle of rose essential oil, for example. It seems reasonable to assume that we are going to have to be cautious when administering them and often diluting them to assure safety.
Our goal is to provide information about the use of essential oils in our practice as well as to compile what data is out there to help us know how to use them and do our best to ensure safety.