Origin: a Latin derivative
meaning "Gift of the Earth."
Since 1950, over 120,000 scientific research articles have been published on essential oils and their chemical constituents. But only recently have scientists realized the potential applications of essential oils to healthcare. Consequently, the last two decades have witnessed an explosion in essential oil research. Three quarters of all of the studies ever published on essential oils were published after the year 2000.
Despite this explosion of scientific research, essential oils have not yet become integrated into clinical healthcare. This is partly because much of the research, while promising, is still experimental, and essential oils for now are considered alternative and complementary solutions. Also, the essential oil industry is limited in how it explains the benefits of essential oils since they are not registered as drugs.
Because of these limitations, many essential oil users and healthcare practitioners have shown increasing interest in doing personal research to help them understand the properties of essential oils.† Unfortunately, there are many sources on the web containing information that is either misleading, false, or at best ill-supported by scientific findings. At doTERRA, we encourage the use of scientific research to validate the proper use of essential oils. We have put together a list of reliable sources that you can use to educate yourself on the biological activity of essential oils.††
† Information from experimental research should never be used in place of or contradictory to indications from your healthcare provider.
†† These sources are intended for personal use and should not be used to promote or sell doTERRA products.
††† AromaticScience is affiliated with doTERRA, but is not intended to promote any particular brand of essential oils.