Do Essential Oils Really Work? And Why?

What does the research say about what essential oils can actually do?

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48 Comments

  1. Macnutz420 on April 19, 2019 at 6:02 pm

    There are a large number of factors that could be involved in the subjective effects of some of these oils.
    Many of them trigger my asthma but a couple, such as eucalyptus, has a positive effect on nasal congestion and relaxes me in a big way, because of positive childhood associations with the smell.

    Positive experiences in which the fragrance of the oils may well be a factor.

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  3. Cool Kid95 on April 19, 2019 at 6:04 pm

    Flashbacks to when my friend said “drinking essential oils will cure AD HD”

  4. Bri San on April 19, 2019 at 6:05 pm

    This video sucked.

  5. Princess YuBeace on April 19, 2019 at 6:06 pm

    Remember to be very careful with mint and eucalyptus oils around children! They’re said to help against cold-symptoms but can actually STRESS your respiratory system. It could be deadly for your child. Also be aware of chemical burns, because essential oils are VERY concentrated.

  6. HauntedShadowsLegacy on April 19, 2019 at 6:11 pm

    Yo, would ya mind doing a video on the dangers of essential oils? Some lady nearly killed her dog because she used tea tree oil, and some kids got severe sunburns because they used a citrus essential oil on a sunny day. Safe practice and application methods aren’t well-known, and that’s not good. Most major EO distributors don’t tell customers the potential dangers because ‘ohh, but the SALES!’ I have asthma. Certain oils trigger a bad reaction in me (uncontrollable coughing, exhaustion, shortness of breath…). Knowing which oils can be harmful to certain individuals or creatures is important.

  7. Edward Cullen on April 19, 2019 at 6:11 pm

    Don’t you dare tell me that my DoTerra oils aren’t going to cure my everything

  8. B. Starr on April 19, 2019 at 6:14 pm

    So when the flu was killing everybody last year, oregano essential oil cured myself, my husband, and then 2yr old and 6 month old of the flu…seriously. I thought it was bs at first, but then I became desperate when we weren’t getting better. I mixed approx 10-15 drops of the oil into 1oz of argan oil, and rubbed that mix all on the bottoms of our feet, then applied socks…you could literally feel the warmth in the soles of your feet! My husband and I also applied it to our necks and chest (not recommended for kids, only soles of the feet for them). Within 3 days we were feeling about 80% better, and the mucus was clearly up more and more everyday.
    Try it guys. I’m a believer now.

  9. Daniell Bondad on April 19, 2019 at 6:16 pm

    Throat:(Gets sore)
    ”Would you like essential oils down your throat?”

  10. Xiulan Qi on April 19, 2019 at 6:17 pm

    i honestly hate lavender LOL

  11. Elizabeth Hogan on April 19, 2019 at 6:18 pm

    Using oils to treat psychological issues makes perfect sense to me. I can say from personal experience that it works. However, using them to treat cancer and broken bones is just stupid and makes no sense at all to me.

  12. Jamie 2015 Youtube on April 19, 2019 at 6:18 pm

    My dad runs an essential oils business for skin care and stuff and it works, at least with mosquito bites

  13. Hoosier Daddy on April 19, 2019 at 6:20 pm

    I can’t believe you did an entire video on essential oils and neglected to discuss the efficacy of ingesting them or applying them topically to the body.

  14. king james488 on April 19, 2019 at 6:21 pm

    if by work you mean smell like things, then yes.

    good luck conducting a double-blind study though, I’m pretty sure I can tell the difference between smelling oranges and smelling nothing.

  15. TheEarthCreature on April 19, 2019 at 6:21 pm

    Yeah, they work, and I’m sure it’s a very complex mix of all of the mechanisms you mentioned in the video.

  16. skills1ent on April 19, 2019 at 6:23 pm

    NOPE! Completely bunk and only effective on morons.

  17. Bob Sherman on April 19, 2019 at 6:25 pm

    Your assumption that aromatherapy only affects the olfactory system overlooks quite a bit, don’t you think?

    Perhaps you should read the article "Aromatherapy On Central Nerve System (Cns): Therapeutic Mechanism And Its Associated Genes" which appeared in the journal Current Drug Targets. The authors state:

    "In contrast with current oral drugs used for the treatment of psychiatric disorders, essential oils produce pharmacologic effects, not only by the absorption through the skin and upper respiratory tract (URT), but also via the sense of smell."

  18. Katherine Richardson on April 19, 2019 at 6:26 pm

    They don’t do anything but smell good. Its all about how smells affect us.

  19. thesupergreenjudy on April 19, 2019 at 6:27 pm

    I do it mostly because of the smell.. i just love it. and smells better than the usual smell in my bedroom.. lol

  20. C R on April 19, 2019 at 6:29 pm

    The best oils I’ve used to date have been from a company called Natural Life Essentials. I get them from Amazon.

  21. supernightslash on April 19, 2019 at 6:31 pm

    Answer: No.

  22. Chrissy McCarthy on April 19, 2019 at 6:34 pm

    Marijuana is the only essential plant wafting to my nose that makes me feel better

  23. - on April 19, 2019 at 6:38 pm

    Essential oils smell good. Stuff that smell good make you happy. That tends to happen with everything that’s “good”.

  24. Random_ OtakuArtist on April 19, 2019 at 6:38 pm

    Lavander relaxes me.

  25. RedfishCarolina on April 19, 2019 at 6:41 pm

    Designer medicine for designer illnesses

  26. Aelwyn on April 19, 2019 at 6:42 pm

    I get the mood altering stuff with oils, but what about the claims that they aid in healing or antibacterial and are applied topically? What, if any, research is there into that?

  27. Caeli Kane on April 19, 2019 at 6:42 pm

    Also:

    Essential oils of some plants have been used for anti-microbal or skin soothing effects for a long time.

    Plants and their essential components have been components for a very long time as well. Atropine, thymol, and asprin are all examples of plant essence based medicines that we find in hospitals the world around!

  28. Orlando Vasconcelos on April 19, 2019 at 6:42 pm

    Great video, the best about awareness on using them, do you give me permission to dub this video before sharing in my country ?

  29. Rymegu on April 19, 2019 at 6:44 pm

    Could the effect of these oils be related to voluntary breathing? I don’t have the source, but I read something about how voluntary breathing helps to meditate.

  30. DarkJanet on April 19, 2019 at 6:45 pm

    I like the lavender oil, it makes me feel calm.

  31. Kat Head on April 19, 2019 at 6:46 pm

    Not good for chronic sinus allergies, except mint or menthol which helps open the airways. Anything else is a nightmare and makes me feel very ill and unable to breathe. In fact I would consider it unethical to experiment on unknowing people in a waiting room with scents because of the risk of allergies.

  32. Muhammad Ayyad on April 19, 2019 at 6:48 pm

    Just gonna take a wild guess here, but im pretty sure its just psychological. Its a nice smell, you like the smell. Being surrounded by something you like, i bet its gonna ease you a bit. Its like listening to soothing music, yeah its gonna sooth you. Im no scientist, but this seems like common sense to me.

  33. Beau Davis on April 19, 2019 at 6:50 pm

    I could see anxiety or depression being treated by essential oils, but cancer? You might as well try to sell me snake oil and saying that it can treat cancer as well. I do not believe that it can do that.

  34. Lagiacrus on April 19, 2019 at 6:50 pm

    It is not all about the smell of essential oils that cause the effects they cause. For example, Lavender oil contains Linalylacetate, Linalool, Camphor and Cineol, which all take effect once the oil is inhaled or applied to the skin.

  35. Jason Rogers on April 19, 2019 at 6:50 pm

    They’ve worked for me.

  36. Mazin Alzadjali on April 19, 2019 at 6:50 pm

    Vax your children

  37. Corked Inc. on April 19, 2019 at 6:52 pm

    Thanks for sharing this! It’s interesting to see the science behind how essential oils work!

  38. Perpetual Monday on April 19, 2019 at 6:52 pm

    Thank you for showing sources. Mad respect bro

  39. Mike G on April 19, 2019 at 6:53 pm

    It’s the placebo effect and nostalgia effect.

  40. Mojo Jeinxs on April 19, 2019 at 6:54 pm

    Think about this oils have been around for thousands of years. Yet humans today live longer because of modern medicine. Don’t need to buy most of the oils sold . Plant a herb garden.

  41. The Chad Pad on April 19, 2019 at 6:54 pm

    Resin incense is the way to go if you REALLY wanna get into the wonderful world of smells

  42. Alien Hashbrown on April 19, 2019 at 6:55 pm

    No Karen, lavender scented oils won’t cure Timmy’s toe fungus

  43. Luis Ostasuc on April 19, 2019 at 6:55 pm

    lol essential means "of or pertaining to an essence" but i guess thinking that you need them in some way could be a common understanding.
    Thanks for the vid 🙂

  44. Inigo Birden on April 19, 2019 at 6:56 pm

    Putting peppermint oil on cotton balls and laying them 6-8 feet apart from each other in a ring can reduce the amount of insects or arachnids in a room at least from my testing, the oils can be toxic to even humans when you get too many drops on your skin and because spiders breathe through their skin it makes them especially vulnerable, I suppose this is also good info for people with pet spiders so they can be careful.

  45. Taii potatoie on April 19, 2019 at 6:56 pm

    Could you do a video on iridology and homeopathy?

  46. Tricia C on April 19, 2019 at 6:57 pm

    I do like lavender oil and find cleaning my house more enjoyable with a citrus type oil added to my homemade cleaners. Tea tree oil works well on blemishes and reducing oil on my face. I also like diffusing oils. I will not spend a fortune on them though, like from those people who sell oils that will “cure” anything.

  47. #Red-Pill. on April 19, 2019 at 6:57 pm

    I’m late but I don’t agree with anything said in this video… cause those “studies” are cherry picked. The real studies show that essential oils actually do effect different parts of the brain like the right side or left side. It’s proven by a simple brain hooked up to a censor that shows which part of the brain is activated when smelling the essential oils. P.S here is the video proof of what I said and the study starts at 43:06 – https://youtu.be/SLxFGenyTrU

  48. Princess YuBeace on April 19, 2019 at 6:57 pm

    By the way!!! Some oils can be deadly for your pets!!! Be careful!!!

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