Is Using Essential Oils for Health a Good Idea?


The use of essential oils as homeopathic remedies appears to be on the rise.  There seems to be a backlash against traditional medicine for a variety of reasons.  There is much to be said for what is provided by nature.  We would like to take a look at essential oils and the role they play.  However, we also want to say that there are times when mainstream medicine is necessary, as is medical intervention.  Essential oils can’t replace a necessary surgery!

If you are interested in essential oil use, then we recommend you speak with your primary care physician first.  This is important because if you have any health issues or are on any medication, your doctor needs to know that you are using essential oils.  You also need to double-check with your doctor that the essential oils you want to use are safe for you.  This may seem silly, but consider the fact that grapefruit juice has a negative impact on patients taking heart medication!  It is important that you speak with your doctor.

That being said, many people report benefits from using essential oils with many people also trying them without the same positive effect.  They are probably like anything else in nature - they affect each individual uniquely.  Some people are not negatively affected by cane sugar while others experience increased hyperactive behavior.  Some people are awake all night if consuming caffeine, while others can sleep soundly after a cup of coffee.  So, as they say, results may vary.

We wanted to look at some of the frequently used essential oils and let you know what they are generally used to treat.  There are even “recipe books” for essential oils.  You can use them in a variety of ways.  Some people put them on their body.  Some use them in a diffuser to emit the smell (known as aromatherapy) into their surroundings (home, office, etc).  You can even use them on your bed sheets to help with sleep.

Lavender is commonly used to help promote calmness and sleep.  Johnson & Johnson, probably the most well-known baby product company, even sells baby bath and baby lotion containing lavender, for this very purpose.  This is an essential oil that people will sometimes use under their pillow.

Lemongrass has antiviral and antimicrobial elements.  It is also used as a natural insect repellent.  Many people grow lemongrass in their yard to help repel pests such as mosquitoes.

Patchouli is used as an anti-inflammatory and anti-depressant.

Chamomile has long been known to have a calming element and is often used in tea for this purpose.  It is used to relieve insomnia, stress, and even menstrual cramps.

Rose is used for reducing stress and anxiety, relieving premenstrual syndrome, and even as an aphrodisiac.

These are interesting facts and may definitely be worth exploring for you.  What none of these essential oils can do for you, however, is cause you to lose weight.  They may help you feel less anxious during the weight loss process, but they can’t do it for you.  If you have been struggling with your weight and are ready to take a positive step forward toward health, then it is time for you to call Dr. Diego Velarde at Advanced Surgical and Weight Loss Institute.  Dr. Velarde is dedicated to helping you reach your weight loss goals.  Sometimes, medical intervention and surgery are necessary, and that is okay!  Using robotic surgery techniques, Dr. Velarde performs minimally invasive rapid weight loss surgery to help you recover quickly and get on the road to weight loss and health.  If you are in the Melbourne or Merritt Island areas and are interested in robotic weight loss surgery, then call Dr. Velarde today!