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Scientific Studies

scienceIf you told a scientist (most, but not all of them), that the herbal organic plant extract blend that you used has dramatically improved your life, he/she would/could not accept this as a ‘fact’. Your illness needs to be slotted into their constrained, limited and totally primitive ‘scientific model’.

The sheer arrogance of scientists would be laughable, if it were not so serious. They have many theories about many things, but know very little at all. They cannot explain what health or illness really is, and why it happens.

They cannot explain with certainty what electricity, light, magnetism or energy is. They have no idea what causes thoughts, feelings or experiences. They cannot explain the difference between a live body and a dead body. Seriously, they have NO IDEA what life really is.

They maintain the supremacy of the ‘scientific method’, even though the ‘civilized’ world is choking on pollution, poverty, disease, inequality, energy crisis, social deprivation, global mental health issues, heart disease, cancer, etc.

And of course, they have no idea what illness is, what fear is, despair, courage, strength, vitality, inspiration… and of course, if you mention the most important thing in every human beings life – LOVE – they shrink back into their tiny theoretical world of ‘scientific method’.

Basically, if they can’t explain it, then it isn’t valid. And sadly, that is the world we live in. So lets have a look at what the great scientists are up to.

Essential oils have been used therapeutically for thousands of years, and yet there is little published research on essential oil usage. But recently, this is beginning to change as more and more scientific studies on essential oils are conducted around the world.

Clinical studies are currently underway in many countries of the world, including Europe, Australia, Japan, India, the United States, and Canada.

Many of these studies describe in detail the remarkable healing properties of various essential oils. Scientists are now really struggling to explain how these oils heal people so quickly.

 

Who is doing the research?

Much of the research on organic plant extracts has been conducted by the food, flavoring, cosmetics, and tobacco industries. They are most interested in the flavor, mood alteration, and preservative qualities of essential oils. Some of these companies have also conducted extensive research on the toxicity and safety of essential oils.

Although much of this research is kept in-house and not generally available to the public, some of it has made its way into cosmetic and plant product journals. These journals are important sources of information as we accumulate a growing body of knowledge on essential oils.

Most of the studies that have been published in the English language scientific literature have been conducted in laboratories and they have not been tested on humans, but this is slowly changing.
What are some issues in conducting research on organic plant extracts?

There are some unique issues in conducting research on organic plant extracts:

  • Organic Plant Extracts Are Not Standardized: The chemistry of essential oils is influenced by the local geography and weather conditions, as well as the season and time of day when the plants are harvested, how they are processed, and how they are packaged and stored.
  • Each plant is unique in its chemistry, so organic plant extracts are never exactly the same, this is different from pharmaceutical drugs that are synthetically reproduced to be identical every time. The fact that every human body is also different is completely ignored. (And anyway, how would your body know what to do with a standardized herb? The fact that the human body, which has never in its genetic history, encountered a standardized chemical herb before, seems to be overlooked.)
  • The essential oils we use are 100% organic, free from any chemicals, toxins, and basically not messed about with. But, it is normal that these herbs do vary from plant to plant, season to season. Essential oils can be altered to achieve standardization (for example, a certain chemical that was found to be at a lower concentration in the whole oil in a particular year can be added to make it the same percentage as last year’s batch). The problem with standardized essential oils is that they are no longer natural, genuine, and authentic. This variability in essential oils by time, place and conditions is a big challenge to conducting valid research.
  • Currently the International Standards Organization sets standards for each organic plant extract or essential oil that include a range of acceptable concentrations for its major chemical constituents.
  • This is rather like setting a standard to be a mother, father, son, daughter, etc. If you do not meet the ‘standard’, you are not acceptable, you are not ‘valid’.
  • Typical research studies involve testing two groups-one group gets an experimental substance and another group gets a placebo substance (this group is referred to as the “control” group). When using aromatic substances, it is very difficult to conduct a blinded study. Some researchers have used masks or other barriers to blind participants. Other researchers have used alternate scents assumed to have no therapeutic properties as controls. These approaches are problematic, however, because people associate smells with past experiences. Thus, it is difficult to account for individual variation in how essential oils affect people.
  • Essential oils have been used on humans for thousands of years. As a result, they don’t fit into the conventional clinical science approach of testing a substance in the lab first, then on animals, and then on humans. As a result, if a researcher proposes to test an essential oil with humans first, they may be turned down. This is because research review boards tend to approve research studies that follow the more usual scientific research path. (This is understandable. If you had spent your life following an outdated, proven to not work, primitive system, you wouldn’t want to approve a new system, a new way of doing things, would you? At least, not if you had to admit that, all along, you had got it wrong.)

Many conventional drug studies are funded by the pharmaceutical industry. There is little motivation for these companies to fund research on natural plant substances because they cannot easily be patented, limiting the potential for profit. Thus, finding funding for essential oils studies can be challenging:

  • In conventional research studies, it is important to be able to determine exactly what caused the outcome. In essential oil therapy, the oils are sometimes applied with massage, which makes it difficult to tell whether or not the outcome was due to the essential oil alone, or the massage, or the combination. Also, essential oils are composed of hundreds of chemical constituents, and it is hard to determine which ones may have produced the desired effect. Well, if you used Migraine Doctor to relieve your excruciating head pains, would you be bothered which chemical constituent made the pain go away? Of course not.
  • To suggest that your vanishing headache is not ‘valid data’ shows the sheer arrogance of the ‘scientific method’.

 

What does the research say?

Research studies on essential oils show positive effects for a variety of health concerns including infections, inflammations, pain, anxiety, depression, tumors, premenstrual syndrome, nausea, and many others.

The truth is, industry is closing in on alternative medicine. They are trying to close us all down. And sadly, in the short term, they probably will.

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