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But at least one study published in the Journal of Dietary Supplements was promising.   It evaluated the general health effects of supplements, herbs, and essential oils and found oils are as effective as other supplements in improving health.

There are dozens of essential oils, each with a unique scent and potential healing properties.

Like any health supplements, essential oils may interact with prescription medications when taken internally. Check with your doctor or pharmacist before combining any essential oil with medications.

Health Benefits

The potential risk of ingesting essential oils is heightened by the fact that they are not regulated by the FDA and there are no universal standards for ensuring the quality of the oil.

Essential oils sometimes are applied directly to the skin to treat pain in a specific body part—to relieve backache, for example, or to ease sore muscles, or to relieve sinus pain—and some may be used topically for their antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, such as for acne or fungal infections.

When used as directed, essential oils have few side effects or risks, although the way a given oil is used has a great deal of bearing on its safety.  

The beneficial compounds in oils often are delivered in three ways—inhalation, topical application to the skin, and oral ingestion.

Without FDA oversight of CBD, it is difficult to be certain of both the amount and purity of CBD a product may contain. Regardless of what a product may claim, it may contain no CBD at all, while others may vary in purity or consistency of formula. “Over the past several years, FDA has issued several warning letters to firms that market unapproved new drugs that allegedly contain cannabidiol (CBD). As part of these actions, FDA has tested the chemical content of cannabinoid compounds in some of the products, and many were found to not contain the levels of CBD they claimed to contain.” 21

CB1 receptors are found mainly in the brain and throughout the central nervous system 2 . They are primarily associated with pleasure and reward pathways.

Cannabidiol (CBD) is another compound found in cannabis. CBD does not have the same psychoactive properties as THC. CBD directly interacts with CB1 and CB2 receptors, but the interaction is so weak it is inconsequential 6 . CBD does still affect your endocannabinoid system, but it actually affects it indirectly and by a different mechanism than most cannabinoids.

Beta-caryophyllene (BCP) in Copaiba

Delta-9 Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is one of “more than eighty biologically active chemical compounds” found in cannabis 5 . THC is a psychoactive cannabinoid and causes psychoactive effects or a “high.” THC activates both CB1 and CB2 receptors.

“[Marijuana] is listed in Schedule I of the CSA due to its high potential for abuse, which is attributable in large part to the psychoactive effects of THC, and the absence of a currently accepted medical use of the plant in the United States.” 11 (Exceptions 12 )

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is responsible for enforcing the Controlled Substances Act. They also regulate “the handling of all controlled substances, including those being used by researchers to conduct studies.” 9

“The Controlled Substances Act (CSA) places all substances . . . regulated under existing federal law into one of five schedules. This placement is based upon the substance’s medical use, potential for abuse, and safety or dependence liability.” 10

Some of the carrier oils Danielle recommends are jojoba, almond oil, grapeseed, and sunflower. You can also use milk, or any vegetable oil you have at home (as long as they’re cold-pressed) to dilute your favourite essential oils for topical use or in baths.

The delivery of essential oils into the body works specifically in three main systems:

Remember when you were stuffed up with a cold and mom would get you to breathe in the steam from a bowl of hot water? Essential oils can help with congestion and other symptoms in the same way.

3. Integumentary system (skin):

Essential oils aren't just natural air fresheners, they're also effective for boosting or calming our mood.

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Essential oils are a good way to introduce natural ingredients into your skin. *Important note: When using essential oils on the skin, they should always be diluted with a carrier (base) oil to avoid skin irritation and achieve maximum results.

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