Yesterday was my first vendor event for essential oils. My booth was simple because I don’t have all the fancy promotional stuff. But I did have my oils, and I was happy for the chance to share them.
The first lady who walked up to my booth asked a few questions, and then asked THE question. What’s the science behind all of this?
Very good question. I fumbled through some half-hearted answer on adrenals and wellness and organs. The doctors and nurses in my family would have rolled their eyes for sure.
The lady was kind though, took a sample, and left. But her question rattled through my head throughout the night.
To be honest, I have just been enjoying the oils. I don’t know why they work; I just know that for me they do. It’s really not enough though. Not for me, not for the lady who asked the question, or for all those who wanted to ask but didn’t.
We should know the “how” and “why” as much as possible. I vow to do a better job in researching the science behind essential oils instead of just saying “wow, I love this one!”.
Let’s start with the classic Peppermint Essential Oil. Lots of people came up to to my booth and told me they loved Peppermint EO. I was surprised because it seems so normal compared to the more exotic blends. But Peppermint does have many uses and its familiar smell is comforting.
A good resource for looking up studies done is http://www.pubmed.com. If you search for “peppermint essential oils” you will get lots of hits.
This was one very interesting in the use of EOs (including peppermint) to help combat food poisoning: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26991289
The study found the EOs show in vitro antimicrobial activities against Clostridium perfringens (food poison bacteria).
I found this one pretty interesting too: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28208614
This study compared three different Mentha species (spearmint, white peppermint, and pineapple mint) and their effects on anti-inflammatory and anti-nociceptive (the sensation of pain) properties.
The conclusion was spearmint helped statistically significantly better. Sorry peppermint!
The question still remains though- exactly how does it help? What about peppermint, or spearmint, or any of the essential oils actually causes the “good stuff” to happen? I found a slew of answers that I will sort through over the coming weeks and post more on.
In the meantime, I hope you are enjoying the oils as much as I am!