In the field of alternative medicine these days aromatherapy has not only become an integral part, but has also gained popularity. The major reason for it being extremely popular in the market, is the number of varied beneficial effects it exerts on your health when used. In fact, a recent study has also found evidence to suggest that a few essential oils possesses properties capable of inhibiting the growth of cancer cells. And so, it is quite clear that these “aromatic” oils when used can prove to be extremely beneficial to your health. Here then, is illustrating a couple of facts that will help highlight the benefits of “Essential Oils” on your health.
a. The “anticancerous” effects of Essential Oils:
According to a study published in the “Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics Journal” the fragrance of the “citronella” essential oil was found to have properties capable of inhibiting the growth of cancer cells. Furthermore, as per the researchers from Ruhr University Bochum who conducted this study, it is the presence of “terpene” component in this and most other “Essential Oils” that helped inhibit the growth of cancerous cells. Led by Professor Dr. Hans Hatt, during this research it was also found that an olfactory receptor known as “OR1A2” played a major role in the inhibition of the growth of cancerous cells.
b. The “antifungal, antibacterial, and antiviral” beneficial effects of Essential Oils:
Apart from “anticancerous” properties, Essential Oils when used also exhibit other beneficial effects such as antifungal, antibacterial, and antifungicidal. Research suggest that when an essential oil is used it is the organic component known as “Terpenes” that stimulate signalling processes within cells by activating olfactory receptors. Now, these receptors can be found in many tissues in the body that includes skin, prostate gland, and spermatozoa. And hence when “Essential Oils” are used they are capable of destroying a variety of microorganisms in the form of fungus, bacteria, as well as virus.
With recent research studies suggesting that the use of Essential oils could lead to inhibition of cancer cell growth, it is clear that “aromatherapy” is a major component of alternative medicine that is going to play a major role in the future.