One thing that I have been becoming more interested in, is the use of essential oils during our childbearing years. I am teaching a class on this and thought I'd add info to this site as well.
Oils affect our bodies in a couple of different ways. One way is just through the aroma. Here's a good explanation of how this works.
"Mechanisms of action of each essential oil is related to its
complex active substances. One of the means of action is the aroma of
these oils sent as a signal to the olfactory bulb which has close
anatomical ties to the limbic system. The limbic system is the
emotional center of the brain, where all major emotional expressions
are generated. The limbic system inﬂuences the endocrine and the
autonomic nervous". http://download.journals.elsevierhealth.com/pdfs/journals/1744-3881/PIIS1744388110000381.pdf
Oils can also be absorbed through the skin. It takes about 20-40 min for this to take effect. Essentially that is about the same amount of time it takes for a Tylenol to work. One of the best places for an oil to absorb is the foot since there are numerous pours that allow better absorption.
Ingestion is also a possibility, but I like to play it safe and not use this one unless I know a little bit more about the oil and how to use it.
The other thing to take into account is that essential oils are in and out of your system fairly rapidly, in about 60-90m. Thus they may need to be reapplied frequently to have an effect. The effect of essential oils is also dependent on how pure the oil is. While more expensive, therapeutic grade oil should be used.
I'll be adding more posts on specific oils, so stay tuned....
I occasionally research the safety of alternative medication, including essential oils, so I've decided to post what I've found at my website. I'm not a doctor; although I make every attempt to ensure that the information here is accurate and up-to-date, please read my disclaimers at the bottom of this page.