GeraniumWhy recommend essential oils if you already use nutritional therapy in your practice? Essential oils have a number of superb benefits and flexibility which will add to your therapy practice in general. Below are seven reasons to introduce them into your practice.

This article is about WHY to introduce them once you decide to try out essential oils in your practice, we have FREE support on HOW to introduce essential oils safely and effectively into your clinical practice.

The seven reasons:


1/ Essential Oils REALLY ARE Natural, not Synthetic Duplicates like Nutritional Supplements

Most practitioners don’t really grasp that the majority of nutritional supplements are made from “dead” petrochemicals and other strange substances such as extractions from sheep’s wool (in the case of a lot of vitamin D for example).

While nutritional supplements are considered more “natural” than drugs because they are mostly duplicates of what can already be found in the body (e.g. vitamin C), they are still synthetic, unless made from wholefoods. However, a problem with wholefood-based supplements is that often they don’t provide a reliable therapeutic dosage which is sometimes needed.

While drugs are completely new-to-nature, that is, they are not duplicates of compounds already found in the body, most nutritional supplements are analogues of what is already in the body – aside from some notable exceptions like folic acid – which is completely synthetic and new-to-nature (and the reason many supplement companies are switching to folates, folinic acid or 5 MTHF in their ingredients).

Therefore while most nutritional supplements may be considered more “natural”  than drugs, essential oils really are natural and don’t contain any nasty petrochemical-based compounds, and they are also highly potent, which is attributable to both their biochemical and energetic properties.

roseWhat are essential oils? Essential oils are
concentrated hydrophobic (water-repelling/fat-loving) liquids distilled from plants and trees, usually by steam. They are called “essential” because it is the “essence” of the plant or tree (its fragrance) which is still distilled (not because they are essential for health). Essential oils are also known as volatile oils, etheral oils or aetherolea. Oils are extracted from the bark, flower, fruit, leaf, seed or root of a plant or tree. The oils are highly concentrated and can be 50-70 times more powerful than herbs, for example, to obtain one 15ml bottle of rose oil, it takes 65 pounds (29.4 kg) of rose petals!

2/ Essential Oils are Relatively Easy to Introduce Into Your Practice

If you are a practitioner who is already trained and familiar with the basics of physiology and anatomy, diet and nutritional therapy, and you are already used to recommending nutritional and herbal supplements, incorporating the use of essential oils into your practice is relatively straight forward.

You would recommend essential oils for similar purposes as herbs and supplements you already know about, for example, you may recommend coriander (cilantro) oil for detox support, oregano oil for immune support, peppermint oil for digestive support, clove oil for parasites and so forth.

There is some additional knowledge to learn, but the main support and further education required is understanding how to recommend them, and dealing with the logistical side of bringing in a new range of support for your patients.

3/ Essential Oils Provide Additional ways to Administer Therapeutic Support

Essential oils can be administered by diffusion (i.e. inhaled) or rubbed in topically on the skin. As essential oils contain tiny molecules in an oil setting, they pass through the skin and into fatty cell membranes very well, making them an excellent transdermal therapeutic tool.

Being able to inhale oils means as well as entering the blood stream they also act on the limbic system of the brain via the olfactory system which results in additional mood-related benefits which have increasing research behind them as well. 

These additional methods of administration are particularly useful for patients with sensitive or compromised digestions (very common).

4/ Essential Oils Can Heal The Physical Body


Essential oils are highly adaptive and intelligent in the body. They are made of hundreds of chemical compounds that are small enough to go inside a cell and repair the DNA coding. There are also oils that contain sesquiterpines and can cross the blood-brain barrier, which to date, modern pharmaceutical medicine has been unable to achieve.

 Essential oils carry the oxygenating, regenerating, and healing nature of plants. They can impact every cell within the body in 20 minutes and then be metabolized just like other nutrients. Essential oils contain oxygen molecules and are able to transport these critical nutrients to deficient cells, which strengthens the immune system because disease stems from cells that lack proper oxygen content.

 Essential oils also carry all the “anti” qualities that are beneficial for the body: anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, anti-fungal, anti-microbial, anti-infectious, anti-tumor, anti-parasitic, and antiseptic. They also have powerful antioxidant qualities, which deprives free radicals of an environment where they can thrive and create disease and dysfunction in the body. There are some research studies that suggest essential oils can also detoxify cells and cleanse the blood.

5/ The evidence base for using essential oils is good.


Evidence for the use of essential oils is no less robust than for the use of nutritional supplements. You can study about the profound anti-cancer properties of frankincense and look up multiple other studies quickly and easily to provide evidence-informed recommendations to your patients in the database on this website: 

For a quick insight, read this article on the evidence behind essential oils and mood, and the article essential oils may be the new antibiotics.


6/ Essential Oils Can also Heal The Emotional and Energetic Body

The science of psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) is proving that without doubt our thoughts and emotions affect our biology. With use of essential oils – you can impact both the mind and body at the same time.

Plenty of evidence exists within the context of PNI to explain how oils affect our emotions through the olfactory and limbic system in the brain. See the previously mentioned article on essential oils and the mind body connection for more information.

Essential oils are also a form of energy medicine. They contain “information” and could be classified as “infoceuticals.” While the impact of essential oils on the biology of humans and animals can be scientifically studied, measuring  some of the energetic properties of essential oils directly is not yet possible as they exist at the level of quantum physics.

Essential oils are a truly integrative therapeutic intervention, bringing together both Eastern and Western forms of medicine, as well as the mind and body.

How do you Quantify the Power of Love in Health?

The power of essential oils to make feel better, more loved, calm and happy should not be underestimated. Dr Dean Ornish, the pioneering researcher behind the link between lifestyle factors and heart disease and “one of the 7 most powerful teachers in the world” according to Forbes magazine, points out that one of the most important factors for the health of his heart patients were whether the felt loved or lonely and isolated. In his words

  “Not everything that counts can be counted.”


7/ Your patients and clients will love them!

It is also worth mentioning, unlike nutritional supplements, many people naturally love essential oils and will enjoy the increase in quality of life they provide. Let’s not forget, at present essential oils are mostly used in perfumes, personal hygiene products and to make a room smell better and enhance people’s general experience for recreational purposes.

The fact these oils provide this AND health support – cannot be said for the majority of other health supplements. Your patients and clients are likely to thank you for introducing them into their lives!



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