CBD Update: Essential Oils Myths and Facts

Essential oils have been used for thousands of years in various cultures for medicinal and health purposes.  Essential oils have experienced an amazing surge in popularity due to the antidepressant, antibacterial, antiviral and calming properties and their ability to serve as an effective replacement for harmful chemicals in our daily routines (1).  

However, like cannabidiol (CBD) or anything else that has gained recognition and popularity quickly, they are subject to being capitalized on.  In short, when there is a quick surge in demand for something, an adulterated version is soon introduced.  We have seen this with CBD, honey, olive oil, spices and essential oils.

As a result, we want to highlight important considerations when selecting essential oils and reiterate their benefits in order to combat the enormous amount of misinformation that is being communicated (2).  Essential oils are powerful and extremely effective, but they can also be used incorrectly, be adulterated and incorrectly formulated – all with harmful results (3) (4). 

The particles in essential oils come from distilling or extracting the different parts of plants, including flowers, leaves, bark, roots, resin and peels.  By extracting or essentially concentrating the oils of these plants, you are literally separating the most powerful healing compounds of a plant into a single oil.  Accordingly, quality and formulation are of utmost importance.   For essential oils to be effective in your wellness routine, the purity, quality, shelf life, stability, oxidizing and the essential oils correct dilution in the formulation are all critical.  

Part of what makes essential oils so powerful is also responsible for their quick quality degradation.  The closer essential oils get to your face and body, the more they will affect your health and wellbeing.   For instance, when you apply in your bath, you breathe in the essential oil vapors, and then your body absorbs these vapors very effectively and quickly into your brain, lungs and skin.  However, at the same time, as essential oils are  exposed to air, they evaporate into invisible vapors causing the powerful benefits of essential oils to oxidize and the quality to quickly degrade(4).  If the essential oils are oxidized, effectiveness will be significantly reduced and, of course, if they have been diluted or substituted with another less expensive version, as is often the case, the effectiveness will be reduced further and can have a harmful effect on the body.

At Madrigal Creatives, we are concerned with how essential oils are being mismanaged by product manufacturers that have led to inferior products in the marketplace and negative consumer impressions.  We have taken care to package our products in packaging that will preserve the oils characteristics and prevent oxidization, and we have carefully selected essential oil suppliers with clear quality control standards and testing protocols to ensure consistent quality. 

Additionally, we use organic essential oils whenever feasible.

The benefits of applying pure essential oils to the skin are numerous. There are hundreds of verifiable scientific studies that serve as evidence of essential oils’ powerful wellness benefits, including sun blocking and wrinkle-reducing effects(5).  With all the positive research around the use of pure, unadulterated essential oils, it is a shame that some beauty brands are leveraging people’s negative experiences with essential oils to differentiate themselves contrary to scientific evidence and user experience of professionally formulated and pure essential oils (2).  We encourage you to keep experimenting with essential oils from high quality providers like Madrigal Creatives so that you can continue your quest of Living More. 

[1] Aruoma O.I. Free radicals, oxidative stress, and antioxidants in human health and disease. J. Am. Oil Chem. Soc. 1998;75:199–212. doi: 10.1007/s11746-998-0032-9.

[2] http://info.achs.edu/blog/debunking-dangerous-myths-about-essential-oils

[3] 1/12/18 Essential Oils And Their Single Compounds In Cosmetics - A Critical Review- Asja Sarkic and Iris Stappen, Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, University of Vienna

[4] https://westcoastaromatherapy.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/The-Adulteration-of-Essential-Oils.pdf

[5] https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1011134416310016

[6] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10082788