What is Essential Oils?

Category: Complementary and Alternative Medicines

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Generic name: Aromatherapy

See also: Eucalyptus citrus essential oil Kanuka Oil

An essential oil is any concentrated, hydrophobic liquid containing volatile aroma compounds from plants, which are called aromatic herbs or aromatic plants used in aromatherapy, a branch of alternative medicine which claims that the specific aromas carried by essential oils have curative effects.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
General health 21 9
Stress 14 4
Anxious mood 11 6
Muscle pain 6 3
Pain 6 1

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 0
Moderate 2
Mild 2
None 16

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Essential Oils

Side effect Patients
Cough 1
Increased sex drive (libido) 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently using Essential Oils

Dosage Patients
as needed 7
daily 6
four times daily 1
twice daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Essential Oils

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Expense 1
Other 1
See all 2 patients who've stopped using Essential Oils

Duration

Currently using Essential Oils

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 3
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 9
5 - 10 years 2
10 years or more 1

Stopped using Essential Oils

Duration Patients
6 months - 1 year 1
2 - 5 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 11
Usually 7
Sometimes 2
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 3
A little hard to take 2
Not at all hard to take 15
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 2
$50-99 1
$25-49 2
< $25 7
Not specified 8

What people switch to and from

Patients started using Essential Oils after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 1
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