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 18 8
Stress 12 4
Anxious mood 9 6
Muscle pain 6 3
Depressed mood 4 3

Show all 44 reasons taken


  • 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
14

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Essential Oils

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

Dosages

Based on patients currently having Essential Oils

Dosage Patients
daily 8
as needed 5
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 having Essential Oils

Duration

Currently having Essential Oils

Duration Patients
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 9
5 - 10 years 1
10 years or more 1

Stopped having Essential Oils

Duration Patients
6 months - 1 year 1
2 - 5 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 9
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 13
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 2
$50-99 1
$25-49 2
< $25 7
Not specified 6
Last updated:
There are no evaluations for Essential Oils.