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Last week, we returned to the topic of hormonal health and harmony with essential oils. I provided an overview of the essential oils that I previously discussed and had acquitted for accusations of danger and negative hormonal effects. These oils included:
(1) Clary sage oil– She was found not guilty of guilt-by-association with an isolated sclareol-scare-all incident and its unfounded estrogen scare tactics.
(2) Fennel oil- This digestive tonic and hormonal aid was dismissed from dangerous anethole accusations and any estragole– estrogen connection.
(3) Sage oil- The wisdom of Sage got revealed when I debunked the unfounded dangers of appropriate amounts of camphor and thujone in the sage oil-safety scandal.
I summarized all of these controversies of reproductive claims with essential oils and the latest on the sage essential oil saga in my article published on NatPath.
This week, the final vindication to remembering the good name of sage oil has also been published on NatPath. In it, I review the differences between extracts, herbs, and essential oils and studies assessing sage oil’s actions in vitro, in vivo, and in human trials.
Here is an excerpt:
Extracts Versus Oils
You hear the term “extract” often related to herbs, but what it is?
I found this explanation in Herbal Medicine:
Herbs and plants can be processed and can be taken in different ways and forms, and they include the whole herb, teas, syrup, essential oils, ointments, salves, rubs, capsules, and tablets that contain a ground or powdered form of a raw herb or its dried extract. Plants and herbs extracts vary in the solvent used for extraction, temperature, and extraction time, and include alcoholic extracts (tinctures), vinegars (acetic acid extracts), hot water extract (tisanes), long-term boiled extract, usually roots or bark (decoctions), and cold infusion of plants (macerates). There is no standardization, and components of an herbal extract or a product are likely to vary significantly between batches and producers.7
The author further clarifies how different compounds in plants are found in different methods of preparations and how they can be manipulated…
Note that with an “extract”, the whole herb is not in its whole, synergistic form and various methods are used to obtain its “active constituents.” The compounds that result will differ from the essential oil, which are produced by distillation.
Similar to studies on fennel extract’s actions providing inconclusive evidence of estrogenic activity in rodents8-10 and being associated with the essential oil, trial results with sage extract has wrongly been linked to sage essential oil and biases.
Click here to read the full article. I’ll be back later this week to highlight the most important aspects in my weekly video.
In last week’s video summary for the weekend oily tip, I mentioned there was overwhelming feedback from everyone that they desired to keep learning from me, but my releases were a bit too much to keep up with.
For this reason, this is the first week of tapering down and condensing all new information to one place. It will be right here on this page. This will include links to new articles on Healing, Health, and Wellness and NatPath, if either contain the weekly topic.
Now, you all have time to integrate and I get to breath a bit and work on some other projects. We can also give our bottles of DiGize™ a little break from the gut-wrenching anticipation of trying to dig into too much content all at once. (A little essential oils humor. ?)
Note: If you are new to essential oils, please review my safety resources guide here.
In the upcoming weeks, I’ll finish the discussion with rose geranium oil that I began last week on my Healing, Health, & Wellness blog.
- Safety First! Please review the resources for essential oils safety here.
- Essential Oils Quality
- Get an essential oils consult from me. I apply the philosophy and principles of the naturopathic and functional medicine to guide you with which essential oils and supplements will work best for you!
* Please note that the studies from PubMed aren’t specific for any essential oils company.
This material is for information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, or prescribe for any illness. You should check with your doctor regarding implementing any new strategies into your wellness regime. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. (Independent Distributor, Affiliation link.)
Disclaimer: This information is applicable ONLY for therapeutic quality essential oils. This information DOES NOT apply to essential oils that have not been tested for purity and standardized constituents. There is no quality control in the United States, and oils labeled as “100% pure” need only to contain 5% of the actual oil. The rest of the bottle can be filled with fillers and sometimes toxic ingredients that can irritate the skin. The studies are not based solely on a specific brand of an essential oil, unless stated. Please read the full study for more information.
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