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The plant kingdom continues to be the subject of an enormous amount of research and discovery. At least 30 percent of prescription drugs in the United States are based on naturally occurring compounds from plants. Each year, millions of dollars are allocated to universities searching for new therapeutic agents that lie undiscovered in the bark, roots, flowers, seeds, and foliage of jungle canopies, river bottoms, forests, hillsides, and vast wilderness regions throughout the world.
In France, medical students are required to study aromatherapy; it is frequently prescribed by physicians and typically covered by insurance.
Essential oils are one of nature’s best body cleansers. They can cleanse our cellular receptor sites of pharmaceutical drugs, petrochemicals, and other disruptors of intercellular communication. They can also chelate heavy metals and other toxins, helping to remove and flush them through the liver, colon, sweat, lungs, and kidneys. They can also increase our ability to absorb vitamins and other nutrients.
At Worchester Hospital in Hereford, England a six-month study was conducted to uncover the anti-anxiety effects of lavender essential oil. They discovered that vaporizing lavender enabled patients to have more natural sleep patterns; many patients were able to be weaned off of sedatives all together.
Warnke, P.H., Sherry, E., et al. “Antibacterial essential oils in malodorous cancer patients: clinical observations in 30 patients.” Phytomedicine 13, (2006): 463-7.