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Humankind has used essential oils since the invention of distillation some 1,000 years ago. But, the beneficial properties of essential oils did not begin to spread around Europe until the invention of printing in the early 16th century (1). At that time, essential oils were being recommended for many common ailments, including “afflictions of the brain,” as well as for cosmetic uses, but the concept of hygiene as we know it was several centuries away.
In spite of this long history, the word aromatherapy is a 20th century invention (2). It has evolved to encompass the use of essential oils in skincare, psychological well-being, personal hygiene, and health benefits. Aromatherapy can be viewed as these four distinct rationales under one broad banner, and research-based developments in these areas have been intense over the past 20 to 30 years.
How Essential Oils Provide Benefits
Essential oils are not magic bullets, but they can offer genuine health benefits, which are often based on their bioactive properties (3-5). There are three principal modes of use for essential oils: topical application, inhalation, and oral ingestion.
Topical application is appropriate for targeting the skin, whether for cosmetic or skin-supporting purposes, and it may also be appropriate for general muscular discomfort. Essential oils can have effects such as skin soothing, toning, cleansing, and establishing good hygiene as well (6-8).
Inhalation has two principal benefits: It targets both the respiratory system and the nervous system. So, aromatic inhalation may be useful for respiratory support or by positively affecting psychological well-being. In the psychological arena, most of the research focuses on three areas: mood, cognitive function, and calming effects (9, 10). As an example, lavender oil has been studied for how it works in relation to calming and stress-management effects – primarily due to one major constituent, linalool (11, 12).
Associative memory is known to be especially strong when linked to an odor (13). This means that once an association between an essential oil and memory or psychological state has been established, the essential oil can be used to evoke the associated memory, emotion, or habit when needed.
Oral ingestion can be useful for digestive support. Some essential oils such as peppermint and lavender oils have reported benefits when consumed orally (14, 15). Essence by Isagenix Essential Oil is best consumed as up to one drop mixed into an IsaLean® Shake.
Essential Oils Contain Bioactive Molecules
The beneficial effects of any essential oil are absolutely determined by its chemistry, and essential oils are quite complex.
We can look at a major constituent, like menthol in peppermint, to help us understand how and why peppermint oil does what it does (16). Additionally, the reason menthol provides a cooling sensation on the skin is because it triggers a cold receptor called TRPM8.
But, we also often see evidence of synergy, meaning that a whole essential oil is more effective than would be expected from its constituents (5, 17). We also see synergy quite often with simple blends of essential oils.
Using Essence by Isagenix Essential Oil
Single oils and blends within the Essence by Isagenix Essential Oil collection were expertly created to maximize synergy. The whole essential oils are used and undergo testing to confirm identity and purity.
- For topical application of the essential oils, Isagenix Coconut Application Oil is offered to ensure ease of use without discomfort to the skin. The reason is that pure, concentrated essential oils can otherwise be irritating to the skin. To minimize skin sensitivity, simply mix the essential oil of choice with a few drops of the application oil.
- For benefits received by inhalation, the pure essential oils or blends can be diffused using the Isagenix Cool Mist Diffuser. Simply add eight to 10 drops into the diffuser in a large, ventilated space.
- Several Essence by Isagenix Essential Oil products are safe to ingest including Content™, TumBliss™, DefenseShield™, Lavender, Lemon, Frankincense, and Peppermint. Add up to one drop to at least 8 fluid ounces of a beverage. It’s also recommended to try dipping a toothpick into the oil to stir into an IsaLean Shake or Cleanse for Life® drink.
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Everything you need to know about Isagenix products, revealed! Nutritionist and Product Education Manager Rebecca Haresign explains all about the science …
It’s almost that time of year again! If you’re planning your trip to Nashville, Tennessee this August for Global Celebration 2018, don’t forget to schedule your arrival early enough to be at the venue for “Isagenix Science Talks.”
The pre-Celebration event occurs on Sunday, August 5. You won’t want to miss your chance to gain valuable education about the science behind our products and systems.
The Isagenix Research and Science team will be presenting along with members of the Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) and formulators of some favorite Isagenix products. Our experts will also be available to answer any of your product and nutrition-related questions at the Ask the Nutritionist booth in the World of Isagenix throughout the entire event.
For more information, check out our “Science Talks” agenda. We can’t wait to see you in Nashville!
Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018
8 a.m. Intermittent Fasting With Isagenix: Cleanse Days
Did you know that Isagenix has been offering an intermittent-fasting system since 2002? Cleanse Days have been integral to the results and success of people worldwide. Come learn how this system works, the science behind it, and how you can incorporate it into your long-term healthy lifestyle.
8:30 a.m. How Protein Can Help You Keep the Weight Off
Losing weight is a big accomplishment for anyone, but keeping the weight off is just as important – if not more. Come hear esteemed nutrition and exercise scientist Paul Arciero, Ph.D., as he shares some of his research findings around which dietary approaches work best to keep the weight off. Hint: You can achieve it with Isagenix!
9:00 a.m. The Power of Plants in Isagenix Products
Isagenix is all about good nutrition. From macronutrients to micronutrients, we’ve got you covered. But, another great part of Isagenix nutrition is from plants! Plant actives (aka phytonutrients) are included in, or are the star of, many Isagenix products. Adaptogens, botanicals, and powdered fruit and vegetable juices are just a few. Come learn what these phytonutrients are and why their daily use benefits your health.
9:30 a.m. Elite Nutrition for Elite Performance
Whether you’re a professional athlete or you work out for the health of it, your nutrition matters. Learn the ins and outs of eating for athletic performance and how to get the most out of any workout and training regimen.
9:55 a.m. Scientific Advisory Board and Health Professional Panel
Members of the Scientific Advisory Board, along with a select group of health professionals, will share their experience with Isagenix and what they believe sets it apart. You do not want to miss this opportunity to hear your favorite Isagenix health professionals discuss some of today’s health topics, in addition to a few frequently asked questions about Isagenix products.
11:50 a.m. IsaMyth Busters
Sugar, processed foods, certified organic – oh, my! There’s no shortage of information and opinions on nutrition and health. But, what’s valid and what’s not? This session will tackle some persistent nutrition myths and show you how to separate fact from fiction.
12:15 p.m. Boost Your Nutrition With Isagenix Shake Boosters
Isagenix products provide your body with balanced nutrition, and the Shake Boosters provide further customization with ingredients that, when combined with lifestyle changes, can support a stronger immune system and heart. At this talk, you’ll learn about the evidence around these ingredients and how to implement the Shake Boosters to boost the health of your heart and immune system.
12:35 p.m. How to Customize Shake Days
Shake Days are the foundation of any Isagenix Weight Wellness System. They take the guesswork out of nutrient-dense, calorie-controlled eating. Get some tips on how to maximize your Shake Days, how to put together healthy third meals, and how to modify the Shake Day guidelines when needed.
1:05 p.m. The Science Behind Cravings and IsaDelight: How to Double Your Customer’s Success!
IsaDelight® chocolates are an Isagenix favorite. The formulators of these delectable chocolates will cover the details on how IsaDelight can be part of your Cleanse Days and/or every day.
1:25 p.m. The Five Best Joint Secrets: Get Back to Doing the Things You Love!
The health of your joints is key to vibrant and youthful aging. This talk will feature the formulators of the Isagenix Joint Support System who will share some of the latest findings in joint health and how it can benefit you.
Call 1-844-ISA-LIFE to find out more or get started today.