Aromatherapy. Who doesn’t love sweet, comforting, and luxurious scents? We could all use moments of olfactory heaven that provide relief from stress, comfort in the face of illness, and a genuine sense of balance and well-being.
Perhaps you sprinkle a bit of lavender on your pillow at night to help you drift off to sleep. You may have even learned of the soothing benefits of peppermint oil when nausea or stomach upset keep you from feeling your best. How about some rosemary oil to soothe those tired, aching feet?
Did you know there is even an oil that may aid in bone health? We probably all know about the benefits that calcium and vitamin D provide our overall bone health. However, most people do not get enough vitamin D, nor do they get their blood level measured regularly. And if you are reading this while enjoying a carbonated soda, that phosphoric acid will wreak more havoc on your bones, leaching precious calcium from them, before you even get to the end of this article.
According to Dr. James Geiger, an anesthesiologist out of Arizona, and the self-proclaimed oilMD, countless hours of research and study has been dedicated to essential oils and how they can play a pivotal role in our overall health.
“Various oils from trees and kitchen spices have been shown to decrease the activity of the cells called osteoclasts that break down and remodel bone,” he explained. “The various drugs sold to treat osteoporosis have many harmful side effects, when you consider the risk/benefit ratio.”
Among the many oils, Geiger has developed an oil which can be taken by people who cannot take the typically-prescribed biphosphonate medications.
“In reality,” noted Geiger, “I have been advised by a spine surgeon with whom I work that those women who take such medications actually have brittle spine bones. There are studies and evidence that those groups of women taking those medications are for more likely to sustain certain types of hip fractures than those who do not.”