Pseudoscience Dictionary: Essential Oils
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Pseudoscience: Consists of statements, beliefs, or practices that are claimed to be both scientific and factual but are incompatible with the scientific method (unproven, not testable, or opposed to the consensus of traditional science).
Definition: Essential Oils are oil extracts that smell good with the purpose of curing many ailments. Some claim that essential oils can cure nausea, migraines, and even cancer.
Reasoning: According to the National Institutes of Health there is no evidence-backed research showing any illnesses that can be cured through the use of essential oils or the practice of aromatherapy. The results on the other possible benefits of essential oils as, for example, mood elevators or stress relievers, are more mixed. But most are still inconclusive.
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Conclusion: Essential Oils are generally safe, however, there isn’t any evidence to suggest they work, though there may be a placebo effect in some cases.