I am very skeptical about the effectiveness of essential oils in skincare products. For me they act like fragrance, only appear to be natural. But i do believe all kinds of scent can play with our moods. For example lavender can make us feel calm, citrus scent is energizing, creamy scent like chocolate or vanilla make us feel hungry. Any strong scent can give us a headache... But thats just about it.
Yesterday, one of my family members tried an essential oil based product on her son (2yo) who was having cough with phlegm. After rubbing the product on his chest, the son coughed out lots of phlegm. It was like magic! Was it a coincidence, or did the product really work? The product is a cosmetic, but with lots of drug claims. I suspect it's the rubbing motion that was responsible for the magical moment? But these kinds of product reviews sometimes make me question my view on essential oils. Maybe they do work? Or maybe just olive oil or any other massage oil can give the same result? It's the rubbing that works? Or maybe the scent of the essential oil blend makes us wanna puke phlegm?
I always think of topical cosmetic products to work by getting absorbed into the epidermis or forming a layer on the skin. But the scent of the product can affect our experience of using the product too.. How far can it (the scent) affect us / our brain?
What is your opinion on skincare products with essential oils and drug claims (help reduce cough, phlegm, etc)? Yes, they are wrong for using drug claims, but i'm interested to know how far essential oils aromatheraphy can affect us.. All those claims on aromatheraphy, are they real?
Hope you can share your opinion on this. Thank you.