A 2014 systematic review conducted at the University of Minnesota evaluated 15 quantitative studies, including 11 randomized controlled trials that examined the effects of essential oils on sleep. Researchers found that a majority of the study findings suggest a positive effect of essential oils on sleep deprivation and disturbances. Lavender oil was the most frequently studied oil and of all evaluated studies, no adverse events were reported. (20)
In a study published in the Journal of Cellular Biochemistry, researchers investigated the action of copaiba oil on arthritis in rats. The rats were fed copaiba oil at either a high or low dose for 18 days. Both doses improved paw swelling and presented systemic anti-inflammatory and antioxidant action. However, the researchers also found evidence of liver damage in healthy control rats who were fed copaiba oil.
Nutrition: One tablespoon has 130 calories and .5g of saturated fat—per Thrive Culinary Algae Oil. That’s the lowest percentage of saturated fats among any other cooking oil. To put things in perspective, algae oil is comprised of 4 percent saturated fat, while olive oil contains 14, canola 7, and coconut 87. Conversely, algae oil also contains the highest level of monounsaturated (good) fats, boasting 90 percent monounsaturated fat, while olive oil has 74, canola 63, and coconut just 6.
Perhaps one of the most well-known essential oils benefits is their ability to reduce stress and anxiety. Some essential oils have sedative properties and induce a calm, peaceful, uplifting and relaxed feeling. The best essential oils for anxiety and stress include lavender, Roman chamomile, bergamot, ylang ylang, orange, rose, frankincense and vetiver.