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Moms First: Essential oils gaining in popularity

Essential oils are gaining in popularity. // WSBT 22 photo

They've been used for centuries therapeutically all over the world, and now essential oils are gaining in popularity.

According to Grand View Research, by 2022 the essential oil market will reach nearly $12 dollars.

Many families who would normally turn to a doctor to treat small ailments are now turning to oils instead.

"I love them," said Goshen resident Lisa Moore.

Moore says essential oils have become a part of her daily routine for her five children.

"I use them a lot for the emotional therapy aspect of them I also use them medicinally,” Moore said.

Essential oils can be used by ingesting, inhaling or applying topically to the skin, which is the most common use.

"One drop of peppermint oil is equal to 28 cups of peppermint tea," Lora Kovach said.

Kovach, a former 4th grade teacher from Elkhart who now sells essential oils, says they have gained huge popularity because people are looking for natural, healthy alternatives to prescription medications.

"They are plant material. They’re steam-distilled from plants and made from different parts of the plant, but they're very concentrated so they're very powerful,” said Kovach.

Kovach says not all oils are created equally, so when buying oils look for a reputable company.

"Look for a company that doesn't have any fillers or chemicals in the oils," Kovach said.

For Moore, she says she's amazed at how powerful a few drops of oil are for her son.

"When he's having a moment or he stressed with homework, I can just give him a little roller bottle,” Moore said. “You just roll that right onto your child’s skin -- rub it in, breathe it in -- and it's very calming."

Essential oils used in aromatherapy are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration.

Side effects may include allergic reactions, skin irritation and sun sensitivity.

Medical experts recommend if you're considering oils, consult your doctor and a trained aromatherapist about the possible risks and benefits.

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