We've all heard the saying "the sum is greater than its parts". This is especially true for essential oils. In aromatherapy this is called Synergy, "the working together of two or more essential ois that results in an effect greater than the sum of their individual effects." Science and lab tests have proven this, as well as thousands of years of tradition and knowledge using herbs as medicine.
If you've ever worked with a TCM(traditional chinese medicine) or Ayurvedic practitioner you'll notice after assessing your needs they put together a blend of several herbs to be steeped as tea and not just one herb. When you combine certain essential ois or herbs they amplify one another working synergisticaly.
"Studies have shown the synergistic effect of any two or more ingredients of essential oils against various human pathogens." https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5206475/ (We've scoured through all the scientific studies and journal articles to come up with the most effective and potent combinations of essential oils for the blends we offer, eg: Breath, Protect and Clean.)
"The Whole is Greater than the Sum of its Parts." First coined by the philosopher Aristotle, this phrase aptly defines the modern concept of synergy. From a whole foods or health perspective this can been seen as a whole food or herb (or essential oil) is better than its extracted and isolated vitamins or chemicals, taken a step further we can say that three herbs or oils works better together than one individual herb, or essential oil.
What makes essential oils work is their chemical constituants, what one essential oil may lack another will contribute, producing a superior end result. "A virucidal activity of Melaleuca armillaris essential oil has been reported recently and dissolution of the HSV envelope by treatment with oregano essential oil has been described. Thus different mechanisms of antiviral activity of different essential oils and compounds of essential oils seem to be present.
More information to follow in future posts!
Written by Lee