We all see the phenotypic traits of aging, but the molecular and genotypes drivers of aging are much more difficult to observe. However, new insight into the nature of how our cells duplicate and our DNA regenerate give promising insight into unlocking the causes of aging.
Scientists have determined one of the greatest factors to aging is telomeric length. Telomeres are repetitive sequences of DNA at the end of chromosomes, that prevent the DNA from being damaged. Each time a cell divides the telomere becomes a little shorter. After numerous cell divisions, telomeres are nearly gone, revealing the vulnerable DNA. This causes DNA damage to occur and eventually cell death. Numerous toxins, foods and other free radical producing chemicals are known to viscously attack telomeres, causing them to shorten prematurely. This is why smokers often have characteristics of accelerated aging.
Numerous studies have shown that if one prevents telomeres from shortening, you could have a cell that lived indefinitely. Obviously telomeres naturally shortening each cell division, but new research in the essential oil space suggests that utilizing certain essential oils, one can reduce the rate of telomeric shortening and in some cases even extend telomeres. This research suggests that essential oils may serve as a foundation of natural longevity and vitality.
In this research numerous essential oils were topically applied on growing cells. Telomeric length was measured through highly sensitive DNA application methods, and over time one could see that not only would certain essential oils prevent the accelerated telomeric shortening due to toxic chemical exposure, but also slowly increase the length of damaged telomeres, suggesting that not only can one slow the signs of cellular aging, but also reverse it.
Add 1-2 drops of tea tree essential oil to your conditioner, mix well, and massage into scalp as normal.
Massage 2-3 drops of rosemary essential oil into your scalp before a shower for 1-2 minutes.
Add 1-2 drops of thyme essential oil to peppers, pastas, or other dishes for flavoring in addition to other health and wellness benefits.
Mix 1 drop with your daily face wash, mix well, and wash face as normal.
Add 1-2 drops to a variety of dishes including fish, sauces, vegetables, and other meals to taste.
Add 1-2 drops to your water and drink as normal.
Massage 2-3 drops into each foot before bed.
Diffuse 3-7 drops in a diffuser throughout your house.
Apply 2-3 drops to your upper chest and massage before meditation or other relaxation periods.
Add 4 drops to a nighttime bath for relaxation and other health benefit.
This work gives great promise into the potential of essential oils use in clinical settings.