Scientists Say, “Aromatherapy Works”

I bet you’ve wondered at least once in how many ways can you can use your essential oils. If you did, you’ve come to the right place. Although they can be used by diffusing, ingesting, or applying on the skin, experts suggest that the best way to benefit from essential oils is by diffusing them. And here is where aromatherapy comes into place.

Aromatherapy is used in a wide range of sectors -- from health spas to hospitals -- to treat a variety of conditions. In general, it seems to relieve pain, improve mood, and promote a sense of relaxation. In fact, several essential oils -- including lavender, rose, orange, bergamot, lemon, sandalwood, and others have been shown to relieve anxiety, stress, and depression.

Several clinical studies suggest that when essential oils (particularly rose, lavender, and frankincense) were used by qualified midwives, pregnant women felt less anxiety and fear, had a stronger sense of well being and had less need for pain medications during delivery. Many women also report that peppermint oil relieves nausea and vomiting during labor, and also physiotherapists report that peppermint alleviates pain and muscle sores in athletes.

Massage therapy with essential oils (combined with medications or therapy) may also benefit people with depression. The scents are thought by some to stimulate positive emotions in the area of the brain responsible for memories and emotions, but the benefits seem to be related to relaxation caused by the scents and the massage. In one study, studies on Neroli oil say it helped reduce blood pressure and pre-procedure anxiety among people undergoing a colonoscopy.

In some tests, chemical compounds from some essential oils have shown antibacterial and antifungal properties. Some evidence also suggests that citrus oils may strengthen the immune system and that peppermint oil may help with digestion. Fennel, aniseed, sage, and clary sage have estrogen like compounds, which may help relieve symptoms of premenstrual syndrome and menopause.

Other conditions for which aromatherapy may be helpful include:

  •      Agitation, possibly including agitation related to dementia and Alzheimer
  •      Anxiety
  •      Constipation (with abdominal massage using aromatherapy)
  •      Insomnia
  •      Pain: Studies have found that people with rheumatoid arthritis, cancer (using topical chamomile), and headaches (using topical peppermint) require fewer pain medications when they use aromatherapy
  •      Itching, a common side effect for those receiving dialysis
  •      Psoriasis, and much, much more.

Of course, there are certain groups or certain medical conditions when using essential oils requires proper caution. Pregnant women, people with severe asthma, high blood pressure, and people with a history of allergies should only use essential oils under the guidance of a trained professional and with full knowledge of a physician. Children under the age of 2 are also more sensitive to certain essential oils.

Although essential oils have been used for over 7000 years for medical, health and beauty purposes, only recently aromatherapy has started to become popular again as more and more people are looking to an alternative way of healing. If you’re reading this email, I want to congratulate you for being ahead of those who know nothing about the power of essential oils and aromatherapy. If you know anyone who may benefit from this information, please feel free to share this post because sharing is caring.

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