Three Medical Uses of Aromatherapy

Traditional medicine has long held[1] aromatherapy as useful for hygiene, therapy and spiritual purposes. We’ve previously done articles on some of the excellent health benefits it can provide. As alternative medicines gain more mainstream acceptance, more evidence has arisen about the potential benefits of including them in your life.

1. Rose Oil and Orange Oil Induces Relaxation

In a study by Center for Environment, Health and Field Sciences in Japan, it was shown that inhalation of “air impregnated with either rose or orange essential oil” can cause”physiological and psychological relaxation”. [2]

2. Melissa Oil Reduces Agitation in Severe Dementia Patients

A group of scientists at the Wolfson Research Centre in the UK found exposing patients to lemon balm oil was over three times as effective as a placebo in a double-blind trial at reducing agitation in patients with severe dementia. They furthermore reported the patients to have an increased quality of life. [3]

3. Ginger and Other Essential Oils Used to Reduce Post-Op Nausea

Another study in Charlotte, North Carolina showed that exposing patients to Ginger oil, as well as a “blend of aromatherapy oils (ginger, spearmint, peppermint, and cardamom)”, could reduce nausea significantly after an operation. More interesting still was:

The aromatherapy blend was somewhat more effective than ginger only. About 80 percent of patients receiving the blend had improvement in nausea, compared to about 70 percent with ginger only (versus 40 to 50 percent with saline solution or rubbing alcohol). [4]

Do you have any personal experiences with aromatherapy? Let us know in the comments!

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