Does Aromatherapy Really Work?

Does Aromatherapy Really Work?

Some smell really nice and others are good for your mind. But that’s it.

It seems so easy: light the right candle, dabble in your favorite essential oil and just breathe. If you do it often enough, your health troubles will simply wash away. Yes?

It’s a tempting idea to consider that exposing yourself to positive smells will heal you. While there’s evidence around to prove that these lovelies do actually do some good, they aren’t not the be-all-end-all cure, however.

Where does aromatherapy miss the mark? A study done at Ohio State University done back in 2008 showed that it failed to improve participants’ immune systems. The practice also didn’t do much to blunt most patients’ sense of pain.   

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There are some benefits, though. When it comes to your thinking, the scent of rosemary, specifically, has been found to improve cognitive performance.

And if you can get yourself into an aromatherapy massage set to soothing music, you’ll likely see your stress levels drop, (surprise surprise), as they did for these nurses in Australia. Whether it was the massage, the music or the scents that do it however, is up for grabs. (Maybe it’s just the extra 15 minutes off from work!)  

Which scents are the most popular right now? It’s hard to say, but this company has over 12,000 reviews on Amazon selling a multi pack that includes lavender, tea tree, eucalyptus, lemongrass, orange, peppermint, frankincense and rosemary oils. Get ‘em while they’re hot.

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