Does Aromatherapy Have Health Benefits?

June 14, 2017

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Lauren
Lead Copywriter

You may have noticed that aromatherapy has gotten more and more popular as of late.

It’s now common to see essential oils and oil burners for sale in most grocery and department stores. If you’re unfamiliar with what aromatherapy is, it is the use of essential oils which are created from natural ingredients such as flowers, roots or bark. Essential oils can be applied through bath, lotion, compress, inhalation or massage.

So what’s all the hullabaloo?

Is aromatherapy really good for you?

We decided to dig in a little deeper.

It helps you relax
According to the Mayo Clinic, a handful of studies have found that essential oils such as lavender, lemon and bergamot can ease anxiety and depression, improve quality of life and help you sleep better. A study conducted at the Youngnam Foreign Language College in Korea discovered that high school students who inhaled essential oils showed lower levels of stress. The study recommended that nursing students at the school offer essential oils to high school students who are stressed.

It helps you sleep
For many centuries, lavender has been used to help people sleep with good reason. Studies have found that this calming plant can “improve sleep quality,” “promote relaxation” and “lift the mood of people with sleeping disorders.” A recent study at Wesleyan University showed that participants who inhaled lavender before bedtime slept more soundly and had increased energy in the morning.

It helps with dementia
Some studies have shown that essential oils help ease the effects of dementia such as anxiety and depression. Alzheimers.net recommends these seven essential oils for people battling dementia: lavender, peppermint, rosemary, bergamot, lemon balm, ylang ylang and ginger. A study conducted at Tottori University in Japan found specifically that rosemary and lemon oil used in the morning and orange and lavender used in the evening can help with cognitive functions.

In short: There is evidence that the practice of aromatherapy can help with stress and sleep. There are few negative side effects to essential oils, though it is recommended that pregnant women, people with allergies, people who have had chemotherapy and people with high blood pressure or tumors should use essential oils with guidance from their doctors.

Essential oils are not miracle cures. Whether or not essential oils help you in the long run, they’re safe to use and make your room smell delicious.