Mar 6, 2008

Aromatherapy is not Effective!

A news study in Ohio State University reveals that aromatherapy may help your mood, may relax you, but doesn’t do much for your better health. Researchers at Ohio State University tested the supposed stress-relieving and healing properties of two of the most popular aromatherapy scents: lavender and lemon.

During the study, 56 healthy volunteers were exposed to both scents. Researchers taped cotton balls laced with either lemon oil, lavender oil or distilled water below the volunteers’ noses for the duration of the tests. Participants were monitored for blood pressure and heart rate during the experiments. Also, the researchers took series of blood samples from each volunteer.

The researchers reported that while lemon oil showed a clear mood enhancement, lavender oil did not. Moreover, neither smell had any positive impact on any of the biochemical markers for stress, pain control or wound healing. This is a shocking result for health and beauty companies.

The study was supported in part by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health and it was published in the March edition of Psychoneuroendocrinology. Link


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