Aromatherapy is particularly effective for stress, anxiety,
and psychosomatic induced problems, muscular and rheumatic pains, digestive disorders and
women's problems, such as PMS, menopausal complaints and postnatal depression. Here is a
summary of the results from clinical studies:
Aromatherapy for Behavior
Considerable evidence exists that fragrant compounds
and aromatherapy have a
profound effect on our mind and behavior. Animal studies have found that hyperexcited mice
(as a result of consuming a large quantity of caffeine) was calmed by the aroma of
lavender, sandalwood, and other oils sprayed into their cages. The same mice were found to
become very irritable when exposed to the aroma of orange terpines, thymol, and some other
substances. These oils were all detected in their bloodstream after about an hour.
Aromatherapy for Sleep
In a study reported in the British Medical Journal Lancet,
elderly patients slept "like babies" when a lavender aroma was wafted into their
bedrooms at night. These patients had complained of difficulty falling asleep and had to
take sleeping pills to get sleep prior to the aromatherapy.
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Aromatherapy for Postpartum discomfort
In a double blind study, 635 women applied lavender oil to
their perineal area (part of the body between the vagina and the rectum) after child
birth. The women reported a distinct improvement between the third and fifth day. (The
discomfort is the worst during this time for patients in the control group.)
Aromatherapy for Colds
It has been well established that chicken soup is good for
cold (both historically and scientifically). Studies were conducted to find out whether
the effect was due to the action of the hot steam on the lining of the nostrils or whether
the aroma of the chicken soup has anything to do with it. The results indicated that
chicken soup was more effective than the steam indicating the effectiveness of the aroma.
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Aromatherapy for Stress
In a study conducted at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering
Hospital in New York, patients undergoing magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) reported 63
percent less claustrophobic after getting exposed to the aroma of vanilla. There was no
change in their heart rate. Obviously, the aroma reduced their anxiety probably by the
pleasant memories evoked by the vanilla aroma or by some other physiological response.
In another study, 122 patients who were in an intensive
care unit, reported feeling much better when aromatherapy was administered with the oil of
lavender (compared to when they were simply given a massage or allowed to rest.) No
changes in the patients who were given aromatherapy was observed in the blood pressure,
respiration, or heart rate. As we mentioned before, Japanese have reported less mistakes
by keypunch operators when exposed to fragrance.
A detailed treatment of Stress can be found here.
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Aromatherapy and Male Sexual Response
Circulation to the male sexual organ was found to have
improved substantially by treatment with licorice or lavender with pumpkin pie. Doughnut
with black licorice was also very effective. Men who are considered the most sexually
active responded well to lavender, cola, and oriental spice; older males preferred the
fragrance of vanilla. These studies prove that aromatherapy is an effective therapy for
the treatment of male impotence from the blood vessel disease or from psychogenic factors.
See Also: Infertility
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