The National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy has defined aromatherapy as “the art and science of utilizing naturally extracted aromatic essences from plants to balance, harmonize and promote the health of body, mind and spirit.” The therapy uses essential oils taken from flowers, herbs, barks and seeds.
Currently there is little evidence to support its effectiveness in preventing and treating illnesses, but various clinical studies have revealed it to be an effective complementary therapy method.
Health benefits of aromatherapy include the following:
Lavender scents in particular have been shown to reduce stress levels. One study revealed that those using aromatherapy felt less pain and had lower stress levels than those who weren’t using aromatherapy during a stressful situation.
Fresh citrus scents are known for their uplifting effect, reducing the symptoms of mild depression. Ideal for those needing an energy boost, orange and lemon scents will perk you up.
Helps you manage pain
Clary sage is a well-known aroma that helps reduce feelings of pain. This natural scent is best known for its success in relieving menstrual pains.
Reduces blood pressure
Studies have shown that aromatherapy can reduce blood pressure in patients with hypertension.
If you want to give aromatherapy a go there are different ways you can experience it: massage, inhalation, or (our favourite method) by adding a few drops of oil in a warm bubble bath.
If you want to find out more about essential oils and their uses, please see our Aromatherapy page.
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