Aromatherapy Benefits For Your Health
Is there really anything to aromatherapy? Has anyone scientifically studied aromatherapy? Yes, there have been studies on aromatherapy, with exciting conclusions.
Aromatherapy is when you use smells to improve your body and mental state. You can actually elicit specific physical and emotional reactions with scent. This is because your sense of smell is so primal; when you smell something, a very primal space in your brain reacts without you putting a lot of thought into it. This is why we have such strong reactions to smells, especially if they are linked to past experiences we’ve had.
One of the most trusted of the aromatherapy studies shows that lavender has a very powerful affect on you physically. The physical effect of lavender is to slow your heart rate and actually lower your blood pressure. Many massage therapists use lavender essential oils in their lotions, oils, and to diffuse in their offices.
Many adult-care (senior) facilities use lavender oils and lotions to calm their dementia patients. Another proven scent is geranium; it also relaxes the body is a similar way to lavender.
Another interesting aromatherapy find is that peppermint is quite a potent scent. Peppermint sharpens your mental focus, enabling you to concentrate and feel alert. In one study, kids who chewed peppermint gum while taking tests received higher scores than students who chewed any other flavor.
A fun aromatherapy scent is grapefruit essential oil, which is said to work as an appetite suppressant. One study on age perception and scent determined that men thought women who wore grapefruit essential oils were younger than when those same women were evaluated while wearing other scents.
However, you have to be careful when choosing aromatherapy products. Your body won’t have the same response to a synthetic product as an essential oil. The grade of the essential oil matters as well; always choose a high grade essential oil for maximum effectiveness. For best results, buy a 100% pure, therapeutic grade essential oil and mix it into lotions and a base oil, such as fractionated coconut oil.
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