Aromatherapy Research on Health Benefits
There has been some aromatherapy research to validate its acclaimed health benefits, and a couple of them are discussed here.
There have been a number of research studies that have been conducted to prove the efficacy of aromatherapy, its medicinal benefits to users, and aromatherapy remedies.
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A self funded fragrance manufacturing organization in Japan conducted research and published the reports of its findings on the effects of smell on human people in the workplace.
The experiment involved spraying diverse fragrances in the workspaces of data entry operators and the effects were monitored, in terms of the number of mistakes made post inhalation of fragrances sprayed in the environment. The results were astonishing.
When the workers were exposed to the fragrance of lavender essential oil, which is known to be a relaxant, typographical errors were reduced by 20 percent.
Subsequently, when the workers were exposed to the fragrance of jasmine essential oil, which is known to be a mood-elevating, uplifting essential oil, the errors reduced by 33 percent.
Lastly, when the group of workers were exposed to the refreshing fragrance of lemon essential oil, which has stimulant properties, the errors fell by 55 percent.
This study in Japan is certainly an interesting and exciting piece of aromatherapy research.
Increasing numbers of experiments are being conducted such as the aforementioned study to determine and scientifically establish the health and medical benefits of aromatherapy.
Aromatherapy research is also being conducted regarding the use of essential oils to trigger responses of 'post hypnotic suggestion', where a state of relaxation is induced through inhalation of particular fragrances.
This principle was used effectively on a small group of epilepsy patients; when a seizure was likely to occur, these patients were made to inhale specific remedial oils, which stopped the seizure from happening.
A UK Cancer Research Campaign in 1998 commenced a three-year experimental trial to determine the efficacy of complementary medicine such as aromatherapy in reducing the symptoms of depression and anxiety related to cancer and cancer-related pain.
This study was conducted on a randomly assigned group of 500 patients that were assigned aromatherapy treatments for inducing relaxation. Unfortunately, the results were inconclusive.
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