How do you feel when you smell something sweet?
It makes you feel good right? When I was young child and I had a blocked up nose I sniffed olbas oil.
The smell of it was so strong it made my eyes water. I was not to know it at the time, but the treatment I used was aromatherapy.
You smell something bad it makes you feel bad. You smell something good it makes you feel good.
So it is not surprising that many people have found aromatherapy very helpful in terms of their general feelings of psychological and physical wellness.
The conditions that aromatherapy might be helpful with include:
- Agitation, which may include agitation which is related to dementia
- Constipation (aromatherapy combined with abdominal massage)
- Pruritis (itching), it is a frequent side effect for people receiving hemodialysis
- Pain: Various studies done have found people with cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, and headaches require less pain medications when aromatherapy is used
- Alopecia areata (loss of hair)
Researchers at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center found that aromatherapy considerably reduces claustrophobia attacks of patients who undergo MRI scans.
Numerous clinical studies suggest essential oils (in particular lavender, frankincense and rose) administered by qualified midwives to pregnant women, lowered feelings of anxiety, fear and promoted well-being.
In addition the oils lessened the feelings fear and anxiety and decreased any requirement for pain medications throughout delivery.
Numerous women have reported peppermint oil relieves vomiting and nausea during labor.
West Virginia researchers found that smelling pleasant odors occasionally while driving reduces fatigue, increases alertness, as well as lowering the driver's frustration and anxiety.
On the continent, particularly in France, aromatherapy is integrated into conventional medicine.
One of the best things about aromatherapy though, is that it can be done in the comfort of your own home. I will be going into details about this in the coming pages. Stay tuned.
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