Scents for the soul

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - BMS INDULGE - By ELLEN WHYTE

CU­RI­OUS about aro­mather­apy but not sure of the sci­ence? Check out three sci­en­tific stud­ies for some tips.

Laven­der for sleep

Last month, Johns Hop­kins Hospi­tal re­searchers took 50 pa­tients who com­plained of not sleep­ing well and placed 3ml of 100% pure laven­der oil in a glass jar and put it at the bed­side of half of the pa­tients. The other half were not given the oil. Re­sults showed that those with the laven­der oil slept slightly but not sig­nif­i­cantly bet­ter than the con­trol group.

Pep­per­mint or gin­ger es­sen­tial oils for nau­sea

In 2002, re­searchers in Tereng­ganu re­viewed dozens of stud­ies to eval­u­ate the ev­i­dence for the ben­e­fits of in­hal­ing es­sen­tial oils to com­bat nau­sea and vom­it­ing. They found five in­volv­ing a to­tal of 328 people that showed in­hal­ing pep­per­mint or gin­ger es­sen­tial oils vapour re­duces the in­ci­dence and sever­ity of nau­sea and vom­it­ing as well as pro­vid­ing other feel-good fac­tors. How­ever, the ev­i­dence isn’t rock solid. Con­clu­sion: try it but you can’t be cer­tain of the re­sults.

Lemon balm for calm

In 2002, re­searchers in the UK tested the ef­fects of lemon balm on 72 people suf­fer­ing from prob­lem­atic lev­els of ag­i­ta­tion due to se­vere de­men­tia. Con­clu­sion: lemon balm does help soothe ner­vous­ness and ag­i­ta­tion.

Note: Be sure to buy an es­sen­tial oil prod­uct spe­cially de­signed for the skin as some es­sen­tial oils can be dan­ger­ous if used in­cor­rectly.

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