Scents for the soul
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.