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Healthy Well Club Aromatherapy is a complementary treatment that uses essential oils to promote relaxation and sharpen the mind. If you like the scents - which are made by distilling the essential oils of flowers, leaves, and bark - you will enjoy the various scents that deliver the message. By making sure you only get essential oils - many essential oils contain phosphates that block hormones - you will get the benefits of odors without any downside.
But aromatherapy is not a cure for everything. Research tells us that good smells make sense when you need a little "boost". Researchers at Brown University point out in a review of 18 studies of aromatherapy, "odors can affect moods, physiology, and behavior" - most likely because nerves with odor signals indicate that your brain communicates directly with areas linked to emotion and learning. This might explain the intrinsic effects of aromatherapy, and the list is impressive:
Grapefruit crushes food cravings. In a study from the University of Osaka, Japan, the smell of grapefruit oil reduced the appetite.
Lavender, sandalwood and sweet orange to relax and reduce anxiety. In one study, 12 breast cancer survivors reported a decrease in anxiety when they received a half-hour series of massages using only essential oils flavored with lavender, sandalwood or sweet orange. The researchers note that aromatherapy massage can be a drug-free way to help deal with concerns that may be prolonged once the cancer treatment is over.
More research has found that lavender relieved injection pain from needles and helped reduce postoperative pain for children who underwent their tonsils. Furthermore, inhaling a mixture of lavender, Roman chamomile and orange blossom (orange / floral citrus) helped relieve anxiety and improve sleep and stable blood pressure in heart patients receiving stents to open blocked arteries in the heart.
Neroli to calm down. The scent of orange blossom relieved anxiety in a laboratory study at Taichung Veterans Hospital in Japan. Inhaling neroli causes a slight decrease in blood pressure and heart rate in other research as well.
Roses for deeper sleep. Inhaling rose essential oil resulted in a deeper and longer sleep in a research study from the medical school of Japan's Mai University.
Rosemary for a better memory. Inhaling the smell of rosemary helped people from the University of Northumbria, UK remember more certain events from the past more easily and are more likely to remember things on future to-do lists.
Peppermint oil for recovery after the procedure. One study found that inhaling the scent of peppermint oil relieves nausea after surgery.
Are you ready to breathe in benefits? Follow these strategies to achieve great results:
Choose the high-quality essential oils you love. Use real essential oils, not perfume oils. Sniff before you buy. Even if the scent proves its benefits, it won't help much if you can't stand the way it smells! Fortunately there are so many options.
Use only a little. Add 8-10 drops to your next bath, five drops to a pool of warm water to absorb the heavenly foot, or five to six drops for a carrier oil like jojoba, almond, olive, or grape for a world outside of this world. massage. You can also add a few drops to a cup of hot water to allow the smell to enter the room.
Mix, match and have fun. Try a few drops from this ... a few drops from it. One study found that 80 percent of nurses working in the hospital's emergency department were very stressed. But after receiving aromatherapy treatments - some with a scent that combined lavender, ylang-ylang, bergamot and patchouli essential oils - while listening to soothing music, only 8 per cent reported that they felt very tense.
Use only products that contain essential oils, and do not use any of them with phthalates. All oils, even essential oils, can lead to negative reactions. Watch for allergic reactions. Never eat essential oil. Do not apply undiluted oils to your skin. Do not use near your eyes. If you are pregnant, have asthma, or a history of allergies, or if you have or have been treated with cancer, do not use essential oils without consulting your doctor.