Do aromatherapy essential oils really pack healing power, or do they just smell nice?
It didn’t take long before I found some evidence, published by reputable sources, that certain aromatherapy essential oils appear to have legitimate healing effects on the nervous system.
The American College of Health Sciences published this post, for example. One study concluded that an infusion of bergamot, frankincense and lavender may have healing effects on depression and pain.
What about anxiety? Another study showed that a mere ten minute exposure to aromatherapy essential oils on a weekly basis produced a statistically significant reduction in heart rate and blood pressure. Researchers reported that the oils appeared to drive autonomic nervous system activity toward a more balanced state.
Aromatherapy seems easy enough to implement – just find a starter kit. Amazon has several highly rated kits that seem like a great place to begin. Given the positive results of research and the relatively low cost of aromatherapy, this may be a modality to consider if you suffer with anxiety or depression.
For the record, I have never experimented with aromatherapy, but I intend to do so. I’ll let you know how it goes.