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Can Aromatherapy Really Help Anxiety and Depression?


I’m not an aromatherapy expert, but I often wonder whether or not there is any science behind it. aromatherapy anxiety depression

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.

Can Aromatherapy Really Help Anxiety and Depression?


Mike Bundrant

Mike Bundrant is the author of Your Achilles Eel: Discover and Overcome the Hidden Cause of Negative Emotions, Bad Decisions and Self-Sabotage and co-founder at The iNLP Center which offers online certification in Neuro-Linguistic Programming and life coaching.


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Bundrant, M. (2015). Can Aromatherapy Really Help Anxiety and Depression?. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 28, 2020, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/nlp/2015/12/can-aromatherapy-really-help-anxiety-and-depression/

 

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