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Aromatherapy & Hypertension

Work carried out by Dr. Gary Schwartz, Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at Yale University, found that the aromas of some essential oils by themselves reduced blood pressure. The scent of spice apple, for example, was found to reduce blood pressure by an average of 3 to 5 points in healthy volunteers.(2) The following essential oils are also beneficial in the treatment of hypertension.


Chamomile - relaxant and calmative
Clary Sage - antispasmodic
Cypress - anti-spasmodic
Lavender - relaxant and calmative
Marjarom - emotional balancer
Rose - anti depressant
Rosewood - calmative
Ylang Ylang - sedative and antidepressant


The therapeutic massage combined with selected essential oils makes aromatherapy an excellent aid in countering the effects of stress and inducing relaxation.


Guidelines for using aromatherapy essential oils:
Essential oils can be used at home in one of the following ways:


IMPORTANT NOTE: Do not take any oils internally or use on babies under 18 months. Always consult a qualified aromatherapist before using any essential oils to treat a health problem, or if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.


Complementary therapies, such as massage and aromatherapy, are rising in popularity among patients and healthcare professionals and are increasingly being used in palliative care to improve the quality of life of patients. Research conducted by Marie Curie Cancer Care, London, UK provides new clinical evidence of the benefits that these therapies offer cancer patients.


Source: Palliat Med 1999 Sep;13(5):409-17. An evaluation of aromatherapy massage in palliative care. Wilkinson S, Aldridge J, Salmon I, Cain E, Wilson B


The researchers assessed the effects of massage and aromatherapy on 103 cancer patients in a palliative care setting. The patients were randomly allocated to receive massage using a carrier oil (massage) or massage using a carrier oil plus the Roman chamomile essential oil (aromatherapy massage).


The results revealed that there was a statistically significant reduction in anxiety after each massage and the patients who received aromatherapy massage also also noted improvements in their disposition, physical comfort and their quality of life.


The report concludes that massage with or without essential oils appears to reduce levels of anxiety, but the benefits are clearly enhanced by the addition of Roman chamomile essential oil as this seems to help improve physical and psychological symptoms, as well as the patients' overall quality of life.

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1. Sekita wrote:
My other senses are sewhmoat dulled due to childhood illnesses but my sense of smell is very acute and precise. My home to me must have a certain home scent. I soothes me and my family. It is not flowery nor powerful. Artificial fragrances have no place in our home. We love mint and herbs, fresh flowers. I particularly love eucalyptus from my time spent in the Los Angeles area. Scents bring back memories for me, they provide mood and comfort in the home for the spirit and body.I am big into massage therapy and have been for the past 25 years. I am going to schedule my own for harvest weekend in Sharon Springs. Cannot wait to come up and relax and have fun.

Thu, November 22, 2012 @ 2:11 PM

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