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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.

  • Aromatherapy and High Blood Pressure

    Aromatherapy is widely used for the purpose of relaxation and researchers are now investigating the alleged benefits. One small, pilot study was conducted by Jolanta Basnyet, aromatherapist at the Natural Health Centre in Preston, Lancashire, UK. Twenty patients were divided into two groups; the first group to receive five 45 minute aromatherapy treatments using 15ml of unrefined grapeseed carrier oil containing one drop of each of Ylang-ylang (Cananga odorata) , Clary sage (Salvia sclarea) and ...

  • Aromatherapy & Depression

    Aromatic oils have been used for literally thousands of years in healing; for instance, lavender oil was used in ancient Egypt for healing skin complaints and Eucalyptus oil has been used for centuries to help clear sinus congestion. However, recent research by Dr G Schwartz, professor of Psychology and psychiatry at Yale University, revealed that certain aromas can even lower blood pressure. Some oils have been shown in research to have analgesic (pain reducing) qualities whereas others have be...

  • Dementia Research Aromatherapy raises motivation in dementia patients

    Further evidence was reported in the Australian Journal of Holistic Nursing indicating that Aromatherapy can be very helpful in the care of patients suffering from dementia.   A clinical trial as to the effectiveness of aromatherapy on motivational behavior in a dementia care setting was undertaken. Patients were monitored over a period of two months, and then for a further two months during which they received aromatherapy treatments.

  • Aromatherapy & Dementia

    This study was conducted in one multicultural dementia day-care centre over a period of 18 months. It introduced a gentle hand treatment for clients using three essential oils. The study evolved out of the process of action research where the family carers and day-care staff participated with the researchers to choose, design, develop and evaluate a hand treatment programme.

  • Eczema Research

    Evaluation of Aromatherapy to help treat childhood eczema   Childhood eczema is becoming an increasingly common condition affecting . According to the National Eczema Society (UK), up to one fifth of all children of school age in the UK have eczema, along with about one in twelve of the adult population. The severity of the disease can vary.

  • Aromatherapy & Cancer

    “Aromatherapy has been used to treat a number of conditions, including depression, anxiety, headaches, fatigue, allergies and arthritis. Though much of the belief in aromatherapy's advantages is based on anecdotal evidence, aromatherapy is garnering more interest from the medical community as an effective, safe treatment option. The Mayo Clinic recommends the use of some types of aromatherapy for patients going through cancer treatments to deal with nausea, pain and stress.”   The recent Nu...

  • Cancer Research The benefits of aromatherapy and massage in palliative care

    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.   The researchers assessed the effects of massage and aromatherapy on 103 cancer patients in a palliative care setting.

  • Alopecia Areata Aromatherapy Treatment

    Aromatherapy is an effective, alternative treatment for patients suffering with Alopecia areata, according to researchers at the Department of Dermatology, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Foresterhill, Scotland.   In a randomized, double-blind, controlled trial, lasting 7 months, eighty-six patients diagnosed as having Alopecia areata were split into two groups. The first group received a combination of essential oils - thyme, rosemary, lavender, and cedarwood in a base of carrier oils (jojoba an...

  • Aromatherapy & Arteriosclerosis

    The therapeutic massage alone can reduce blood pressure by up to 40 points and when combined with selected essential oils as in an aromatherapy treatment, it becomes an excellent aid in countering the effects of stress, inducing relaxation and improving the blood circulation without putting additional strain on the heart. It helps the flow of blood through the veins and also stimulates the nerves which control the blood vessels. It has the added benefit of relaxing tense muscles and tight connec...

  • Aromatherapy in intensive care

    Researchers at the Royal Berkshire Hospital NHS Trust, Reading, recently broke new ground by studying the effects of aromatherapy in the intensive care unit as a means of helping to alleviate anxiety and stress. 122 patients were randomly selected to receive either massage, aromatherapy (using essential oil of lavender), or bed rest. All of the patients were assessed before and after the therapy sessions which included physiological stress indicators as well as subjective evaluations given by th...

  • Aromatherapy Positively Affects Mood, Eeg Patterns of Alertness and Math Computation

    Author: Miguel A. Diego, Nancy Aaron Jones, Tiffany Field et al. Publication: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF NEUROSCIENCE Publisher: Informa Healthcare Date: Jan 1, 1998 EEG activity, alertness, and mood were assessed in 40 adults given 3 minutes of aromatherapy using two aromas, lavender (considered a relaxing odor) or rosemary (considered a stimulating odor).

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