Essential oils have always been used as part of Alternative and Natural Medicine but with several scientific studies validating their therapeutic properties, it won’t be long before they find a place in mainstream healthcare.
I have often recommended aromatherapy blends for clients who had a history of hypertension and it has helped them immensely – they felt much more relaxed and healthy from within. Therefore, I was rather pleased when the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology recently published a study that stated that essential oils are effective in alleviating symptoms of hypertension such as increased blood pressure and heart rate.
To test the effect of essential oils on cardiovascular function, researchers measured the resting heart rate, systolic blood pressure and diastolic blood pressure of 100 young, healthy non-smoking spa workers before and after exposure to essential oil vapors in controlled conditions.
Before each participant entered the study room, 100% pure bergamot essential oil was vaporized for 1 hour.
The results showed a significant drop in blood pressures and heart rate within 15 minutes of exposure. Interestingly enough, a reverse effect was observed when the study group was exposed to essential oil vapors for more than an hour.
This may appear to be a flip side of using essential oils as a mode of treatment for hypertension but in fact, it just reinstates the fact that essential oils are powerful botanical compounds which have a significant impact on the body’s physiological functions.
People who use aromatherapy products usually do so for stress-relief and relaxation. However, with this piece of research, it certainly looks like the role of aromatherapy in managing lifestyle ailments is going to grow manifold in coming times. If you would like to read the complete research report, please visit this link.
© 2012, Cristina Proano-Carrion,Aromandina LLC
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