Aromatherapy involves effecting health benefits through the inhalation of scents from essential oils. This is a technique used by many massage therapists.
New research among elementary school faculty, shows that aromatherapy benefits the autonomic nervous system.
In this study, 54 elementary school teachers were recruited to evaluate aromatherapy performance on stress reduction.
Researchers noted that "Bergamot essential oil was used for aromatherapy spray for 10 minutes. Blood pressure and autonomic nervous system parameters were recorded five minutes before and after the application of the aroma spray."
Results showed that there were significant decreases in heart rate and blood pressure.
7 June 2011