Is there room for Aromatherapy in the traditional medical setting?

Is there room for Aromatherapy in the traditional medical setting?

By Kristina Jaramillo

If you are a long-time member of the essential oil community, I’m sure you can attest to countless stories of how aromatherapy has benefited yourself and those you know- mentally, emotionally and even physically. Yet here in the US, aromatherapy is primarily met with skepticism among the traditional medical community. However, don’t lose hope, some in the traditional health industry are taking interest in the use of aromatherapy and essential oils for health.

Is there room for Aromatherapy in the traditional medical setting?

For the Mayo Clinic, Dr. Brent A. Bauer, M.D. writes,

Research on the effectiveness of aromatherapy — the therapeutic use of essential oils extracted from plants — is limited.

However, some studies have shown that aromatherapy might have health benefits, including:

·         Relief from anxiety and depression

·         Improved quality of life, particularly for people with chronic health conditions

·         Improved sleep

Smaller studies suggest that aromatherapy with lavender oil may help:

·         Reduce pain for people with osteoarthritis of the knee

·         Improve quality of life for people with dementia

·         Reduce pain for people with kidney stones”

For Fox News Health, Jacqueline Silvestri Banks writes,

Studies have shown that essential oils might have health benefits. As a result, aromatherapy is used in a variety of settings, from spas to hospitals, to treat various conditions. According to Cancer Research UK, it is a helpful complementary therapy for patients with cancer as well as other types of illness. Cancer patients noted improved quality of life, including reduced stress levels, better sleep and less feelings of sickness when undergoing aromatherapy treatments.”

lab workAnd in an article for psychcentral.com written by Alicia Sparks and reviewed by John M Grohol, Psy. D., it is stated that,

But aromatherapy isn’t just about pleasant smells that make you feel good or help you sleep. Aromatherapy uses essential oils for an array of physical, mental and emotional health purposes.”

While the consensus remains that more research is needed, it is a step in the right direction. It may not be far off that people can more widely benefit from the therapeutic properties of essential oils, even in traditional medical settings.

 

~Kristina Jaramillo is a wife and homeschooling mom of soon to be 6 who is currently working towards certification as an Aromatherapist and Herbalist.

Is there room for Aromatherapy in the traditional medical setting?

 

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