The power of scent as a healing tradition dates back to the ancient Greeks, Romans, Egyptians and Chinese. Today, more than ever, the use of aromatic plant oils has become a popular and effective way to restore balance to our hectic and often stressful lives.
The Science Behind the Scent
Recent studies confirm what herbalists and aromatherapists have long known – plant-derived scents can soothe and heal. And, each plant has its own distinctive scent with its own healing properties. For instance, one study found that estragole, a compound found in fennel, tarragon and basil, is “active on nerves” and could ease back pain and inhibit inflammation of the sciatica nerve, the longest nerve of the body which runs from the back down the leg.
Researchers at the University of Northumbria in England discovered that lavender calms the brain and “impaired reaction times for both memory and attention-based tasks.” For this reason, lavender has long been used to lull the wakeful into peaceful sleep.
The same researchers found that the scent of rosemary has the opposite effect of lavender and many be useful to enhance memory recall. The scientists found that rosemary “produced a significant enhancement of performance for overall quality of memory and secondary memory factors.”
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Did you know?
Only by using essential oils of the very highest quality and purity can you be sure to achieve the text-book results you read about.
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Unless they are pure, unadulterated and therapeutically active essential oils will never deliver the results that you have paid for and deserve.
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