Throughout ancient history, the herb rosemary was used at weddings, funerals and burned in schools to enhance learning. The Tudors believed rosemary had powers to enhance memory and in Shakespeare’s play, Hamlet, Ophelia famously remarked, ‘There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance; pray you, love, remember.’ It’s fair to say the connection with rosemary and memory has […]
Essential Oil Research
A study found that ginger and orange essential oils when used in massage has potential as . . .
Interesting though this study is, it missed the opportunity to delve a little deeper into the influence that essential oils can have on cognitive performance. Whilst the study shows that the performance of test subjects was indeed affected by both lavender and rosemary essential oils, these results hardly come as a shock to anyone familiar […]
According to many aromatherapy books, the antidepressant and calming effects of certain essential oils can help to treat or even prevent high blood pressure, known medically as hypertension. The theory has always been that using essential oils to reduce stress and invoke a state of relaxation, also lowers blood pressure in the process.
Although blended essential oils are increasingly being used for the improvement of the quality of life and for the relief of various symptoms in patients, the scientific evaluation of the aroma-therapeutic effects of blended essential oils in humans is rather scarce.
The objective of this pilot study was to determine the effectiveness of a mixture of essential oils on mental exhaustion, or moderate burnout (ME/MB) using a personal inhaler. The essential oils used in the study were; peppermint (Mentha piperita), basil (Ocimum basilicum), and helichrysum (Helichrysum italicum).