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. Reference: Short-Term Exposure to Essential Oils Lowers Blood Pressure and Heart Rate… but Only When Exposure Is Less Than One Hour © 2012, Cristina Proano-Carrion,Aromandina LLC
An Hour of Aromatherapy for Better Cardiovascular Health
Born and raised in the Ecuadorian capital, Quito, Cristina's memories are always related to the scents of her homeland. A professional Aromatherapist since 1994, Cristina received her Complementary Health Education Diploma in Aromatherapy in 1997 from the Kevala Center in the U.K., and advanced her studies in 1998 when she took the International Training Program in Essential Oils at Purdue University in Indiana. Cristina has more than 14 years of experience formulating aromatherapy products for the spa, fitness and hospitality industry and speaking with North and South American audiences on television and radio as well as in seminars and workshops. She is eager to share her successful experience and the therapeutic values of her homeland's pure healing ingredients.