Essential oils and relaxation

The studies below found some significant facts regarding health effects of certain food.  This is an attempt by us to interpret the findings so that it could be implemented in everyday health practices.  It has to be understood that good eating habits are necessary for optimal health and that means that a variety of good foods have to be consumed every day.  We do believe that some food has medicinal value and could be used to help in the prevention and support of treatment in certain illnesses.  However, if it is not part of a good nutritious diet, it might lose its value.    Although we do believe in the power of natural food, we absolutely do not claim to cure any disease through the consumption of specific foods.

 

 

So Young Chang. Effects of aroma hand massage on pain, state anxiety and depression in hospice patients with terminal cancer. Taehan Kanho Hakhoe Chi. 2008 Aug ;38(4):493-502

This study was done in a hospice setting on patients with terminal cancer.  Alternative methods of pain management together with traditional treatments were researched.  It was found that aroma hand massage with an essential oil mixture consisting of Bergamot, Lavender and Frankincense helped relieve pain and depression in hospice patients with terminal cancer.

 

Yumi Shiina, Nobusada Funabashi, Kwangho Lee, Tomohiko Toyoda, Tai Sekine, Sachiko Honjo, Rei Hasegawa, Takayuki Kawata, Yu Wakatsuki, Shinichiro Hayashi, Shio Murakami, Kazuo Koike, Masao Daimon, Issei Komuro. Relaxation effects of lavender aromatherapy improve coronary flow velocity reserve in healthy men evaluated by transthoracic Doppler echocardiography. Int J Cardiol. 2008 Sep 26;129(2):193-7. Epub 2007 Aug 8.

Lavender aromatherapy reduced serum cortisol – a stress marker and improved blood flow to the heart in healthy men. These findings suggest that lavender aromatherapy has relaxation effects and may have beneficial acute effects on heart and blood vessel health.