There’s so much more to Aromatherapy than first meets the eye. Aromatherapy is not just about utilising essential oils with massage and as a student on Richdales’s ITEC Aromatherapy Diploma Course you learn other methods of utilising essential oils such as inhalation, compresses, creams, soaps etc …
There is an increasing body of research evidence to support the benefits of Aromatherapy and here is some recent research showing the outcome of aromatherapy via inhalation.
Reducing two of the most common complaints affecting pregnant women
Nausea and vomiting are two of the most common complaints affecting women during pregnancy, with up to 85% of women suffering nausea and vomiting of pregnancy (NVP).
A recent double blinded randomised controlled clinical trial involving 100 pregnant women was undertaken to determine the effect of lemon inhalation on nausea and vomiting during pregnancy.
Lemon essential oil and placebo were given to the intervention and control groups to inhale as soon as they felt nausea. The nausea, vomiting and retch intensity were investigated by means of the PUQE-24 (24-hour Pregnancy Unique Quantification of Emesis).
The results demonstrate a significant reduction in nausea and vomiting in the intervention groups leading the authors to conclude that inhalation of lemon essential oil can be effective in nausea and vomiting of pregnancy (NVP).
Reducing work place related stress
The latest estimates by the Labour Force Survey show that work relates stress make up 40% of all work related illnesses. The occupations that reported the highest rates of total cases of work-related stress over a three-year average were
a) health professionals (in particular nurses),
b) teaching and educational professionals,
A recent randomised controlled clinical trial involving 110 nurses was undertaken to determine the effects on inhaling lavender essential oil on work related stress. The intervention group had small bottles containing lavender essential oil pinned to the clothes on their right chest, whilst the placebo group had bottles pinned without any lavender oil.
The lavender oil was found to be effective in a significant reduction of stress symptoms for up to 4 days, whereas the stress symptoms in the control group continued to increase.
Another study looked at the effects or aromatherapy in relieving work related stress in primary school teachers. Both groups performed inhalation at the same breathing rate as at rest for 15 minutes at the end of a school day after both heavy and light workload days. The intervention group used natural bergamot essential oil whilst the placebo group had a similar scented chemically synthesized oil.
The results demonstrated that although the participants could not distinguish between the scent of the natural bergamont essential oil and the synthetic essential oil, the natural bergamot essential oil had an effect, whereas the synthetic essential oil did not. The study concluded that aromatherapy can alleviate the symptoms of physical and psychological stress at both light and heavy workloads.
Iran Red Crescent Med J. 2014 Mar;16(3):e14360. doi: 10.5812/ircmj.14360. Epub 2014 Mar 5.
The effect of lemon inhalation aromatherapy on nausea and vomiting of pregnancy: a double-blinded, randomized, controlled clinical trial.
Int J Nurs Pract. 2013 Nov 15. doi: 10.1111/ijn.12229. [Epub ahead of print]
The effects of aromatherapy in relieving symptoms related to job stress among nurses.
Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2013; 2013: 853809.
Published online Oct 21, 2013. doi: 10.1155/2013/853809
The Physical Effects of Aromatherapy in Alleviating Work-Related Stress on Elementary School Teachers in Taiwan