Your Nose Knows More Than You Think

Your Nose Knows More Than You Think

Earlier this year in July ‘Trust Me, I’m a Doctor’ aired their programme that involved the topic of aromatherapy. I was pleasantly surprised to see this on there, as so much of the time Aromatherapy goes under the radar and is dismissed with things such as homeopathy which has recently been a disproven therapy.

On this show there was a realisation by a doctor who previously dismissed aromatherapy as purely a nice smell that made people feel good as now being a therapy that has so much potential in helping people to improve their health. He saw that they have a real effect on the body and that they are not ‘just’ nice smelling. It should also be taken seriously and used with caution.
To summarise what was found in this program and what I have been taught when I first qualified as an Aromatherapist is the following:-

  • When inhaled, the aromatherapy oil droplets enter the lungs which are then picked up by blood and transported around the body including to the brain.
  • A group of people of similar age were split into three groups and were asked to partake in the same memory test. One room was diffused with lavender oil, one with rosemary oil and one without any diffusion.
  • The group that had lavender diffused actually did marginally worse than the group without any diffusion of oil suggesting that they were being sedated. It’s an oil that has long been used for relaxation purposes, helping sleep issues and much more.
  • The group that had the rosemary diffusion did marginally better than the group that had no diffusion of oil suggesting that stimulation of this oil had helped to improve the memory of this group. Rosemary oil has long been used for helping to stimulate the mind, improve memory and focus and much more. Check out other benefits of rosemary tea to your health here.

This is hopefully another step toward more research being done into the effects of aromatherapy and building trust in this therapy. The doctor suggested that other doctors and scientists should be ‘less sniffy’ toward aromatherapy.

Have a look here for more on what this doctor discovered released by the BBC,

Another point which I’d like to make following this program which is in no means to disrespect the doctor partaking in these tests, is that he said that he had made the assumption that it was no more than nice smells. I don’t think that he is alone in this assumption. A lot of scientists and others claim that alternative therapies are no more than ‘hocus pocus’ but have no experience and/or evidence to make such a claim. My request is to have an open mind. Many of the worlds medicines have derived from plants. The proof is in the pudding as they say.

Aromatherapy can have a profound effect in the prevention and treatment of many ailments, emotional and psychological issues. When I can’t sleep I use orange blossom to send me off to slumber, when I have a sting or a breakout I apply tea-tree, when I can’t focus on my work I rub a blend of frankincense and bergamot into my pulse points, when I’m shaky and out of sorts before running a workshop or doing a talk I smell lavender to calm my nerves. I use aromatherapy on a daily basis and it has become a huge part of my family’s lives both personally and at work.
So yes, do trust your ‘well informed’ doctor but don’t be too quick to dismiss what you don’t fully understand. If you find benefit from it keep doing it! Do your own research and ask more questions. The more questions we ask the more pressure for more research to be done.

Have a wonderfully healthy day and visit our website to find out more about our workshops and welcome Aromatherapy into your life.

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