Monthly Archives: February 2015

Six Scents to a Healthier You

Have you heard of aromatherapy? Aromatherapy is the use of aromatic plant extracts and essential oils in massage or baths. Aromatherapy is now utilised by many health experts to cure their patients from diseases and unhealthy habits.

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Almond – Almond extract can relieve pain. In fact, it is used by some doctors to help their patients feel comfortable after surgery. On the other hand, vinegar scent increases pain levels among men and women.

Banana – If you want to lose weight, try a whiff of banana and green apple. Both fruits are believed to be effective in curbing one’s food cravings.

Black pepper – Inhaling black pepper helped a number of men and women to quit smoking. A 2013 study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine explained that a burning sting in the throat happens when black pepper is inhaled. This imitates the sensation smokers feel when smoking.

Cinnamon – According to neurologist Alan Hirsch MD, cinnamon scent improves a person’s balance. Moreover, researchers at Wheeling Jesuit University relate that cinnamon scent also improves motor skills. It helps drivers have decreased fatigue, road rage and increased alertness.

Jasmine – If you have trouble sleeping, try to inhale some jasmine scent before you go to bed. In a study held in 2011, 20 people are made to sleep in rooms with varied scents. Those who were designated to the jasmine scented room slept well and had better results on their cognitive tests upon waking up.

Lemon – The citrus scent of lemon can lift you up when you’re down. Patients diagnosed with depression are introduced to the fragrance of lemon oil in a Japanese study. After a couple of hours, the patients’ hormone levels stabilised, their immune functions increased and their decreased need for antidepressants.