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Aromatherapy and High Blood Pressure

Aromatherapy is widely used for the purpose of relaxation and researchers are now investigating the alleged benefits. One small, pilot study was conducted by Jolanta Basnyet, aromatherapist at the Natural Health Centre in Preston, Lancashire, UK. Twenty patients were divided into two groups; the first group to receive five 45 minute aromatherapy treatments using 15ml of unrefined grapeseed carrier oil containing one drop of each of Ylang-ylang (Cananga odorata) , Clary sage (Salvia sclarea) and Marjoram (Origanum marjorana) over a period of six weeks. The second group received the same massage but without the essential oils.


The massage techniques used were effleurage (stroking), petrissage (kneading), gentle friction, vibration and feathering using 15ml of unrefined grapeseed carrier oil which in the aromatherapy group contained one drop of each of the essential oils.


At the end of the treatment period, the results revealed that 7/10 in the treatment group and 6/10 in the control experienced a reduction in their raised blood pressure. The improvement in pulse rate of patients in the treatment group was consistently higher than improvement observed in the control group.


The report concludes that 'overall blood pressure readings in both groups improved successfully, which would indicate that this type of tactile treatment can have a beneficial effect on the raised arterial blood pressure.
Alternatives in health Vol 3:4

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1. Ismelda wrote:
Since my ideas have already been cveroed by others (vanilla and flowers), I started thinking outside the box (as they say).The least silly is putting a container of something nice smelling on a heat source like an old style TV or on top of the fridge. If it was warm enough it would activate the smells.Something a little sillier is to start baking ! There is nothing so yummy as the smell of freshly baked cinnamon rolls or an apple pie.What if you could invent something that would smell pretty when wet, but in a natural, healthy way. Like if you take a shower, when the humidity hit the paint on the walls they gave off a nice gentle smell.Or when the furnace (or air conditioner) kicks in the filter is embedded with a light lemony smell.For really silliness, if they could create a breed of dog or cat that would give off a nice smell when petted But on a more serious note, some people are highly allergic (myself included) to potpourri so I would be careful not to overdo it as it could trigger problems over time, or for visitors.

Tue, October 29, 2013 @ 7:24 PM

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