Psychology Today, in general, as a publication, supports psychiatry without question and generally irritates the hell out of me with it’s unequivocal acceptance of pharmacology as applied to mental distress. Today though they go out on what is a limb for them when they talk about studies that indicate aromatherapy can indeed be helpful. Generally this is dismissed as quackery in the mainstream. There are so many gentle simple things we can do to help ourselves. If we put many of them together we find they may be enough to heal us.
…lavender’s impact on mood and cognition has garnered the most attention. A study by researchers at Charles Sturt University in Australia reviewed trials testing the outcomes of lavender aromatherapy. It seems there is mounting evidence that the essential oil does have physiological effects.
To measure the effects of aromatherapy, researchers compared responses with two essential oils thought to have opposite effects on alertness: soothing lavender and invigorating rosemary. One University of Miami study followed brain activity with an EEG machine, finding that the group subjected to lavender aromatherapy did in fact show brainwaves suggesting drowsiness, while the group subjected to rosemary experienced increased alertness.