There are so many gentle simple and healthy things we can do to help ourselves get through difficult times. If we put many of them together we find they may be enough to heal us. Aromatherapy is often considered to be “woo.” Below, though are two reports of studies that seem to indicate that these two scents are indeed, mildly psychoactive and calming.
…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. (read rest here)
Then from the Telegraph, about Jasmine:
The sweet smell of jasmine is as good as valium at calming the nerves with none of the side effects, according to new research. Laboratory tests found the fragrance and its chemical substitute dramatically calmed mice when their cage was filled with it, causing them to cease all activity and sit quietly in a corner.
When the air was breathed in the scent molecules went from the lungs into the blood and were then transmitted to the brain.
Brain scans showed the effect on a chemical called GABA on nerve cells was enhanced by the fragrances and helped soothe, relieve anxiety and promote rest. — Professor Hanns Hatt said the results published online in the Journal of Biological Chemistry can “be seen as evidence of a scientific basis for aromatherapy”. (read rest here)
And the same story from ScienceDaily here: Intoxicating Fragrance: Jasmine as Valium Substitute
More see: MEDICAL AROMATHERAPY
Note: for anyone in benzo withdrawal illness be careful with aromatherapy. Some of us become very sensitive to various chemicals as well as scents and if Jasmine is, indeed, involved with the GABA receptors then those of us with Benzo damage could react badly. A lot of people with benzo illness can’t take any sort of supplement that engages GABA receptors without an extreme reaction. The time to take advantage of these wonderful natural scents and remedies is BEFORE one has been damaged by drugs…in order that one might NEVER be damaged by drugs. See: Multiple Drug Sensitivity (which also effects many in other psych medication withdrawal too)
A nice way to use an essential oil of your choice: Need to relax? Here’s one wonderful way
For more information on Benzodiazepines and why you might want to avoid their use see here: Benzo Info