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Aromatherapy: Does It Really Work?

By Genevieve Cunningham

Essential oils are all the rage. People are using these strong smells to bring healthy benefits to their life. In short, it’s the newest form of aromatherapy, and it’s a hot commodity. But do they really work? Can a particular smell really bring pain relief or sinus help or some other form of perk to our general wellness? The answers are certainly varied depending on who you ask. To get a little more info about aromatherapy and whether or not you should give it a try, take a look at this quick guide.

What is Aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy is the practice of using oils or lotions that create a particular scent. These smells are thought to stimulate brain function in certain areas, thus relieving certain ailments and symptoms. It is often used for stress, sleeping, and even allergies.

What Are the Advantages?

Those who are proponents of aromatherapy claim almost instantaneous and lasting relief from mild ailments. Insomnia? There’s a scent for that. Stress taking over your life? A soothing lotion might calm those nerves. Does it really work? Many people answer this questions with a resounding yes. They experience the effects firsthand, and they shout the evidence from the rooftops. Others claim that aromatherapy only works as a placebo. If you think it’s going to work, then it will. But even if it’s just a placebo, the majority of people find a reduction in discomfort which is the entire point of giving this method a try.

Any Negatives?

Generally, people are not affected in a negative way by using aromatherapy. The only real trouble comes in when people turn to this alternative form of healthcare rather than a doctor. If you’re experiencing a sickness that needs antibiotics or an injury that needs medical treatment, don’t rely solely on aromatherapy. Use it if you like, but it’s also important to seek out professional advice.

The Verdict

If you want to try aromatherapy, go for it. It’s not going to hurt anything, and depending on your ailment, it might bring some relief. Just remember that any sickness or significant problems should be checked out by a doctor or healthcare professional. All in all, get some soothing smells and keep your life smelling sweet and you may find your health and perception improve as a result.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Lafayette, La.

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