It has been suggested that Aromatherapy has been effective in treating irritable bowel syndrome, insomnia, headaches, inflammation, bacterial infections, stress, and anxiety.
Peppermint oil was found to be a superior treatment to typical anticholinergics for those suffering from irritable bowel syndrome as well as children who experience recurrent abdominal pain. In fact, it was concluded that peppermint oil “may be the drug of first choice in IBS patients with non-serious constipation or diarrhea.”
The finding from several studies were examined and it was determined that essential oils had a positive effect on sleep. Lavender was the most studied essential oil and thus bore the most positive results.
Peppermint was shown to significantly reduce and even alleviate the pain associated with tension headaches. In fact, peppermint was determined to be just as effective as a 1,000 mg dose of acetaminophen with no adverse side effects.
Study indicated that the anti-inflammatory effects of essential oils was significant and may be valuable in the development of new therapies for osteoarthritis and inflammatory bowel disease.
Essential oils of coriander and cumin seeds were found to be a potential source of safe and effective antimicrobial and antioxidant agents in both the pharmaceutical and food industries.
Study indicated that there was an acute anxiolytic reaction when patients were subjected to sweet orange aroma, supporting its use as a tranquilizer by aromatherapists.
Undoubtedly, there are benefits to aromatherapy and essential oil extracts that have yet to be discovered. As with any alternative therapy, it’s important to consult with a doctor before using essential oils to treat any known or suspected medical condition.