Aromatherapy: How can it help with your sleeping and more?
As the medical industry constantly develops, it seems there is always a ‘new’ approach or technology to help people sleep better. Many methods have been trialled – from sleep monitors to sleep smart earbuds – but what if the key to a good night’s sleep doesn’t rest with recently introduced technology, but with plant materials and aromatic plant oils?
Aromatherapy focuses on the sense of smell to help relax and calm – good for those who often struggle getting to sleep. Many materials, including aroma lamps, essential oils, herbal distillates and vaporisers are becoming increasingly popular in 2018 as a natural approach to fixing sleep problems.
The team at House Call Doctor Brisbane have researched the underlying benefits to aromatherapy for both mental and physical health.
They found that not only does aromatherapy offer a distraction for those with sleep disorders as it causes the mind to shift away from topics creating anxiety or frustration to focus on the soothing smell of the oils.
Whilst it is not medically proven to prevent or cure diseases, it can help improve well-being, particularly if it helps to regulate sleeping patterns.
Other benefits of aromatherapy include:
- Reduced anxiety – A recent study looked at the effects rose oil had on pregnant women who were close to delivering their first baby. The results demonstrated that during labour, women who were exposed to rose oil aromatherapy reported lower stress levels compared to the women who did not receive aromatherapy.
- Reduced nausea – Studies have shown ginger and peppermint oil can reduce nausea for people undergoing chemotherapy.
- The ability to induce sleep – A study published in October 2017 found that aromatherapy inhalation, especially of sweet orange and lavender oils, reduced fatigue levels and increased sleep quality in patients undergoing haemodialysis.
- Reduced pain and faster healing – A study published in 2016 found aromatherapy massage and inhalation helped to reduce pain felt by burn victims. Another study showed citrus oil relieved first-stage labour pain, controlled nausea and vomiting helped to elevate moods.
- Improves skin complexion – Lemon essential oil contains antiseptic, astringent and detoxifying properties that aid blemishes associated with oily skin. It also brightens and invigorates dull skin.
- Headache relief – Peppermint, lavender, eucalyptus and rosemary oils have been shown to relieve different types of headaches, such as tension, sinus and migraines. Depending on what triggers your headache (stress, anxiety, hormonal changes), applying the oils topically can help to alleviate symptoms.