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Monday, October 25, 2010

[AlternativeAnswers] Re: Aromatherapy: is it about the chemistry or the perception?


Studies with brain wave frequency has shown that smelling lavender increases alpha waves in the back of the head, which are associated with relaxation. Fragrance of Jasmine increases beta waves in the front of the head, which are associated with a more alert state.

Scientific studies have also shown that essential oils contain chemical components that can exert specific effects on the mind and body. Their chemistry is complex, but generally includes alcohols, esters, ketones, aldehydes, and terpenes.I use them at work. I have had experience of being"perked up" at work with certain essential oils. I know I will never use lavender essential oil at work anymore because it makes me soo sleepy,, LOL
--- In AlternativeAnswers@yahoogroups.com, "Ted Shoemaker" <shoemakerted@...> wrote:
> Hello,
> I'm new to this group, and I have some basic questions.
> Are the effects of aromatherapy based on chemistry or on perception?
> In other words:
> If the value of aromas is due to the chemicals involved, then...
> - related chemicals might also help even if they smell different;
> - they can still help people who have a poor sense of smell;
> - the effects are likely to be relatively uniform over a large group of people.
> But if the value of aromas is due to subjective perception and response, then...
> - related chemicals that smell different will have different effects;
> - unrelated chemicals that smell similar will have similar effects;
> - people with a poor sense of smell will not be helped much by aromatherapy;
> - the effects are likely to be subjective and relatively unpredictable over a large group of people.
> This is a serious, if ignorant, question.
> All serious repliles will be appreciated.
> Ted Shoemaker

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