Scientists Says This Essential Oil Eases Stresses

People use essential oils for everything from all-natural pain  relievers to antidepressants. But is there any science-backed support of  this practice? As much as we appreciate the power of aromatherapy, we  want to know if the essential oils are actually working.

Well, according to naturopath and certified essential oil specialist Scott A. Johnson,  Ph.D., essential oils are legitimately beneficial. "Pioneering  researchers are beginning to unlock the powerful influence the aromas of  essential oils have on brain-wave activity," he explains. "Increasing  theta brain-wave activity is a preferred state for meditation because it  heightens receptiveness and provides access to knowledge and  information that is normally beyond conscious awareness."

According to one study, inhaling Siberian fir needle essential oil  for 40 minutes increased theta brain waves and “promoted a more relaxed  state.” Other essential oils that affect brain-wave activity like this  include frankincense, balsam fir, and lavender.

Johnson also suggests using lavender, lemon, and rosemary to boost  serotonin when you need a pick-me-up, ylang-ylang and bergamot to lower  cortisol - the stress hormone, and lemongrass, citronella, and white  verbena to relieve anxiety.

Source: My Domaine