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