Aromatherapy involves effecting health benefits through the inhalation of scents from essential oils, and is a technique used by many massage therapists. New research shows aromatherapy benefits the autonomic nervous system among elementary school faculty.

For this study, 54 elementary school teachers were recruited to evaluate aromatherapy performance on stress reduction, according to an abstract published on www.pubmed.ogv.

“Bergamot essential oil was used for aromatherapy spray for 10 minutes,” the researchers noted. “Blood pressure and autonomic nervous system parameters were recorded five minutes before and after the application of the aroma spray.”

Results showed that there were significant decreases in blood pressure and heart rate.

The research was conducted by personnel at Department of Photonics and Communication Engineering, Asia University, Taichung, Taiwan. “Aromatherapy benefits autonomic nervous system regulation for elementary school faculty in Taiwan” ran in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine” (April 2011).

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