Aromatherapy is beginning to enter the medical mainstream, with groups as diverse as the American Cancer Society and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs touting the use of fragrance as a therapy that can complement traditional health care.

There’s little evidence to suggest that aromatherapy can directly cure illness, but research has found it can help reduce a wide range of symptoms and side effects in some people.

“Many specific ailments can benefit from aromatherapy blends and treatments,” said Monika Meulman, president of the Canadian Federation of Aromatherapists. “

U.S. News & World Report, nationwide, April 26, 2012

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