Aromatherapy has gained popularity and acceptance in many places across the nation. A new study has shown that aromatherapy has positive attributes for people who are exposed for a period of 15 to 60 minutes. If they are exposed for 90 to 120 minutes or more, the oil vapor involved can become dangerous and lead to a host of unpleasant physical ailments. On premises where exposure is allowed to last beyond 60 minutes, the health of patients and workers, alike, may be threatened.
Aromatherapy exposes people the essential oil vapor. In small doses, the vapor can lower blood pressure and heart rate. Some people find aromatherapy relaxing and pleasant. When exposure lasts too long, however, the oil vapor can lead to pulmonary oxidative stress, inflammation, and autonomic dysfunction, according to a study in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology. The study was conducted on young, healthy people.
As with many new health crazes before it, it is important to take a serious look t the effects of aromatherapy before submitting yourself to it. A fad can lead to people using a treatment in a way that is not recommended and that can be harmful. It appears that aromatherapy has benefits in short bursts. But as with so many things, it is important to use in moderation. Spa workers, in particular, may be at risk for serious health affects if they are forced to spend hours in the presence of the oil vapors used in aromatherapy.
Source: Medpage Today, “Aromatherapy: Two Hours Is Too Much,” by Cole Petrochko, 30 November 2012