Aromatherapy is Not a Pseudoscience

Hey, Annie here. Today, I'm going to talk about the scientific benefits of aromatherapy as a healing practice. Anecdotes are interesting and all, but let's talk about the facts, statistics, and experimental data.

After all, that's what science is all about. We've all heard that aromatherapy may be beneficial, but now it's time to turn to the evidence.

Are you someone who has a collection of essential oils and incense burners? Now is the time to learn how to scientifically defend aromatherapy as a holistic treatment.

Anxiety and Depression 

Studies support the claim that aromatherapy can alleviate symptoms of anxiety and depression.

In one experiment, scientists looked at cell cultures in mice after burning incense. The part of the brain that responds to anxiety and depression lit up. The incense activated a warm, feel-good emotion in the mice.

Another study that was published in Biomedical International, showed that people with chronic pain felt less symptoms of anxiety and depression after following a one-month aromatherapy regimen. 

Quality of Sleep 

Aromatherapy has been shown to improve the quality of sleep. Lavender in particular is known to have an effect on sleep, as it calms the nervous system.

There have been countless studies supporting the link between the quality of sleep and the scent of lavender. From college students, to patients with heart disease, to middle-aged women with insomnia, lavender aromatherapy works! It put them in a state of relaxation and helped them to fall and stay asleep through the night.

In a meta-analysis of twelve studies, researchers found that aromatherapy helps improve sleep in healthy and unhealthy individuals. 


Because smell is so closely linked with memory, it makes sense that aromatherapy improves cognitive functioning- including enhanced memory and improved concentration.

Japanese researchers investigated the correlation between lavender and concentration, finding that the participants that smelled lavender on breaks had increased concentration when going back to work.

Another study found that when children with AHDH inhaled the scent of cedarwood, their ADHD symptoms decreased. One study looked at typing accuracy, finding that workers who smelled lemon, jasmine, and lavender made significantly fewer errors when typing. 


Thank you for reading my blog post about the scientific evidence of aromatherapy . As you can see from the above reports, aromatherapy has an effect on symptoms of depression and anxiety, concentration, and sleep.

Pseudosciences do not adhere to the scientific method. However, the above studies and experiments are completely factual and scientific.

If you're looking to improve cognitive functioning, sleep quality, or alleviate stress, it's time to delve into the world of aromatherapy. 

Annie Foley
Incense Falls

P.S. ÔĽŅAre you looking to elicit feelings of empowerment and wonder? Check out our distinct emblem of Chinese culture, the Arcane Dragon incense burner!¬†




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