Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Post 3: Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy, which can basically be defined as an ancient method of using scents to balance the
body and mind, was the last topic of discussion from the pseudoscience lectures. It appears that the
primary issue that makes aromatherapy false is how it uses broad claims and no scientific evidence to
back up what it is supposed to do. Unfortunately, it seems that evidence found from testing would
prove the opposite, that aromatherapy does not actually help stress or the mind whatsoever. After
doing some additional research, I was able to find some more scents with interesting claims, but still
no real scientific evidence that actually backs the claims. For example, vanilla supposedly promotes
stress relief and rosemary can be used to reduce headaches. Several web pages claim that these scents
actually work for certain purposes and that there are studies to prove it, and yet none of these web
pages went into detail about the studies or how accurate they were. Although I would not personally
believe in aromatherapy, there are many people who do and still continue to use this ancient method

Bottles of Rosemary essential oil are sold to supposedly help with brain function and stress.

1 comment:

  1. I agree that there is no scientific evidence that aromatherapy can help reduce stress, but I do believe that certain scents can do different things for different people, in the way that people associate these smells with good things in their lives.