PREVIOUS QUESTION:

 

NEXT QUESTION:

 

How does aromatherapy work?

ANSWER

Experts think aromatherapy activates areas in your nose called smell receptors, which send messages through your nervous system to your brain.

The oils may activate certain areas of your brain, like your limbic system, which plays a role in your emotions. They could also have an impact on your hypothalamus, which may respond to the oil by creating feel-good brain chemicals.

Some experts think that when you put essential oils on your skin, they cause a response in your skin and other parts of your body, like your joints.

From: What Is Aromatherapy? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Center for Complimentary and Integrative Health: "Aromatherapy."

Mayo Clinic: "What are the benefits of aromatherapy?"

National Cancer Institute: "Aromatherapy and Essential Oils."

University of Minnesota: "How Do Essential Oils Work?"

FDA: "Aromatherapy."

Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Biomedicine : "Essential oils used in aromatherapy: A systemic review."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on January 07, 2018

SOURCES:

National Center for Complimentary and Integrative Health: "Aromatherapy."

Mayo Clinic: "What are the benefits of aromatherapy?"

National Cancer Institute: "Aromatherapy and Essential Oils."

University of Minnesota: "How Do Essential Oils Work?"

FDA: "Aromatherapy."

Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Biomedicine : "Essential oils used in aromatherapy: A systemic review."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on January 07, 2018

NEXT QUESTION:

What is aromatherapy used for?

WAS THIS ANSWER HELPFUL

THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for general informational purposes only and does not address individual circumstances. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and should not be relied on to make decisions about your health. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the WebMD Site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.

    This tool does not provide medical advice. See additional information.