Whether lavender, thyme or cedar: The scent is designed to help the sick. What effect can develop essential oils?
It sounds so simple: evaporate a few drops of aroma oil – and the recovery of patients it be by self. But can not only smell refreshing flavors, but actually be beneficial in diseases?
Increases interest in the healing powers of herbal substances
To date, well scented oils were to smell rather in spas or in domestic bathrooms. Meanwhile, however, a growing interest by researchers at the potential of the plant ingredients and their potentially curative effect.
Hanns Hatt from the Ruhr-University Bochum is one of those scientists who are convinced of the positive effects of the essences. Since 1992, Professor of Cell Physiology researchers, together with colleagues on the subject found out that the smelling of jasmine perfume “Gardenia acetal” promotes sleep at the cellular level in the brain – and by the same molecular mechanisms as sedative of the benzodiazepine group.
Aromatherapy effects can prove and demonstrate in subjects in clinical trials today. In this way you get a complete picture of the mode of action of a substance used in aromatherapy. In addition, is entirely undisputed that these oils have a strong antibacterial or antifungal effect, “because that they are produced in the plant.”
Under laboratory conditions causing early as 2001 Japanese researchers studied about 14 essential oils and their antibacterial effect on various bacteria, including pneumococcal, the serious infections such as pneumonia or meningitis. In particular oils from cinnamon bark, lemon grass and thyme apparently acted strongly antibacterial.
The problem: In some oils, all ingredients are far from known and it is very complex to assign any positive effects the individual substances. Such as the rose oil: 120 of the 550 plant ingredients hitherto were not identified. The emeritus professor of chemistry, who lectures at the Technical University of Munich about essential oils, explored more than 40 years to the natural substances. Aromatherapy is a rational therapy with herbal oils and far from all esotericism.
Have essential oils but also what it takes to help the other side of experiments in the laboratory and in cell culture patients with serious illnesses such as cancer? Researchers at the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) and the University of Mexico in Monterrey in 2011 examined the toxic effects of 50 essential oils on cancer cells. Ten of them proved to be at least in experiments with healthy and pathologically proliferating pancreatic cells appear to be effective. Clinical studies that can demonstrate this effect in cancer patients are still pending. The first tests start now.
German researchers went even whether natural oils might help in mental illness. In a double blind study, where a manufacturer of herbal medicines has a financial interest, they compared the effects of lavender oil in anxiety disorders with that of the drug lorazepam, a benzodiazepine. Accordingly, lavender oil capsules were just as effective as lorazepam. But In contrast, the natural active ingredient did not tired or dependent “and therefore is well suited for the treatment of anxiety disorder,” write the study authors in the journal “Phytomedicine”.
Although evidence suggests that essential oils could actually help alleviate illnesses at least partly multiply. Yet restraint is required: Firstly, there are a total of too few scientific studies showing a causal and specific effect on people and in certain diseases clearly. In general, the aromatherapy should therefore be seen merely as an aid in the treatment of patients. Secondly Bergen essential oils sometimes dangers, for example, for children, or can cause allergic reactions.
Perhaps therefore many physicians are skeptical in the patient desire for a flavor oil treatment. Another possible explanation for this hat: “The higher ascend doctors in the hierarchy, the less they are inclined towards alternative healing methods,” said the researchers from Bochum. This had to do with the fact that the aromatherapy in the training did not matter, or “will be moved in the esoteric corner”.