Does aromatherapy work?

Scientific research about the health effects of aromatherapy is mixed or lacking.

According to the NCCIH, stimulating oils to boost mood have been found effective in some studies. Examples of these include lemon, orange, and tangerine. However, lavender, though widely considered safe, was found not to affect mood in that same study.

Another study looked at the effects of chamomile and massage therapy for anxiety relief. The results showed a greater decrease in anxiety symptoms after massages with chamomile versus massage without aromatherapy.

Overall, aromatherapy has shown benefits for the following uses:

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