Usually the questions researchers ask when determining if something “works” revolves around its effect on life expectancy. It is assumed that a procedure or product works if it can extend the length of people’s lives. Within the context, it is only natural that one asks the question, does aromatherapy extend people’s lives? I would not rush into making that conclusion.
Let’s consider some of the known uses of aromatherapy and how they have been said to “work”.
People claim to use aromatherapy for a vast number of reasons which include reduction of pain, anxiety, fear, nausea and generally to boost one’s sense of well-being.
With respect to pain, we know that mortality can be increased if a patient is subjected to chronic pain; and if the oils and fragrances can help reduce or eliminate the pain, then they could be said to have indirectly extended the patient’s life. However, it is worthy of mention that pain is one of the most difficult conditions to study for the sole reason that human beings have different thresholds of pain and any such study will rely heavily on the participant’s perception. Thus, it is quite difficult to have any reputable study on the link between aromatherapy