CAN AROMATHERAPY OUTCOMES SUCH AS GROUNDING OR UPLIFTING BE VERIFIED SCIENTIFICALLY? 

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Is there evidence of the intangible actions of aromatherapy?

Actions of essential oils often utilize standard medical terminology, such as expectorant or antifungal. More commonly, however, aromatherapy benefits do not follow medical norms. Many essential oils are known through experiential use to be grounding, invigorating, calming, or uplifting. These effects have long been considered to be intangible–factors which are unable to be measured–thus unable to be scientifically substantiated. However, psychological measurement tools have been developed which are able to measure mood states related to these effects.

This study identifies and measures these “intangible” benefits of essential oils among adults females who experience aromatherapy inhalation through the use of multiple validated psychological measurement tools.

This is a single blind randomized, controlled clinical trial which identifies and measures the effects of single-oil aromatherapy exposure on outcomes often considered to be intangible among otherwise healthy adults during the study period. Outcomes are related to mood states, subjective wellbeing, overall wellness, and mental/cognitive state.

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This project is being conducted in partnership with the Alliance of International Aromatherapists (AIA). Founded in 2006, the AIA, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is a professional organization representing aromatherapists. The AIA is funding the project through donations from its members, and the Franklin Health Research Foundation is independently conducting the research. 

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