Researchers find heart benefits to aromatherapy

By WEEK Producer

Researchers find heart benefits to aromatherapy

November 29, 2012 Updated Nov 29, 2012 at 11:50 AM CDT

TAIWAN -- Here's an excuse to go to the spa: a new study suggests short-term exposure to the essential oils used for aromatherapy may lower your risk for heart problems.

Researchers in Taiwan studied 100 healthy, non-smoking spa workers who were exposed to essential oils for two hours in a lab.

They found their blood pressure and heart rate when down 15 minutes after the start of the study and last an hour.

However, after the participants had been in the study room over an hour their heart rate and blood pressure began to rise.

Experts conclude short-term exposure to aromatherapy appears to have a positive impact on heart health.

The researchers are hoping to learn more about whether the spike in heart rate and blood pressure that occurred after an hour of exposure is harming workers' long-term health.

This study was conducted at Taipei Medical University in Taiwan and published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology.

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