What is aromatherapy and how does it work?

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Elderly family member is in nursing home and I’ve been told lately aromatherapy is been given her. How does it work?
Thank you oldtimekid2 and veggigirl7777 for answers so far.

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Answer by oldtimekid2
Aromatherapy is a form of alternative medicine that uses volatile plant materials, known as essential oils, and other aromatic compounds for the purpose of altering a person’s mood, cognitive function or health. The effectiveness of aromatherapy is yet to be scientifically proven, however some evidence exists that essential oils may have therapeutic potential.

Since some essential oils such as tea tree have demonstrated anti-microbial effects, it has been suggested that they may be useful for the treatment of infectious diseases. The evidence base for the efficacy of aromatherapy used to treat medical conditions remains poor with a particular paucity of methodologically rigorous studies

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  1. You put a few drops of essential oil in water at the top of a diffuser, light a candle and put it in the bottom. It will warm up and the scent distributes throughout the room. It can be very relaxing and/or uplifting, depending on what oils are used. Clary sage oil is wonderful for relaxant. So is Ylang Ylang.