Spa workers could use some fresh air

Prolonged Aromatherapy May Harm the Heart | LiveScience.

Aromatherapy, which involves inhaling the vapors from essential oils, may be beneficial for short periods, but could harm the heart if done for too long, a new study from Taiwan suggests.

In the study, 100 spa workers in Taipei sat in a room and breathed in the vapors of bergamot oil — a concentrated, citrusy extract — for two hours, while researchers measured their blood pressure and heart rate, as well as the level of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the air. VOCs are substances, including essential oils, which easily evaporate at room temperature.

During the first hour, the workers’ blood pressure and heart rates went down. However, after 120 minutes, the researchers saw the opposite effect. From that, the conclusion was that this might be harmful.

I’m not sure what to make of this other than if you inhale burning stuff or vapors of any kind for two hours instead of clean air, you might be harming your health. I also don’t think aromatherapy is anymore than relaxation by finding something pleasant. But these were workers. They are exposed to chemicals, vapors for much longer periods and there could be other factors surrounding the work. So, I’m not thinking very much about this “study”. Burning incense or warming oils to scent the air ALL the time doesn’t make a whole lot of scents sense.

I’m going out to get some fresh air.

  1 comment for “Spa workers could use some fresh air

  1. EvilTwinSelf
    December 2, 2012 at 5:49 AM

    Sounds like a small study with no control group. I suspect that sitting in a room while someone monitors your blood pressure etc. would have an effect on you regardless of what else you were exposed to.

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