Essential oils have been growing in popularity. There is no doubt that they can smell nice and be part of a relaxing experience. Here is a youtube video from Sci-Show providing a run down of the latest research, as well as links to relevant research at the bottom of the page.
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Bakkali et al. (2008). Biological effects of essential oils--a review. Food Chem Toxicol.
Hoenen et al. (2016). Fancy Citrus, Feel Good: Positive Judgment of Citrus Odor, but Not the Odor Itself, Is Associated with Elevated Mood during Experienced Helplessness. Front Psychol.
Hunt et al. (2013). Aromatherapy as treatment for postoperative nausea: a randomized trial. Anesth Analg.
Lee et al. (2018). Aromatherapy for Managing Pain in Primary Dysmenorrhea: A Systematic Review of Randomized Placebo-Controlled Trials. J Clin Med.
Li et al. (2018). The effectiveness of aromatherapy and massage on stress management in nurses: A systematic review. J Clin Nurs.
Koulivand et al. (2013). Lavender and the nervous system. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med.
Smith et al. (2018). Massage, reflexology and other manual methods for pain management in labour. Cochrane Database Syst Rev.
Zeng et al. (2018). Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Hospice and Palliative Care: A Systematic Review. J Pain Symptom Manage.