Let’s begin this article in discussing the term “metabolic.” Metabolic is the relationship to or based on metabolism and is often used to refer specifically to the breakdown of food and its transformation into energy. Then, of course, determining what metabolism refers to is all the physical and chemical processes in the body that convert or use energy, such as:
• Circulating blood
• Controlling body temperature
• Contracting muscles
• Digesting food and nutrients
• Eliminating waste through urine and feces
• Functioning of the brain and nerves
Now that we have a very basic understanding of metabolic, we will also discuss howessential oils have been used for thousands of years in many cultures for their medicinal and therapeutic benefits. They are used extensively in aromatherapy for many health issues and are being explored more and more by the scientific community for the treatment of a number of diseases such as leukemia, asthma, heart conditions, cancer and many more conditions.
There were significant results from a study using aromatherapy and its metabolic effects on 31 volunteers with mild anxiety symptoms. The essential oil used in the study was prepared from 4 aromatic plants, Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender) and Salvia sclarea L. (Clary Sage), Santalum album (Sandalwood), and Citrus sinensis (Sweet Orange). The duration of the trial was 45 minutes a day for 10 consecutive days. Urine samples were collected before exposure to essential oil inhalation and day 10 after exposure to essential oil inhalation.
The results indicated that the essential oil used in this study not only relaxed anxious moods, but also had some effect on other psychological health. This study demonstrates that the metabolomics approach can capture the subtle metabolic changes resulting from exposure to essential oils, which may lead to an improved understanding of aromatherapy.