Aromatherapy Smells Nice, Does Little

If you light a lavender aromatherapy candle to relax, the scent probably isn’t doing much more than masking the less pleasant odors in your apartment. Researchers at Ohio State University found that smelling lemon and lavender oils, two of the most popular in aromatherapy, failed to show any improvement in wound healing, immune status, blood pressure, stress hormones, or pain control. Lemon oil did enhance mood, but lavender oil, which is supposedly so calming, had no effect. Save a little money and buy unscented candles. Fake lavender doesn’t smell that good anyway. [Medical News Today]