According to online journal Natural News, recent studies have found that essential oils can actually have noticeable physical benefits. The European Journal of Preventive Cardiology published a study at the end of last year which found that the aromas released from essential oils in aromatherapy may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.

The study was conducted in Taiwan by Dr. Kai-Jen Chuang at Taipei Medical University and exposed subjects once a week to pure bergamot oil vaporized for one hour in a small study room prior to the students’ entering. I am personally a big fan of using aromatherapy oils in my Vapir Rise Vaporizer while doing yoga with my girlfriend. I find that it really relaxes my mind, reduces stress and invigorates the libido.

In the study, the researchers found that the VOC (volatile organic compound) level was “significantly associated” with lower blood pressure and heart rate for a period of 15 to 60 minutes after the start of exposure, while exposure over an hour actually increased blood pressure and heart rate which is really interesting to me, as our yoga sessions often last over an hour. Though I’ve never really noticed increased heart rate, rather I find the combination of aroma and practice to be quite relaxing.