Materials and methods

Essential oils were obtained from various commercial sources and each oil was analysed by GC using a Shimadzu GC 8A with a 50m X 0.32 mm OV101 column; the temperature program was set at 4°Cmin_1 from 100 to 230°C.

The percentage of all the components was calculated in each selected Retention Time interval of under 10min, 11—15min, 16—20min, 21—30min and 30+ min. The main components present in each RT interval was also determined. The essential oils were diluted in methanol (usually X 1,000) and 0.1-0.2 ml was applied to the tissue preparations in the organ bath giving a final dilution of X200,000 to X400,000 (a concentration of 2.5 X 10~6 to 5 X 10~6).

Pharmacological studies, carried out on guinea-pig ileum were contrasted against many practising aromatherapists' predictions of the effect of essential oils on the patient (alone or as mixtures).

Aromatherapy Ambiance

Aromatherapy Ambiance

Aromatherapy, a word often associated with calm, sweet smelling and relaxing surroundings. Made famous for its mostly relaxing indulgent  feature, using aromatherapy has also been known to be related to have medicinal qualities.

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