October 22, 2007
Seeking common scents
Researchers at Children's Hospital in Minneapolis are doing research on the response of children to various aromatherapy scents in order to better understand how different aromas affect children of different cultures.
The ongoing research project has revealed differences in response to odors from different cultures:
. . . even the same smell sparks different reactions among different kids, said Maura Fitzgerald, clinical nurse specialist for the program. For example, 56 percent of the Hispanic girls tested earlier said they found sweet orange oil to be calming, compared with 18 percent of Caucasian girls.
The Hospital's integrative medicine clinic has been using aromatherapy to complement traditional medicine for almost seven years.
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