Below you will find a non-exhaustive list of research topics which could be of interest to people in our field.
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Possible research topics
General: What are the effectiveness’s of the various inhalation aromatherapy methods?
General: Can accompanying inhalation aromatherapy enhance the effectiveness of conventional treatments, e.g. medicated or non-medicated?
General: Can inhalation aromatherapy show benefits over long-term use or are its benefits limited to short-term use.
General: Could the intermittent use of inhalation aromatherapy have long-term effects, that are clinically relevant?
General: Can the autonomous nervous system be conditioned by the use of scents?
General: Are there, and if so, to what extent are the decongestant effects of the various inhalation aromatherapy methods on the mucous membrane?
General: To what extent are the various inhalation aromatherapy methods potentially antibacterial and antiviral on the mucous membrane?
General: Can inhalation aromatherapy influence cholesterol? Diabetes Type II?
General: How effective is inhalation aromatherapy vs homeopathic remedies?
General: How effective is inhalation aromatherapy vs Bach flowers?
General: Could anosmic patients benefit from inhalation aromatherapy?
Nasal inhaler: Which timeline do the effects follow? Most tests conducted so far were over a 15’ period.
Nasal inhaler: Are the number of sniffs per application relevant to the results?
Nasal inhaler: How often does an inhaler have to be used to show efficacy? What would be the ideal interval for maximum results?
Nasal inhaler: How quickly after a sniff do results show and for how long?
Nasal inhaler: Can a standard protocol for the method, frequency, and period of inhalation aromatherapy be developed?
Nasal inhaler: Which target parameters other than cardiovascular and endocrinological are affected, or even better affected by the use of an aromatic nasal inhaler?
Nasal inhaler: What dose (quantity) of essential oils can be sniffed from a nasal inhaler with one deep sniff?
Nasal inhaler: Are the observed positive effects on the efficacy of pain relievers specific or due to a direct psychological modulation of the experience of pain?
Nasal inhaler: Are the observed positive cognitive effects due to an improved blood and oxygen supply to the brain?
Nasal inhaler: What causes oxygen to bind to hemoglobin more readily after sniffing a specific scent? Is it improved vasodilation? Changes in pH value? Relaxation of bronchial muscles? Decrease in blood lactate levels?
Nasal inhaler: Can the observed short-term blood pressure lowering effect help patients with high blood pressure variability?
Nasal inhaler: Does the nose get physically cooled when sniffing a mentholated inhaler, e.g due to a kind of Bernoulli effect?
Room scent: How long is exposure to an ambient room scent necessary for inhalation aromatherapy to show its effects?
Room scent: Is long-term exposure to room scent detrimental to any measurable short-term effects (e.g. heart rate, blood pressure, cortisol) e.g. due to conditioning?