Singer, N. & Schneider, R. (2017). Investigating the use of a specially formulated odour inhaler (AromaStick®) on weight loss: Overview of the results of a two-armed, randomised, controlled effectiveness study. International Journal of Clinical Aromatherapy, 12, 16-24.
Background: Our sense of smell is intricately linked to appetite and enjoyment of food, and by extension weight. With the ever-increasing obesity problem faced by society, we wondered whether the use of aromas can be used to support weight loss efforts.
Objective: Can a specially developed natural odour inhaler, Aromastick Slim, reduce body weight without active dieting.
Method: 40 men and women with a BMI of between 20-35 underwent a randomised, double-blind, placebo controlled study over 30 days.
Results: The Aromastick Slim outperformed the pseudo-placebo (lavender oil) and was most effective in persons strongly deviating from their ideal weight (BMI>25). The most widely reported effect was that it reduced appetite.
Conclusion: The majority of individuals in this study did benefit from the inhaler in managing weight.