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  • 9046389 l 300x229 Massage and music therapies may reduce post surgical painA Mayo Clinic study found that the patients who received massages following surgery had an average pain score of less than one, while those who did not receive a massage had an average pain score of three.

    Another study cited in the article, by the Department of Veterans Affairs, studied more than 600 veterans who had undergone major surgery and found that those who received massage therapy following surgery experienced a faster decrease in pain intensity and reduced anxiety in the first four days after surgery than did those who did not receive massage therapy.Mayo Clinic studies also found positive effects on patient recovery from surgery from both ambient music and the use of guided imagery, and a study by the Touch Research Institute in Miami found that 10 minutes of hand massage and music reduced agitation in a group of elderly patients.

    Massage and music therapies may not eliminate the need for prescription pain medication entirely, but it may result in lower doses or medication used for a shorter duration of time.The article cited that the American Music Therapy Association’s studies on pain management and anxiety shown that the use of music can lower blood pressure, reduce heart rate, and relax muscle tension both before and after surgery

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  • Aromatherapy 3528079 l 300x200 Aromatherapy Can Enhance LearningIncorporating the sense of smell can help children learn, according to Margaret Hyde.

    Hyde is the author of the children’s book series “Mo’s Nose” that incorporates scent into reading and learning.

    “Researching and creating these scent-filled adventures, I discovered that the sense of smell is a powerful and overlooked part of how we learn, experience and remember,” wrote Hyde. “Smells create ‘Proustian Memories,’ which are long-term memories that elicit strong emotional responses.”

    According to the article, research has shown that the more senses that are used while learning, the more long-lasting the effect on memory.

    Hyde referenced a 2002 study in Russia that found that school children exposed to peppermint aroma improved grades on tests.
    According to Hyde, “The sense of smell is our most powerful sense: 10,000 times more powerful than the other senses and directly connected to the limbic system, which is the place in the brain where memories and emotions are processed.“

    Here are some simple steps to incorporate smell into children’s learning:

    1. Buy and let your children smell 100-percent essential oils and see what scent they like and respond to, including peppermint, spearmint, cinnamon leaf, grapefruit and lavender.
      • Peppermint: helps improve memory and test scores.
      • Spearmint: similar to peppermint but milder
      • Cinnamon Leaf: Energizing, focusing and revitalizing, cinnamon leaf enhances active reasoning.
      • Grapefruit: Stimulating
      • Lavender: calming, relaxing and refreshing scent; good for relaxing after school or after homework
    2. Buy a room diffuser to run while your child is studying and doing homework.
    3. Pack a handkerchief or small cloth with a few drops of oil that you use in your diffuser for your child to take to school.