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Tranquilized by Aromatherapists with Aromas

November 27, 2012

I find it relaxing and exciting to note increasingly improved human research providing more evidence that there are ideal scents to treat anxiety in humans.

Previously I reported on lavender essential oil, taken internally, was better than a prescription of lorazepam. Better meaning there were no notable side effects as observed in other studies when anxiety was treated with diazepam, a different benzodiazepam in the same class as lorazepam.

Benzodiazepams: Any of several chemically related drugs that are powerful sedatives and hypnotics. They are mainly used to treat insomnia and anxiety. Side effects can include impaired motor coordination, amnesia, intoxication, and possible drug dependence. Persons who take this drug and then stop may also experience rebound, a return of symptoms that are temporarily worse than the original symptoms.

Effect of sweet orange aroma on experimental anxiety in humans.
OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study was to evaluate the potential anxiolytic effect of sweet orange (Citrus sinensis) aroma in healthy volunteers submitted to an anxiogenic situation.
DESIGN: Forty (40) male volunteers were allocated to five different groups for the inhalation of sweet orange essential oil (test aroma: 2.5, 5, or 10 drops), tea tree essential oil (control aroma: 2.5 drops), or water (nonaromatic control: 2.5 drops). Immediately after inhalation, each volunteer was submitted to a model of anxiety, the video-monitored version of the Stroop Color-Word Test (SCWT).
OUTCOME MEASURES: Psychologic parameters (state-anxiety, subjective tension, tranquilization, and sedation) and physiologic parameters (heart rate and gastrocnemius electromyogram) were evaluated before the inhalation period and before, during, and after the SCWT.
RESULTS: Unlike the control groups, the individuals exposed to the test aroma (2.5 and 10 drops) presented a lack of significant alterations (p>0.05) in state-anxiety, subjective tension and tranquillity levels throughout the anxiogenic situation, revealing an anxiolytic activity of sweet orange essential oil. Physiologic alterations along the test were not prevented in any treatment group, as has previously been observed for diazepam.
CONCLUSIONS: Although more studies are needed to find out the clinical relevance of aromatherapy for anxiety disorders, the present results indicate an acute anxiolytic activity of sweet orange aroma, giving some scientific support to its use as a tranquilizer by aromatherapists.

J Altern Complement Med, 2012 vol. 18(8) pp. 798-804

Effect of sweet orange aroma on experimental anxiety in humans.

Goes, TC; Antunes, FD; Alves, PB; Teixeira-Silva, F

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James Geiger MD

Certified Aromatherapist

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