Rose Essential Oil Shown To Have Anti-Stress Effects
ere’s a new, very interesting study noting that inhalation of Rose essential oil (and implied that ‘inhaling sedative oils in general can produce the same result) can limit stress on the skin, and limit production of stress hormones in general. Many leaps can be made with these results, as while the direct observation was only made on the skin barrier, the cause was resultant do to lessening of stress-inducing enzymes reduced by inhalation of Rose aroma. It’s well known that other essential oils will lower stress levels as well. Particularly Lavender, Chamomile, Sandalwood and the like. Further, there are several studies that proclaim that it’s not simple inhalation that causes this anti-stress chemistry within the body, but simply having the oils within the bloodstream (one study had noted that Sandalwood need not be inhaled for sleep improvement – simply having the oils in the bloodstream seems to produce the result). So here, inhalation of Rose oil inhibited production of stress hormones. More specifically, inhalation of Rose oil significantly lowered the markers of production of these hormones in the bloodstream. The full abstract is below. The ‘take home message’ is that aromatherapy, even via inhalation, has measurable effects in stress reduction. And it needed be just Rose Otto essential oil. Lavender, Sandalwood, Mandarin, Bergamot, and a host of other ‘relaxing’ aromatics have been shown, or are likely to be shown, to do the same. Abstract
Effect of “Rose Essential Oil” Inhalation on Stress-Induced Skin-Barrier Disruption in Rats and Humans. From: Chem Senses. 2011 Dec 13., by Fukada M, Kano E, Miyoshi M, Komaki R, Watanabe T. Division of Integrative Physiology, Department of Functional, Morphological and Regulatory Science, Tottori University Faculty of Medicine, 86 Nishi-cho, Yonago, Tottori 683-8503, Japan.