Relaxing Effect Of Ylang Ylang Essential Oil

Ylang ylang flowerUniversity Study Title; Relaxing effect of ylang ylang oil on humans after transdermal absorption.

The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of ylang ylang essential oil (Cananga odorata) from the Annonaceae family, on human physiological parameters and self-evaluation after transdermal absorption.

Forty healthy volunteers participated in the experiments. Physiological parameters recorded were skin temperature, pulse rate, breathing rate and blood pressure. Self-evaluation was assessed by means of visual analog scales (VAS).

The ylang ylang essential oil caused a significant decrease of blood pressure and a significant increase of skin temperature. At the behavioral level, subjects in the ylang ylang oil group rated themselves more calm and more relaxed than subjects in the control group.

These findings are likely to represent a relaxing effect of the ylang ylang essential oil and provide some evidence for the usage of the ylang ylang oil in aromatherapy such as causing a relief of depression and stress in humans.

Copyright (c) 2006 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Research conducted by Hongratanaworakit T, Buchbauer G., Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Faculty of Pharmacy, Srinakharinwirot University, Nakhon-nayok 26120, Thailand.

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