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The Science of Reducing Stress and Improving Quality of Life with Neroli Essential Oil

Neroli essential oil, distilled from the flowers of the same tree producing Bergamot fruit, has traditionally been considered one of the most calming, anxiety-reducing essential oils. Scientific research is confirming the traditional actions of Neroli in these very interesting studies (Note that our ‘precious’ essential oil 20% off sale, including Neroli, is on now – [...]

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Sweet, soft Neroli, from the blossoms of the Bergamot tree, can be an excellent sleep aid.

Neroli essential oil, distilled from the flowers of the same tree producing Bergamot fruit, has traditionally been considered one of the most calming, anxiety-reducing essential oils.

Scientific research is confirming the traditional actions of Neroli in these very interesting studies (Note that our ‘precious’ essential oil 20% off sale, including Neroli, is on now – along with several other specials):

Study #1:

“Effects of Inhalation of Neroli on Menopausal Symptoms, Stress, and Estrogen in Postmenopausal Women: A Randomized Controlled Trial.”

(Published in ‘Evidence Based Complimentary and Alternative Medicine, Epub June 12, 2014 – the complete abstract is included at the bottom of this post).

According to the research, compared to the control group, those inhaling neroli showed significant improvements in sex-drive, lowered blood pressure, lowered pulse rate, and serum cortisol (a stress hormone), and estrogen concentrations.

They conclude “These findings indicate that inhalation of neroli oil helps relieve menopausal symptoms, increase sexual desire, and reduce blood pressure in postmenopausal women. Neroli oil may have potential as an effective intervention to reduce stress and improve the endocrine system.”

WOW! That says a lot about the potential of this wonderful essential oil!

 

Bergamot Fruit

Bergamot fruit, which Neroli flowers ripen into if not distilled first! The cold-pressed essential oil from Bergamot has also been widely researched for its anxiolytic properties.

In this second study, inhalation was shown to reduce the blood pressure of the participants, though not lessen their anxiety during a medical procedure which, well, happens to produce a lot of anxiety regardless 🙂

Study #2:

“Aromatherapy for reducing colonoscopy-related procedural anxiety and physiological parameters: a randomized controlled study.” Published in the Journal of Hepatogastroenterology, 2010 Sept-Oct.

A randomized controlled trial was carried out and collected in 2009 and 2010. The participants were randomized into two groups. Aromatherapy was then carried out by inhalation of Sunflower oil (control group) and Neroli oil (Experimental group).

Participates in this study were 27 subjects, 13 in control group and 14 in Neroli group with average age 52.26 +/- 17.79 years. There was no sign of procedural anxiety by STAI-S score and procedural pain by VAS. The physiological parameters showed a significant lower pre- and post-procedural systolic blood pressure in Neroli group than control group.

So, as we posted recently on Ylang Ylang, customer experience and research had supported lowering of blood pressure as well…here’s to keeping calm with essential oils!

 

1. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2014;2014:796518. doi: 10.1155/2014/796518. Epub 2014 Jun 12. Effects of Inhalation of Essential Oil of Citrus aurantium L. var. amara on Menopausal Symptoms, Stress, and Estrogen in Postmenopausal Women: A Randomized Controlled Trial.

Choi SY, Kang P, Lee HS, Seol GH.

Abstract: This study aimed to investigate the effects of inhalation of the essential oil of Citrus aurantium L. var. amara (neroli oil) on menopausal symptoms, stress, and estrogen in postmenopausal women. Sixty-three healthy postmenopausal women were randomized to inhale 0.1% or 0.5% neroli oil or almond oil (control) for 5 minutes twice daily for 5 days. Menopause-related symptoms, as determined by the Menopause-Specific Quality of Life Questionnaire (MENQOL); sexual desire visual analog scale (VAS); serum cortisol and estrogen concentrations, blood pressure, pulse, and stress VAS, were measured before and after inhalation. Compared with the control group, the two neroli oil groups showed significant improvements in the physical domain score of the MENQOL and in sexual desire. Systolic blood pressure was significantly lower in the group inhaling 0.5% neroli oil than in the control group. Compared with the control group, the two neroli oil groups showed significantly lower diastolic blood pressure and tended to improve pulse rate and serum cortisol and estrogen concentrations. These findings indicate that inhalation of neroli oil helps relieve menopausal symptoms, increase sexual desire, and reduce blood pressure in postmenopausal women. Neroli oil may have potential as an effective intervention to reduce stress and improve the endocrine system.

 

2. Hepatogastroenterology. 2010 Sep-Oct;57(102-103):1082-6. Aromatherapy for reducing colonoscopy-related procedural anxiety and physiological parameters: a randomized controlled study.

Hu PH1, Peng YC, Lin YT, Chang CS, Ou MC.

Abstract: Colonoscopy is generally tolerated, some patients regarding the procedure as unpleasant and painful and generally performed with the patient sedated and receiving analgesics. The effect of sedation and analgesia for colonoscopy is limited. Aromatherapy is also applied to gastrointestinal endoscopy to reduce procedural anxiety. There is lack of information about aromatherapy specific for colonoscopy. In this study, we aimed to perform a randomized controlled study to investigate the effect of aromatherapy on relieve anxiety, stress and physiological parameters of colonoscopy.

METHODOLOGY: A randomized controlled trial was carried out and collected in 2009 and 2010. The participants were randomized in two groups. Aromatherapy was then carried out by inhalation of Sunflower oil (control group) and Neroli oil (Experimental group). The anxiety index was evaluated by State-Trait Anxiety Inventory-state (STAI-S) score before aromatherapy and after colonoscopy as well as the pain index for post-procedural by visual analog scale (VAS). Physiological indicators, such as blood pressure (systolic and diastolic blood pressure), heart rate and respiratory rate were evaluated before and after aromatherapy.

RESULTS: Participates in this study were 27 subjects, 13 in control group and 14 in Neroli group with average age 52.26 +/- 17.79 years. There was no sign of procedural anxiety by STAI-S score and procedural pain by VAS. The physiological parameters showed a significant lower pre- and post-procedural systolic blood pressure in Neroli group than control group.

CONCLUSIONS: Aromatic care for colonoscopy, although with no significant effect on procedural anxiety, is an inexpensive, effective and safe pre-procedural technique that could decrease systolic blood pressure.*

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