Aromatherapy positively affects mood, EEG patterns of alertness and math computations.

Journal Article (Clinical Trial;Journal Article)

EEG activity, alertness, and mood were assessed in 40 adults given 3 minutes of aromatherapy using two aromas, lavender (considered a relaxing odor) or rosemary (considered a stimulating odor). Participants were also given simple math computations before and after the therapy. The lavender group showed increased beta power, suggesting increased drowsiness, they had less depressed mood (POMS) and reported feeling more relaxed and performed the math computations faster and more accurately following aromatherapy. The rosemary group, on the other hand, showed decreased frontal alpha and beta power, suggesting increased alertness. They also had lower state anxiety scores, reported feeling more relaxed and alert and they were only faster, not more accurate, at completing the math computations after the aromatherapy session.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Diego, MA; Jones, NA; Field, T; Hernandez-Reif, M; Schanberg, S; Kuhn, C; McAdam, V; Galamaga, R; Galamaga, M

Published Date

  • December 1998

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 96 / 3-4

Start / End Page

  • 217 - 224

PubMed ID

  • 10069621

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0020-7454

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.3109/00207459808986469


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England