Saturday, March 24, 2018 by Jessica Dolores
Aromatherapy using the essential oil of Satureja brevicalyx and S. boliviana, coupled with mindfulness meditation can relieve anxiety. This was the finding of a study published in the Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine. It wanted to check if this alternative way of reducing anxiety actually works.
- The experiment involved 108 people divided into six groups. One was the control group, the remaining five the experimental groups.
- The aromatherapy group inhaled essential oils while those under the intervention program focused on “flow meditation.”
- Anxiety index was measured using the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI) before and after the test.
- The anxiety level dropped when aromatherapy and mindfulness meditation were practiced.
- Materials used in the study consisted of leaves from the S. brevicalyx plant that was found in Peru. Researchers extracted essential oils from the powdered plant material.
- The essential oils were studied using various means like visual interpretation, computer library search, among others.
- Researchers offered a free meditation and aromatherapy course to get participants. The 108 participants consisted of males and females between the ages of 18 and 45.
- A State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI), made up of two self-report scales to determine two types of anxiety, was used.
- A portion of the said evaluation tool shows the subjects’ general feelings, while another part describes his emotions at a given time.
- Anxiety levels dropped when participants applied essential oils because the substances have linalool, which have sedation and hypnotic effects.
- Reduced anxiety in the group that practiced mindful meditation was attributed to a relaxed attitude that concentrated on the present, developed an accepting attitude and patience in dealing with negative feelings and thoughts.
- More research is required to understand how aromatherapy and meditation combine to help humans deal with day-to-day anxiety.
Aromatherapy and mindfulness were found to reduce anxiety. Essential oils, on the other hand, can offer an alternative to aromatherapy as a tool for fighting anxiety.
Soto-Vasquez M, Alvarado-Garcia, P. MEDITATION COMBINED WITH ESSENTIAL OILS FROM SATUREJA GENRE FOUND TO EASE ANXIETY. Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine. Jan. 2017. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016