Reduction of mental stress with lavender odorant

Percept Mot Skills. 2001 Dec;93(3):713-8. doi: 10.2466/pms.2001.93.3.713.


The effect of the lavender odorant on a Japanese version of Cox and Mackay's stress/arousal adjective checklist for three groups was studied. One group of 14 was placed into a (2 x 2- x 3 m) sound protected room for 20 min without the presentation of an odor, an analogous group of 15 received the odor oil, and one group of 13 received a nonstressful condition. Analysis suggested that lavender odorants were associated with reduced mental stress and increased arousal rate.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Affect
  • Aromatherapy*
  • Arousal*
  • Blood Pressure
  • Female
  • Heart Rate
  • Humans
  • Lavandula*
  • Male
  • Stress, Psychological / psychology
  • Stress, Psychological / therapy*