December 2nd, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
New research published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology suggests that the smells of certain aromatic essential oils may have immediate short-term benefits on helping to reduce the risk of certain types of cardiovascular diseases.
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January 13th, 2010 - Barbara Feiner
Too much caffeine can keep you up at night, but coffee may have the power to lull you to sleep—as long as you inhale its aroma.
A team of international researchers found that the scent of roasted coffee beans calmed stressed and sleep-deprived rats. Their research was published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.
“The results of this study allowed us to improve our knowledge involved in relationships among coffee bean aroma, brain function and stress via sleep deprivation,” the authors write.
Further studies are needed to identify the compounds responsible for initiating a relaxation response.
In the meantime, pour yourself a cup of organic coffee and inhale deeply!
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January 25th, 2006 - Barbara Feiner
The scent of peppermint or cinnamon may keep you more alert and decrease your frustration when you’re behind the wheel, according to a recent study.
Dr. Bryan Raudenbush, director of undergraduate research and an associate professor of psychology at Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, West Virginia, found that cinnamon and peppermint increased test subjects’ feelings of alertness and lowered frustration levels. Cinnamon also decreased driver fatigue.
The study builds on Dr. Raudenbush’s past research, which indicates peppermint and cinnamon scents enhance motivation, performance and alertness, while decreasing fatigue and stimulating the central nervous system.
“Given these results, it is reasonable to expect that the presentation of peppermint or cinnamon odor while driving may produce a more alert and conscientious driver, and minimize the fatigue associated with prolonged driving,” he says. “In general, prolonged driving led to increased anger, fatigue and physical demand, and decreased vigor. Both cinnamon and peppermint administration led to increased ratings of alertness in comparison to the no-odor control [group]. Periodic administration of these odors over long-term driving may prove beneficial in maintaining alertness and decreasing highway accidents and fatalities.”
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