Orange Oil RelaxationAugust 13, 2012 Written by JP [Font too small?]
Today I’d like to tell a tale of two oranges. Citrus sinensis, the more popular of the two, is known as “sweet orange”. The lesser known Citrus aurantium is referred to as bergamot or “bitter orange”. Although bitterness and sweetness are typically thought of as polar opposites, both of these citrus fruits have found common ground in the field of natural medicine. Over the past several years, C. aurantium and C. sinensis have been analyzed as potentially beneficial aromatherapeutic agents. In particular, scientists are investigating whether the inhalation of bitter and sweet orange oil aroma may curb anxious feelings.
The latest study on this subject was published in the July 2012 edition of the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. In it, a total of 40 patients were exposed to varying concentrations of orange oil (C. Sinensis), tea tree oil or a placebo (water). All of the study participants were subjected to stressful conditions and monitored. Those who inhaled the aroma of either 2.5 or 10 drops of sweet orange oil did not exhibit “significant alterations in state-anxiety, subjective tension and tranquility levels” while undergoing a stressful situation. The authors of the study concluded that, “the present results indicate an acute anxiolytic activity of sweet orange aroma, giving some scientific support to its use as a tranquilizer by aromatherapists”. Previous studies using both bitter and sweet orange oil support these current findings in circumstances ranging from anxiousness caused by dental procedures to preoperative anxiety. In all of the instances I’ve reviewed, orange oil has been found cost effective and safe.
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To learn more about the studies referenced in today’s column, please click on the following links:
Study 1 – Essential Oils and Anxiolytic Aromatherapy … (link)
Study 2 – Effect of Sweet Orange Aroma on Experimental Anxiety in Humans … (link)
Study 3 – Ambient Odors of Orange and Lavender Reduce Anxiety and Improve … (link)
Study 4 – Ambient Odor of Orange in a Dental Office Reduces Anxiety … (link)
Study 5 – Citrus Aurantium Blossom and Preoperative Anxiety … (link)
Anxiety Characteristics and Prevalence Throughout Life
Source: Dialogues Clin Neurosci. 2011;13:381-399. (link)
Tags: Anxiety, Aromatherapy, Surgery
Posted in Alternative Therapies, Dental Health, Mental Health