Essential oil of lavender inhibited the decreased attention during a long-term task in humans

Kuniyoshi Shimizu, Mayumi Gyokusen, Shingo Kitamura, Takahiro Kawabe, Tomoaki Kozaki, Keita Ishibashi, Ryusuke Izumi, Wataru Mizunoya, Koichiro Ohnuki, Ryuichiro Kondo

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Abstract

This study examined the effects of odors on sustained attention during a vigilance task. Two essential oils (lavender and eucalyptus) and two materials (l-menthol and linalyl acetate) were compared with a control. The increase in reaction time was significantly lower with lavender than with the control. The results suggest that the administration of lavender helped to maintain sustained attention during the long-term task.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1944-1947
Number of pages4
JournalBioscience, Biotechnology and Biochemistry
Volume72
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biotechnology
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Organic Chemistry

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