Stress is a normal psychological and physical response to the demands of daily life that exceed a person’s ability to cope successfully. Stress is often characterized by fatigue, sleep disorders, irritability, and constant worrying. Depression often accompanies stress. The accumulated effects of stress may lead to more serious medical problems. Stress may be work-related or may stem from personal problems, such as divorce, family conflicts, or financial concerns. Often stress results from a combination of these.
A study was performed to find how effective Rosa damascenearomatherapy could be on human autonomic parameters and emotional responses in healthy subjects. We will take a moment to research the star of this study and will better understand why the Rosa damascene was so successful.
Rose oil is the essential oil extracted from the petals of various types of roses. Sourced from the Rosa damascene plant, it contains the flower’s aromatic compounds. Because those compounds are thought to possess healing properties, rose essential oil is used for a number of health-related purposes. Rose oil is extracted through steam distillation. It has been used in perfumery for generations in Persia, where the rose was probably first cultivated.
A high quality rose essential oil diffuses a sweet, fresh, floral aroma. This precious and valuable oil is distilled from fresh rose petals and takes over sixty thousand roses to produce a single ounce of essential oil. In aromatherapy, rose is known for its uplifting, calming and balancing effects. When applied to the skin this prized oil soothes skin conditions and delivers cell rejuvenating and antiseptic properties. Now that we have learned pertinent information about the Rosa damascene lets continue to review the following study.
The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of rose oil on human autonomic parameters and emotional responses in healthy subjects after transdermal absorption. In order to exclude any olfactory stimulation the inhalation of the fragrances was prevented by breathing masks. Forty healthy volunteers participated in the experiments. Five autonomic parameters, i.e. blood pressure, breathing rate, blood oxygen saturation, pulse rate, and skin temperature, were recorded. Emotional responses were assessed by means of rating scales.
Compared to placebo, rose oil caused significant decreases of breathing rate, blood oxygen saturation and systolic blood pressure, which indicate a decrease of autonomic arousal. At the emotional level, subjects in the rose oil group rated themselves as more calm, more relaxed and less alert than subjects in the control group. These findings certainly do show Rose damascene essential oil has star quality for providing not only outstanding decreases in blood pressure, breathing rate and blood oxygen saturation but also provided relief of stress and depression.