Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry
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Food & Nutrition Science Notes
Essential Oil of Lavender Inhibited the Decreased Attention during a Long-Term Task in Humans
Kuniyoshi SHIMIZUMayumi GYOKUSENShingo KITAMURATakahiro KAWABETomoaki KOZAKIKeita ISHIBASHIRyusuke IZUMIWataru MIZUNOYAKoichiro OHNUKIRyuichiro KONDO
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2008 Volume 72 Issue 7 Pages 1944-1947

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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.

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