If you don’t have a diffuser on your desk at work and on your nightstand at home, you don’t know what you’re missing. One of the safest and most cost-efficient ways to calm, relax, and increase positive feelings is through inhalation of essential oils. A recent study by the scientists at doTERRA put the mood-enhancing properties of CPTG® Bergamot essential oil to the test—in a very stressful environment.
The belief in Bergamot essential oil’s mood influencing capabilities is not new. Previous research has provided strong evidence that it can be uplifting and stress reducing when inhaled in a number of different environments.1-4 These effects are thought to be due primarily to Bergamot’s rich concentration of the monoterpenes linalyl acetate and linalool.
doTERRA’s scientists aimed to examine how Bergamot essential oil diffusion would influence mood in the waiting room of a mental health treatment center.5 During the eight-week trial, four waterless diffusers were set up out of sight in the waiting room 15 minutes before patients arrived. Weeks 1, 3, 5, and 7 were essential oil diffusion periods, while on weeks 2, 4, 6, and 8, the diffuser was filled with only distilled water. The 57 participants were asked to sit in the waiting room for a total of 15 minutes and were asked to complete a validated questionnaire before proceeding to their appointment.
A total of 45 participants completed the questionnaire during the trial essential oil diffusion periods, while 12 were completed during the distilled water diffusion periods (control). It was found that those in the trial group reported higher positive affect scores (17 percent higher) and slightly lower increases in negative affect scores (they reported a smaller increase in negative thoughts) compared to the control group. There were also no adverse reactions to the diffusion. These findings were consistent with existing research on the influence of Bergamot essential oil aromatherapy in other environments.
Long day at the office? Kids stressing you out? As the research shows, a few drops of Bergamot in your diffuser may be one of the best things you can do to promote positive thinking and a sense of calm whatever the environment you find yourself in.