The purpose of this study will be to investigate the claim that administration of lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) essential oil (topically, orally, and/or respiratorily) produces a relaxative effect in human subjects. This investigation will theoretically be conducted in two stages. Stage one will focus primarily on determining the presence of therapeutic effects and the relative effectiveness of lavender in several application modalities. Stage two will proceed based on findings from stage one. If significant parasympathetic effects are observed in relation to one or more of the lavender oil modalities described above, a more focused investigation will be conducted in stage two to ascertain the specific active chemical component(s) in the oil that stimulate(s) the therapeutic effect.
Nelson, Haakon Robert; Burkhart, Rachel Ann; Morin, Daniel; Weissenfluh, Nicole Grace; and Korn, Michael R.
"Investigation of Parasympathetic Effects of Lavender Essential Oil in Humans,"
Montview Liberty University Journal of Undergraduate Research: Vol. 2
, Article 3.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.liberty.edu/montview/vol2/iss1/3