Research Publications on Ylang Ylang for Cognition and Mood

The impact of peppermint and ylang-ylang essential oils on cognitive performance and mood was evaluated in distinct studies. These findings support the therapeutic use of essential oils for enhancing cognitive performance, mood, and stress management.

Modulation of cognitive performance and mood by aromas of peppermint and ylang-ylang; International Journal of Neuroscience, 2008; Link

This study examines the effects of plant essential oils, specifically ylang-ylang and peppermint, on cognition and mood in 144 healthy volunteers. Participants were divided into three groups: those exposed to ylang-ylang aroma, those exposed to peppermint aroma, and a no aroma control group. Cognitive performance was measured using a computerized assessment, while mood scales were administered before and after testing. The findings revealed that peppermint aroma improved memory and increased alertness, whereas ylang-ylang aroma slowed processing speed, and decreased alertness but significantly enhanced calmness. These outcomes underscore the significant and distinct impacts essential oil aromas can have on both cognitive functions and mood states, supporting the idea that these aromas exert notable effects on human behavior through both pharmacological and psychological mechanisms.
Effects of Ylang ylang essential oil on physiological and socio- psychological variables in femalesMedicine, Psychology, Environmental Science, 2013; Link
This study investigated the effects of Ylang ylang essential oil aromatherapy on stress and physiological parameters like blood pressure, pulse rate, and breathing rate among 36 women aged 20 to 45 in Bloemfontein. Divided into two groups, participants received aromatherapy treatments on the face and back, alongside control treatments with carrier oil. Results showed that Ylang ylang essential oil significantly reduced stress indicators and was more effective when applied to the back, suggesting larger absorption areas enhance benefits. Participants reported improved stress levels, concentration, energy, and self-esteem. Highlighting the need for more research in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), this study contributes to understanding aromatherapy's potential benefits for stress management.