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The AromaStick Research


Aromastick research

The effectiveness of the Aromastick inhalers is one of the three cornerstones of our products. Since the development of our first natural inhaler, we have placed great emphasis on scientific studies to systematically investigate, specify and confirm the product promises.

We rigorously test all Aromastick inhalers. We use whenever possible randomized, double-blind and placebo-controlled methods to check for side-effects and verify the claims we make. 

We are delighted that so far eleven of our studies have been peer-reviewed and published in scientific journals. Our approach to scents is increasingly being recognized internationally and we are being asked to present our work at academic conferences around the world.

Study results

Aromastick BALANCE

Study  results

  • Reduction of systolic blood pressure by 13 mmHg
  • Decrease of diastolic blood pressure by 11 mmHg
  • Reduction of heart rate by 9 beats per minutes
  • Increased serotonin by up to 56% after 6 inhalations (35% after 3 inhalations)

Sources

Schneider, R. (2016) There Is Something in the Air: Testing the Efficacy of a new Olfactory Stress Relief Method (Aromastick®). Stress & Health, 32: 411–426 doi.org/10.1002/smi.2636. See more

Schneider, R. (2021). The increase in urinary serotonin and decrease in salivary cortisol concentrations following direct inhalations of concentrated essential oils is not induced by non-specific effects. Endocrine Regulations, 55, 101-109 doi.org/10.2478/enr-2021-0023

Aromastick BREATHE

Study  results

  • Strongly reduces seasonal allergic rhinitis symptoms affecting nasal passageway and congestion

Sources

Schneider, R. (2019). Seasonal allergic rhinitis is effectively assuaged with an essential oil inhaler (AromaStick®): Results from a randomized, controlled, double-blind effectiveness trial. The Natural Products Journal, 9, 39-46 doi.org/10.2174/2210315508666180919144725. See more

Aromastick CALM

Study results

  • Reduction of systolic blood pressure by 14.5 mmHg
  • Decrease of diastolic blood pressure by 6.5 mmHg
  • Decrease of heart rate by 7.5 beats per minute
  • Decrease in cortisol by 17%

Sources

Schneider, R. (2016) There Is Something in the Air: Testing the Efficacy of a new Olfactory Stress Relief Method (Aromastick®). Stress & Health, 32: 411–426 doi.org/10.1002/smi.2636. See more

Singer, N. & Schneider, R. (2017). Practically Relevant Stress Relieving Effects of Olfactory Stimuli Delivered by a Specially Formulated Odour Inhaler (Aromastick®): Overview of an Initial Series of Studies Testing Different Boundary Conditions. International Journal of Clinical Aromatherapy, 11: 48-58. See more

Aromastick ENERGY

Study  results

  • Increase of oxygen saturation by 1,6% (corresponding to a factor of 1.4)
  • Increase of heat tolerance by 83% (corresponding to a factor of 2.3)
  • Increased participants’ accuracy of target identification by about six percent, reaction time by about 11 percent and mental arithmetic by about 25% in a demanding vigilance test (CompACT-Vi), compared to Red Bull
  • Improved vigilance vs Red Bull® in the computerized CompACT-Vi attention test

Sources

Schneider, R. (2017) A breath of fresh air: Arterial blood oxygen saturation is increased upon the use of an essential oil inhaler (AromaStick®). Results from a prospective, controlled, experimental study involving healthy individuals. Current Respiratory Medicine Reviews, 13, 213-220 doi.org/10.2174/1573398X14666180221112846.  See more

Schneider, R. (2020) Essential oil inhaler (Aromastick®) improves heat tolerance in the Hot Immersion Test (HIT). Results from two randomized, controlled experiments. Journal of Thermal Biology, 87, 102478 doi.org/10.1016/j.jtherbio.2019.102478.  See more

Schneider, R. (2020) Natural Odor Inhalers (Aromastick®) Outperform Red Bull® for Enhancing Cognitive Vigilance: Results From a Four-Armed, Randomized Controlled Study. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 128 (1): 135-152 doi.org/10.1177/0031512520970835. See more

Aromastick FOCUS

Study  results

  • 29% increase in attention
  • 19% increase in processing speed
  • 8% reduction in error rate
  • increased participants’ accuracy of target identification by about six percent, reaction time by about 11 percent and mental arithmetic by about 25% in a demanding vigilance test (CompACT-Vi), compared to Red Bull
  • superior performance than Red Bull® in the computerized CompACT-Vi attention test

Sources

Schneider, R. (2016) Direct Application of Specially Formulated Scent Compositions (Aromastick®) Prolongs Attention and Enhances Visual Scanning Speed. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 30 (4): 650– 654 doi.org/10.1002/acp.3237. See more

Schneider, R. (2020) Natural Odor Inhalers (Aromastick®) Outperform Red Bull® for Enhancing Cognitive Vigilance: Results From a Four-Armed, Randomized Controlled Study. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 128 (1): 135-152 doi.org/10.1177/0031512520970835. See more

Aromastick REFRESH

Study  results

  • Increase of oxygen concentration in blood
  • Increase of heat tolerance by a factor of 2.3

Sources

Schneider, R. (2020) Essential oil inhaler (Aromastick®) improves heat tolerance in the Hot Immersion Test (HIT). Results from two randomized, controlled experiments. Journal of Thermal Biology, 87, 102478 doi.org/10.1016/j.jtherbio.2019.102478. See more

Aromastick RELAX

Study results

  • Reduction of systolic blood pressure by 16.5 mmHg
  • Decrease in diastolic blood pressure by 6.6 mmHg
  • Reduction of heart rate by 6.6 beats per minute
  • Mean reduction in systolic blood pressure of 3.5-5 mmHg over 30 day use across the whole sample, 10 mmHg in responders (about 50%)
  • Sleep quality improved by 44%

Sources

Schneider, R. (2016) There Is Something in the Air: Testing the Efficacy of a new Olfactory Stress Relief Method (Aromastick®). Stress & Health, 32: 411–426 doi.org/10.1002/smi.2636. See more

Singer, N. & Schneider, R. (2017). Practically Relevant Stress Relieving Effects of Olfactory Stimuli Delivered by a Specially Formulated Odour Inhaler (Aromastick®): Overview of an Initial Series of Studies Testing Different Boundary Conditions. International Journal of Clinical Aromatherapy, 11: 48-58. See more

Schneider, R. (2021) Short, But Highly Concentrated, Direct Inhalations of Essential Oil Molecules Improve Poor Sleep Quality: A Natural History Controlled, Within Group, Self-Administration Field Pilot Study. Current Psychopharmacology, 10, 145-151 doi.org/10.2174/2211556009666210108111832. See more

Aromastick SLIM

Study  results

  • An average weight loss of 1.66 kg in 30 days
  • Responders losing up to 4.5 kg in 30 days

Sources

Singer, N. & Schneider, R. (2017). Investigating the use of a specially formulated odour inhaler (Aromastick®) on weight loss: Overview of the results of a two-armed, randomised, controlled effectiveness study. International Journal of Clinical Aromatherapy, 12, 16-24. See more

Aromastick VITA

Study  results

  • Menstrual Pain: reduces the time until the onset of pain relief from 54 minutes to 37 minutes in the total sample (reduction: 30%)
  • Menstrual Pain: reduced time until complete pain relief from 247 minutes to 159 minutes in the total sample (reduction: 36%)
  • Chronic Back Pain: reduces the onset of pain relief in the total sample from 60 minutes to 47 minutes (reduction: 22%)
  • Chronic Back Pain: reduces the time of pain duration in the total sample from 248 minutes to 203 minutes (reduction: 18%)

Sources

Schneider, R. (2017). From Pain to Pleasure: A Newly Developed Essential Oil Inhaler (Aromastick®) Alters Pain Dynamics and Increases Well-being. Results from Two Randomized, Controlled Documentation Studies. Current Psychopharmacology, 6 doi.org/10.1002/acp.3237. See more

All studies by year of publication

Short but highly concentrated, direct inhalations of essential oil molecules improve poor sleep quality

Schneider, R. (2021) Short, But Highly Concentrated, Direct Inhalations of Essential Oil Molecules Improve Poor Sleep Quality: A Natural History Controlled, Within Group, Self-Administration Field Pilot Study, Current Psychopharmacology. 10, 145-151 doi.org/10.2174/2211556009666210108111832.  See more

 

Natural Odor Inhalers (Aromastick®) Outperform Red Bull® for Enhancing Cognitive Vigilance: Results From a Four-Armed, Randomized Controlled Study

Schneider, R. (2020) Natural Odor Inhalers (Aromastick®) Outperform Red Bull® for Enhancing Cognitive Vigilance: Results From a Four-Armed, Randomized Controlled Study. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 128 (1): 135-152 doi.org/10.1177/0031512520970835. See more

 

Essential oil inhaler (AromaStick®) improves heat tolerance in the Hot Immersion Test

Schneider, R. (2020) Essential oil inhaler (AromaStick®) improves heat tolerance in the Hot Immersion Test (HIT). Results from two randomized, controlled experiments. Journal of Thermal Biology, 87, 102478 doi.org/10.1016/j.jtherbio.2019.102478. See More

 

Seasonal allergic rhinitis is effectively assuaged with an essential oil inhaler (AromaStick®): Results from a randomized, controlled, double-blind effectiveness trial

Schneider, R. (2019). Seasonal allergic rhinitis is effectively assuaged with an essential oil inhaler (AromaStick®): Results from a randomized, controlled, double-blind effectiveness trial. The Natural Products Journal, 9, 39-46 doi.org/10.2174/2210315508666180919144725.  See more

 

Medical Aromatherapy revisited – Basic mechanisms, critique, and a new development

Schneider, R., Singer, N., Singer, T. (2018) Medical Aromatherapy revisited – Basic mechanisms, critique, and a new development. Human Psychopharmacology: Clinical & Experimental, 34, e2683 doi.org/10.1002/hup.2683.  See more

 

A breath of fresh air: Arterial blood oxygen saturation is increased upon the use of an essential oil inhaler (AromaStick®)

Schneider, R. (2017) A breath of fresh air: Arterial blood oxygen saturation is increased upon the use of an essential oil inhaler (AromaStick®). Results from a prospective, controlled, experimental study involving healthy individuals. Current Respiratory Medicine Reviews, 13, 213-220 doi.org/10.2174/1573398X14666180221112846.  See more

 

Investigating the use of a specially formulated odour inhaler (AromaStick®) on weight loss: Overview of the results of a two-armed, randomised, controlled effectiveness study

Singer, N. & Schneider, R. (2017). Investigating the use of a specially formulated odour inhaler (AromaStick®) on weight loss: Overview of the results of a two-armed, randomised, controlled effectiveness study. International Journal of Clinical Aromatherapy, 12, 16-24.  See more

 

From pain to pleasure: A newly developed essential oil inhaler (AromaStick®) alters pain dynamics and increases well-being. Results from two randomized, controlled documentation studies.

 Schneider, R. (2017). From pain to pleasure: A newly developed essential oil inhaler (AromaStick®) alters pain dynamics and increases well-being. Results from two randomized, controlled documentation studies. Current Psychopharmacology, 6, 136-147 doi.org/10.2174/2211556006666170510094602. See more

 

Practically relevant stress relieving effects of olfactory stimuli delivered by a specially formulated odour inhaler (AromaStick®): Overview of an initial series of studies testing different boundary conditions

Singer, N. & Schneider, R. (2017). Practically relevant stress relieving effects of olfactory stimuli delivered by a specially formulated odour inhaler (AromaStick®): Overview of an initial series of studies testing different boundary conditions. International Journal of Clinical Aromatherapy, 11, 48-58. See more

 

Direct application of specially formulated scent compositions (AromaStick®) prolongs attention and enhances visual scanning speed

Schneider, R. (2016). Direct application of specially formulated scent compositions (AromaStick®) prolongs attention and enhances visual scanning speed. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 30, 650-654 doi.org/10.1002/acp.3237. See more

 

There is something in the air: Testing the efficacy of a new olfactory stress relief method (AromaStick®)

Schneider, R. (2016). There is something in the air: Testing the efficacy of a new olfactory stress relief method (AromaStick®). Stress & Health, 32, 411-426 doi.org/10.1002/smi.2636. See more

Impressions from the Aromastick Lab

At Aromastick we are very interested in the science behind inhalers, olfaction and aromas. We are committed to continuing to invest in research and development to bring you the best possible products.


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