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Torabi M, , Moharamzadeh S, Ebrahim K. Effect of Aromatic Essential Oil of Lavender on the Electrical Activity of Healthy Girls’ Heart during Exercise. Intern Med Today 2017; 23 (2) :99-104
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1- Sport Physiology Department, Sport Science Faculty, University of Guilan, Rasht, Iran
2- Sport Physiology Department, Sport Science Faculty, Shahid Rajaii Teacher Teaching University, Tehran, Iran , s.moharamzadeh@srttu.edu
3- Sport Physiology Department, Sport Science Faculty, Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran
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Aims: Some of the herbal supplementations consumed by the athletes in order to improve their athletic functions are selected to affect the cardio-vascular system. The aim of the study was to investigate the aromatic effects of lavender essential oils on the heart electrical functions during exercises in the healthy girls. 

Materials & Methods: In the repeated pretest-posttest semi-experimental study, 9 active healthy girls studying sport sciences in Shahid Rajaei University were studied in 2015. The subjects were selected via purposeful sampling method. As counter balance, either ethanol soaked cotton or lavender oil essence were exposed to each subject, and the Conconi test was conducted as a sport activity. Both electrocardiogram waves and blood pressure data were recorded before the activities and immediately after and one minute after the end of the activity (recovery). Data were analyzed by SPSS 20 software using repeated ANOVA and student T tests.

Findings: Immediately after the test, the systolic blood pressure in experimental group was significantly higher than control group (p<0.05). In addition, the inhalation of the lavender oil in experimental group increased R wave height during the final moments of exercises compared to control group (p<0.05). Nevertheless, the systolic blood pressure, T wave height, and R-R and Q-T distances did not significantly change in response to the exercises.

Conclusion: During the sport activities, the inhalation of lavender affects the heart ventricular function, as well as the heart beat and the systolic blood pressure.

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Type of Study: Original | Subject: Physiology
Received: 2016/02/13 | Accepted: 2016/10/30 | Published: 2017/03/11

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