Aromatherapy

Description of the Project.

The project is about aromatherapy and its effect on your heart rate.  I used lavender and peppermint essential oils because lavender is supposed to be a relaxant and peppermint is supposed to be a stimulant. I tested the volunteer's heart rate before and after they smelled the essential oil to see if it went up or down. I graphed up the data and my hypothesis was supported.

Ruling

The student is managing the study and data collection. While the essential oils are not being ingested, they are being using to cause a physiological change (e.g., change in heart rate).  This project involves the participation of humans, so that Informed Consent forms are required.  Please consult this web site for a description of the process that must be followed:

http://youthscience.ca/node/3576

This project is approved for presentation at the Regional Science Fair and the Canada Wide Science Fair.

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