EFFECTS OF EQUINE AROMATHERAPY ON HEART-RATE VARIABILITY AND SALIVARY CORTISOL

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Title:
EFFECTS OF EQUINE AROMATHERAPY ON HEART-RATE VARIABILITY AND SALIVARY CORTISOL
Author:
CHEA, ISABELLE
Issue Date:
2016
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
The objective of this project is to determine whether equine aromatherapy can optimize heart-rate variability parameters and decrease salivary cortisol levels. The protocol follows a crossover design with a treatment of humidified essential oil (Lavandula augustifolia and Chamaemelum nobile) and control of humidified air; HRV measurements for a sample size of 8 dressage horses in each study were collected by placing the respective Polar Equine monitors around the horse’s abdomen and recording for 7 minutes each at baseline, during treatment, immediately post-treatment, and 0.5 hour after each treatment. During the chamomile study, salivary cortisol levels were obtained by holding saliva swabs in the horse’s mouth for 60-90 sec. Statistically significant increases relative to baseline was discovered with RMSSD during lavender treatment and a statistically significant decrease for VLF during post-treatment in the lavender study; in the chamomile study, there was statistically significant increase in SDNN during post-treatment (p < 0.05).
Type:
text; Electronic Thesis
Degree Name:
B.S.H.S.
Degree Level:
Bachelors
Degree Program:
Honors College; Physiology
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Baldwin, Ann

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dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.titleEFFECTS OF EQUINE AROMATHERAPY ON HEART-RATE VARIABILITY AND SALIVARY CORTISOLen_US
dc.creatorCHEA, ISABELLEen
dc.contributor.authorCHEA, ISABELLEen
dc.date.issued2016-
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en
dc.description.abstractThe objective of this project is to determine whether equine aromatherapy can optimize heart-rate variability parameters and decrease salivary cortisol levels. The protocol follows a crossover design with a treatment of humidified essential oil (Lavandula augustifolia and Chamaemelum nobile) and control of humidified air; HRV measurements for a sample size of 8 dressage horses in each study were collected by placing the respective Polar Equine monitors around the horse’s abdomen and recording for 7 minutes each at baseline, during treatment, immediately post-treatment, and 0.5 hour after each treatment. During the chamomile study, salivary cortisol levels were obtained by holding saliva swabs in the horse’s mouth for 60-90 sec. Statistically significant increases relative to baseline was discovered with RMSSD during lavender treatment and a statistically significant decrease for VLF during post-treatment in the lavender study; in the chamomile study, there was statistically significant increase in SDNN during post-treatment (p < 0.05).en
dc.typetexten
dc.typeElectronic Thesisen
thesis.degree.nameB.S.H.S.en
thesis.degree.levelBachelorsen
thesis.degree.disciplineHonors Collegeen
thesis.degree.disciplinePhysiologyen
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen
dc.contributor.advisorBaldwin, Annen
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