Lavender aroma promotes a feeling of trust

If you want to increase the trust between you and anohther, aromatherpy may be the key.

In a small study, researchers at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands found that individuals had significantly more money to someone else in a test environment when exposed to the scent of lavender.

According to scientists this is the first study to investigate whether olfactory soothing lavender fragrance has a positive effect on mutual trust.

Aromatherapists already known that aromatic compounds can alter the mood, cognitive psychological or physical well-being. “Mutual trust is the social glue of society,” says Roberta main Sellaro researchers. “Interpersonal trust is an essential element for social cooperation, negotiation and negotiation.”

Sellaro and colleagues appears in magazines Frontiers in Psychology .

Boosting natural confidence

To determine the effect of fragrances, researchers exposed a group of people to test the scent of lavender, while a second group the aroma of mint. Subsequently, the test persons played a trust game, a task that is often used to measure the amount of a test person trusts the other.

A settlor was given 5 euros and was free to decide the amount of money that would give a trust in each round of the game. The trustee would then receive extra money, but only if the administrator gave enough money in return. Money transferred to the trust by the settlor served as an indicator of mutual trust.

test persons gave significantly more money to the other person when they were exposed to the scent of lavender, compared with people who had been exposed to the scent of mint.

The results could have (both positive and negative!) Different implications for a wide range of situations where interpersonal trust is an essential element.

“Smell the scent of lavender can help a seller to more easily establish a negotiation trusted to sell a car, or in a grocery store that can induce consumers to spend more money on buying products” says Sellaro “the scent of lavender can also be useful in sports psychology to improve confidence and build team spirit, for example, in the case of team games such as football and volleyball.”

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