Abe S, Maruyama N, Hayama K, Inouye S, Oshima H, Yamaguchi H
Mediators of Inflammation, 2004
In aromatherapy, essential oils are used as anti-inflammatory remedies, but experimental studies on their action mechanisms are very limited.
AIMS OF THE STUDY:
To assess their anti-inflammatory activities, the effects of essential oils on neutrophil recruitment in mice were examined in vivo.
The effect of essential oils on leukocyte and neutrophil recruitment induced 6 h after intraperitoneal injection of casein in mice was examined.
Leukocyte recruitment into the peritoneal cavity in mice was suppressed by intraperitoneal injections of geranium, lemongrass and spearmint oils at the dose of 5 microl/mouse, but was not by tea tree oil. This recruitment was inhibited dose-dependently by geranium oil. The suppression of leukocyte recruitment resulted from inhibition of neutrophil accumulation.
Some essential oils used as anti-inflammatory remedies suppress neutrophil recruitment into the peritoneal cavity in mice.
Abe S, Maruyama N, Hayama K, Et Al. Suppression of neutrophil recruitment in mice by geranium essential oil. Mediators Inflamm. 2004;13(1):21-24.