“Soothing”, “relaxing”, “reducing feelings of stress”, “promoting uplifting feelings”, etc. are terms often associated with the aromatic use of essential oils, and there is quite a bit of research to support those claims. But clinical research on the ability of essential oils to help us meet challenges and cope with everyday stressors—to help us adapt—is quite limited. At the 2019 Together Convention, Nicole Stevens, Director of Oil Research and Formulation, discussed how her team is changing that with a new proprietary blend and several innovative (albeit stressful) clinical trials.
De Adaptiv™ Calming Blend is the result of years of research and formulation. The final product is backed by clinical research conducted by doTERRA's in-house team of research scientists. In preparation for the launch of the new adaptiv line of products, doTERRA's global campus was gassed with science as multiple clinical trials were underway. The Adaptiv Essential Oil Blend study was a milestone for the doTERRA clinical research team; it involved a greater number of doTERRA scientists (more than 10) than any other internal study, it was the first study to involve psychological elements (stress), it included the youngest study participants in any doTERRA study (as young as 12) and it explored something we all deal with: STRESS.
We will, We will…STRESS YOU
Participants in the Adaptiv trial were only told that they would be testing a new doTERRA product and that they must first qualify to become a product tester by completing two assessments. The participants were randomized and placed in two separate rooms, one where Adaptiv was distributed and the other where a placebo was distributed. To the participants' horror, the assessments were a combination of math and word problems that gradually increased in difficulty. There were a total of 15 questions with a time limit of 12 minutes. In addition, a countdown clock was projected on the wall in each room. At the end of one assessment, the participants crossed the road, entered the other room and took the other assessment. Over the course of both assessments, each person wore a pulse oximeter to measure his or her heart rate and a forehead temperature strip to measure the autonomic response to the stressful environment. After the assessments, all participants answered a series of questions about how they felt during the test.
What have we found?
The results surprised even those involved in the formulation of the adaptiv mix. Although the final statistical analysis is currently underway, some trends were clear from the initial data. Nicole Stevens noticed such a trend during her presentation of the 2019 Together Convention. With regard to the test scores, none of which were very high given the difficulty of the test, many participants still scored higher when taking the test in the Adaptive-room. Also, the mean heart rates in the distribution of Adaptive lower and more consistent.
Most interesting were the subjective ratings. There are objective physiological characteristics of stress (eg heart rate, blood pressure, etc.), but stress is also psychological; if you feel less stressed… well, you are less stressed. The participants themselves indicated that they had less stress and anxious feelings when taking the assessment in the Adaptiveroom, even though they had no idea which room they were in or what was being distributed. There was also a small group of participants who participated in an extensive clinical trial with the Adaptive™ Calming Blend Capsules. These particular participants reported the lowest stress levels of all. Since the products were formulated to be used together, the potential synergy between the oil blend and the supplement was exactly what we expected (and hoped) to see.
But, the smell?
Remember, the survey participants volunteered because they were told they would become product testers, and we wouldn't let them down. After the test portion, participants were presented with three separate blends and were asked how they liked each blend and how it affected their feelings. The real Adaptive was the clear winner, with most participants an 8 or 9 (on a scale of 1-9). To complete the product test, participants were asked to describe how the scent of all three essential oil blends made them feel. Remember they weren't told what the name of the product was, which of the three Adaptive was, or what the intended benefit of Adaptive used to be. The words calm, substantive, positive and happy came up repeatedly.
The evaluation of the Adaptiveproduct line did not end with this stressful clinical trial. doTERRA scientists were also busy researching the effectiveness of the oil blend in an institutional setting, conducting a clinical trial with 80 supplement participants, and working with our research partners on a proteomic evaluation of how the capsules brain cells at the molecular level. All data is currently undergoing final statistical analysis and will hopefully be published in a scientific journal for the general public in the near future. Don't forget to follow the doTERRA science on social media for updates on the publication.
De Adaptive Calming Blend is the precise solution to help you deal with the stressors of everyday life. Whether it is a difficult test or just a normal life, stop a few drops Adaptive in the atomizer to induce feelings of calm and relaxation, and help the body and mind stay in balance.