Studies related to Cortisol and Saffron

Psychological And Neuroendocrinological Effects Of Odor Of Saffron (Crocus Sativus)

Effect Decrease
Trial Design Double blind
Trial Length 24 hours
Number of Subjects 47
Sex Female
Age Range 18-29, 30-44
Notes for this study:
Usage of saffron as aromatherapy in otherwise healthy women was able to reduce circulating cortisol and increase estrogen (no influence on testosterone) to a mild degree, and this was associated with a mild reduction in anxiety as assessed by STAI.

This study attempted a double-blind experiment as control was given ethanol whereas the experimental group was given a concentration of saffron below the detectable aromatic limit, with experimenters blind to the treatment. Aroma exposure was 20 minutes.