Effects of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) of Cinnamomum burmannii in Its Natural State on Physical and Mental Health
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College of Life Science, Zhaoqing University, Zhaoqing 526061, China
Faculty of Landscape Architecture, Southwest Forestry University, Kunming 650224, China
Submission date: 2022-08-06
Final revision date: 2022-08-27
Acceptance date: 2022-09-01
Online publication date: 2022-12-05
Publication date: 2022-12-21
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Hua Chen   

College of Life Science, Zhaoqing University, China
Pol. J. Environ. Stud. 2023;32(1):133-144
Aromatic plant is an important element in the construction of landscape environment space. As an aromatic plant, Cinnamomum burmannii releases rich volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which can improve the quality of the environment, and have a health effect on the human body through smell. In order to determine the relationship between Cinnamomum burmannii VOCs and physical and mental health, the physiological and psychological indexes of volunteers were analyzed in indoor and outdoor environments with different concentrations of Cinnamomum burmannii VOCs. And the behavioral activities and physiological indexes of the animals were studied through experiments on the open field behavior of mice. Results of quantitative analysis of human physiological indicators indicated that the volunteers were in the most relaxed state at low concentration of Cinnamomum burmannii VOCs in indoor (0.10±0.04 m3/m2), and outdoor (0.10±0.05 m3/m2). Investigation of human psychological indicators demonstrated low concentration of Cinnamomum burmannii VOCs (0.10±0.05 m3/m2) could relieve the stress and improve the mental state on the human body to a large extent. In addition, the open-field behavioral experiment of mice revealed the low concentration of Cinnamomum burmannii VOCs (2.04×10-3 g/cm3) had the best effect on promoting motility and exploring cognitive ability of mice. These results can provide a basis for the application of aromatic plants in the landscape environment through their health benefits.
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