Use of aromatherapy with hospice patients to decrease pain, anxiety, and depression and to promote an increased sense of well-being

Am J Hosp Palliat Care. Nov-Dec 2002;19(6):381-6. doi: 10.1177/104990910201900607.

Abstract

This study measured the responses of 17 cancer hospice patients to humidified essential lavender oil aromatherapy. Vital signs as well as levels of pain, anxiety, depression, and sense of well-being were measured (using 11-point verbal analogs). Each subject was measured on three different days before and after a 60-minute session consisting of (1) no treatment (control); (2) water humidification (control); or (3) 3-percent lavender aromatherapy. Results reflected a positive, yet small, change in blood pressure and pulse, pain, anxiety, depression, and sense of well-being after both the humidified water treatment and the lavender treatment. Following the control session (no treatment), there was also slight improvement in vital signs, depression, and sense of well-being, but not in pain or anxiety levels.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Anxiety / therapy*
  • Aromatherapy*
  • Depression / therapy*
  • Female
  • Hospice Care / methods
  • Humans
  • Lavandula*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Neoplasms / physiopathology
  • Pain Management*
  • Plant Oils / therapeutic use*
  • Southeastern United States

Substances

  • Plant Oils