The effect of essential oils on work-related stress in intensive care unit nurses

Holist Nurs Pract. Mar-Apr 2008;22(2):97-102. doi: 10.1097/01.HNP.0000312658.13890.28.


This small pilot study evaluated the effect of a topical application of the essential oils Lavandula angustifolia and Salvia sclaria on work-related stress of nurses in an ICU setting. Results demonstrated decreased perception of stress level in the intervention group during three 12-hour worked shifts.

MeSH terms

  • Aromatherapy / methods*
  • Aromatherapy / nursing
  • Burnout, Professional / prevention & control*
  • Holistic Health*
  • Humans
  • Intensive Care Units
  • Lavandula
  • Nursing Staff, Hospital / psychology*
  • Oils, Volatile / therapeutic use*
  • Pilot Projects
  • Salvia
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Work Schedule Tolerance / psychology*


  • Oils, Volatile