Healing scents: an overview of clinical aromatherapy for emotional distress

J Psychosoc Nurs Ment Health Serv. 2008 Oct;46(10):46-52. doi: 10.3928/02793695-20081001-12.


Individuals in emotional distress are often treated with psychotherapeutic agents, but other treatment options exist. One safe and effective adjunct for the prevention and treatment of emotional distress is aromatherapy. This article describes the physiological effects of scent, reviews the research on aromatherapy, presents practical information on the use of clinical aromatherapy for emotional distress, and suggests resources for additional training and education.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aromatherapy*
  • Humans
  • Oils, Volatile / pharmacology
  • Oils, Volatile / therapeutic use
  • Stress, Psychological / nursing
  • Stress, Psychological / therapy*


  • Oils, Volatile