The effects of lavender and rosemary essential oils on test-taking anxiety among graduate nursing students

Holist Nurs Pract. 2009 Mar-Apr;23(2):88-93. doi: 10.1097/HNP.0b013e3181a110aa.


Test taking in nursing school can produce stress that affects the ability of students to realize their goals of graduation. In this study, the use of lavender and rosemary essential oil sachets reduced test-taking stress in graduate nursing students as evidenced by lower scores on test anxiety measure, personal statements, and pulse rates.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial

MeSH terms

  • Administration, Inhalation
  • Anxiety / therapy*
  • Aromatherapy*
  • Blood Pressure / drug effects
  • Heart Rate / drug effects
  • Humans
  • Lavandula
  • Oils, Volatile / therapeutic use*
  • Plant Oils / therapeutic use*
  • Rosmarinus
  • Students, Nursing
  • Test Anxiety Scale


  • Oils, Volatile
  • Plant Oils
  • rosemary oil
  • lavender oil