Effectiveness of the essential oils lavender and ginger in promoting children's comfort in a perianesthesia setting

J Perianesth Nurs. 2009 Oct;24(5):307-12. doi: 10.1016/j.jopan.2009.07.001.


This randomized, controlled, blinded study examined the effectiveness of an aromatherapy intervention on the reduction of children's distress in a perianesthesia setting. The sample included children with and without developmental disabilities (n = 94). Subjects in the intervention group received an aromatherapy intervention of lavender and ginger essential oils. The control group received a placebo intervention of jojoba oil. Distress was measured at two times: before induction and in the PACU, using the Faces, Legs, Arms, Cry and Consolability (FLACC) scale. The mean distress level was lower for the children in the essential oil group, but the effect was not statistically significant (P = .055). Parents' responses to survey questions about satisfaction with aromatherapy did not differ between groups, although open-ended comments indicated a more positive opinion of the benefits of the intervention in the aromatherapy group.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Aromatherapy*
  • Child
  • Ginger*
  • Humans
  • Lavandula*
  • Oils, Volatile*
  • Patient Satisfaction*
  • Perioperative Nursing*
  • Single-Blind Method
  • Stress, Psychological / prevention & control*


  • Oils, Volatile