The uses of aromatherapy in women's health

J Perinat Neonatal Nurs. 2010 Jul-Sep;24(3):238-45. doi: 10.1097/JPN.0b013e3181ece75d.


Aromatherapy is the practice of therapeutic use of essential plant-based oils. Essential oils and aromatherapy have been used in the care of women for centuries. The published research has used small samples and often combines other complementary therapies with aromatherapy; however, the use of essential oils has not been shown to cause harm and is accepted by women. Aromatherapy mixtures are appropriate for use by nurses in labor and delivery settings. The article reviews the literature and discusses appropriate essential oil mixtures for use in women's health setting and labor and delivery.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Anxiety / therapy
  • Aromatherapy / methods
  • Aromatherapy / nursing*
  • Evidence-Based Medicine
  • Female
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Humans
  • Massage / methods
  • Massage / nursing*
  • Nurse-Patient Relations
  • Oils, Volatile / therapeutic use*
  • Pain Management
  • Pregnancy
  • Relaxation
  • Women's Health*


  • Oils, Volatile