Skip to main page content
Access keys NCBI Homepage MyNCBI Homepage Main Content Main Navigation
. 2016;2016:7896081.
doi: 10.1155/2016/7896081. Epub 2016 Mar 13.

Effect of Inhalation of Aromatherapy Oil on Patients With Perennial Allergic Rhinitis: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Affiliations
Free PMC article

Effect of Inhalation of Aromatherapy Oil on Patients With Perennial Allergic Rhinitis: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Seo Yeon Choi et al. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. .
Free PMC article

Erratum in

Abstract

This study aimed to investigate the effects of aromatherapy oil inhalation on symptoms, quality of life, sleep quality, and fatigue level among adults with perennial allergic rhinitis (PAR). Fifty-four men and women aged between 20 and 60 were randomized to inhale aromatherapy oil containing essential oil from sandalwood, geranium, and Ravensara or almond oil (the placebo) for 5 minutes twice daily for 7 days. PAR symptoms determined by Total Nasal Symptom Score (TNSS), the Rhinoconjunctivitis Quality of Life Questionnaire (RQLQ), sleep quality by Verran Synder-Halpern (VSH) scale, and fatigue level by Chalder Fatigue Scale (CFS) were assessed before and after intervention period. Compared with the placebo, the experimental group showed significant improvement in TNSS, especially in nasal obstruction. The aromatherapy group also showed significantly higher improvements in total score of RQLQ and CFS. These findings indicate that inhalation of certain aromatherapy oil helps relieve PAR symptoms, improve rhinitis-specific quality of life, and reduce fatigue in patients with PAR. In conclusion, inhalation of aromatherapy essential oil may have potential as an effective intervention to alleviate PAR.

Figures

Figure 1
Figure 1
Study flow diagram.
Figure 2
Figure 2
Effect of aromatherapy oil on (a) the Verran Synder-Halpern (VSH) sleep quality scale and (b) Chalder Fatigue Scale (CFS). Values are expressed as mean ± SEM. P < 0.05.

Similar articles

See all similar articles

Cited by 2 articles

References

    1. Bousquet J., Khaltaev N., Cruz A. A., et al. Allergic rhinitis and its impact on asthma (ARIA) 2008. Allergy. 2008;63(supplement s86):8–160. doi: 10.1111/j.1398-9995.2007.01620.x. - DOI - PubMed
    1. Craig T. J., Teets S., Lehman E. B., Chinchilli V. M., Zwillich C. Nasal congestion secondary to allergic rhinitis as a cause of sleep disturbance and daytime fatigue and the response to topical nasal corticosteroids. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. 1998;101(5):633–637. doi: 10.1016/S0091-6749(98)70171-X. - DOI - PubMed
    1. Stuck B. A., Czajkowski J., Hagner A.-E., et al. Changes in daytime sleepiness, quality of life, and objective sleep patterns in seasonal allergic rhinitis: a controlled clinical trial. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. 2004;113(4):663–668. doi: 10.1016/j.jaci.2003.12.589. - DOI - PubMed
    1. Lamb C. E., Ratner P. H., Johnson C. E., et al. Economic impact of workplace productivity losses due to allergic rhinitis compared with select medical conditions in the United States from an employer perspective. Current Medical Research and Opinion. 2006;22(6):1203–1210. doi: 10.1185/030079906X112552. - DOI - PubMed
    1. Léger D., Annesi-Maesano I., Carat F., et al. Allergic rhinitis and its consequences on quality of sleep: an unexplored area. Archives of Internal Medicine. 2006;166(16):1744–1748. doi: 10.1001/archinte.166.16.1744. - DOI - PubMed

LinkOut - more resources

Feedback