Investigating the effect of rose essential oil in patients with primary dysmenorrhea

Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2016 Aug;24:45-9. doi: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2016.05.002. Epub 2016 May 7.


Objective: This study aimed to evaluate the effects of rose essential oil on primary dysmenorrhea.

Methods: One hundred patients were randomly divided into two groups; Group D received diclofenac sodium (75 mg/im) and Group A administered diclofenac sodium with aromatherapy (2% rose essential oil). The visual analog scale (VAS) scores in all subjects at baseline, 10th min, and 30th min were recorded.

Results: When the two groups were compared before and after the treatment, there were significant decreases in VAS values at the 10 min and 30 min compared to baseline values in both groups (p < 0.001). However, the 30th min mean VAS value in Group D was higher than in Group A (p = 0.019).

Conclusion: The present study suggests that aromatherapy with rose essential oil, which is a nonpharmacologic treatment method, as an adjuvant to conventional treatment methods may be beneficial for pain relief in individuals with primary dysmenorrhea.

Keywords: Pain; Primary dysmenorrhea; Rose essential oil; Visual analog scale.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aromatherapy*
  • Dysmenorrhea / drug therapy*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Oils, Volatile / therapeutic use*
  • Pain Management*
  • Pain Measurement
  • Plant Extracts / therapeutic use*
  • Plant Oils / therapeutic use
  • Rosa / chemistry*
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Young Adult


  • Oils, Volatile
  • Plant Extracts
  • Plant Oils