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Complement Ther Med. 2002 Dec;10(4):223-8.

The effects of lavender (Lavendula angustifolium) baths on psychological well-being: two exploratory randomised control trials.

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Psychology Division, School of Applied Science, University of Wolverhampton, Wulfuna Street, Wolverhampton WV1 1SB, UK. neilmorris1@aol.com

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Two important aspects of psychological well-being are positive mood state and a positive outlook with respect to the future. This study investigates the use of lavender baths to improve these aspects of psychological well-being.

DESIGN:

A single blind, randomised control trial.

SETTING:

The participants' home and interview rooms at the University of Wolverhampton.

PARTICIPANTS:

Eighty women not receiving treatment for psychological disorders who were staff or students at the University of Wolverhampton. Forty participated in Study 1 and 40 in Study 2.

INTERVENTION:

Participants were randomly allocated to use either grapeseed oil or 80% grapeseed oil and 20% lavender oil in their bath for 14 days.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

In Study 1, the UWIST mood adjective checklist. In Study 2, the MacLeod and Byrne Future Events procedure.

RESULTS:

In Study 1 psychologically positive mood changes were found after the bathing regimen for energetic arousal, tense arousal, hedonic tone and anger-frustration. Only anger-frustration showed a selective effect for lavender oil. In the second study negative responses about the future were selectively reduced after lavender oil baths.

CONCLUSIONS:

These results are encouraging and suggest further investigation using potential patients may result in the development of a useful procedure for improving psychological well-being.

PMID:
12594973
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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