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J Altern Complement Med. 2013 Jan;19(1):69-71. doi: 10.1089/acm.2012.0089. Epub 2012 Nov 9.

Effect of inhaled essential oils on mental exhaustion and moderate burnout: a small pilot study.

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liz.varney@gmail.com

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

The objective of this pilot study was to determine the effectiveness of a mixture of essential oils (peppermint, basil, and helichrysum) on mental exhaustion, or moderate burnout (ME/MB) using a personal inhaler.

DESIGN:

This was a randomized, controlled, double-blind pilot study. Data were collected 3 times a day for 3 weeks (Monday-Friday). The first week was baseline for both groups, the second week was intervention (aromatherapy or placebo), and the third week was washout.

SETTINGS/LOCATION:

Participants used a personal inhaler at home or at work.

SUBJECTS:

The subjects comprised a convenience sample of 13 women and 1 man who each had self-assessed ME/MB.

INTERVENTIONS:

Participants were randomized to receive a personal inhaler containing either a mixture of essential oils or rose water (as used in Indian cooking).

OUTCOME MEASURES:

The outcome measures were a 0-10 scale with 10=worst feeling of burnout, 0=no feeling of burnout. There was a qualitative questionnaire rating aroma and a questionnaire listing perceived stressors.

RESULTS:

While both groups had a reduction in perception of ME/MB, the aromatherapy group had a much greater reduction.

CONCLUSIONS:

The results suggest that inhaling essential oils may reduce the perceived level of mental fatigue/burnout. Further research is warranted.

PMID:
23140115
DOI:
10.1089/acm.2012.0089
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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