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J Altern Complement Med. 2013 Aug;19(8):709-13. doi: 10.1089/acm.2012.0537. Epub 2013 Mar 28.

The effects of aromatherapy on nicotine craving on a U.S. campus: a small comparison study.

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Panola College, Carthage, Texas, USA. bcordell@panola.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To evaluate the effect of two inhaled essential oils (black pepper or angelica) on the nicotine habits of students, staff, and faculty on a U.S. college campus.

DESIGN:

Comparative study with pre-/post-test measures.

SETTING:

Community college in rural East Texas.

PARTICIPANTS:

Convenience sample of 20 volunteers from the college community (students, faculty, and staff) who were regular (daily) users of nicotine (cigarettes, snuff, or chewing tobacco).

INTERVENTIONS:

Inhalation of one drop of essential oil on a tissue for 2 minutes when participant was craving nicotine.

OUTCOME MEASURES:

(1) Pre-inhalation journal recording of self-assessed level of craving for nicotine on a 0-10 scale, (2) post-inhalation journal recording of self-assessed level of craving for nicotine on a 0-10 scale, and (3) minutes that participant waited from start of inhalation until next use of tobacco.

RESULTS:

Both black pepper and angelica reduced the level of nicotine craving and allowed a longer delay before next use of tobacco. However, black pepper reduced the level of craving more than did angelica, and angelica allowed for a longer delay than did black pepper.

CONCLUSIONS:

Aromatherapy may be useful in nicotine withdrawal. Further studies are warranted.

PMID:
23536963
DOI:
10.1089/acm.2012.0537
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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