Effects of Aromatherapy in blending oil of Basil, Lavender, Rosemary, and Rose on Headache, Anxiety and Serum Cortisol level in the Middle-Aged Women

베질 등을 이용한 복합 향기요법이 중년 여성의 두통, 불안 및 혈중 코티졸에 미치는 효과: 베질(ocimum basilicum), 라벤더(lavandula angustifolia), 로즈마리(rosmarinus officinalis) 및 로즈(rosa damascena, rosa centifolia)를 복합사용

  • Cha, Jung-Hee (College of Nursing, The Catholic University) ;
  • Kim, Myung-Ja (College of Nursing, The Catholic University) ;
  • Kim, Hee-Seung (College of Nursing, The Catholic University) ;
  • Kim, Yeong-In (Department of Neurology, College of Medicine, The Catholic University)
  • 차정희 (가톨릭대학교 간호대학) ;
  • 김명자 (가톨릭대학교 간호대학) ;
  • 김희승 (가톨릭대학교 간호대학) ;
  • 김영인 (가톨릭대학교 서울성모병원 신경과)
  • Received : 2010.11.01
  • Accepted : 2010.12.08
  • Published : 2010.12.31

Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of aromatherapy on headache, anxiety, and serum cortisol level in middle-aged women with recurrent headaches. Methods: Nineteen patients in the intervention group and 21 in the control group participated in the exercise. They were randomly selected volunteers whose average headache score over 6 months with above 4 points on the visual analogue scale (VAS). The experimental group received aromatherapy for 5 days; inhalation (3 times per day) and an application on the neck and both shoulders (one time per day). Prior and post treatment scores in headache, anxiety, and measurement of serum cortisol in experimental group were measured. Then, these were compared with the control group. The headache score was measured by VAS; anxiety score was measured by State Trait Anxiety Inventory; serum cortisol was measured by Radio-Immune-Assay method. Results: Decrease in headache, anxiety, and serum cortisol level in the experimental group was greater than those in the control group. Conclusion: It confirmed aromatherapy is effective in reducing headache, anxiety, and serum cortisol level.

Acknowledgement

Supported by : 가톨릭대학교 대학원

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