The Effect of Self-Aromatherapy Massage on Depression and Satisfaction with Life in Depressed College Students

아로마 자가마사지가 우울한 대학생의 우울 및 삶의 만족에 미치는 효과

  • Received : 2014.07.15
  • Accepted : 2014.08.25
  • Published : 2014.09.30


Objectives: This is an experimental study that attempts to define the effect that self-aromatherapy massage has on depression and satisfaction with life of depressed college students. Methods: Of the total 41 participants, 21 were designated as the experimental group and 20 as the control group. The participants were subject to massages; lavender, sweet orange, mandarin, rosewood, and bergamot aromas diluted to the concentration of 2% in jojoba oil, the carrier oil, were used on the experimental group, and only jojoba oil was used on the control group. Self-aromatherapy massages were conducted for 10 minutes per session, 3 times a week in alternating days, in a period of 2 weeks, and the depression points and satisfaction with life scale were measured before and after massages. Results: This study revealed that there was a statistically significant decrease of depression points in the experimental group, and that there was no significant difference of life satisfaction in both groups. Conclusions: Thus, it is thought self-aromatherapy massages could be used as a practical method of self-mediation that alleviates depression in depressed college students.


Aromatherapy;College Students;Depression;Satisfaction with Life


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