Reduction Effect of Aromatherapy on Stress and Insomnia

아로마요법의 스트레스 및 수면장애 감소효과

  • Park, Sang-Ock (Department of Nursing, Yeungnam University Hospital) ;
  • Kim, Seok-Beom (Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, College of Medicine Yeungnam University) ;
  • Lee, Kyeong-Soo (Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, College of Medicine Yeungnam University) ;
  • Kang, Pock-Soo (Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, College of Medicine Yeungnam University)
  • 박상옥 (영남대학교 의과대학 부속병원 간호부) ;
  • 김석범 (영남대학교 의과대학 예방의학교실) ;
  • 이경수 (영남대학교 의과대학 예방의학교실) ;
  • 강복수 (영남대학교 의과대학 예방의학교실)
  • Published : 2002.12.30

Abstract

Reducing the level of stress and insomnia by aromatherapy is proposed as a method of self-care and health promotion in the future. Of the people who received aromatherapy from July, 1999 to February, 2000 at the Complementary and Alternative Medicine Center at the Gyeongu City Health Center, 48 people agreed to participate in a questionnaire survey, presented before and after their aromatherapy, and the data were analyzed. When the people received aromatherapy at the Complementary and Alternative Medicine Center, they inhaled the aroma from a vaporizer and when at home, they inhaled from a tissue, gauze or washbowl. Two sessions per week (2 hrs./session) were provided at the Center in the total 1-month duration of the therapy. The oil made from a blend of clarysage, geranium, rose at a ratio of 3:2:1 was used for relieving stress, and the oil made from a blend of clarysage, lavender, and lemon at 2:2:1 ratio was used for relieving insomnia. The scores of stress of 92.5 17.5 points before aromatherapy significantly reduced to $87.4{\pm}4.2$ points after therapy(p<0.01), and the scores of insomnia of $2.5{\pm}1.2$ points before aromatherapy significantly reduced to $1.0{\pm}1.1$ points after therapy(p<0.01). The reduction in stress and insomnia from aromatherapy was more significant in those who were experiencing high levels of stress and insomnia. Therefore, stress and its related insomnia can be effectively relieved with proper application of aromatherapy. With benefits such as little side-effects, convenient and simple education, low cost, and the do-it-yourself feature. aromatherapy can be expanded into a self-management program for promoting health of the community people.