Effects of Lavender Aromatherapy on Insomnia and Depression in Women College Students

Lee IS(1), Lee GJ.

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(1)Department of Nursing, Keukdong College, Chungcheongbuk-Do, Korea.

(Original article in Korean)

PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to explore the effects of the lavender fragrance on sleep and depression in women college students.

METHOD: Forty-two women college students who complained of insomnia were studied during a four-week protocol(control treatment week, 60% lavender fragrance treatment week, washout week, 100% lavender fragrance treatment week). All subjects were in the department of nursing in "K" college and the study was a single blind repeated measurements experiment. For the duration of the study, weekly evaluations of sleep, patterns of sleep disturbance, severity of insomnia scale, self satisfaction with sleep, and severity of depression were performed.

RESULT: Among sleep variables, length of time taken to fall asleep, severity of insomnia, and self satisfaction with sleep were improved for the 60%(p=.000, p=.000, p=.000) and 100%(p=.000, p=.000, p=.000) week while the severity of depression was improved only for the 100%(p=.002) week.

CONCLUSION: According to the study results, it can be concluded that the lavender fragrance had a beneficial effect on insomnia and depression in women college students. Repeated studies are needed to confirm effective proportions of lavender oil and carrier oil for insomnia and depression.

PMID: 16520572  [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]