Effect of Lavender Oil on the Anxiety of Patients Before Breast Surgery.

J Perianesth Nurs. 2019 Jun;34(3):587-593. doi: 10.1016/j.jopan.2018.10.002. Epub 2019 Jan 16.

Author Information: Beyliklioğlu A, Arslan S.

PURPOSE: Anxiety is a common problem before surgery. This study aimed to investigate the effects of inhaling lavender oil on anxiety levels in patients before breast surgery.

FINDINGS: The mean State Anxiety Inventory pretest and post-test scores were 43.00 ± 11.48 and 37.28 ± 9.93, respectively, in the intervention group, indicating a statistically significant difference (P < .05). The mean pretest and post-test State Anxiety Inventory scores were 44.6 ± 11.45 and 42.43 ± 11.48, respectively, in the control group; however, the difference was not statistically significant (P > .05).

CONCLUSIONS: Inhalation of lavender oil before breast surgery decreased anxiety levels of patients. Our study results suggest that the inhalation of lavender oil offered by nurses has positive effects in reducing anxiety levels.

Copyright © 2018 American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

PMID: 30660371 DOI: 10.1016/j.jopan.2018.10.002