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The Effect of Essential Oils on Work-Related Stress in Intensive Care Unit Nurses

Pemberton, Erin BSN, RN, CPAN, LMT, CCAP; Turpin, Patricia G. PhD, RN, CNAA, BC

doi: 10.1097/01.HNP.0000312658.13890.28

This small pilot study evaluated the effect of a topical application of the essential oils Lavandula angustifolia and Salvia sclaria on work-related stress of nurses in an ICU setting. Results demonstrated decreased perception of stress level in the intervention group during three 12-hour worked shifts.

Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital, Fort Worth, Texas (Ms Pemberton and Dr Turpin); and School of Nursing, The University of Texas, Arlington, Texas (Dr Turpin).

Corresponding Author: Erin Pemberton, BSN, RN, CPAN, LMT, CCAP, MSICU, Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital, Fort Worth, TX 76104.

© 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.