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Using therapeutic essential oils to support the management of anxiety

Lowring, Lauren Mosshart MSN, FNP1

Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners: October 2019 - Volume 31 - Issue 10 - p 558–561
doi: 10.1097/JXX.0000000000000227
Brief Report

ABSTRACT This brief report explores the adjunctive use of therapeutic essential oils in clinical practice to reduce overall patient anxiety and stress. The use of therapeutic essential oils is becoming increasingly popular among the general population. Studies have validated that these oils have the potential to affect patient health and wellness positively, if used properly in the clinical setting. This report discusses how to incorporate essential aromatic oils safely and efficiently in clinical practice and advocates for more research on the efficacy of aromatic oils to reduce patient anxiety in human populations.

1Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina

Correspondence: Lauren Mosshart Lowring, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina. E-mail:

Competing interests: The author reports no conflicts of interest.

Authors' contributions: L. M. Lowring completed research, authored drafts, and submitted the final manuscript.

Received August 01, 2018

Received in revised form March 01, 2019

Accepted March 06, 2019

© 2019 American Association of Nurse Practitioners
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