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Sunday, March 08, 2009

Essential Oils Lower Test Taking Stress, Again...

Over the years, there have been numerous studies regarding the effects inhaling essential oils either while studying, while test taking, and generally 'in school' ~ as the results are easily measures: test scores, on average, would be different if aromatherapy contributed a significant effect. A study just performed at the Christine E Lynn College of Nursing in Boca Raton, Florida, supports the previous results ~ inhaling essential oils produces measurable effects on test-takers.

This time, the study focused specifically on test-taking anxiety. Ever get stressed out before an important exam? Well here you have it ~ 'the use of lavender and rosemary essential oil sachets reduced test taking stress in graduate nursing students'. We expect the tests they'd be taking were not very "light". On the contrary, probably very complex, and meant a lot in their lives.

A similar study produced by the Department of Nursing at Nambu University in Korea, students were given an aroma lamp with Lavender, Peppermint, Rosemary and Clary Sage essential oils. Again, the students using aromatherapy reported lower stress regarding their test taking.

THE TAKE HOME POINT: The inhalation of pure essential oil aromas (note that these were not 'fragrance oils', but true essential oils) lowers stress. It can't just be for nursing students who take tests, can it? (This is a bit of a joke we're making, as there are MANY studies showing aromatherapy lowering subjective scores of anxiety and stress in peer-reviewed journals around the world). And these studies seem to indicate the 'casual' incorporation of aromatherapy in one's life can make a difference ~ just smell the oils when you feel like it, and they might just change your mood for the better. And we all know the great effects that can potentially have on one's health! Here are the studies:

The effects of lavender and rosemary essential oils on test-taking anxiety among graduate nursing students.
McCaffrey R, Thomas DJ, Kinzelman AO. Christine E Lynn College of Nursing, Florida Atlantic University, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton, FL 33431, USA.

Test taking in nursing school can produce stress that affects the ability of students to realize their goals of graduation. In this study, the use of lavender and rosemary essential oil sachets reduced test-taking stress in graduate nursing students as evidenced by lower scores on test anxiety measure, personal statements, and pulse rates.

The effect of aroma inhalation method on stress responses of nursing students.

Park MK, Lee ES. Department of Nursing, Nambu University, Gwangsan-gu, Gwangju city, Korea.

PURPOSE: The purpose of this study is to identify the effect of aroma inhalation on stress responses (physical symptoms, levels of anxiety, perceived stresses)of nursing students. METHOD: This study was a quasi-experimental research using a non-equivalent pre-post design and was conducted from June 1 to June 5, 2002. The subjects consisted of 77 junior nursing students who were divided into 39 experimental group members and 38 control group members. A pretest and Post-test were conducted to measure body symptoms, the level of anxiety, and the level of perceived stress. In the experimental group, aromas were given using an aroma lamp, lavender, peppermint, rosemary and Clary-Sage. In the control group, the treatment was not administered. RESULT: As a result of administering aroma inhalation to nursing students, their physical symptoms decreased, their anxiety scores were low, and their perceived stress scores were low, showing that aroma inhalation could be a very effective stress management method. CONCLUSION: Nursing educators should play an important role in contributing to college students' physical and psychological health by helping enhance their recognition of stress management and effectively relieving their stress using essential oils.

*The FDA has not evaluated the statements on this website. The information presented here is for educational purposes of traditional uses and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any diseases.

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