Bergamot EO & Surgery Anxiety

RESEARCH: Bergamot essential oil and surgery anxiety

This 2013 study aimed to determine if aromatherapy could reduce preoperative anxiety in ambulatory surgery patients. A total of 109 preoperative patients were randomly assigned to experimental (bergamot essential oil) and control (water vapor) conditions and their responses to the State Trait Anxiety Inventory and vital signs were monitored.

THE RESULTS: Regardless of previous surgical experience, patients exposed to bergamot essential oil aromatherapy were less anxious than controls.

THE BOTTOM LINE: Aromatherapy may be a useful part of a holistic approach to reducing preoperative anxiety before ambulatory surgery.

We love the idea of using aromatherapy in medical settings! We can't wait to see more research on this topic and application of this research in practice.


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