Oh dear, another baffling 'study' of aromatherapy
After a previous post about aromatherapy, someone recently commented: I love essential oils and use them daily. Essential oils became a part of my life! I do feel better with it! Why I need clinical trials so? The answer is probably: you don't need clinical trials for a little pampering that makes you feel good. But, if someone claims that aromatherapy (or indeed any other treatment) is effective for this or that medical condition, we need proof in the form of a clinical trial. By proof, we usually mean a clinical trial. One like this new study, perhaps? The aim of this study was to evaluate the use of a lavender aromatherapy skin patch on anxiety and vital sign variability during the preoperative period in female patients scheduled for breast surgery. Participants received an aromatherapy patch in addition to standard preoperative care. Anxiety levels were assessed with a 10-cm visual analogue scale (VAS) at baseline and then every 15 minutes after patch placement. Vital sign