A brief review of current scientific evidence involving aromatherapy use for nausea and vomiting.

@article{Lua2012ABR,
  title={A brief review of current scientific evidence involving aromatherapy use for nausea and vomiting.},
  author={Pei Lin Lua and Noor Salihah Zakaria},
  journal={Journal of alternative and complementary medicine},
  year={2012},
  volume={18 6},
  pages={
          534-40
        }
}
OBJECTIVES The objective of this study was to compile existing scientific evidence regarding the effects of essential oils (EOs) administered via inhalation for the alleviation of nausea and vomiting. METHODS CINAHL, PubMed, and EBSCO Host and Science Direct databases were searched for articles related to the use of EOs and/or aromatherapy for nausea and vomiting. Only articles using English as a language of publication were included. Eligible articles included all forms of evidence… 

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