Aromatherapy in nursing and mental health care

  title={Aromatherapy in nursing and mental health care},
  author={Gillian van der Watt and Aleksandar Jan{\vc}a},
  journal={Contemporary Nurse},
  pages={69 - 75}
There is well documented evidence for the increasing and widespread use of complementary and alternative medicine in the treatment of symptoms of both physical and mental disorders within Western populations. This paper aims to provide a focused review of recent literature on the use of one of these therapies, namely aromatherapy, in nursing and mental health care of people suffering from anxiety and depressive disorders. The evidence base for the efficacy of aromatherapy used to treat these… 

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