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Ju-mi Ahn 1 Article
Effects of Aromatherapy Footbath on Stress and Autonomic Nervous System Activity
Ju-mi Ahn, Myung-Haeng Hur
STRESS. 2017;25(4):239-245.   Published online December 31, 2017
DOI: https://doi.org/10.17547/kjsr.2017.25.4.239
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Background:

A quasi-experimental study with non-equivalent control groups was performed to determine an effect of aromatherapy foot bath on stress and autonomic nervous activity.

Methods:

To confirm the effect of aromatherapy foot bath, aromatherapy foot bath group was asked to have a bathing by dropping 0.5 cc in 18 L water after blending with a ratio of 6:3:1 with essential oil lavender, lemon, and tea tree and a foot bath group was asked for bathing only by water.

Results:

Aromatherapy foot bath group showed significant decrease in subjective stress score (t=3.465, p=0.001) and stress index (t=3.021, p=0.004) in addition to simultaneous increase in sympathetic nervous activity (t=−2.913, p=0.005). However, no significant stimulation of parasympathetic nervous system was observed (t=−1.831, p=0.072).

Conclusions:

As aromatherapy foot bath is a possible effective intervention for stress relief, it can be applied as an effective method to relieve the stress for healthy adults and patients.

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