The Effect of Aromatherapy on Reducing Postpartum Depression

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Hsiu-ho Wang, MSN, RN
Doctoral Student, School of Nursing, National Taipei College of Nursing, and Lecturer, School of Nursing, Yuanpei University, Taipei, Taiwan
Ue-Lin Chung, EdD, RN
Nursing Department, National Taipei College of Nursing, Taipei, Taiwan

Learning Objective 1: Understand the aromatherapy'advantage.

Learning Objective 2: Understand the postpartum depression's influence.

Purpose: The purpose of this study was to improve the Postpartum depression’s women by adopting essential oil massage.

Methods: It’s a random assignment, all participants are divided into an experimental group and a control group, each consisting 29 subjects. The experimental group receives essential oil massage, twice each day for a period of 25 days. The control group is instructed a general nursing care session. The Chinese version of Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) is administrated both on the beginning and end of the study.

Results: Findings show that a 37.18% drop of postpartum depression (PPD) in the experimental group, representing a statistic difference, while there is only 7.25% reduction of postpartum depression in the control group. The result clearly shows that a greater improvement is found in the experimental group than in the control group, indicating a significant change of postpartum depression occurs in the experimental group.

Conclusion: We therefore recommend the aromatherapy to the postnatal women suffered from postpartum depression.