Lavender Essential Oil Eases Post-Cesarean Pain
Post caesarean (CS) pain is a challenging problem for the obstetricians, because it may interfere with mother and baby’s well-being. Many approaches have been ever proposed to diminish this pain, each one with particular benefits and limitations.
Aromatherapy is a complementary therapy especially for controlling pain. This study aimed at evaluating the effect of lavender essential oil (Lavandula angustifolia) on post CS pain. In a single-blind clinical trial, 200 term pregnant women with planned elective CS were recruited in a 12 month period of time.
They were randomized in two 100-patient groups; received either lavender essence (the case group) or a similar clinically neutral aromatic material (the control group) thorough oxygen mask for 3 min 3 h after receiving similar intravenous analgesics.
The Visual Analogue Scale (VAS) was employed to determine the level of post CS pain. The VAS was documented half hour after first intervention. Eight and 16 h later, the aromatherapy was repeated and half hour after each intervention, corresponding VAS was documented.
The two groups were matched for demographics and obstetrical history. The baseline VAS was comparable between the two groups. The mean VAS decreased significantly by 16 h after the first intervention in both groups (p < 0.001).
However, this amelioration of pain was significantly more prominent in the cases group comparing with that in the controls in all documented stages half hour, 8 and 16 h after the first intervention (p < 0.001 for all measurements).
In conclusion, aromatherapy by using lavender essential oil is a successful and safe complementary therapy in reducing pain after CS.
Copyright © 2011, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Taleghani Hospital, Tabriz, Iran. PubMed 22235509