AROMATHERAPY FOR EARLY PREGNANCY

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One in Five Pregnant Women

are given pharmaceuticals to treat nausea and vomiting in early pregnancy.

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Fewer than 15 aromatherapy

trials exist in indexed scientific journals, and half of those are in regards to labor and delivery.

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Only 10% of existing drugs

have sufficient safety and efficacy data to be used in pregnancy, according to the FDA.

THE EFFECTS OF AROMATHERAPY ON MORNING SICKNESS & QUALITY OF LIFE IN EARLY PREGNANCY

Evaluating the effects of essential oil inhalation on morning sickness and overall quality of life

Aromatherapy is one of the most commonly used forms of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) during pregnancy, yet fewer than 15 indexed clinical trials exist in the scientific literature evaluating the effects of aromatherapy during pregnancy. Furthermore, half of those studies are focused on labor and delivery rather than quality of life during the pregnancy itself.

While folklore abounds, pregnant women deserve evidence. Which essential oils improve quality of life and which oils may actually worsen the wellbeing of a woman during this time of increased sensitivity to aromas and scents?

Our research team is addressing that question by evaluating the effects of multiple essential oils used in aromatherapy treatments during the critical first trimester.

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Budget and Timeline

This 2-year research project began Fall 2017 and is expected to be completed mid 2020.

The total cost of the project is $135,000, which is funded by the Franklin School of Integrative Health Sciences and through generous individual donors. The project is 80% funded as of April 2019.

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