Research Publications on Lavender Aromatherapy for Menstrual Pain

Lavender aromatherapy has consistently shown to be effective in reducing menstrual pain and the severity of symptoms associated with primary dysmenorrhea.

Across several studies, inhalation and aromatherapy massage with lavender oil have significantly decreased pain levels, as measured by the Numeric Rating Scale (NRS) and Visual Analog Scale (VAS), indicating a potent, natural treatment option for menstrual discomfort.

These findings highlight lavender's potential as a cost-effective, safe, and simple intervention for managing dysmenorrhea, supporting its integration into care practices for female teenagers and women experiencing menstrual pain.

Lavender Aromatherapy on Alleviating Menstrual Pain in Female Teenagers: A Case Study on Polanharjo Klaten; Proceedings Of The 2nd Health Science International Conference, 2020; Link

The study found that lavender aromatherapy significantly decreased the level of menstrual pain among the teenagers involved. The Numeric Rating Scale (NRS) was used to assess pain before and after the aromatherapy, with results showing a decrease from a mean of 3.69 to 2.06. The statistical analysis indicated a highly significant reduction in pain (P = 0.000), suggesting that lavender aromatherapy effectively alleviates menstrual pain.

The clinical efficacy of lavender oil inhalation on intensity of menstrual pain from primary dysmenorrhea; J Herbmed Pharmacol, 2019; Link

This study demonstrated that inhaling Lavandula angustifolia (lavender) essential oil significantly reduced the intensity of menstrual pain associated with primary dysmenorrhea over a period of 48 hours. The pain reduction was quantified using the visual analogue scale (VAS), with a mean reduction of 2.92±0.2, which was statistically significant (P<0.001). The study concluded that lavender inhalation can be considered a cost-effective and side-effect-free treatment for primary dysmenorrhea.

The Effect of Lavender Aromatherapy on the Pain Severity of Primary Dysmenorrhea: A Triple-blind Randomized Clinical Trial; Annals Of Medical And Health Sciences Research, 2016; Link

The study found that using lavender aromatherapy for two menstrual cycles significantly reduced the severity of pain associated with primary dysmenorrhea. The Visual Analog Scale (VAS) was used to measure pain severity, and a notable difference was observed between the treatment and control groups, with the treatment group experiencing significantly less pain after the intervention (P < 0.01). The conclusion was that lavender aromatherapy is an effective method for decreasing the severity of menstrual pain.

The effect of aromatherapy massage with lavender oil on severity of primary dysmenorrhea in Arsanjan students; Iranian Journal Of Nursing And Midwifery Research, 2015; Link

This study indicated that aromatherapy massage with lavender oil resulted in a significant decrease in the severity of primary dysmenorrhea. The Visual Analog Scale (VAS) was used before and after the intervention, revealing that lavender massage was more effective than placebo massage in reducing pain levels (P < 0.001). The findings suggest that lavender oil massage can be an effective herbal remedy for primary dysmenorrhea.

Effect of lavender inhalation on the symptoms of primary dysmenorrhea and the amount of menstrual bleeding: A randomized clinical trial; Complementary Therapies In Medicine, 2014; Link

According to this study, inhaling lavender significantly alleviated the symptoms of dysmenorrhea. While the amount of menstrual bleeding was reduced in the lavender group compared to the placebo group, the difference was not statistically significant (p=0.25). The study concluded that lavender inhalation could be recommended by midwives due to its effectiveness, safety, simplicity, and cost-effectiveness.