The effects of inhalation aromatherapy with Boswellia carterii essential oil on the intensity of labor pain among nulliparous women

Esmaelzadeh-Saeieh, Sara. and Rahimzadeh, Mitra. and Khosravi-Dehaghi, Nafiseh. and Torkashvand, Shokufeh. (2018) The effects of inhalation aromatherapy with Boswellia carterii essential oil on the intensity of labor pain among nulliparous women. Nursing and Midwifery Studies, 7 (2). pp. 45-49.

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Abstract

<b>Background:</b> Labor pain is a major reason behind preferring cesarean section over normal vaginal delivery. Aromatherapy is among the most common nonpharmacological therapies for pain. <b>Objectives:</b> The objective of this study aimed to evaluate the effects of inhalation aromatherapy with <i>Boswellia carterii</i> (BC) essential oil on the intensity of labor pain among nulliparous women. <b>Methods:</b> This randomized controlled trial was carried out on 126 nulliparous women. Women were randomly allocated to an aromatherapy (<i>n</i> = 63) and a placebo (<i>n</i> = 63) group. For each woman in the aromatherapy group, a piece of gauze was soaked with 0.2 ml of 0.2 BC essential oil diluted in 2 ml of normal saline, and then, it was attached to the collar of each woman. The intervention was repeated for each woman every 30 min up to a cervical dilation of 10 cm. The intervention in the placebo group was the same as the aromatherapy group except that the gauze was soaked only with 2 ml of normal saline. A numeric pain rating scale was used to assess the labor pain intensity before the intervention and at cervical dilations of 3-4, 5-7, and 8-10 cm. Statistical analyses were performed using descriptive and inferential statistics such as the Chi-square, the independent sample <i>t-</i> test, and paired <i>t</i>-test. <b>Results:</b> Between-group comparisons revealed that labor pain intensity in the aromatherapy group was significantly lower than the control group at cervical dilations of 3-4 (4.98 ± 0.93 vs. 6.68 ± 1.28, <i>P</i> < 0.001), 5-7 (5.79 ± 1.13 vs. 7.23 ± 1.54, <0.001), and 8-10 cm (6.35 ± 1.63 vs. 7.71 ± 1.38, <i>P</i> < 0.05). However, there were no significant between-group differences regarding 1 and 5 min Apgar scores (<i>P</i> > 0.05). <b>Conclusion:</b> Inhalation aromatherapy with BC essential oil has positive effects on labor pain. Therefore, it can be used for relieving labor pain in the first stage of labor.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Nursing
Divisions: Nursing and Midwifery Studies journal
Depositing User: editor . nursing
Date Deposited: 10 Apr 2018 14:59
Last Modified: 10 Apr 2018 14:59
URI: http://eprints.kaums.ac.ir/id/eprint/3148

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