Questions about the study:
This is a multi-arm randomized controlled clinical trial (RCT) measuring the effects of essential oil inhalation via topical application on overall quality of life in the first trimester, including nausea and vomiting.
This trial is the largest aromatherapy study to be conducted on this subject and evaluates not only immediate effects, but also accumulated effects from aromatherapy exposure.
The oils for this study are organic and were purchased from Eden Botanicals in Petaluma, CA. This study was not commissioned by the essential oil company and is funded exclusively through the Franklin School of Integrative Health Sciences and the support of generous donors. Specifics about the oils and exposures will be available after the study has concluded.
It’s smart to be cautious about using essential oils during pregnancy as this time of enhanced vulnerability requires expertise and oversight. That’s why research on aromatherapy in pregnancy is desperately needed and why a trained and qualified research team is the only solution.
Every member of our research team is fully trained and certified in the ethics of human participant research and our research protocol has been evaluated for safety and ethics by an independent review board as required by law. This enables our supporters and our participants to be confident that every care has been taken to prioritize the health of our participants. Thanks to studies such as this one, the knowledge about aromatherapy during pregnancy will be much greater tomorrow than it is today!