Lavender bath oil reduces stress and crying and enhances sleep in very young infants

Tiffany Field, Tory Field, Christy Cullen, Shay Largie, Miguel Diego, Saul Schanberg, Cynthia Kuhn

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Abstract

Abstract: Very young infants were given a bath with or without lavender-scented bath oil. The mothers in the lavender bath oil group were more relaxed, smiled and touched their infants more during the bath. Their infants looked at them a greater percentage of the bath time and cried less and spent more time in deep sleep after bath. The cortisol levels of this group of mothers and infants significantly decreased, confirming the behavioral data showing increased relaxation of the mothers and their infants. These findings support a body of research showing the relaxing and sleep-inducing properties of lavender aroma.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)399-401
Number of pages3
JournalEarly Human Development
Volume84
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2008

Keywords

  • Cortisol
  • Lavender

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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