Fatigue is one of the most prevalent symptoms of hypothyroidism among women, reducing overall quality of life. While essential oils have been found to increase stamina and boost energy levels among athletes, aromatherapy has not been studied for its potential to reduce fatigue among women with hypothyroidism. To evaluate this potential, the Franklin Institute of Wellness’ Aromatherapy Research Foundation is conducting a clinical trial.
“Aromatherapy for Fatigue Among Women with Hypothyroidism: A Randomized, Blinded, Placebo-Controlled Clinical Trial.“
Our research team conducted a randomized, blinded, placebo-controlled clinical trial on the use of afternoon essential oil inhalation. In this study, women aged 18-55 inhaled an essential oil blend every afternoon for two weeks, after a week-long baseline period. The primary research question is, to what extent does the inhalation of an essential oil affect fatigue as measured by a comprehensive measurement instrument?
The data for this study were collected at baseline, on day 7, and again on day 14 using a validated measurement instrument which measures not only fatigue, but secondary symptoms of fatigue. The instrument contains 83 total questions and open-ended qualitative research was also collected.
Participants qualify for the study if they are female, aged 18-55 during the intervention, have an official diagnosis of hypothyroidism, and do not have a history of thyroid cancer. Participants were recruited directly by the research team at the Franklin Institute of Wellness.
Findings: Aromatherapy for Fatigue
Findings for this study on aromatherapy for fatigue are released Spring 2018. Subscribe to our mailing list to receive an invite to the online Research Reveal event.
NOTE: We are no longer recruiting participants for this study.