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

Journal Article (Journal Article)

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.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Field, T; Field, T; Cullen, C; Largie, S; Diego, M; Schanberg, S; Kuhn, C

Published Date

  • June 2008

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 84 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 399 - 401

PubMed ID

  • 18053656

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0378-3782

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.earlhumdev.2007.10.008


  • eng

Conference Location

  • Ireland