Researchers at King’s College London, in the UK have published their findings with lavender.

First, the details.

  • 340 patients were assigned to a treatment group.
    • Lavender
    • No odor
  • Then, anxiety was assessed while waiting for a scheduled dental appointment.
    • Current anxiety, assessed by the brief State Trait Anxiety Indicator (STAI-6)
    • Generalized dental anxiety, assessed by the Modified Dental Anxiety Scale (MDAS)

And, the results.

  • Both groups showed similar, moderate and significant levels of generalized anxiety.
  • The lavender group reported significantly lower current anxiety than the control group.

The bottom line?

In 2008, the same authors published an abstract with positive results based on 4340 dental patients.

It’s not clear if these results are based on a sub group from that larger population of dental patients.

4/19/10 20:38 JR

Hi, I’m JR

John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.