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There is some evidence that lavender aromatherapy may help relieve anxiety and promote relaxation. [Jour Adv Nurs 1995 Jan; 21(1):34 and Int Jour Neurosci 1998;96(3-4):217.] As for pain relief benefits, a small study of people with rheumatoid arthritis showed mixed results. After using massage with lavender aromatherapy, most reported no pain relief; however, participants used fewer painkillers after the study, so they may have felt less pain. But it's not clear whether the benefit, if any, came from massage or aromatherapy. [Nurs Stan 1998;13:34.] (Source: Natural Treatments for Fibromyalgia: An A to Z Guide, by Kenna Simmons. An official publication of the Arthritis Foundation, available at www.arthritis.org.)

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