Date of Paper


Type of Paper

Clinical research paper

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)


Social Work

First Advisor

Sarah Ferguson


Social Work


The purpose of this study was to gain insight into how mental health professionals could use essential oils with African Americans and Native Americans who may have experienced or have been diagnosed with a mental illness. Both African Americans and Native Americans have higher rates of Depression and Anxiety, but have lower rates of utilizing mental healthcare services than White Americans. How do essential oils reduce anxiety about seeking treatment for mental health and subsequently increase participation in therapy for African American and Native American clients? This project used a qualitative research design with semi- structured open – ended questions. The literature review provides key information confirming that the usage rates of mental health services in the African American and Native American communities is very low due to some of the internal and external stigma and anxiety that one could face when displaying symptoms of mental illness or seeking professional help. By using essential oils some of the signs of anxiety could be alleviated by using essential oils and possibly increase participation rates in mental health services. There is lack of research with the use of essential oils in mental healthcare, and direct services provided for African American and Native American clients.

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