A scientific study involving 58 hospice patients with terminal cancer found that a hand massage with a blend of bergamot, lavender and frankincense essential oils in an almond oil base resulted in a statistically significant decrease in pain and depression, compared with a control group, who received a massage with almond oil only. Read the scientific paper here.
Reference: Chang, S.A. 2008. Effects of aroma hand massage on pain, state anxiety and depression in hospice patients with terminal cancer. J Korean Acad Nurs. 38(4):493-502.