Individual differences in personality predict the use and perceived effectiveness of essential oils

Lindsay S. Ackerman, William J. Chopik, Rosemary Frey
2020 PLoS ONE  
Essential oil (EO) use is growing in popularity and ostensibly used for treating or preventing various ailments or conditions. Despite the increase in use, there is a paucity of research on psychosocial predictors of EO use and their perceived effectiveness. However, several psychosocial characteristics are associated with health-promoting behavior and a tendency to believe in homeopathic cures. In the current study, we examined a variety of individual differences in the use and perceived
more » ... and perceived effectiveness of essential oils in a sample of 1,202 participants (Mage = 31.33, SD = 13.77; 61.7% women, 75.6% Caucasian). We found that receptivity to pseudo-profound fabricated statements and religiosity were the most consistent predictors of greater use of, perceived effectiveness of, and a willingness to spend more money on EOs.
doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0229779 pmid:32163451 fatcat:ilb7r47bz5drfbiqinth5gjlcu