A study to look at the effects of a hydrolat spray on hot flushes in women being treated for breast cancer.
The purpose of this study was to determine whether a peppermint and neroli hydrolat spray would be more effective than plain water for the relief of hot flushes in women being treated for breast cancer.
At the end of the first month, participants with the hydrolat sprays handed in their bottles and were given water-only sprays in exchange.
Three of them withdrew because they did not like the smell of the hydrolat and one dropped out because she felt that she had not used the sprays as instructed.
Forty-one per cent of the participants (18 out of 44) chose the hydrolat spray as their preference.
Most of those who chose the water spray did so because they did not like the hydrolat smell.
A majority of the women in this study disliked the smell of the hydrolat spray.