by Regina Ann
Two basic mechanisms are offered to explain the purported effects. One is the influence of aroma on the brain, especially the limbic system through the olfactory system. The other is the direct pharmacological effects of the essential oils. Some essential oils, such as tea tree, have demonstrated anti-microbial effects.
The Urban Zen Foundation and Beth Israel Medical Center together with Young Living Oils are integrating Aromatherapy as part of the ongoing treatment for patients on 9 Dazian, the BIMC’s post-surgical cancer floor. The goal is to treat symptoms commonly suffered by oncology patients with complementary modalities including aromatherapy. Some of the essential oils showing exciting results include ylang ylang, peppermint, lavender and ginger.
You Can Thrive Foundation includes Young Living Oils as an integrated part of their long-term survivorship services to breast cancer survivors in the New York City area.
In my own practice Aromatherapy is integrated into everything I offer. The main benefit is that of stress reduction. Stress is reported to be the number one cause of death in the U.S. Stress wreaks havoc not only on the physical body but the emotional and mental bodies as well. Simply walking into the treatment room filled with the aroma of lavender or a blend of relaxing essential oils immediately allows a person to shift stress out and release it.
As a holistic health and wellness advocate it is very exciting for me to see mainstream medicine embracing complimentary medicines including Aromatherapy. More and more clinics, hospitals and medical foundations are integrating these centuries old holistic health practices into their facilities and practices as demonstrated by the list below.
Personally, I use essential oils every day. At home we have a holistic medicine kit and emergency first aid kit. We use essential oils and Aromatherapy for everything from immune building and virus killing to headaches and stress relief. We continue to learn more about the benefits of including Aromatherapy in our everyday life.
When using Aromatherapy it is important to use essential oils that are pure. Do your homework or find someone you trust who has. This is one of those things that operates under the rule of thumb that if it’s cheap, it’s probably not good for you. Remember that your skin is the largest organ of your body. If you cannot safely ingest an essential oil, you shouldn’t put it on your skin. Each essential oil has unique properties that dictate how it is best used (i.e. orally, topical, diffused) so learn how to properly use the oil. This information should be easily attainable by the producer. If it’s not, ask why not.
Aromatherapy is yet another wonderful tool from nature to assist our wellbeing. Allow your intuition to guide you to the essential oils that are best suited to your bodies needs. Some aromas will stimulate more of a response than others.
You can find my personal “must have” essential oils on my website http://reginaann.yolasite.com/essential-oils.php
~*~ Regina Ann
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St. Croix Valley Hospital in Wisconsin in 1993 started environmental diffusing though an HVAC system in the lobby reception area, a mid-size portable unit in chemical dependency rooms & medical surgery unit, and three small plug-in units in individual rooms.
Volunteers at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland give patients aromatherapy oils as comfort items.
"It strengthens patients physically, emotionally, and spiritually."
Dr. Barrie Cassileth, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Desert Samaritan Medical Center is largest hospital serving Phoenix, AZ
496 licensed beds, 1,500 physicans, 3,000 employees
Lavender, Rose, Roman Chamomile, Frankincense, and Mandarin used in labor unit to help reduce anxiety, nausea, and improve mood. They inhaled Peppermint which was used to relieve nausea.
Alegent Health Bergan Mercy Medical Center - Omaha Nebraska
Aurora Healthcare System - Foxpoint, Wisconsin
Banner Health - Mesa, Arizona
Beth Israel Complementary Care Center - New York, New York
Children's Healthcare - Roseville, Minnesota
Elk Regional Health Hospital - Pennsylvania
Fairbanks Memorial Hospital - Arkansas
Florida Hospital Medical Center - Orlando, Florida
Goshen General Hospital - Goshen, Indiana
Heather Hill Hospital - Chardon, Ohio
Ingham Regional Medical Center - Landing, Michigan
Kaiser Foundation Health Plan - Oakland, California
Manilaq Hospital - Kotzebue, Arkansas
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center - New York, New York
Mercy Holistic Health - Cincinnati, Ohio
Pinnacle Health - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
St. Barnabas Healthcare System - Toms River, New Jersey
St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center - Hartford, Conneticut
St. John's Riverside Medical Center - Yonkers, New York
St. Luke's Medical Center - New Bedford, Massachusetts
Sentara Healthcare - Wilmington, Deleware
The Valley Hospital - Ridgewood, New Jersey
University of Michigan Hospital - Michigan
Wishard Memorial Hospital - Indianapolis, Indiana
In 1997, Massachusetts Board of Nursing issued a landmark Advisory Ruling permitting the use of Aromatherapy by nurses.
More states followed:
Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, New York, Nevada, North Carolina, South Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Vermont, West Virginia.