Should Essential Oil Therapy be used in hospitals?

Posted by Cheryl 21/09/2015 0 Comment(s)

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QueaseEASE from Soothing Scents is an aromatic infuser that is used in hospitals and in the home for natural relief of nausea, and is safe and easy to use. Below is an article by Wendy Nichols, founder of Soothing Scents.  Wendy has worked in the medical profession since 1984 as a trauma ICU RN, a flight RN for a helicopter aeromedical program, and as a nurse anesthetist (CRNA).  Her frustration with the lack of effective remedies to treat nausea, one of anesthesia’s more common and distressing side effects, led her to create QueaseEASE.

 

 

Should Essential Oil Therapy be used in hospitals?

 

When I began making little tins of QueaseEASE on my kitchen table for my patients experiencing nausea during C sections, this was the question I was asking! Prior to researching Essential Oils (EOs) for treating nausea, I knew little about them. EOs are plant based with all impurities distilled away, they have ancient established beneficial properties, and smell divine! What I subsequently learned convinced me of their rightful place in the hospital setting.

 

The safety record of essential oils is outstanding…

 

There are books, articles and online blogs in great quantity presenting varied and conflicting information about EOs. Of interest to me, being a medical professional dedicated to providing safe, effective care to my patients, is the scientific information pertaining to safety. Due to a scarcity of this information and a limited understanding of chemistry by some of the authors, much confusion has resulted! This is why I began my own research and learned: 

 

  • Essential Oils are commonly taken by mouth for medicinal purposes, as well as in toothpaste and candies all over the world. When used in the amounts recommended, adverse outcomes are extremely rare
  • Essential Oils are also widely used in topical applications. EOs can be in body lotions, creams, and massage oils with few issues or adverse reactions when used as directed. 
  • EO therapy by inhalation is the safest option for use. In a hospital setting working with sedated patients, this provides an outstanding safety profile, eliminating any concern of skin sensitivity or irritation.

 

Essential Oil Therapy is beneficial…

While studies of inhaled essential oil therapy don’t lend themselves to a double blind, randomly controlled research model, their efficacy has been adequately proven to recommend their use for controlling peri-operative, pregnancy and chemotherapy related nausea. Essential Oils have also been successful with reducing motion induced nausea. In addition, sufficient evidence suggests they are beneficial for promoting relaxation and improving focus and concentration.

 

Self-Administration and pleasant aromas promote additional feelings of well being…

Having a sense of control is invaluable for patients experiencing pain and nausea. This is how the PCA (patient controlled analgesia) concept began with multiple studies showing its value. Smelling something pleasant has been shown to decrease perception of unpleasant events, further providing benefits to a stressed patient.

After much research on essential oil therapy, I concluded it was a perfect fit for the hospital environment. Essential oil therapy offers safe and useful benefits to assist with calming nausea and medical professionals can confidently offer to their patients.

 

Wendy Nichols, BSN, CRNA

 

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