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Suggested Uses Of Aromatherapy In Hospitals

Provide aromatherapy for patients with pure therapeutic essential oils.

METHODS OF APPLICATION

Massage/topical

  • Add 10-20 total drops of essential oils or blend per ounce of carrier oil, unscented lotion or cream. Use the lesser amount for sensitive skin, children and the elderly.  Mix well.  May be used for massage or applied with a cotton swab or cotton ball for localized areas. 
  • Provide pre-scented lotion to patient to apply as needed.
  • Use Lavender Mineral Salt for sitz bath or foot soak.

Inhalation

  • Apply essential oil to a cotton ball and allow the patient to smell the aroma as needed or tape the cotton ball to the patient’s gown for continuous benefits.
  • Use inhalation patch
  • Use aromatherapy inhaler

Diffuse

  • Place undiluted essential oils in a diffuser and use as directed. 

SUGGESTED CLINICAL USES

Agitation & Anxiety – Massage/Diffuse/Inhalation

Suggestion:  Use in waiting rooms or in MRI treatment room

Bergamot, Lavender, Mandarin,Anxiety Release, Peaceful Mind, Serenity, Emotional Rescue

 

Dry Skin & Radiation Burns – Massage/Topical in Carrier Oil

Suggestion:  Use in Oncology Department

Cedarwood, Chamomile Roman, Frankincense, Geranium, Lavender

Fever – Topical

Suggestion:  Make a compress and apply to forehead and neck.  

Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Rosemary, Spearmint

Insomnia – Massage/Inhalation/Diffuse

Lavender, Mandarin, Marjoram,Sleepy Time, Stress Relief 

Nausea – Inhalation

Ginger, Mandarin, Spearmint, Peppermint

Odor – Diffuse

Lemon, Orange,Citrus Delight, Refreshing

Respiratory Support – Massage/Inhalation/Diffuse

Suggestion:  Add to unscented cream and apply to neck and chest as needed.

Eucalyptus, Lavender, Rosemary,Breathe Blend

Gratitude to Lisa Browder at Nathan Adelson Hospice (www.naha.org) for sharing lessons learned from many years of using aromatherapy in the hospice setting.