In the dynamic world of healthcare, innovation is not always synonymous with the latest technologies or drugs. Sometimes it means rediscovering and embracing old wisdom. A notable trend in modern hospitals is the increasing integration of holistic approaches that are complementary to traditional medical practices. Central to this shift are essential oils, which are increasingly recognized for their safety and effectiveness for both patients and caregivers, supported by a growing body of scientific evidence.
Essential oils are no newcomers to the world of wellness; they are as old as the mountains and just as rich in stories. In hospitals, they bring a touch of ancient wisdom, a subtle reminder that true care goes beyond just healing the body – it also involves attention to emotional balance and a sense of overall well-being.
The value of essential oils in the medical setting is not substantiated only by anecdotes. Recent studies confirm that when used carefully and expertly, these aromatic extracts can provide a wide range of benefits. From reducing feelings of stress and improving sleep quality to relieving discomfort and providing purification. However, the success of these natural aids depends on two crucial factors: the purity of the oils and the expertise in their use.
The consistency and safety of essential oils require the use of pure, high-quality products. doTERRA leads the world in this with their Certified Pure Tested Grade (CPTG) quality protocol, which provides a guarantee that their oils are free of additives and contaminants. This ensures reliable therapeutic results.
But product purity is only one side of the coin. The competence and awareness of healthcare personnel in the safe application of essential oils are equally important. Education and training in the proper use of aromatherapy within healthcare facilities are crucial so that each application is not only effective, but also ensures the safety of both patient and caregiver. In this blog, we explore the benefits of essential oils in the healthcare industry and discuss the best practices needed to bring this ancient tradition into contemporary medical practice.
My own journey with essential oils began 25 years ago, when I worked as a nurse in Munich Harlaching. We used essential oils to promote sleep, reduce feelings of anxiety and relieve nausea after surgeries. At the time, I was unfamiliar with the world of natural medicine and was somewhat skeptical. But I saw that patients were calmer and more comfortable, slept better and felt more at ease. These experiences changed my perspective and now, with extensive experience and knowledge, I am convinced that essential oils have a significant impact in healthcare.
As a healthcare professional, it is inspiring to see that the methods we use are supported by solid research. This opens the door for the informed and safe application of aromatherapy in the medical field. Lavender is a good example of an essential oil often used in healthcare because of its versatile properties to promote relaxation and relieve discomfort. Research such as the study “Effectiveness of Aromatherapy with Lavender Oil in Relieving Post Caesarean Incision Pain” offers insight into how lavender oil can help reduce pain after cesarean delivery. It is important to emphasize that many of these studies, including those mentioned, do not use doTERRA oils exclusively. I mention these studies to show that the use of essential oils in healthcare is widely accepted and that studies worldwide confirm the benefits of these oils in a hospital setting, regardless of brand. For doTERRA users, this means that the results confirm the overall effectiveness and potency of high-quality, pure essential oils.
Extensive research shows that various essential oils, such as frankincense, lavender, rose, sage, geranium, chamomile and orange, can have a positive impact on reducing anxiety in women during the first stage of childbirth. These studies, conducted in countries such as Iran, Egypt, Korea and Italy, included 14 published and 2 unpublished articles.
These findings underscore that aromatherapy can be a valuable addition to patient care where emotional well-being plays an important role. They contribute to a harmonious and beneficial hospital environment. However, the researchers also stress the importance of further, methodologically strong studies to more thoroughly investigate and confirm these effects.
If you are inspired by the possibilities of aromatherapy in healthcare and would like to learn more about how you can integrate this ancient but now scientifically based practice into your work, I invite you to get in touch. Together we can enrich care, not only with the scents of nature, but also with the deep, personal care that touches every heart.
Implement Aromatherapy with the Aroma-Basic Training.
In the dynamic world of hospital and home care, as a healthcare professional you know that healing involves more than just following protocols. It is also about providing comfort and natural support. My Aroma-Basic Training is specifically designed to help you do just that. Designed to lay a thorough foundation in just two hours, this training teaches you how to use essential oils safely and effectively. You will also learn the skills to apply the science-based AromaTouch Handtechnique, a method that benefits both the caregiver and the patient through the unique combination of touch and aroma.
Recent research confirms the positive impact of the AromaTouch Handtechnique on well-being. These results are powerful evidence of the value this technique can add to your healthcare offering.
During the training you will discover the various essential oils and their uses, and each participant will receive a practical handout and a bottle of dōTERRA Balance oil (15ml), perfect for the AromaTouch Handtechnique.
The trainings are flexibly scheduled: during the week I will come to your location, and on weekends you are welcome in my space in Almere.