What is Aromatherapy?
The act of smelling something can cause a physiological or psychological response in the body. Think of walking into a kitchen and smelling warm cookies baking in the oven. Your mouth may begin to water and your stomach may begin to growl. The aroma from the cookies has triggered a response in your body and you may find yourself wanting to eat one. That is Aromatherapy.
Clinical Aromatherapy is specific to the use of Essential Oils, the aromatic portion of plants, for the purpose of having a therapeutic effect on a person. For example, when one inhales the essence of lavender, it will promote a sense of calm and relaxation. More specifically, upon inhalation the chemical compounds in Lavender oil interact with receptors in the brain, triggering a relaxation response. Lavender is often used for anxiety and insomnia and is only one of many essential oils used in Aromatherapy.
What is an Essential Oil?
Essential Oils are volatile substances stored in the roots, bark, flowers, stems, and seeds of plants. Responsible for producing a plant’s aroma, these substances are often referred to as the “essence” of the plant. Once an Essential Oil has been extracted and isolated from the plant, the aroma becomes highly concentrated. Only a very small amount is needed to achieve powerful physiological and psychological effects.
Essential Oils are made up of many different chemical constituents. Their chemistry is determined by nature and the conditions upon when they are grown and manufactured. Only the best Essential Oils should be used in the health care setting.
Is it Safe?
Yes! Aromatherapy is a gentle, non-evasive, non-pharmacological intervention that can be safely implemented into a health care setting. The Mayo Clinic has stated: “Many essential oils have been shown to be safe when used as directed.” Intelligent selection and use of high-quality essential oils and proper education for staff are the keys to safety and success.
Does it really work?
Absolutely. Hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, assisted living communities and mental health clinics all over the world are utilizing Aromatherapy in their practice, and for good reason!
The effects of essential oils have been documented by science through a variety of studies including controlled clinical trials. All over the world, scientists are measuring the effects of essential oils on the human body and our emotions and publishing their findings every day. On a more personal level, individuals and families are embracing the benefits of essential oils as an approach to self-care and wellness. The industry is growing quickly, because it works.
Why use Aromatherapy in a Nursing Home, Clinic or Hospital?
In practice, we find the psychological effects of Aromatherapy help calm anxiety, aid sleep, ease nausea, enhance and lift the mood, soothe pain and is supportive to those facing illness. Because of its fast action, Aromatherapy is utilized before pharmacological interventions. Often, the effects are sufficient to manage the symptoms present. The gentleness of aromatherapy and the reduction of pharmaceutical use ultimately improve the quality of life for the patient. Furthermore, the benefit of a properly implemented Aromatherapy program will spread to the organization as a whole, improving the work environment for employees and having a positive impact on the bottom line.
What is the cost?
The expense of an Aromatherapy program can be broken down into three categories: Consulting, Training and Products.
Like any investment, we don’t walk into it blind. Consulting is essential when beginning an Aromatherapy program. Working with an expert to gain insight for stakeholders, define goals, develop policy, and determine the right products and methods of use will greatly improve the success of a program. Having someone available to help navigate challenges and questions when they arise, will sustain it.
The men and women on the ground will need to be trained. Training programs can be tailored to fit the needs and budget of the organization. We have creative solutions for large organizations to maximize their investment and make everyone in the organization an aromatherapy hero.
Utilizing high-quality pure essential oils is of the upmost importance when implementing Aromatherapy into a health care setting. Product costs are separate and correlate directly to the size and needs of the organization.
Does Aromatic Healthcare sell essential oils?
We supply high-quality, pure and potent essential oils through our sister company, Hygieia Aromatics. All essential oils offered by Hygieia Aromatics are organic, wild-harvested and/or sustainably produced and have been analyzed for quality and purity. All Essential Oil Blends are formulated with precision and dedication to the efficacy and safety for the end-user. Hygieia Aromatics products are available to the retail consumer and also business to business.
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