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Essential Oils for Clinical Use

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Aromatherapy, also known as Essential Oil Therapy is a holistic healing technique that encourages health, equilibrium and wellness by using natural plant extracts. It uses essential aromatic oils to improve, enhance and heal the health of the body, mind and spirit. It improves both physical and emotional health. It is both viewed as an art and a science. The therapy has recently gained greater recognition in the fields of science and medicine.

Essential oils are extracted from grasses, leaves, flowers, fruits, bark, wood, needles, twigs, roots, and resins shrubs from all over the world. Each essential oil has its own unique medicinal qualities, characteristics, and therapeutic effects.

Essential oils have been known to have a positive effect on all the major physical systems of the body including the circulatory, lymphatic, digestive, eliminative, reproductive, endocrine, muscular, and skeletal.

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Humans used aromatherapy for thousands of years. Ancient cultures in China, India, Egypt and elsewhere integrated components of aromatic plants into resins, balms, and oils. Such natural substances have been used for pleasures, healing, perfume, medical and religious purposes. Aromatherapy also has been known to have positive physical and psychological effects. Modern day research has confirmed their therapeutic and medicinal qualities of being anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, antiseptic, anti- inflammatory, anti-viral, anti- venomous, anti-depressive, anti-neuralgic, stimulant, nervine, digestive, diuretic and more.

The effect of essential oils on the mental, emotion, physical and spiritual is extraordinary: from healing, uplifting depression, anxiety into clarity, stress into calming, and scattered into grounding. Essential oils are known to be sedative or stimulating in nature, addressing the autonomic nervous system to produce the desired effect.

In the 19th century, medical doctors became more developed and concentrated on the use of chemical drugs. The French and German doctors have, however, always acknowledged the importance of natural botanicals in the treatment of disease.

The word "aromatherapy" was coined in a book he wrote about the subject which was published in 1937 by a French perfumer and chemist René-Maurice Gattefossé. Previously he had discovered lavender 's healing ability in treating burns.

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Essential oil therapy for clinical use – hospital, palliative, hospice, mental health, integrative and complementary therapy

Integrative therapies are becoming more popular and the demand for professionally trained aromatherapists in clinical and integrative therapies is on the rise. More and more health care providers, and their patients, are recognizing the value of aromatherapy, as well as other complementary therapies as an adjunct to allopathic medicine to treat serious medical conditions. Essential Oils Therapy and the array of benefits it provides to patients, especially those in palliative care, hospice and mental health is being recognized and is rapidly growing in use around the world

Health issues such as nausea, fatigue, anxiety, stress, and depression are just a few of the challenges and symptoms people with chronic or life-threatening illnesses may experience. In the hands of a skilled and caring individual, essential oils therapy can ease discomfort and improve well-being physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually for patients and their caregivers.

Extensive research, case studies, trials conducted over an extensive period of time have indicated the potential benefits of essential oils as an effective therapeutic option.  Essential oils can successfully treat pain when combined with conventional treatment. It is an effective therapeutic option for the relief of depressive symptoms. In a wide variety of subjects, it improves the physical environment and quality of life for patients, their families, and their caregivers.

(For more information, please refer to

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/?term=essential%20oil%20therapy&page=2, https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/?term=aromatherapy, https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/?term=aromatherapy&filter=pubt.clinicaltrial)

Benefits Of Aromatherapy

Essential Oil Therapy is effective in dealing with many health issues that cause discomfort, helping to soothe and heal.

Some of the benefits include;

  • Managing pain and stress

  • Improving moods enabling a re-engagement in the pleasures of life

  • Increasing appetite

  • Promoting sleep at night

  • Reducing anxiety, fear, and depression

  • Improving skin quality, reducing skin tears and discomfort

  • Improving circulation​

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