Clinical Aromatherapy

Clinical aromatherapy is the controlled use of essential oils for specific outcomes that are measurable. These effects can occur at a physical or psychological level. The choice of essential oil is often based on the chemistry of the essential oil, as the chemistry will indicate the properties of the essential oil and thus the safest method of use. The choice of essential oil will also take into consideration the smell likes and dislikes of the patient.

Essential oils are stored inside microscopic secretory stuctures within aromatic plants and are only obtained by a process of distillation or expression. Essential oils are complicated compounds containing up to one hundred different chemical components. Each essential oil is multi-talented – having more than one single property, eg anti-inflammatory, calming or stimulating, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, antispasmodic, mildly analgesic etc. There is a science and an art to clinical aromatherapy – much as there is to conventional medicine. Clinical aromatherapy has an important role to play in healthcare.

More than anyone other person, Jane Buckle has labored to integrate clinical aromatherapy into hospitals, not as a possible add-one but as a legitimate part of holistic care’.  Mehmet Oz. MD. Columbia/Presbyterian Medical Center, New York. 2008.

 

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