Evidence Base for Aromatherapy Jessie Hawkins Interview Evidence Research Examples Common Uses of Essential Oils in Healthcare Why Healthcare Includes Aromatherapy Aromatherapy in Healthcare Roles Taught By. Varney E, Buckle J. Effect of inhaled essential oils on mental exhaustion and moderate burnout: A small pilot study. J Altern Complement Med.
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Hello, as a Registered Nurse and Registered Aromatherapist, I am glad to hear that you and your organization are interested in natural stress relief and care for both patients and nurses. Please consider the following: I would like to know the companies and oils that were used for this study.
How can we know if frankincense, for example, is all sourced from one area or harvested from the same tree? This is just one example, but it illustrates that this terminology is questionable and not helpful to me as an aromatherapist and nurse.
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Could you tell me if there is a Certified or Registered Aromatherapist leading your project? As Jane Buckle who you reference points out, any use of aromatherapy in healthcare is done, in best practice, with a lead Certified Aromatherapist. Personally, the research project in my university will utilize Aromatherapy Patches created by a reputable company without any risk of COI and with a definite eye toward supporting nurses and enhancing safety.
Patches are a great way to contain, target, and control the use of aromatherapy in healthcare and could be used in your settings of Peri-op and Palliative care. Bioesse makes a great patch and companies like Jodi Baglien have healthcare friendly packages and education. Consider using patches instead of diffusion, which, while loved by many, could be the source of discomfort or even respiratory distress in a public who are bombarded by chemistry, albeit natural in this case. Please feel free to contact me if you would like some consultation or support for your projects in the future.
Take care and consider joining AIA, Alliance of International Aromatherapists and becoming part of an organization that values aromatherapy, research, and best practice to protect everyone. Hello Paige, thank you for your comments and concerns. We monitored very closely for adverse events; we did not have anyone experience an adverse event related to the diffusers during the month they were running for the study. The nurses station they were located at is in a large academic medical center preoperative holding room and on the 16 bed palliative care unit. We believe key in diffusing safely is to keep the diffusers turned to the lowest possible settings.
Hello Jan Tomaino, thank you for your comments.
The diffusers were very well received in both of the public areas we used them in, by both staff e. We believe key to this acceptance is to keep the diffusers turned to the lowest possible setting resulting in an almost undetectable scent. We tested and marked this setting on the diffusers.
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The COI was corrected by the Nursing Research Office purchasing the oils directly from 2 different essential oils companies selected on quality of the essential oils. Additionally, both the IRB and VU Conflict of Interest offices were aware of the nurses relationship with an essential oil company and approved the correction action plan.
Finally, the Nursing Research Office blinding the essential oils prior to diffusing to correct for any remaining biases or COI. There are so many benefits received using essential oils with direct inhalation. I am shocked and appalled you would diffuse essential oils publicly. This would not be compliant to our facilities no fragrance policy.
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These oils can cause migraines, asthma, threat sensitivity to many people. To promote the public use of essential oils is irresponsible and to see medical professionals doing so is troubling. Lemon diffused is also great way of gaining focus in the workplace environment. Both essential oils and CBD Oil are terrific for therapy!
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I enjoyed reading this article on the effects of nursing stress and the use of essential oils. In recent times the use of essential oils has become increasingly popular and it is important to promote the safe use of these volatile substances. I do agree there is a place for them within healthcare and they are good tools to help decrease stress and anxiety in healthcare. Workplace stress is big expense for our country costing upwards of billion dollars, and is a leading occupational hazard Johnson et al.
This added stress for nursing staff can result in increased burnout and turnover of nursing staff Johnson et al. The excessive demands of nursing staff and the stress it produces can be seen in nurses when they exhibit behaviors such as crying, fatigue, frustration, distraction, and acting defensively Johnson et al. Several studies have shown that the use of lavender and clary sage oils mixed with an appropriate carrier oil can reduce workplace stress in nurses in medical surgical units Johnson et al.
In my opinion healthcare organizations need to get information from people who have educated themselves in the proper use of these substances. Great article! Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
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