Using essential oils in the hospital for aromatherapy
Essential oils come from flowers, trees, and herbs. The essence (scent) is drawn out of the part of the plant that produces scent (bark, flower, leaves, skin of a fruit, sap, roots, or seeds).
Each oil is a different chemical that can be used to support well-being. However, they may not be good for everyone and can cause harm if not used correctly.
In addition, they cannot be used in every area of the hospital, as some people may be sensitive to them or do not like certain scents.
Q: How can essential oils help me?
Your care team has two essential oils that can be used if you experience certain conditions. These products are also available in the Crossing Rivers Health Home Medical Equipment Retail Store.
QueaseEASE for nausea and comfort
Contains the following substances provided as a passive, low ambient concentration vapo:
- Peppermint (Mentha piperita)
- Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
- Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
- Spearmint (Mentha spicata).
STILL for pain, anxiety and stress
Contains the following substances provided as a passive, low ambient concentration vapor:
- Sweet Orange
- Ylang Ylang
Q: How are essential oils used at Crossing Rivers Health?
Crossing Rivers Health uses only high quality, pure essential oils. The oils:
- Must be provided by the hospital You may not bring your own.
- Cannot be used with a diffuser Diffusers are not allowed in most areas of our medical center.
- Cannot be used on newborns or children under 2 years old
Q: How do I use essential oils with deep, focused breathing?
Deep breathing can help your body relax. It also helps to get oxygen to your lungs, where it enters the bloodstream and is taken to the rest of your body.
Deep breathing exercises are effective with or without essential oils. You can adjust these instructions for your specific needs or limitations.
- Lie down or sit in a comfortable position. Make sure your tummy and back are supported so your body can relax.
- Close your eyes so you can focus on the air going in and out of your body. Breathe in (inhale) with your nose (or your mouth, if your nose is stuffy or clogged), and breathe out (exhale) through your mouth.
- Put one hand on your upper belly. Your hand should go up each time you inhale and go down when you exhale. Your upper chest should move only a little.
- Count to at least four as you inhale, and to at least eight as you exhale. You will begin to relax as you focus on the sound of your breath and the feeling of long, slow, deep breaths.
- Do this for five to ten minutes, or longer if you need it. When you are done, take a few minutes to lie still. Get up slowly. The deep breaths may make you feel light-headed.
You may ask your care team to help you get started with your deep breathing exercises. They can also help you choose an essential oil to help with relaxation or relieve discomfort.
Q: Are essential oils safe?
If used properly, essential oils can be safe. To prevent harm:
- Don’t eat or drink essential oils
- Keep them out of the reach of children
- Avoid getting essential oils in the eyes
- Use with caution if you or a family member: is pregnant, gets migraines, has breathing or lung problems, or has seizures