As an RN, it is my duty and responsibility to educate and encourage the public on healthy living, promoting wellness and disease prevention. It is also my responsibility as an RN to support lifestyle methods that benefit the patient, increase patient/client satisfaction, and decrease overall cost of healthcare. It is time medicine begins to look at proven and safe therapies that can help patients without the potentially dangerous side effects. People are beginning to understand that there is more to medicine than pills. Complementary Alternative Medicine (CAM) is a wonderful tool to help augment the use of medications, thereby increasing patient satisfaction and decreasing overall costs through preventative care.
One effective way to promote wellness and disease prevention is through the use of essential oils. Essential oils not only work, they are also very cost effective. One example is stress. Stress is a large contributing factor to heart disease, high cortisol levels (which may lead to diabetes), insomnia, and depression, to name a few. Multiple reviews, studies, and articles show lavender and ylang ylang are excellent oils to help reduce stress through aromatherapy and topical usage. Another example is peppermint and ginger oil being used to help with upset stomach and soothes nausea. These are some small examples of what large impacts oils can have on the patient/client. Frankincense and Orange oil are both excellent at helping to elevate the mood. Preventing the stress may greatly help decrease the overall risk of the patient contracting illnesses, and increase wellness and satisfaction of care.
Using essential oils in the wellness/practice setting can be helpful to the patient and staff. Diffusing certain oils can help decrease anxiety and promote a sense of peace and well being. Using oils topically during a massage can greatly help patients. For example, using lavender, roman chamomile, or orange can help promote relaxation, decreased tension and anxiety, while increasing overall patient satisfaction.
If you would like to learn more about essential oils, you can reach me by the contact page. I will be more than happy to answer and discuss essential oils, the science behind them, how to use them, and the research studies to back up their use.
Within the next couple weeks, I will be writing posts on the most commonly used oils (i.e. lavender, peppermint, frankincense, orange, etc). I look forward to starting this new series and looking at research studies to discover how these oils might help the human body.
Until then, remember: Prevention is the best mode of treatment!