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Yes, the Use of Essential Oils in Hospital Settings Can Be Dangerous

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But not all essential oil treatment protocols were created equal.   The Aeroscena® marketing team recently came across an article in Contagion Live written by Saskia V. Popescu (MPH, MA, CIC, and hospital epidemiologist) detailing the potential risks of utilizing essential oils in clinical settings. Since our core business is the appropriate use of essential oils as a legitimate modality of treatment in clinical settings, we had to dig in and understand the concerns of the author. An infectious disease — drug-resistant XDR-PA — spread throughout the 1600-bed University Hospital of Innsbruck, and the investigation that followed pointed to the use of a contaminated bottle...

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Lavender Essential Oil + Mechanisms of Action

Posted by Mark Kohoot on

(Or, how and why does lavender essential oil work?) Lavender oil (Lavandula angustifolia) is one of the most commonly used essential oils. In fact, it may be the most popular essential oil on the market, due to both its efficacy and its pleasing scent. Although the use of lavender oil is ubiquitous, to most, its mechanisms of action — the hows and whys of the way it works — still remain a mystery. Does lavender essential oil actually work? The short answer is, “yes.” How well it works, however, depends on multiple variables, in particular the specific use case and the quality of the essential...

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Aromatherapy and its Effect on Nausea and Vomiting in Clinical Settings

Posted by Mark Kohoot on

Aeroscena® is in the final stages of a clinical trial for the relief of postoperative nausea and vomiting at the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington DC. As the study draws to a close, we feel it is appropriate to draw attention to the previous research that guided us to this point. These studies are what lead to the creation of our proprietary clinical aromatherapy formula, which is based in large part on high-quality ginger essential oil. The data have shown better efficacy at a lower cost in comparison to the standard pharmaceutical protocol. We look forward to the specifics...

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Clinical Aromatherapy, Cancer, and Quality of Life

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Or, how to simply and safely help cancer treatment patients feel better.   In 2018, an estimated 1,735,350 million individuals are expected to be diagnosed with cancer in the United States. The majority of those diagnosed will undergo some form of cancer treatment — often chemotherapy or radiation — both of which come with a variety of side effects that affect quality of life nearly as much as the disease itself. 650,000 of those diagnosed in the U.S. will receive chemotherapy, and most will experience at least some of its common side effects, including nausea and vomiting, poor sleep quality, fatigue, decreased ability to concentrate, and mood...

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Can Aromatherapy Enhance Quality of Life in Elder Care Facilities?

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According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2017 National Population Projections report, the year 2030 will mark an important demographic turning point for the U.S.  At this time, all baby boomers will be older than 65 and every 1 in 5 Americans will be of retirement age. Realistically, many of those born in the first half of this generation — individuals in their late 70s and early 80s — will already reside in assisted living, skilled nursing or memory care facilities. Adding another level of complexity to the boomer dynamic is their relative wealth, when taken as a whole. As a generation, Boomers have amassed...

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