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Essential Oils, Aromatherapy, and Self-Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Posted by Shannon Eggleton on

It is, no doubt, a very stressful and anxious time on a global level as the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread. There are still many unknowns, and as we adjust to this new normal, finding healthy, sustainable ways to cope will become increasingly important. The evidence-based use of essential oils in aromatherapeutic formulas is one such tool that can be used to help manage some of the symptoms that are the result of this collective anxiety, including stress and insomnia, as well as boost energy and focus during this very difficult period. Self-care will become paramount, if it hasn’t already. For frontline caregivers,...

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How can aromatherapy fight caregiver stress, compassion fatigue, and job burnout in healthcare professionals?

Posted by Shannon Eggleton on

Compassion fatigue, job burnout and caregiver stress are becoming more widely studied and publicized conditions, especially as it pertains to the health of front-line caregivers such as nurses and medical assistants. This is especially true at this moment, when the COVID-19 pandemic is shaking global healthcare to its very core. This makes it even more important to recognize the effects of and differences between these conditions on frontline healthcare professionals.  What are the differences between compassion fatigue, job burnout and caregiver stress?  While many people use the terms interchangeably and they do share commonalities, the three are not the same.  Compassion fatigue,...

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What are aromatherapy patches?

Posted by Shannon Eggleton on

    Aromatherapy patches (also known as aromatherapy stickers, or aromatherapy tabs) are a simple, first-line nursing intervention. While also used in home environments, they were initially developed for hospital use.  There are several different essential oil patch form factors available on the market, but all have a “sticker”-like quality and can adhere either directly to the skin or to certain types of clothing, depending on the adhesive used during manufacture. Patches that are meant to be placed on the skin, like Ascents® Tabs, were designed with a proprietary occlusive barrier that prevents the essential oils in the patch from making direct...

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Does Aromatherapy Work?

Posted by Shannon Eggleton on

  The short answer is, yes; aromatherapy does work. The long answer, however, is somewhat more complicated. In truth, whether various aromas have an effect on human physiology and psychology should never be in doubt. The benefits of aromatherapy have been noted for centuries, if not millennia. If you’ve ever felt nauseated by the smell of trash, or comforted by the scent of fresh-baked cookies, then you’ve experienced its effects first-hand. It would be difficult to find anyone with a fully-functioning olfactory system who hasn’t been impacted by scent in some way.  The above illustrates how closely the physiology and psychology of aromatherapy are...

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Scent Habituation and Aromatherapy: Combatting Olfactory Fatigue in Clinical Application

Posted by Mark Kohoot on

  Scent Habituation (also known as Olfactory Fatigue, or “nose blindness”) is the inability to distinguish or “smell” a particular scent as the result of ongoing exposure. The rate at and degree to which humans habituate to scent varies based on the individual as well as the scent itself. While the phenomenon of scent habituation in humans has been studied extensively, the ways in which it impacts the efficacy of aromatherapeutic interventions have been less well analyzed. In this article, we will take a closer look at the mechanisms of olfactory fatigue and its potential impact on the use of aromatherapy,...

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