Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils from plants as a therapy to promote physical and emotional well-being. Aromatherapy can help relieve certain physiological and emotional symptoms including:
The most important tools required for effective aromatherapy are high-quality essential oils, which are derived directly from natural plants. We provide these oils to patients admitted to the hospital.
We offer aromatherapy to patients in several inpatient settings, including the Gill Heart & Vascular Institute and the Markey Cancer Center, among others.
If you are admitted to one of the inpatient areas where aromatherapy is offered and are interested in the program, talk to your doctor, nurse or social worker. A nurse will bring the needed supplies to your hospital room and administer the aromatherapy treatment.
Our aromatherapy program is also available for use by patients in their own home once they are discharged from the hospital.
The members of our nursing staff who oversee our aromatherapy program have received special training in aromatherapy from nurses who specialize in its research and use.
If you are an inpatient who is staying at the hospital, a nurse will consult with you about the symptoms you wish to address and will administer essential oils aimed at alleviating those symptoms.
To administer the essential oil, a small amount is placed on a cotton ball, which is waved gently about 6 to 8 inches in front of your nose while you inhale deeply.
Once you are discharged from the hospital, you can purchase essential oils in the gift shops at UK HealthCare or at grocery stores that specialize in natural and organic foods and products.
For patients admitted to the hospital, aromatherapy is offered free of charge. Patients who wish to continue aromatherapy in their own homes after discharge must purchase their own supplies.
If you’ve had any type of reaction to certain or strong scents, you should start with a test or small dose of the essential oil.
If you have asthma or reactive airway disease, you should not use essential oils.
Aromatherapy can also be incorporated into massage. At UK HealthCare, we have an oncology massage therapy program to help with side effects of cancer treatment. To learn more about our oncology massage program or to make an appointment, please call 859-323-HEAL (4325).