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Properties of Essential Oils

Each essential oil has it own therapeutic uses and other properties. Many essential oils have antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antineuralgic, ant rheumatic, antispasmodic, anti-infectious, ant parasitic, diuretic, anti-venomous, anti-toxic, anti-depressant, sedative, nervine (relieves nervous disorders), analgesic (reduces pain sensation), hypotensol, hypertensol, digestive, expectorating, deodorizing, granulation stimulating, circulatory stimulating and diuretic qualities.

Hospital Studies:

Hospitals, Hospices and Nursing Homes are using essential oils to deodorize and cut down cross infections.

In WorchesterHospital in Hereford, England they did a 6 months study in which they discovered that vaporizing lavender caused their patients to have more natural sleep patterns and made them less aggressive. Many patients were able to be weaned of tranquilizers altogether.

In Minneapolis, essential oils are used to reduce the wandering of elderly patients.

At ChurchillHospital in Oxford, England, many of the Alzheimer’s patents treated with essential oils have become more alert. Patients with dementia have become calmer.

St. Croix Valley Memorial Hospital in Wisconsin uses essential oils throughout the lobby, at the nurse’s station and the emergency waiting room. They use anxiety relieving essential oils. They also have two floater mobile units to be used whenever the hospital has a special need.

At MemorialSloan-Keeting Cancer Center in New York, they tested the anxiety level of patients going through MRI. 42 patients breathed normal air and 38 breathed air with essential oils. 63% of those exposed to the aroma experienced reduced anxiety levels.

At St. John’s and St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in London most of the midwives have become trained Aroma therapist. They use essential oils from the beginning of pregnancy to the aftercare.

At RoyalSussex County Hospital, they tested 36 patients that were in the intensive care and coronary care units. The control group received nothing, the second group received massage alone and the third group received aromatherapy massage.

They followed their progress over 5 weeks. Systolic blood pressure dropped 50% with aromatherapy, 40% with massage alone and 16% for the control group. Respiratory rate decreased by 75% for the aromatherapy group, 41% for massage alone and 16% in the control group. Heart rate decreased by 91% for the aromatherapy group, 58% with massage alone and 41% for the control group.