Posts Tagged ‘integrative therapy’

Medicinal Properties In Essential Oils

Saturday, November 19th, 2011

Ancient literature shows that the Egyptians were masters at blending aromatic oils, they may have been the first people to discover the healing properties in the plants that produce essential oils.

In 1922 when King Tut’s tomb was opened, they discovered an abundance of alabaster jars that were filled with about 100 gallons of essential oils.

“The Ebers Papyrus medical scroll reveals that Egyptian healers had a remarkably high success rate, treating as many as eighty-one diseases using oils of frankincense, cinnamon, myrrh, rosemary, galbanum, hyssop, cassia, and spikenard often mixed with honey.”  As doctor James L. Geiger, the oil/MD talks about in his book ” Your Doctor’s Natural Guide To A Longer, Healthier Life.”  The Sweet Smell of Success

How are essential oils being integrated into modern medicine to improve patient care?

The chemistry behind therapeutic grade essential oils is being examined by the medical community. Essential oils as Dr. Geiger explained to me “are very versatile, one oil can simultaneously enhance the cellular immune system (increases lymphocytes)  while eradicating infectious organisms.”

A wellness project that was broadcast by  Fox News reported on the study that was done at the Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville Tennessee. The medical center studied essential oils to see what affect they would have in their emergency room.

The study was done to help decrease stress and help increase energy. They ran the study by placing aromatherapy diffusers around the emergency room, and diffusing them.

The results surprised many of the 100 emergency room staff.

Before the study 41% of the emergency room staff were stressed at work, after diffusing the oils only 3% were stressed at work.

Prior to the study 60% of the emergency room staff were frustrated at work, after the diffusing of the essential oils only 6% were frustrated.

After observing closely the dramatic results from studies using essential oils, many health care providers and medical facilities are looking into how they might integrate essential oils into their private practices and their hospital settings.

Improvement for the work environment and to promote patient care outcomes should be in my opinion a necessary goal of all medical practices.

Wellness institutes like  California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, Ca are offering essential oil aromatherapy as a complimentary medicine approach in their overall medical plan.

A doctor I know has integrated essential oils into his practice, he uses the essential oil of Ginger on his patients in the operating room to avoid post surgery nausea and vomiting.  Dr. James L. Geiger, in his latest book The Sweet Smell of Success “Your Doctor’s Natural Guide to a Longer Healthier Life”, explains the scientific validity of using essential oils as an integrative therapy.

It is my passion to continue educating myself and others on the uses for therapeutic grade essential oils.



Ideal Scents talks about Aroma “therapy”

Saturday, February 13th, 2010

Therapy is a noun that connotes action, healing action.  Mixed with “aroma” you get therapeutic essential oil healing action.

Healing comes to us for any number of reasons and symptoms.

My intention here is to discuss only the value of having a therapeutic essential oil treatment given to you or that you give to yourself.

Let’s talk about Lavender, there are different types of lavender that can be used for massage. Lavandula angustifolia is for healing the skin after a burn, it is also a wonderful addition to your daily routine of moisturizing the body after you shower. Just add a few drops to your lotion, and you will be putting a healing balm onto your skin and at the same time lavender will be calming your senses.

Lavender is a balancing oil which is why it is good for women.  It is also an anti-viral and anti-inflammatory and can be used as an antiseptic.  It has been used extensively for sleep.  Because it is a balancing oil and has a calming effect it can be massaged into your skin right before bedtime to get the best sleep. If you would prefer to have it diffused into the air, you can use a diffuser in your bedroom which would gradually supply a wonderful healing scent into the air that you are breathing throughout the night.

Don’t misinterpret the use here, it will not put you to sleep if you use it during any part of your day, it will give you a sense of calm.

“An odor can have a tremendous impact on feelings.  Certain scents evoke a deep sense of inner peace and well-being.” says the oilMD.

Essential oils are subtle, and noticeable.  Lavender is used as a perfume for those who prefer a more organic approach to adding a scent to their skin.

Dr. James L. Geiger, the oilMD says in his book “The Sweet Smell of Success” that,

“The art of aromatherapy is a holistic treatment using the essence of a plant’s essential oils to alleviate common symptoms such as pain, tension, and fatigue, as well as to care for the skin and invigorate the whole body.”

He also mentions in his book “While some scents can take you back to a time recalling youthful events, others can actually restore and heal your body, mind and spirit.”