Aromatherapy (also known as essential oil therapy) is the therapeutic application of plant-derived, aromatic essential oils. It originated as a medical therapy based on pharmacologic effects of essential oils. Integrative medicine specialists use aromatherapy to promote physical and psychological well-being.
Aromatherapy works by influencing the mind-body regulating circuits—the process that controls the flow of energy and information. It can be used in combination with other therapeutic techniques as part of a holistic treatment approach.
During essential oil therapy, your child’s healthcare provider will use natural oils extracted from flowers, bark, stems, leaves, roots or other parts of a plant to enhance physical and psychological well-being. Essential oils have been shown to help calm the nervous system, reduce stress and reduce symptoms such as pain, nausea and some side effects of chemotherapy.
Aromatherapy can provide quick, effective relief from acute symptoms and can be provided in many forms, including:
Most patients find aromatherapy to be a pleasant, noninvasive and uplifting experience.
Your child’s aromatherapy session at Riley at IU Health will be personalized depending on symptoms and needs.
You can expect the following during an essential oil therapy session:
There is no discomfort associated with aromatherapy. After the session, you can expect your child to be more relaxed.