One Step at a Time

Being open to new ideas and embracing change is not easy.  For some of us, forward thinking and eagerly trying out new ideas, new ways to do things, new concepts and changing perspective comes easily.  For others, it seems to me that the fear around change and embracing anything new (in case it does not work) holds them back.

Lavender

Lavender

We all know about essential oils and most of us know the difference between a fragrance oil and an essential oil.  A fragrance oil is synthetic (made with blended synthetic aroma compounds) or natural essential oils that are diluted with a carrier like propylene glycol, vegetable oil, or mineral oil. Aromatic oils are used in perfumery, cosmetics, flavouring of food, and in aromatherapy.

Essential oils on the other hand is “essential” in the sense that it carries a distinctive scent, and essence, of the plant it is extracted from. It is found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. Essential oils are non water-based phytochemicals made up of volatile organic compounds. Although they are fat soluble, they do not include fatty lipids or acids found in vegetable and animal oils. Essential oils are very clean, almost crisp, to the touch and are immediately absorbed by the skin.

I have advocated the use of doTERRA’s Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade oils.  These essential oils have the power to impact an individual’s personal health and well-being.  Many of us have witnessed some amazing, life changing oil experiences since using this brand of essential oil.  Their power is very real. It is especially gratifying when a closed mind becomes open with an essential oil experience.

What is even more gratifying is how we are witnessing a new era developing among physicians, nurses, and other healthcare practitioners who have a willingness to explore the therapeutic value of essential oils. I would think there are many offices of chiropractors, counsellors, physiotherapists, Naturopaths and some dentists, that have recognised the value of diffusing oil in their workplace.  It makes for calmer clients.

In the US for more than two years now, the Adult Emergency Department at Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Emergency department Nurse

Emergency department Nurse

has diffused essential oils with no adverse reactions.  In fact there are figures to support their success. Through the wellness committee, the use of essential oils was approved and defined within a research model to analyze the direct effects of diffusing essential oils in the hospital environment for the perceived outcome of stress reduction and increased energy levels.  The staff were surveyed for 30 days pre and post implementation.

Before the use of essential oils 41% of the staff felt work related stress very often, after the use of essential oils only 3% felt work related stress very often.  The feelings of being overwhelmed very often changed from 25% before implementation to 2% after implementation.  Feelings of being well equipped to handle stressors at work changed from 13% before implementation to 58% after implementation.  Perceptions of staff optimal energy level increased from 33% to 77%.  Following the implementation of the essential oil initiative, 84% of the staff strongly agreed and 10% agreed that diffusing essential oils contributed to a more positive work environment.

Wild Orange

Wild Orange

As we continue the pursuit to help others understand the therapeutic value of essential oils, imagine the possibilities, if essential oils can have this kind of impact on the working environment, even changing the perception of one’s stress and energy levels.  Theoretically even this small step can improve patient outcomes based on the care they are receiving from a nurse who is feeling less stress and more energy.

One step at a time, one experience at a time. By the way, citrus oils are uplifting and those intermittently diffused into the air used in the Vanderbilt Emergency department included lemon, wild orange, lime, and Citrus Bliss. I use this combination when diffusing in my massage studio with great results. No wonder I feel so good when I leave the studio.

Wouldn’t it be a wonderful step forward in the near future, for complementary and alternative modalities to work hand in hand with our traditional healthcare system??

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