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Aromatherapy is the practice of using the natural oils extracted from the flowers, bark, leaves, roots, or other parts of a plant to enhance psychological and physical well-being. It can be a natural alternative and compliment to other health treatment options such as certain prescribed medications. While aromatherapy does not cure major illnesses, it can help to relieve many of the side effects and/or discomforts associated with them.

At Banner Health, we provide aromatherapy to our patients to help with a wide variety of issues related to hospitalization and treatment. The oils can be applied during a hand or foot massage or the mixture can be placed on a cotton ball or a piece of gauze so the patient can breathe in the soothing remedies.

Aromatherapy uses pure oil distilled from a plant rather than synthetic scents that people can be allergic or sensitive to. The inhaled aroma from these essential oils can reduce anxiety, nausea and pain relief or enhance mood and increase cognitive function.

What Are the Benefits of Aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy can provide relief for many common conditions such as anxiety, nausea and pain. Some of the most common benefits include:

  • Relaxation and stress relief
  • Relief of minor discomforts
  • Immune system, respiratory system and circulatory system boosts

What Are Some of the Common Scents Used in Aromatherapy?

A variety of essential oils can be used in aromatherapy to promote your well-being. Some of the blends we use at Banner Health include:

  • Roman chamomile, lavender: Reduces stress, alleviates anxiety
  • Peppermint: Invigorates, helps combat fatigue
  • Lavender, clary sage: Promotes sleep