Essential Oils and Surgery

essential oils and surgeryEssential oils can offer significant support to someone going through surgery from the moment they learn they have to have surgery to the recovery stage after surgery. Medical research is telling us this! It makes sense. Essential oils are uplifting at the best of times. Why not let them support us at less than optimal times in our lives?

Stress about the whole idea of surgery can be addressed with the calming effects of Lavender, which has been shown to reduce stress response and lower blood pressure. See the research here and here.

A new study shows that inhaling essential oils can help reduce nausea and vomiting that often occurs after surgery. This study states:

“Postoperative nausea and vomiting (PONV) is a major concern for patients having surgery under general anesthesia as it causes subjective distress along with increased complications and delays in discharge from the hospital. Aromatherapy represents a complementary and alternative therapy for the management of PONV.”

All the studies mentioned use Aromatherapy in the traditional, inhalation method. This is where a Terra Cotta Pendant comes in. Use a Terra Cotta Pendant to keep aromatherapy close to the patient from the preoperative stress stage to postoperative recovery stage. Choose a design like Peace or Serenity or Faith or designs that speak to the individual such as Goddess, Eagle, Berkana or Blessed to strengthen the intention for a peaceful journey through the process.

Though more studies are sure to come, we can borrow from those already done that relate to surgery, whatever type of surgery you face. For instance, this study found that Lavender reduces post-cesarean pain. This study found that Aromatherapy was effective against insomnia and depression in college students. Insomnia and depression, I imagine, are often associated with surgery.

More and more the use of complementary modalities are accepted into the conventional medical regime. Be proactive and do your research. You can find other studiesĀ here and from there search on PubMed for yet more.

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