Thursday, February 20, 2014

Stress to Bliss

Big News: Essential Oils being used on Patients at Vanderbilt University Medical Center!

Below is an amazing post on Aromaticscience.com of the use of essential oils at the Emergency Room (ER) at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. These are some pretty incredible results with just the intermittent diffusion of certain essential oils. They also had patients commenting on the pleasant aroma of the ER...now we know that's not a normal sentiment! They have had such great results that they are now implementing essential oil use with patients. To watch the local news report about it view my post Being Stress-Free is easier than you think! If just smelling the essential oils can have this type of impact, imagine the benefits of aromatic, topical and ingestion combined!

I've started taking LifeLong Vitality trio. I wish I had scientific measurements to compliment my feelings. I can absolutely tell the difference and I'm only taking half the recommended daily dose! My energy level has been up and I've had an overall feeling of wellness. It's hard to explain. You'll have to try it for yourself to believe it.

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Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Vanderbilt University Medical Center is a level I trauma center that has over 55,000 adult emergency visits per year. The Emergency Department is a volatile, high stress environment that can lead to fatigue and feeling of being overwhelmed for staff members. For the past few years the Vanderbilt’s Wellness Committee has conducted research on the effect the essential oils have on staff members. The purpose of the study was to determine if enhancing the environment by diffusing essential oils into the air will increase energy and decrease stress levels of staff working in the Emergency Department.

Citrus oils including lemon, wild orange, lime, and Citrus Bliss were intermittently diffused in the air. A pre and post implementation of a self-reported structured survey using a 5-point Likert scale was conducted to indicate staff perceptions of stress following implementation of cold air diffusion of essential oils. The findings are reported in proportions. Before the use of essential oils, 41% of staff members surveyed felt work-related stress very often. After the use of essential oils, only 3% felt work related stress very often. Interestingly, stress experienced outside the Emergency Department did not seem to change. The self-reported feelings of being overwhelmed changed from 25% very often before implementation to 2% after implementation. Feelings of being well equipped to handle stressors at work changed from 13% very often before implementation to 58% after implementation. Perceptions of optimal energy level went from 33% before implementation to 77% post implementation. From this project a 36% decrease in work related stress was reported by the ED healthcare workers. A reduction of feeling overwhelmed with reports of greater ability to handle stressors and increased energy are described. Our experience details less stress is reported after diffusion of therapeutic essential oils.

The Wellness Committee is currently in the process of publishing their study. They are also moving forward with implementing essential oils use into patient care.  [Emphasis added]