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Fragrances can relieve pain, reduce nausea and reduce anxiety in the hospital room. This is the result of a recent study from the USA.
Patients in hospitals often suffer from pain, nausea and vomiting, as well as fear, which can also be triggered by the treatment. The US scientists therefore conducted an observational study at ten hospitals to investigate the efficacy of aromatherapy for these conditions in hospital patients.
For the treatment of these complaints, nursing staff had four essential oils available, which were either administered as inhalation or applied to the skin. Lavender oil was most commonly used, followed by ginger, sweet marjoram, tangerine, and a combination of the oils.
It was shown that sweet marjoram was the best at influencing pain. Lavender and sweet marjoram helped to relieve anxiety. Ginger was the most successful for nausea. You can find the study here.