According to recent reports, hospitals, like the one in Vanderbilt, Tennessee are using therapeutic grade essential oils in their emergency room to boost productivity and health. Over 50 hospitals nationwide are using oils for increased healing benefits such as germ-fighting and the well-known mood-lifting properties of these amazing natural tools. Fox news originally reported on the phenomenon that is spreading across the country- as word gets out that essential oils can not only improve the smell of hospitals, relieving patients of that ‘bad smell association’, but also raise the morale of workers and ward off infections.
Essential oils are powerfully concentrated plant essences distilled from the flowers, leaves and bark of plants. In the case of lemon oil, it takes 150 lemon rinds to create one single ounce of essential oil. The distilled essence of most plants have been shown to carry anti-microbial, antiviral and antibiotic properties as well as smelling amazing and elevating mood.
In Vanderbilt Hospital they monitored the results from running several essential oil diffusers throughout the emergency room area with astonishing findings. Before the essential oils, 41% of E.R. workers reported stress on the job, after the essential oils -numbers dropped to just 3%. Over 60% were frustrated on the job prior to diffusing the oils and afterward only 6% reported job frustration.
Here is the Fox news report video feed on Vanderbilt Hospital:
Essential oils are also being used at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York city for the relaxation and pain relief benefits assisting cancer patients. The properties of essential oils are being recognized more and more as antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria are challenging health providers. According to Annie Wong-Beringer, Pharm.D., Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacy at the USC School of Pharmacy, “Inappropriate antibiotic use may kill beneficial bacteria, opening the door for harmful bacteria to establish themselves in their place. It also may toughen up some bacteria by encouraging them to mutate and develop drug resistance.” Where essential oils can actually reduce germs and are not ‘recognizable’ by bacteria due to their complex nature.
The following hospitals nationwide are now using essential oils to boost productivity and increase health and healing:
Alegent Health Bergan Mercy Medical Center, Omaha, NE
Aurora Healthcare System, Foxpoint WI
Banner Health, Mesa AZ
Benedictine Hosptial, NY
Beth Israel Complementary Care Center, NY, NY
Children’s Healthcare, Roseville, MN
The Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH
Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, NY NY
Elk Regional Health Hospital, PA
Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, AK
Florida Hospital Medical Center, Orlando, FL
Goshen General Hospital, Goshen, IN
Heather Hill Hospital, Chardon, OH
Ingham Regional Medical Center, Landing, MI
Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Oakland, CA
Manilaq Hospital, Kotzebue, AK
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, NY, NY
Mercy Holistic Health, Cincinnati, OH
Pinnacle Health, Harrisburg, PA
St. Barnabas Healthcare System, Toms River, NJ
St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center, Hartford, CT
St. John’s Riverside Medical Center, Yonkers, NY
St. Luke’s Medical Center, New Bedford, MA
Sentara Healthcare, Wilmington, DE
The Valley Hospital, Ridgewood, NJ
University of Michigan Hosptial, MI
Wishard Memorial Hospital, Indianapolis, IN
Essential oils are well documented for their powerful anti-microbials effect against infections like MRSA, VRE, Hepatitis, and many more. Not only do they smell good, removing that unfriendly ‘hospital odor’ that seems to turn everyone off, but they are healing and stress reducing as well. Both patients and workers alike are welcoming the use of essential oils in hospitals everywhere in order to boost morale and productivity as well as speed healing and prevent the spread of disease. After experiencing oils in the hospital environment, many workers and patients decide to take the idea home and start using essential oils for personal use. However you approach it, essential oils are big news for everybody’s nose and immune system.
Written by: Stasia Bliss
Sources: Fox News 17