Aromatherapy is an evidence-based modality that uses essential oils extracted from plants, flowers, and herbs to support health. Each essential oil has a characteristic fragrance and therapeutic benefit. Oils can enter the body by inhalation or topically through the skin. Our clinicians use aromatherapy to help patients who are experiencing stress, fatigue, pain, insomnia, nausea, loss of appetite, or an altered sense of smell. This can be particularly beneficial during and after stem cell transplants. The pleasant aroma helps mask the unpleasant odor of preservatives in the stem cell product.
Each patient undergoing cancer therapy receives a personalized selection of essential oils. These oils are packaged individually or blended, and families are guided in the methods of delivery. Some oils included are eucalyptus, ginger, lavender, lemon, orange, or peppermint and can be diffused, inhaled, or applied topically.