Thursday, February 25, 2010

YOUNG LIVING AROMATHERAPY SUGGESTIONS

Aromatherpay may help with variety of ills
Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News
LIFE EXTENSION FOUNDATION
02-24-10


Feb. 24--Emily Walburn knows the power of aromatherapy. Walburn uses aromatherapy to complement her massage therapy practice at Franciscan Skemp's Center for Health and Healing at the Onalaska clinic.

But when she heard about a new aromatherapy product, the QueaseEASE aromatic inhaler, around the office, Walburn was a little skeptical.

Judy Aufenthie, a certified aromatherapist and health and healing coordinator at the Center for Health and Healing, had been using the nasal aromatic inhaler to help pregnant women with nausea and cancer patients with nausea from chemotherapy.

Walburn, who is pregnant, started using the inhaler because she came to work every day feeling nauseous. "I felt so sick and was throwing up some days, I thought nothing could help me," she said. "But I never got sick after smelling the inhaler. Within a minute, I'd feel remarkably better, and it lasted for a good four hours."

She said smells that she couldn't stand before now don't bother her.

Walburn said sometimes she didn't even have to take anti-nausea medication after using the inhaler. "It really helped me for three months," she said.

Aufenthie said she has used the inhaler more with pregnant women than cancer patients. She said research has shown that essential oils -- peppermint, spearmint, lavender and ginger -- reduce nausea and vomiting.

Aromatherapy uses fragrant oils to provide a calming sensation, Aufenthie said. Oils, infused with scents such as lavender, can be applied to your skin during a massage or the oils can be added to bathwater, she said.

Fragrant oils also can be heated to release their scents into the air.

Mayo Clinic uses aromatherapy in combination with medication to help patients reduce their nausea, Aufenthie said.

"Aromatherapy empowers patients to take control over their nausea," she said. "You take a couple whiffs when you get nausea, and you don't have to wait for your medication to work."

Aufenthie and Walburn use all sorts of aromatherapy products now stocked at the Onalaska clinic to treat anxiety, stress, pain and other symptoms. Walburn said she has used aromatherapy to treat back pain and headaches.

"A common use is for pain in the muscles," Aufenthie said. "Aromatherapy can create this peace and calming effect."

Aromatherapy products do not need approval by the Food and Drug Administration because no specific claims are made for the treatment of cancer or other diseases.

It also is not regulated by state law, and there is no licensing required to practice aromatherapy in the United States. Professionals often combine aromatherapy training with another field in which they are licensed, for example, massage therapy, registered nursing, acupuncture or naturopathy.

But Aufenthie said people should make sure their aromatherapist has some training in the use of essential oils.


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