Aromatherapy Treatment & Oils - Milwaukee, WI - Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare

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At Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, many of our hospitals offer patients the option for aromatherapy along with other traditional medicines.


What is Aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy uses pure, essential oils to positively affect physical, emotional and mental health. Essential oils may be used to help manage patient symptoms to improve mood; relieve pain, nausea, fatigue or inflammation, or work as an anti-viral.

Aromatherapy is intended as an additional therapy to prescribed medication and not as a replacement. Scientific studies have shown that certain oils may be helpful in relieving symptoms of certain medical conditions.

Types of Aromatherapy Oils

These oils may be available on your nursing unit. The oils are used for smelling (inhalation) only.

SymptomEssential Oils to Use
Agitation (calming) Lavender
Anti-viral (viruses) Eucalyptus or Lavender
Anxiety - especially neurological in nature Sweet Orange
Arthritis pain Sweet Orange
Asthma Eucalyptus
Belching Peppermint*
Bloating Peppermint*
Bronchitis Eucalyptus
Calming (agitation or anxiety) Lavender
Constipation Ginger
Dementia Sweet Orange
Digestion issues Ginger
Disinfection of sick person Sweet Orange
Gas Peppermint*
Hypertension (high blood pressure) Lavender
Inflammation Peppermint*
Muscle aches and pains Ginger or Sweet Orange
Nausea Ginger or Lavender
Neuralgia Peppermint*
Neurological problems Sweet Orange
Odors (odor eraser) Eucalyptus
Pain Ginger
Pain - especially arthritis or muscular Sweet Orange
Respiratory symptoms Eucalyptus
Sadness Lavender
Sinus symptoms Eucalyptus
Sleep disturbances Lavender
Stress Lavender
Viruses (anti-viral) Eucalyptus or Lavender

Please note that peppermint should not be used for:

  • Children younger than 6 years old.
  • Breastfeeding (lactating) women (decreases milk supply).
  • If you have high blood pressure (hypertension), heart disease, stroke, seizures or epilepsy.

How will aromatherapy be used?

Your nurse will assess your symptoms and talk to you about the option  to use essential oils. You may choose to start or stop using the oil at any time. After using the oil you and your nurse will discuss how this  treatment is working for you. 

Simple smelling of the oil is considered very safe and is an effective way of taking the essential oil into the body in one easy step.

  • DO NOT drink or eat the oil.
  • DO NOT put the oil in your eye or on your skin.

What if I'm sensitive to perfume?

Essential oils are pure products made from plants. Fragrant oils - also called aromatic or perfume oils - are manufactured scents. When someone says that he or she has a perfume allergy or sensitivity, it is probably caused by a chemical in the fragrance oil - not an essential oil.

What if I find using essential oils helpful?

If you would like to use them at home, you may consider any of these options. Just make sure you are using pure essential oils.

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