Bergamot and Lavender Used in Mainstream Medicine

Apr 2, 2008 4:46 pm US/Central
Bergamot and Lavender Essential Oils Now Used In Mainstream Medicine

The healing powers of essential oils have been known for centuries. Now a Fort Worth hospital is the first in North Texas to take those powers to a clinical level.

Megan Morrison’s high-risk pregnancy has kept her on bed rest for the past six weeks. Her clinical aromatherapy sessions at Harris Methodist Hospital are new.

“I can definitely tell a big difference,” Morrison said. “I’m definitely much more relaxed than if I was just to go take a hot bath.”

Nurse Susan Shields is trained in clinical aromatherapy. It’s centuries-old tradition that uses pure essential oils. Harris Methodist has the only certified program in North Texas.

She said, What we’re using is a combination of bergamot, [and] citrus vergania, which is the true lavender the relaxing lavender. It does not replace any of the medical treatment that goes on here. It is in addition to; it is complimentary; it enhances.

Shields says there’s a big difference between the oils used at Harris and those you can buy at a department store. We can predict what the effect is going to be because we know the chemical composition of the essential oils, she said. We know how to most effectively use them for the clinical effects that we’re looking for.

In Morrison’s case, the goal is to relieve tension and anxiety. Does it work? She’s convinced. It gives me something to look forward to in the day and just helps relax me, she said.

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