Essential Oil Trend Catches on at UK Hospital

Perhaps you’ve heard of the new essential oil craze. Maybe you’re an essential oil user yourself. Or, perhaps you’re a skeptic who thinks it’s just another fad.

No matter your stance, essential oils are shaking up conventional medicine in a big way, and many hospitals in America are jumping on board by using them as a complement to conventional treatments.

At the University of Kentucky, essential oils are being diffused in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, for infants who were suffering from Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome. Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) occurs when a baby is exposed to drug use in the womb. NAS can cause a baby to experience high stress and medical complications. The traditional treatment for babies with NAS is to swaddle them, place them in a dark room, and often times, give them morphine. Thankfully, doctors are looking for alternatives with a major focus on essential oils.

At the University of Kentucky hospital, the NICU staff began diffusing diffusing lavender and chamomile on thumb-sized pads next to the babies to alleviate stress and promote better sleep and with much success.

As a long-time user of essential oils, I’m thrilled that medical professionals are turning their attention to more natural remedies for their patients.

There are many ways you can easily and effectively use essential oils to manage your health and wellness, but let’s take a look at three oils and the ways you can use them.

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Lemon: This oil provides gentle detoxification to the body and promotes healthy liver function. It can also balance out the body’s PH. Emotionally, this oil can boost the mood, and it can increase focus and concentration. Uses: Internal, topical, aromatic

Lavender: A wonderful oil for relaxation and to promote sound sleep. It’s also soothing to the skin and can be used on blemishes, burns, and scrapes. Emotionally it helps individuals express themselves through open and honest communication. Uses: Internal, topical, aromatic

Peppermint: Alleviates occasional headaches, reduces body temperature, and can boost energy. Emotionally, this oil promotes feelings of buoyancy and light-heartedness. It also aids in concentration. Uses: Internal, topical, aromatic.

Ideas for Use:

A Simple and Wonderful Aromatic Blend: 3 drops each of lavender and lemon in a diffuser to create a calm, happy ambiance in your home.

Headache? Apply a drop of peppermint to your temples or the back of your neck for fast relief.

Teachers: try peppermint in a diffuser during testing instead of handing out peppermint candies!

Learn more about essential oils here.
Read more about how the University of Kentucky is using essential oils here.

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