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Nausea Study Done Using Aromatherapy

By on October 5, 2015

Yes, (1) essential oil of ginger,or a combination of these (2) a blend of essential oils of ginger, spearmint, peppermint, and cardamom, does make a difference for Post Operative Nausea according to this study.

Isn’t that better than adding more chemicals to your already stressed body after surgery. You control how much you sniff the oil from a hankerchief.

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Abstract Author(s):Ronald Hunt, Jacqueline Dienemann, H James Norton, Wendy Hartley, Amanda Hudgens, Thomas Stern, George Divine  ( 

Aromatherapy is promising as an inexpensive, noninvasive treatment


BACKGROUND: Postoperative nausea (PON) is a common complication of anesthesia and surgery. Antiemetic medication for higher-risk patients may reduce but does not reliably prevent PON. We examined aromatherapy as a treatment for patients experiencing PON after ambulatory surgery. Our primary hypothesis was that in comparison with inhaling a placebo, PON will be reduced significantly by aromatherapy with (1) essential oil of ginger, (2) a blend of essential oils of ginger, spearmint, peppermint, and cardamom, or (3) isopropyl alcohol. Our secondary hypothesis was that the effectiveness of aromatherapy will depend upon the agent used.

METHODS: A randomized trial of aromatherapy with patients who reported nausea in the postanesthesia care unit was conducted at one ambulatory surgical center. Eligibility criteria were adult, able to give consent, and no history of coagulation problems or allergy to the aromatherapy agents. Before surgery, demographic and risk factors were collected. Patients with a nausea level of 1 to 3 on a verbal descriptive scale (0-3) received a gauze pad saturated with a randomly chosen aromatherapy agent and were told to inhale deeply 3 times; nausea (0-3) was then measured again in 5 minutes. Prophylactic and postnausea antiemetics were given as ordered by physicians or as requested by the patient.

RESULTS: A total of 1151 subjects were screened for…..

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