Nursing and aromatherapy

  1. Is there anybody out there who combines the two? I am almost fully qualified as a Holistic Aromatherapist and am hoping to start a Post Graduate Diploma in Adult Medicine later in the year. I eventually hope to use my skills as an aromatherapist as a nurse in a more clinical setting and was wondering if anyone is doing this successfully?
    Thanks
    Kitty
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  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   kittylouise
    Whoops! I mean I am hoping to start PG Dip in Adult NURSING not medicine!

    k :roll
  4. by   healingtouchRN
    how wonderful! I know my business partner is interested in this area as well. We both do Healing Touch as a part of our Holistic Nurse Practice, she does Reiki & Reflexology as well. It takes time to learn all of this & feed yourself working 40+ hours a week, (I work 55-60). Check into American Holistic Nurses Assn. website ahna.com since they are very supportive of this! kudos!
  5. by   Mister Chris
    Quote from kittylouise
    Is there anybody out there who combines the two? I am almost fully qualified as a Holistic Aromatherapist and am hoping to start a Post Graduate Diploma in Adult Medicine later in the year. I eventually hope to use my skills as an aromatherapist as a nurse in a more clinical setting and was wondering if anyone is doing this successfully?
    Thanks
    Kitty
    There are several aged care facilities where I work from time to time and nearly all of them have a qualified aromatherapist who is also a nurse. Combining the two callings works well it seems with many clients. Aromatherapy, relaxation, gentle massage coupled with thoughtful posture and pressure area care in some of the cases of the aged, complement each other. Also, essential medical interventions are in a lot of cases made easier because of the calming effect from the aroma therapy on the demeted and sometimes very active client. Also too, it is quite acceptable, the aromas - instead of the clinical clean smell or the 'other' smells we do sometimes have to endure!

    Go for it and good luck.
    Mr.C.
  6. by   healingtouchRN
    I agree. We use peppermint oil in the hospital to hide the foul odors.
    In my private practice, I like citrus oils & lavender oil to energize or relax the clients. Aromatherapy is part of massage therapist course work, so I enjoy learning all I can to naturally relax clients.
    Quote from Mister Chris
    There are several aged care facilities where I work from time to time and nearly all of them have a qualified aromatherapist who is also a nurse. Combining the two callings works well it seems with many clients. Aromatherapy, relaxation, gentle massage coupled with thoughtful posture and pressure area care in some of the cases of the aged, complement each other. Also, essential medical interventions are in a lot of cases made easier because of the calming effect from the aroma therapy on the demeted and sometimes very active client. Also too, it is quite acceptable, the aromas - instead of the clinical clean smell or the 'other' smells we do sometimes have to endure!

    Go for it and good luck.
    Mr.C.
  7. by   drkolie
    yes they go together well. Up to a year ago, I had my private nursing/holistic practice and included massage, aronatherapy, music therapy, hydro therapy, color therapy, magnetics, spiritual and home nursing care, all in one neat package. I did senior seminars, retirement inn's, snf's, fairs and assisted living, plus a couple of days a week at a chiropractor's office.

    The public accepted it well, the seniors loved it and it was the best job I ever had. Unfortunatly, I only did it part time, and played mom as well. My prices were too reasonable as well.

    Much of the above may have new names, but were all being practiced in some form before the 1900's. Untill the magic bullet (antibiotics) came along and rendered them witchcraft. Nursing is the the key, the link between medicine and humanity.............

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