With research indicating that essential oils reduce anxiety, nausea, and other physical ailments when used in hospital settings, a growing number of medical centers now incorporate aromatherapy into treatment regimens.
The aromatherapy workshops at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Austin, Texas, teach those with cancer how to manage symptoms using essential oils in baths, massage oils, and fragrances. And more than 40 staff members at San Diego's Sharp Coronado Hospital are trained to provide clinical aromatherapy at patients' bedsides.
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