Within the last 20 years, essential oil usage has increased in hospital settings. Essential oils are used for many different reasons, such as helping a patient relax before a painful procedure. The oil can also help decrease pain and provide overall comfort. In 2005, Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare completed a research study that showed essential oils improve a patient’s overall comfort after surgery.

What Is an Essential Oil?

Essential oils come from plants and can add comfort to your care. The oils will not replace medicines or medical treatments. They are meant to be used in addition to your treatment plan.

How Can the Essential Oil Lavender Help Me During My Visit?

The smell of lavender can help you relax or be calm during your visit. Lavender also has been known to decrease pain and spasms and can help with sleep. At Gillette, we will place a small amount (one to two drops) of the lavender oil on a Band-Aid® or cotton ball so that you are able to smell it. We also can massage it onto your skin. Ask your nurse to tell you about other uses for lavender.

Are There Any Side Effects or Precautions?

Lavender is a very safe oil to use in small amounts. However, some people may be sensitive to the smell. The oils that Gillette uses are 100 percent pure, meaning no chemicals have been added. This means allergic reactions are less likely. There are very few allergies to the pure lavender oil.

Keep all oils out of children’s reach. Do not drink any essential oil.

How Much Lavender Is Safe to Use and How Can I Use It?

Lavender works better when used in small amounts. True lavender can be smelled when only one to two drops are placed on a cotton ball or Band-Aid®.

Ask your nurse for more information on how you can use the lavender oil to meet your care needs.

This information is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to replace the advice of your health care providers. If you have any questions, talk with your doctor or others on your health care team.