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The Uses of Aromatherapy in Women's Health

Tillett, Jackie ND, CNM, FACNM; Ames, Diane DNP, RN, CCAP

The Journal of Perinatal & Neonatal Nursing: July/September 2010 - Volume 24 - Issue 3 - p 238–245
doi: 10.1097/JPN.0b013e3181ece75d
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Aromatherapy is the practice of therapeutic use of essential plant-based oils. Essential oils and aromatherapy have been used in the care of women for centuries. The published research has used small samples and often combines other complementary therapies with aromatherapy; however, the use of essential oils has not been shown to cause harm and is accepted by women. Aromatherpay mixtures are appropriate for use by nurses in labor and delivery settings. The article reviews the literature and discusses appropriate essential oil mixtures for use in women's health setting and labor and delivery.

Midwifery and Wellness Center, Aurora Sinai Medical Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison (Dr Tillett); Aurora Health Care, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (Dr Ames).

Correspondence: Jackie Tillett, ND, CNM, FACNM, Midwifery and Wellness Center, Aurora Sinai Medical Center, 1020 N 12th St, Milwaukee, WI 53233 (

Received March 25, 2010

Accepted June 14, 2010

© 2010 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.