Using Essential Oils at the Hospital

As antibiotic and antiviral air fresheners, essential oils have a positive role to play in any hospital. They can also be used to kill pain, help the patients sleep, and enhance the effect of sedative drugs, thus allowing lower doses to be used.  

Here are some antiviral essential oils which will not only help keep everyone “as well as can be expected”, but also uplift the spirit in their own special, subtle way. Simply spray in a clean or new plant. Spray or put a few drops in a cup of hot water and set on the night stand.


Tea Tree



Inula odorata


Red thyme

If you’re not the patient but keeping vigil and need something to keep you alert but relaxed, put one of the following in a cup of hot water. Not only will it help you keep alert but it will soothe the patient too.

Geranium (helps emotionally)

Lavender (cleans the air, antibacterial)

A mixture of geranium, lavender, and bergamot will alleviate anxiety and depression.

A mixture of lavender and grapefruit will keep the staff on their toes, even-tempered, and relaxed as well as benefiting everyone with its refreshing, uplifting, and stimulating aroma.

Depending on the need, you can make gifts (scented pillows, hanging mobile, etc.) with the aroma that benefits the patient you know.

One Response to “Using Essential Oils at the Hospital”
  1. Maria says:

    Last year I learned that Hospice was able to clear the use of I believe Lemon and Lavender for patient AND nurse treatment, which I think is really neat.

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