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Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy uses essential oils from plants, flowers and herbs to help patients who are feeling anxious, unable to sleep, experiencing nausea, loss of appetite or an altered sense of smell.  This can be particularly beneficial during and after stem cell transplants.  (The pleasant aroma helps mask the unpleasant odor of preservatives in the stem cell product.) Aromatherapy can also help reduce nausea during these procedures.

A comprehensive essential oil survival kit for a child undergoing cancer therapy may include any of the following essential oils: peppermint, lavender, bergamot, lemongrass, lemon, roman chamomile, black pepper, eucalyptus, ginger.  Together these address many common side effects. Methods of delivery include diffusion (using a machine that sprays essential oils into the air); mist, direct inhalation, body massage, compress or application to the skin, footbath, or full bath.

Our acupuncturists give aromatherapy kits to children while they are in the clinic for chemotherapy or follow-up. Parents may also contact Andrea Radossi at 646-317-2070 or by email at ar3454@columbia.edu to make an appointment for aromatherapy training.