The Role of Aromatherapy in Combination With Traditional Medical Practice


Conventional medicine and alternative/complementary healing methods are not mutually exclusive. They can work very well when combined together. This case study illustrates how this can be achieved. The subject contracted a cold and had fever afterwards.

On a Wednesday’s night, my husband caught a cold (with running nose), had a headache and a mild fever. I made a blend for him and suggested him to apply it on his temples, forehead, and back of the neck. The blend includes:

1 drop of lavender

1 drop of geranium

2 drops of ginger

1 tsp of olive oil

Reasons for choosing the oil:

Lavender is sedative, and can help boost the immune functions; geranium is anti-inflammatory; ginger can help relieve pain, it is warming and can improve the circulation.

I also advised him to drink water with lemon, with honey added.

15 minutes later, he could fall asleep and he felt better after it. The fever and headache subsided after the application.

However, when he woke up the next morning, his fever and headache came back. In addition, he had spasmodic cough, running nose, fever, and sore throat. He went to see the doctor, and was tested negative for flu virus. His temperature was 100.8 degrees F. The doctor then advised him to take more rest, and to take the Advil. I then suggested him to use another blend as follows, and to apply the mixture to the temples, forehead and back of the neck.

I suggested him to use the following oil blend:

1 drop of Roman Chamomile

2 drops of Lemon

2 drops of peppermint

1 tsp of olive oil

Reasons for choosing the oil:

Roman Chamomile provides pain relief and it’s antiviral; lemon can bring pain relief, boost the immune system, and enhance the oil blend penetration; peppermint can reduce fever, and it’s cooling.

On the third day, his running nose condition improved a lot, he had no headache, and the fever was gone.

This is an example of combing the traditional medical practice with aromatherapy, and it works great. Aromatherapy did help in the recovering process.

However, for some cases, you may need to consult your primary physician or specialist before you combine any other protocol into the healing process. It is always good to consult a professional aromatherapists who have the expertise and proper knowledge to do this. Always remember that essential oils are very potent, and a little goes a long way.


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