I hope you enjoy the post-operative gift that we have created just for you.
It is a beautiful blend of Australian Mandarin, Bergamot, Copaiba, Tasmanian Lavender, Neroli and Roman Chamomile essential oils in nourishing organic Jojoba oil.
I have been interested to read that essential oils (EOs) can aid in healing and recovery. In some countries, EOs are prescribed by doctors as treatment, with some even prescribing it to be taken orally! In Australia we mainly use EOs either as inhalation (eg diffusers) or topically on the skin.
To ensure product safety, I engaged the expertise of a qualified aromatherapist, Sarah from "Aromatherapy with Sarah". Sarah usually creates EO blends for large companies who usually blend their oils in many litres! What really impressed me about Sarah was her commitment to safety of the oils, knowledge and background reading. I explained to her that my patients undergo surgery which is a stressful time, and the aim of the product would be an aid to relaxing and feel calm while recuperating. She has created an absolutely gorgeous blend that have been shown to help with mood, and importantly, not interfere with medications. The essential oils have been added to organic jojoba which nourishes the skin at low dilution / concentration. This is safe to be used freely, but as an extra precaution we ask you to not use it a week prior to, and for four weeks following treatments such as chemotherapy or radiation.
Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil (Jojoba Oil), Citrus Reticulata (Australian Mandarin)*, Citrus bergamia (Bergamot)*, Copaifera officinalis (Copaiba)*, Lavandula angustifolia (Tasmanian Lavender), Citrus Aurantium (Neroli)*, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile Roman)*.
* denotes essential oil
Further information from Aromatherapy with Sarah
Each blend has been carefully designed with essential oil safety in mind with guidance from Tisserand, R., & Young, R. (2014). Essential Oil Safety. London:Churchill Livingstone and Salvatore Battaglia. The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy (2017).
Mandarin essential oil : Contraindications: Very low risk skin sensitisation if oxidised. (Tisserand & Young, 2014, p. 342) . Considered non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitising. (Battaglia, 2017, p. 399).
Roman Chamomile essential oil : No contraindications (Tisserand & Young, 2014, p.244). Considered non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitising. (Battaglia, 2017, p.226).
Neroli essential oil : No contraindications (Tisserand & Young, 2014, p. 363). Considered non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitising. (Battaglia, 2017, p. 432).
Copaiba essential oil : No contraindications (Tisserand & Young, 2014, p. 259).
Bergamot essential oil : (bergapten free): This oil is bergapten free Bergamot, which means it is safe for use in the sun but as a precaution adding may be phototoxic. Recommended dermal 0.4% dilution. No contraindications. (Battaglia,2017, p. 172).
True Lavender essential oil : No contraindications (Tisserand & Young, 2014, p. 326). Considered non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitising. (Battaglia, 2017, p. 370).
Research for further reading
Studies have found that vaporised citrus oils are particularly effective for mood enhancement. In one, a mixture of bergamot, orange and lemon (with lemon predominating) was slowly vaporised throughout the day over a two-week period, and depressed patients exposed to this fragrance were able to reduce their dose of antidepressants (Komori et al. 1995).
Effects of bergamot (Risso) Wright & Arn.) essential oil aromatherapy on mood states, parasympathetic nervous system activity, and salivary cortisol levels in 41 healthy females “These results demonstrate that BEO inhaled together with water vapor exerts psychological and physiological effects in a relatively short time.” (2015).
A study investigated the effects of true lavender essential oil on the central nervous system, autonomic nervous system and mood responses in humans after inhalation. (Sayorwan et al.2012)
After two 10-minute aromatherapy sprays with bergamot essential oil, the parasympathetic nervous system was enhanced and shown on corresponding physiological parameters. Aromatherapy appears to drive autonomic nervous activity toward a balanced state. (Chang & Shen, 2011)