Development of a Health System-Based Nurse-Delivered Aromatherapy Program

J Nurs Adm. 2016 Apr;46(4):221-5. doi: 10.1097/NNA.0000000000000327.


Healthcare systems are increasingly looking to integrate aromatherapy (essential oils) as a safe, low-cost, and nonpharmacologic option for patient care to reduce pain, nausea, and anxiety and to improve sleep. This article describes the development and implementation of a healthcare system-wide program of nurse-delivered essential oil therapeutic interventions to inpatients throughout an acute care setting. In addition, we provide lessons learned for nursing administrators interested in developing similar nurse-delivered aromatherapy programs.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Anxiety / therapy
  • Aromatherapy / nursing*
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Humans
  • Nurse Administrators
  • Nurse-Patient Relations
  • Nursing Staff, Hospital*
  • Oils, Volatile / therapeutic use*
  • Pain Management
  • Patient Safety
  • Program Development
  • Relaxation
  • Sleep Wake Disorders / therapy


  • Oils, Volatile