Share knowledge and promote the use of aromatherapy as a complementary therapeutic approach in hospitals
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The Gattefossé Foundation seeks to promote the use of essential oils in hospitals as a complimentary approach to improving health and contributing to overall patient care.
A tribute to René-Maurice Gattefossé
By supporting scientific projects in aromatherapy, Gattefossé Foundation pays tribute to one of the symbolic founders of the company, René-Maurice Gattefossé. Convinced of the virtues of plants and the powers of essential oils, he conducted a number of studies on aromatic cultures throughout his life (1881-1950). One of his books, "Aromatherapy", published in 1937, was written to promote the use of essential oils in the treatment of infectious diseases.
Essential oils and Gattefossé
Essential oils were the focus of René Maurice Gattefossé's research and passion at the start of the twentieth century. But the Gattefossé company stopped using these kinds of raw materials some time ago to concentrate its activities on the development and manufacture of other products, mainly fat derivatives and plant extracts for the pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries.
A global vision of care and health
The Foundation's aromatherapy activities come from a comprehensive vision of health. By incorporating new complimentary therapeutic approaches into traditional allopathic medicine, the needs of patients at specific moments in their therapeutic pathway can be taken into consideration. The beneficial effects of using essential oils have been observed and assessed. They transform the relationship between the patient and health care professional by giving the latter the opportunity to place care at the centre of their role and add a new dimension to their practice. The establishments that develop use of essential oils have an innovative take on patient care and support.
A committee of experts
To cater for the specificity and complexity of the subject, the Foundation drawn on specialised skills and created an Aromatherapy Steering Committee, the members of which are published on the Foundation's website.
Three courses of action
- Encouraging hospitals to develop use of essential oils and supporting initiatives that meet the criteria of the Foundation,
- Promoting the communication of know-how and best practices between aromatherapy and health professionals,
- Supporting clinical research focused on patient care.