Grants allocated - Gattefossé Foundation

2020 – Huguette Amboise / L’institut MGEN de La Verrière à Mesnil St-Denis (Yvelines, France)

This establishment, specialist in mental health, palliative care, and geriatrics, would like to implement aromatherapy as a complementary therapy for their patients.

Huguette Amboise, healthcare manager, has developed 4 protocols for the use of aromatherapy. Her project aims to involve patients for the choice of essential oils/odor preference, the administration route and also to build an evaluation sheet.

The Foundation’s grant will finance internal training for her team and help the implementation of her protocols for reducing anxiety in palliative care and psychiatry.

For current pandemic reasons, the grant ceremony has been postponed on December 8th by videoconference.

2020 – Dr Françoise Désarnauts / La Fondation Bon Sauveur d’Alby – Albi (Tarn, France)

October 15th, 2020 : the Foundation awarded a 2020 grant to the psycho-oncology unit of the Bon Sauveur Foundation in Albi.

In this care unit, a multidisciplinary team welcomes people suffering from depressive syndromes related to cancer : from the first sign of the disease, during treatment and after treatment.

This team offers them a range of psychological approaches to reduce their anxiety: art therapy, writing, meditation and touch-massage with essential oils.

The grant will allow Françoise Désarnauts, psychiatrist, to assess the value of the olfaction of essential oils during touch-massage sessions. This study will evaluate the impact of the olfactory memory from the group of patients who received a patch of essential oils during the massage, whether if they relive relaxation and well-being at home just by inhaling a stick soaked in the same oils. This study will include 60 patients.

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2020 – Dr Laurent Taillade et Sophie Robilliard / Maison Médicale Jeanne Garnier à Paris

October 7th ,2020 : the Foundation awarded a 2020 grant to the Maison Médicale Jeanne Garnier, a palliative care center of 80 patients in the heart of Paris.

Sophie Robilliard, a nurse, and Laurent Taillade, a doctor, both graduated in scientific aromatherapy, have introduced essential oils in this establishment. Three protocols are in place to manage anxiety, nausea, and room sanitation.

They also have initiated 200 caregivers to aromatherapy, 15 of them are now referent for applying aromatic care to patients.

The Foundation grant will finance the purchase of essential oils and diffusers for the implementation of the process, and organize more internal continuous training.

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2020 – Emmanuelle Battala / Le centre régional de lutte contre le cancer François Baclesse à Caen (Calvados, France)

September 10th, 2020 : the Foundation awarded a 2020 grant to the Centre Régional de Lutte contre le Cancer François Baclesse in Caen. Since 2015, inhaler sticks with essential oils have allowed chemotherapy patients to manage their nausea and vomiting. To provide scientific evidence to this therapeutic approach, the medical team is undertaking a clinical study to assess the impact of dry inhalation of essential oils on the reduction of symptoms. The patient’s quality of life is at the heart of the project. The study is called CINVAROM (Chemotherapy Induced Nausea Vomiting and Aromatherapy) and will involve around 100 patients. The results will be published at the end of 2021.

The Foundation grant will help to finance this clinical study initiated by Emmanuelle Battala, healthcare manager, Laurence Legigan, aromatherapy referent, and the nurses. This project is led by François Gernier, clinical research coordinator.

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2020 – Dr Nathalie Baptiste / L’hôpital Georges Clémenceau à Champcueil (Essonne, France)

The Georges Clemenceau hospital (390 beds) is specialized in geriatric care and the treatment of multiple pathologies in the elderly.

Since 2010, aromatherapy has been used in diffusion to reduce anxiety for patients with dementia.

Nathalie Baptiste, head of department, trained in scientific aromatherapy, would like to conduct a clinical study intended to assess the effectiveness of a synergy of essential oils in replacement or reduction of hypnotic medication for patients in palliative care.

This approach can address the health authorities’ request to use alternative therapy to manage cognitive pathologies and behavioral disorders for elderly patients, due to the poor tolerances of psychotropic drugs in this fragile population.

The Foundation grant will help fund the study and the statistical analysis of the results.

For current pandemic reasons, the grant ceremony has been postponed for December 15th by videoconference.

2020 – Raoul Crouzoulon / Le Centre Hospitalier Emile Roux au Puy-en-Velay (Haute-Loire, France)

September 14th, 2020 : the Foundation awarded a 2020 grant to the surgery department of the Emile Roux hospital in Puy-en-Velay. Since 2016, anesthetists have been prescribing essential oils for their anxiolytic effects in order to improve the management of patient anxiety before being anesthetized for surgery. For 3 years, the entire medical team observed the benefit of the protocol on the recovery phase of patients with fewer side effects. Raoul Crouzoulon, nurse anesthetist – initiator of the project – and the clinical research center, set up a prospective clinical study on 300 patients.

The Foundation grant will help fund the study and the statistical analysis of the results.

2019 – “Le CLUD” – Centre hospitalier Fleyriat (Bourg-en-Bresse, France)


Project manager: C.Treboz (under supervision Mme Morey)

Their project is the introduction of essential oils in many clinical practices. They want to implement protocols for anxiety, pain and nausea in gynecology, palliative care and oncology departments. Aromatherapy is already used as a complementary medicines among others (reflexology, shiatsu, acupuncture) for chronic pain for patients visiting the CLUD (Comité de lutte contre la douleur).

This award will finance a diploma in aromatherapy and implementation of new protocols.

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2019 – Centre Hélène Borel – Raimbeaucourt (59, France)

Project manager = C.Talleu (under supervision Mme Nio)
They have successfully implemented essential oils as complementary medicine for anxiety, pain and insomnia in the aftercare and rehabilitation department by olfaction and by massage.
Their project is the development of a diffusion system in the building to improve wellbeing of their patients.
This award will finance new diffusion systems.

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2018 – Andoni Alli, Hospital Pharmacist / Marin Hospital of Hendaye (AP-HP) (Pyrénées-Atlantiques, France)


With a degree from the University of Dijon, he initiated an aromatherapy approach at the Marin Hospital of Hendaye in 2013. This rehabilitation and recuperative care facility uses aromatherapy as complementary medicine in the treatment of wounds, mycoses, gastrointestinal disorders, herpes, agitation, anxiety, insomnia, spasticity and pain in patients with severe disabilities or rare neurological and endocrine diseases.

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Read Alli Andoni’s PowerPoint presentation

2018 – Ioana Farcas, Hospital Pharmacist / Public Health Institution (EPS) Barthélémy Durand in Étampes (Essonne, France)


With an inter-university degree from Paris Descartes University, Ioana Farcas initiated an aromatherapy approach in the departments of this reference institution for mental health in 2015. Under the supervision of a team of pharmacists, this approach is proof of the willingness to set up a scientific aromatherapy programme with staff training and evaluation of the decline in chemical drug intake.

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Read Powerpoint’s presentation by Marina Loroscio (FR)

Reas Ioana Farcas’ PowerPoint presentation (FR)

2017 – Dr Virginie Leroy, Unité de soins d’Accompagnement de soins Support et de soins Palliatifs / Hôpitaux Universitaires de Strasbourg (Alsace)


Cette unité utilise les huiles essentielles en complément des thérapies habituelles médicamenteuses dans une approche globale de la personne malade. Depuis 2014, plusieurs protocoles d’aromathérapie ont été mis en place, ciblant les symptômes incomplètement contrôlés par les traitements classiques comme les odeurs désagréables, l’anxiété, les troubles du sommeil ou encore les nausées ou vomissements.
Les premiers résultats montrent un bénéfice certain : globalement efficaces, les soins aromatiques sont bien tolérés et appréciés des patients, des familles et des soignants pour le plaisir olfactif qu’ils procurent.

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2017 – AROVA association, Madagascar


The Madagascan association AROVA (Aromatherapists of Vakinankaratra) aims to train the island’s public or private medical and paramedical staff in the use of Madagascan essential oils, with the approval of the Madagascan Health Ministry’s Traditional Medicines Department. AROVA uses locally-produced essential oils so they can serve as many of the country’s healthcare facilities (community clinics, primary health care centres) as possible. This training provides an opportunity to improve medical practices by discussing case studies and presenting essential oils as an alternative or complementary approach to conventional medicine (in the treatment of infectious diseases, for instance). In these practices, due consideration is given to criteria such as the cost of treatment and the patient’s quality of life.

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Lucile Barré, Nurse / Pierre Delaroche Hospital, Clisson (Loire-Atlantique, France)


Essential oils were first used at Pierre Delaroche Hospital in 2011, within its nursing home unit, on the initiative of Lucile Barré, the lead nurse for pain relief and care. There they have been used to prevent winter respiratory diseases and provide relief to patients suffering from extreme agitation, stress, anxiety, sleep disorders, pain, haematomas, nausea, vomiting, or migraines. Their use has now been extended to two other units (long-term care and rehabilitation) accounting for 120 beds in total. Patients in these units, looking for alternatives to medication, were truly satisfied with the results: their headaches were soothed, their well-being improved, they fell asleep more easily, and they enjoyed the comfort aromatherapy offered amidst an often demanding programme of treatment.

The aromatherapeutic protocols were developed by pharmacist Marie-Georges Legrand-Cottalorda and aromatherapist Sylvie Vinet, both of whom are based at Maisdon-sur-Sèvre and hold degrees in clinical aromatherapy from the University of Strasbourg. Both have been working closely with Pierre Delaroche Hospital for a long time.

Read Lucile Barré’s article: L’aromathérapie en hébergement pour personnes dépendantes [Aromatherapy in nursing homes]

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