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]
Read the Press Release