Prizes awarded

2021 – Linda-Anne O’Flaherty / The Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa


Linda-Anne O’Flaherty graduated in aromatherapy in 2003 and trained in massage technique called “M technique®” developed by a nurse, Jane Buckle, in UK. This method of gentle and structured touch is very well suited to very fragile or painful people.

Linda-Anne implemented this massage technique in combination with aromatherapy at the hospital for children. Linda-Anne always uses the same aromatic formulation during her massage = a 1% blend of lavender (Lavendula angustifolia), german chamomile (Matricaria recutica) and neroli (Citrus arantium) in a base of grape seed oil.

She was particularly concerned with burned children and wrote an article in 2012 “Aromatherapy massage seems to enhance relaxation in children with burns: an observational pilot study” which demonstrates the effectiveness of aromatic massage on the pain management of these burnt children.

A second observational study examining the effects of her aromatic massage on children admitted to Paediatric Intensive Care Unit and showing that it could be a beneficial treatment in reducing anxiety.

The Gattefossé Foundation and its jury of experts has decided to award her with the international prize in clinical aromatherapy to recognize her outstanding work.

The prize will be awarded at the Phyt’Arôm event on the 1st October 2021 in Grasse (France)

2020 – Delphine Lassoie et Nancy D’Hulster /la Clinique de la Douleur du CHU Ambroise Paré à Mons, en Belgique


This establishment has been using essential oils since 2004 in its palliative care unit, with protocols intended for complementary care for bronchial congestion, constipation and hiccups. In 2015, two nurses, Delphine Lassoie and Nancy D’Hulster, trained in scientific aromatherapy, extended the implementation of essential oils uses with massage or olfaction for various chronic pains: neuropathic, inflammatory and abdominal. The Aroma team is composed of two referent nurses, an algologist, a psychologist, a pharmacist, a rehabilitation / physical medicine doctor and a gynecologist. Essential oils are prescribed by the doctors when appropriated.
Their clinical data show that the application of these synergies of essential oils improves well-being (quality of sleep, management of stress and anxiety) and decreases the intensity of pain in patients.

The Foundation’s European Prize 2020 rewards la clinique de la Douleur in Mons (Belgium) for the use of aromatherapy as a complementary approach in pain management.

The prize will be awarded at the Phyt’Arôm event on the 1st October 2021 in Grasse (France).

2019 – “La Chezalière” – EHPAD in Nantes (France)


Project manager: Dr Massiet du Biest (under supervision of Mme Hermant)

Since 2015, this care house uses aromatherapy to improve wellbeing to elderly people. Two main applications :

  • An innovative system in the building to diffuse essential oils
  • Individual uses for end of life care, anxiety, nausea, muscular pain and wound treatment

The prize will finance new diffusion materials and more trainings for nurses.


2018 – Dr Anne Moro, Paediatric Plastic Surgeon / University Hospital of La Réunion and the TSIKY RUN association


Doctor Anne Moro, rewarded by the Foundation in 2018

With a degree in clinical aromatherapy from the University of Strasbourg, Anne Moro coordinates the La Réunion MAFACE expertise centre for the treatment of facial malformations and cleft lip and palate. For the last three years, she has been using essential oils to improve the healing of wounds and scars, prevent infections, and relieve the pain and stress experienced by her patients.
With the association TSIKY RUN, she uses essential oils while on humanitarian missions in Madagascar. The association’s aim is to support patients born with cleft lip and palate and to use essential oils in pre- and post-operative care. Training is also provided to Malagasy doctors who are interested in this type of therapy as a complement to or occasionally as a replacement for allopathic treatments.

2017 – Delphine Bienon, Neuropsychologist, and Thierry Podevin, Pharmacist / Théophile Bretonnière nursing home in Saint-Julien de Concelles (Loire Atlantique, France)


The Théophile Bretonnière nursing home has been committed to a non-medicinal approach to care and has implemented various aromatherapy protocols since 2012. These protocols aim to prevent bronchial disorders and flu infections among residents and caregivers, limit night wanderings and agitation during the provision of hygiene care, as well as behavioural disorders characteristic of Alzheimer’s disease. More recently, an accompanying protocol has also been implemented in palliative care.

2016 – Dr Géraldine Gommez-Mazaingue, Geriatrician / Valenciennes Hospital Centre (Nord, France)

In 2009, the Geriatric Department began using essential oils to provide relief to elderly patients from health and social care sectors who are often vulnerable, on various forms of medication, more sensitive to treatment side effects and suffer from symptoms that are difficult to relieve such as: mood disorders, behavioural disorders, insomnia, anxiety, depression, pain, skin conditions, etc.
The use of essential oils has proved particularly effective with elderly people. It represents a form of relief in an often dense and anxiety-inducing care plan. Depending on the illness, they offer relief for joint pain, cutaneous mycoses, haematomas, help minimise the use of painkillers and psychoactive drugs, calm anxiety, distress and agitation.
Following the positive results in Geriatrics, the use of essential oils has been gradually extended to other Centre departments (neurology, paediatrics, maternity, oncology, psychiatry and radiology) thanks to professional training and the dissemination of protocols.

2015 – Catherine Maranzana, Nurse / Louis Pasteur General Hospital, Colmar (Alsace, France)

At Hôpitaux Civils de Colmar (Colmar Civil Hospitals), an aromatherapy initiative has been instigated by Catherine Maranzana, a nurse in the Oncology and Haematology Department. Colmar hospital’s Oncology and Haematology Intensive Care Department has been using aromatherapy since 2010 to treat patients’ nausea and psychological/emotional issues, such as sleep disorders and anxiety. Protocols (inhalation and massage onto clean skin) have been developed. The results described by the patients concerned, often seeking alternatives to medication, demonstrate genuine satisfaction: pain relief, improved well-being and sleep, and they enjoyed the comfort aromatherapy offered amidst an occasionally demanding programme of treatment.
These results persuaded doctors and caregivers from other departments and, in line with a clear action plan, increased the use of oils in other Oncology Department units (Palliative Care, Oncology and Haematology), at the Elderly Care Centre, and in the Intensive Care Unit.


Read Catherine Maranzana’s presentation: “Une envolée aromatique aux Hôpitaux Civils de Colmar” [An aromatic boost at Colmar Civil Hospitals]

Read the Press Release

2014 – Dr Hanane Besselièvre / Saint-Nicolas Hospital in Angers (Maine et Loire, France)

In 2010, the CLUD Group (Pain Management/Palliative Care Committee), under the supervision of Dr Hanane Besselièvre and Valérie Le Marre, nursing officer, initiated a global non-medicated approach with a view to improving the treatment conditions of elderly patients.
The diffusion of essential oils in rooms and common areas, combined with the organization of relaxing touch workshops using a preparation based on essential oils, highlighted certain benefits for the patients: unpleasant odour control, stimulation of sensory and memory functions, maintenance of social interaction, anxiety reduction, aggressiveness and sleep disorders etc.
These practices also transform the care atmosphere, with a positive effect on the caregivers by putting them in a better emotional frame of mind vis-à-vis the patients. They could help combat the risk of burnout.
These initiatives help the Saint Nicolas Hospital take a fresh look at the institutionalised elderly who “generally suffer from negative social perceptions, relating in particular to the image of old age and places of residence”.

Read article: “Une approche innovante de la personne âgée” – Revue Soins Gérontologie

Read presentation : “Pour un autre regard de la personne âgée institutionnalisée”

Read the Press Release