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.