In order to draw up a report on the state of the therapeutic application of essential oils in hospital settings, the Foundation supports work undertaken throughout Europe by pharmacy students and which is aimed at mapping clinical trials in which essential oils have been used.
You can access the thesis documents (only available in French) in the “Related documents” section of this page.
Laurent Occhio, student at the Faculty of Pharmacy of Nancy focused his work on « the implementation of aromatherapy procedures at the Lorraine Insititue of Oncology”. This thesis was defended on 11 september 2015 at Université de Nancy and received an exceptional score of 20/20.
Pharmacist Charles Pierron gives new perspective to the treatment of nervous system disorders in elderly people through the use of essential oils, through his study at G.Clemenceau Hospital, Grumbach department, in Chamcueil (91750). This thesis was defended on 27 June 2014 at Université de Nancy.
Pharmacist Christelle Caron worked in palliative care services for oncology for her thesis. After a detailed analysis of radiotherapy and chemotherapy treatments, she addresses the development of supportive care with essential oils to improve patient comfort at the St-Jean clinic in Cagnes-sur-Mer. This thesis was defended on 25 April 2014 at Université de Montpellier.
Pharmacist Elise Halart studied 4 hospitals in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region, but most of her work is related to the establishment of a quality approach at Valenciennes Hospital, whose use of essential oils since 2008 has been remarkable.
This thesis was defended on 23 September 2014 at Université de Lille.
For her thesis, pharmacist Julie Soudrain undertook an in-depth study of the use of essential oils at the Pierre Valdo Centre in Marmoutiers (Bas-Rhin), which welcomes mentally disabled people, people with multiple disabilities and people with autism. It should be noted that the protocols should be individualised given the complexity of the symptoms.
Laetitia Barlier, a qualified pharmacist, wrote her final thesis for her degree on the use of essential oils at the CHU (Central University Hospital) in Angers. Currently, the essential oils Mentha x piperita and Lavandula angustifolia are being used in three pilot schemes: palliative care, pulmonology and gynaecology. The viva for the thesis took place on 21 February 2014 at the UFR of the Pharmaceutical Sciences and Healthcare Engineering of Angers. “The introduction of essential oils at the CHU of Angers has been a multidisciplinary project”
Audrey Faure is a graduate of the Lyon 1 ISPB pharmacy department and is currently studying for a Master 2 degree in industrial cosmetology at Lyon’s IPIL. Her research focused on the use of essential oils for palliative care at hospitals in Annonay (Ardèche) and Roanne (Saône et Loire). In October 2013 she presented her thesis to the Lyon 1 Faculty of Pharmacy: “Essential oils can be used to relieve pain and anxiety in patients of all ages.”
Sophie Schieber, pharmacist, conducted her final year research into the use of essential oils in the haematological intensive care department at Pasteur hospital in Colmar. In November 2013 she presented her thesis to the Strasbourg Faculty of Pharmacy: “Although it takes some time for essential oils to be accepted in hospitals, they are of real use in affording patients relief and improving their sense of well-being.”
Claire Gonnin, a student from the faculty of pharmacy in Dijon, surveyed German hospitals in Bade-Würtemberg. She discovered that in many departments that have been using phytotherapy and aromatherapy for a long time, it is possible to use essential oils safely in a hospital setting and that appropriate oil blends were likely to offer solutions to problems that had not always been fully resolved by conventional medicine: “The departments where this is most frequent are maternity, oncology and palliative care.”
Florence Mayer, a student from the faculty of pharmacy in Nancy, worked in geriatrics at two EHPADs. She was able to observe the efficacy of oils in air purification, the fight against infection, anxiety and skin pathologies. Furthermore, the use of essential oils with the elderly offered well-being and comfort, with the additional benefit of a 30% reduction in the cost of medications.
Emilie Baudier, a student at the faculty of pharmacy of the Free University of Brussels, carried out a study of francophone Brussels. She contacted 100 medical departments, 37 of which use essentials oils, especially for oncology, geriatrics, palliative care, maternity, dialysis, psychiatry, etc. Emilie noted particularly positive results in oncology for the treatment of acne, ulcers, severe headaches and anxiety.