Aromatherapy Services

Aromatherapy is the newest of the holistic treatments added to the complementary therapy program at Garnet Health Medical Center.

Aromatherapy is a holistic modality that uses medicinal grade therapeutic essential oils that require dilution with a carrier oil prior to application. Essential oils are highly fragrant natural extracts taken from flowers, bark, stems, leaves, roots or other parts of a plant. Different essential oils have different effects on the individual, such as:


Lavendar essiential oils are used in Aromatherapy services

  • Calming/Stress relief
  • Relieves Insomnia
  • Decreases PMS Symptoms


Orange essiential oils are used in Aromatherapy services

  • Antidepressant
  • Immunity booster
  • Decreases Inflammation pain


Peppermint essiential oils are used in Aromatherapy services

  • Clears Respiratory Passages
  • Decreases Indigestopm & Nausea
  • Eases headache pain

The choice of essential oil used will be tailored to a patient’s individualized needs. The oils are absorbed by the body through the skin or through inhalation, promoting whole being health.

Request An Aromatherapy Session

Patients should notify their nurse to request an Aromatherapy session and an appointment will be arranged for you within 48 hours of your request.  Once scheduled, a nurse trained in Aromatherapy will conduct a session in your room.

For more information about our free Aromatherapy program, please speak with your physician or contact the Aromatherapy Program Coordinator at 845-333-2259.

Garnet Health Medical Center’s Aromatherapy program is made possible by the Holistic Health Consultants of the Hudson Valley with generous support from the Corinne Feller Memorial Fund for Ovarian Cancer Research and Awareness.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Can Aromatherapy Help Patients?

Conducted in a quiet environment, the patient falls into a relaxed and meditative state as a trained nurse conducts an Aromatherapy session.  Patients sit or lie comfortably, fully clothed. The practitioner uses a blend of natural oils and gently massages them into the patient’s skin, where they are absorbed by the body. The fragrances in the oils stimulate the nerves in the nose, sending impulses to the part of the brain that controls memory and emotion. As a result, the body is relaxed.

Why Should I Consider Aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy has been known to relieve stress and stimulate the body to produce pain-fighting substances. It has also been used to help physical and mental health conditions, which may include infections, depression, insomnia and high blood pressure.

Is Aromatherapy Safe?

Aromatherapy is a safe, non-invasive relaxing technique performed by Garnet Health Medical Center’s experienced, trained nurses. As with any treatment, patients should not undergo Aromatherapy without first consulting a doctor. Pregnant women should not use aromatherapy, as some oils may cause uterine contractions.

Is Aromatherapy Available for All Patients?

Garnet Health Medical Center offers Aromatherapy to oncology patients who are 18 years of age and older.

How Will I Feel After an Aromatherapy Session?

There is some scientific data that supports the effectiveness of Aromatherapy, however each person will respond differently. Feelings can range from refreshed and relaxed to comfortable and stress free. Some healthcare professionals find it to be helpful in reducing stress and anxiety which in turn allows the body to heal more quickly.

What are the Benefits of Aromatherapy?

Patients in the hospital setting experience many stressors that can weaken the function of the immune system and interfere with healing. Aromatherapy focuses on relaxing the body, improving its ability to deal with stress and pain. Benefits of Aromatherapy include:

  • Reduced stress and anxiety
  • Deep relaxation
  • Improved circulation
  • Improved sleep
  • Increased blood flow throughout the body
  • Improved rate of tissue repair
  • Improved emotional well-being

Is There a Fee for Aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy is a complimentary service offered by Garnet Health Medical Center during a patient’s hospital stay.

How Long is an Aromatherapy Session?

Sessions can last as long as it takes to provide therapeutic results based on the patient’s needs.

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