Supportive Care

Aromatherapy: Using Essential Oils as a Supportive Therapy

Debra Reis

Tisha Jones

chemotherapy, complementary/alternative therapies, quality of life, aromatherapy
CJON 2017, 21(1), 16-19. DOI: 10.1188/17.CJON.16-19

Essential oils can be a great adjunct to cancer care, aiding in the management of side effects, such as insomnia and nausea. Healthcare professionals should be knowledgeable about the quality and safety of essential oils when using them for clinical purposes. Using lesser quality essential oils and not understanding safety guidelines can negatively affect clinical outcomes. This article provides an overview of how nurses can help patients with cancer safely use essential oils as a supportive therapy.


  • Essential oils are a valuable supportive therapy for health and wellness.
  • Oncology nurses should learn about essential oil quality and precautions to help guide patients using essential oils as part of their plans of care.
  • Lavender, peppermint, and orange are common, affordable essential oils that can help support patients with cancer who experience insomnia, nausea, and anxiety.
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