Aromatherapy has seen a huge surge in popularity in the past decade, and has proven effective for a wide array of women's health problems. However, the number of women interested in introducing aromatherapy to their personal health care dwarfs the number of clinicians formally trained in it. As a result, large numbers of women self-treat with aromatherapy, which can increase risk factors particularly during pregnancy and lactation. Condensing thorough research into concise, easy-to-digest language, this scientific evidence-based guide enables women's healthcare professionals and aromatherapists to quickly determine the safest and most effective way to apply aromatherapy in any given situation.
The perfect bedside clinical guide for busy professionals, it covers 20 essential oils and their uses in women's health, from pregnancy to menopause. Readers will come away equipped with new tools to improve their patients' comfort and wellbeing, with the confidence of drawing from a reliable base of clinical evidence.
This is a timely book, given the increasing numbers of women now using aromatherapy oils during pregnancy and birth. It will provide the nurse and nurse-midwife with valuable information to be able to advise women about the safety of aromatherapy in maternity care. I had the pleasure of working with Pam in the UK whilst she was completing a Masters' degree in Complementary Therapies at the University of Westminster, and I know that her focus is on safe and appropriate application of aromatherapy for pregnant and birthing women, supported by research evidence.
— Denise Tiran, FRCM, MSc, RM, PGCEA, Education Director at Expectancy
Pam Conrad gracefully combines both the art and science of aromatherapy. She has a profound knowledge about the clinical use of essential oils but also the artful use of aromatherapy in daily life.
As essential oils are so easily accessible as home remedies, it is very tempting to believe that there are no risks in using them. One main thing that I love and respect about Pam's teachings is that she puts safety first, especially for vulnerable patients like pregnant women, infants and young children.
As parents and patients use essential oils for conditions ranging from benign viral illnesses to advanced malignancies, it is paramount for any medical health practitioner to have at least basic knowledge of the benefits and safety of essential oils. I highly recommend Pam's book to all my colleagues and patients.
— Dr Alina Olteanu, MD, PhD, FAAP, ABIHM, Whole Child Texas
This book represents years of nursing and midwifery practice, research and education in Women's Health aromatherapy. The mainstream popularity of aromatherapy necessitates an expert nursing aromatherapy guide for the safest, most effective care of women pregnancy-postpartum
I highly recommend this book as a resource to nurses and all women considering aromatherapy during the pregnancy-postpartum stages.
— Birdie Gunyon Meyer, RN,MA Coordinator, Perinatal Mood Disorders Program, Indiana University Health, Past President Postpartum Support International PSI
This is essential information to provide safe guidance for our families choosing to utilize aromatherapy. I use this valuable information on a daily basis.
— Stephanie VanderHorst CNM, RN, Past President of Indiana Association of Nurse Midwives
About the Author:
Pam Conrad is a registered nurse and certified clinical aromatherapy practitioner, educator and researcher with over 20 years' experience developing hospital programs in evidence based women's health aromatherapy. She lives in Indiana, USA.