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Medical Therapy Programs Use Essential Oils


The therapeutic benefits of essential oils are gaining recognition in more than 50 renowned medical institutions through the Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Program, launched and sponsored by internationally acclaimed fashion designer Donna Karan to study the effects of creating an optimal healing environment. Just a few of the hospitals involved are Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, in New York, and the departments of Integrative Medicine at Cleveland Clinic, in Ohio, and Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center, in New York. Whether applied or inhaled, used for everyday well-being or to treat specific, acute symptoms, essential oils are receiving their due respect as part of an effective and powerful integrative healthcare protocol.

Dr. Woodson Merrell, Chairman of the Department of Integrative Medicine, transformed the medical oncology unit into an optimal healing environment. He says, “We’ve actually trained the nurses on the floor to oversee the administration of aromatherapy, and we’re very happy that we’ve partnered with Young Living Essential Oils because they have a very high level of quality of essential oils that are really of therapeutic value…. Aromatherapy is wonderful because it provides support for the patient; it helps to calm them and ease anxiety.”

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