Aromatherapy for Self-Care (On-Demand)

Activity Details
  • Credit Amounts:
    • Other: 1.00
    • BMC Nursing: 1.20
  • Cost: Free
  • Release: Jun 30, 2020
  • Expires: Jun 30, 2021
  • Estimated Time to Complete:
    1 Hour(s)
  • Average User Rating:
    (2 Ratings)

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PLEASE NOTE: This program is designed to help nurses use aromatherapy for self-care.  It does not prepare nurses to use oils in patient care areas. 



Needs Statement

The Covid-19 pandemic has created multiple stressors for health care providers with resultant concerns such as anxiety, depression, insomnia, skin care disorders, nasal congestion, and others. Aromatherapy is the art and science of healing the mind, body and spirit with essential oils. Aromatherapy has been documented to support and enhance self-care and improve comfort in the presence of a myriad of situations. Aromatherapy is a tool available to health care providers to support self-care and enhance their own healing environment dealing with the stresses created by Covid 19.

It is important to mention that “According to the FDA (*), whether or not an aromatherapy product is considered a ‘medication’ is based on the intended use.   If a product is intended for therapeutic purposes, such as treating or preventing disease, it would be considered a drug. For example, claims that a product will relieve colic, ease pain, relax muscles, treat depression or anxiety, or as a sleep aid, these would be drug claims.  If aromatherapy is being used to create “a healing environment” or some other non-specific purpose, then it would not be classified as a medication.” To assist with dealing with the stressors of Covid 19, participants in this course will learn how to use aromatherapy to ‘create a healing environment” to support their own self-care.

The CDC, Centers for Disease Control cites a variety of stressors resulting from Covid-19. It is noted that everyone reacts differently to stress. Some reactions that may be experienced by individuals include: difficulty sleeping, change in eating patterns, fear and worry, worsening of current health care conditions, and increased use of tobacco, alcohol and drugs.

In addition, health care providers must wear personal protective equipment when caring for Covid-19 patients. As cited by Physicians’ Weekly, “Nearly 100% of healthcare workers who are wearing PPE, particularly masks and gloves, for extended periods of time are experiencing skin damage, according to a report from China.” Further, they cite that occurrences of hand eczema from wearing gloves and frequent handwashing have occurred. Also, they cite a study from the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology which notes that the sites most affected by PPE are the nasal bridge, hands, cheeks and forehead.”

An additional complaint related to wearing protective masks reported by health care providers is nasal congestion. A study on PPE masks reported that “The discomfort level was increasing with time while wearing masks, with significantly higher magnitude in S1 (p<0.001). There is an increase of nasal resistance upon removal of N95 respirator and surgical facemask potentially due to nasal physiological changes. N95 respirator caused higher post-wearing nasal resistance than surgical facemask with different recovering routines.”


Target Audience




  • The participant will define aromatherapy and essential oils (EO’s)..
  • The participant will identify how aromatherapy will help support self-care, dealing with Covid-19 stressors.
  • The participant will identify methods of administration for aromatherapy.
  • The participant will identify safety and storage guidelines for EO’s
  • The participant will identify carrier oils and their purpose.
  • The participant will identify pertinent essential oils, their uses and any special considerations.



Boston Medical Center is approved as a provider of continuing nursing professional development by American Nurses Association, Massachusetts, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation

A certificate of participation is available for non-nursing health care providers that attend.


Faculty Disclosure

This program has no commercial support. Annie Massed CNM, MPH, CCAP has a conflict, she owns an aromatherapy business. Other faculty and planners have no vested interests, and there are no conflicts of interest.