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Aroma Sticks at The London Clinic

Aroma Sticks at The London Clinic

By Jennifer Young 


 

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I will admit to having pre-conceived ideas about The London Clinic. I guess even the super rich get sick and, I thought, this was where they would go when they did. I expected attention to detail and support in excess of that which the NHS are able to give and luxurious surroundings. I wasn’t wrong, The London Clinic, housed in Devonshire Place and Harley Street is luxurious indeed. Attention to detail is evident everywhere, the waiting areas, the buildings and the support staff are very different to those I have experienced in NHS care.

 

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My preconceived ideas were not wholly met. I expected a  ‘coolness’ and for the culture to be more business-like than caring. I did not expect the very lovely Matron to be a champion of the NHS, for the clinic to be a not for profit organisation or for it to donate some of it’s staff to nearby NHS hospitals so that waiting times be reduced. I did not expect aroma sticks and a thriving complementary therapy unit supported by medical staff and of course, loved by patients.

I didn’t expect aroma sticks as I hadn’t heard of them. I am a qualified aroma therapist and, clearly, I have an interest in the benefits of essential oils to cancer patients. Aroma sticks as a way of administering the oils is inspired, and I am embarrassed to say, widespread.


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I am delighted to know of them now and I have discovered a whole world of research to support their use and prove their efficacy1. How very exciting!

Even more exciting is the possibility that patients can use the aroma sticks to manage their own symptoms and ‘retain their own internal locus of control’.

I know, locus of control, what does that mean? It means that cancer patients get to decide for themselves how they treat some of their symptoms, like nausea. Small things mean a huge amount and retaining control is very important to many as they go through treatment.

 

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I am now on a mission to learn more about aroma sticks. If, like me, you are a qualified aroma therapist and want to know more about using aroma sticks in a clinical setting- take a look at the training offered by The Christie and the cancer workshops at the FHT conference.

 

I’ll be at FHT in July. I am bound to be the one playing catch up at the back, pen in hand, scribbling furiously, if you see me, pass me the Lavender. I think I will need it!

 

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1. Stringer J1, Donald G. Aroma sticks in cancer care: an innovation not to be sniffed at. Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2011 May;17(2):116-21.

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