Curing symptoms with a touch of oil, that's what one medical professional recommends to her patients.
"Basically essential oils, what they do, is allocate a physical response against a symptom," Sanford certified nurse practitioner Jamie Hansberger said.
Hansberger uses essential oils with certain patients because the oils are abstracted from plants which can help with symptom management. She says trying to cure symptoms of nausea, fatigue, anxiety, difficultly sleeping, stress, among other things, there is an essential oil for that.
Hansberger says her patients use essential oils to stay away from other medications.
"I think the biggest reason is because a lot of patients are sick of being thrown another medication and want a little bit of control back," Hansberger said.
"They maybe have tried some drugs and have gotten side effects or they don't really like drugs so they want to try something different," Amy Willis said.
Willis uses essential oil and has owned Herbs 4 You in Sioux Falls for two and a half years and sells integrative medicines, including herbs and essential oils.
"I'm sure I use it at least every day, if not more than that," Willis said. "I use it for different things; it does help with a wide range of issues from acne to insomnia, headaches."
Willis recommends many essential oils, but one of her favorites is geranium rose.
"It's really good for females, for different female issues, it just calms the system down, plus it smells great so you can use it for perfume, that's what I do, I love it as a perfume," Willis said.
Willis also uses the oil when she or her children have a cold or cough.
"My own experience would be primarily for sore throat, for colds, even with my children when they get sick, But also for myself, I like the tree tea oil putting it on the back of my throat," Willis said.
Hansberger not only recommends essential oils to her patients, she uses them as well.
"I absolutely use it. I use it in my office every day," Hansberger said. "I used it in all of my pregnancies, spearmint was very helpful with nausea and vomiting."
Pregnant women shouldn't use the oils during their first trimester. You also need to be extremely cautious when using essential oils on infants and children, because of allergy issues. Seasonal allergy sufferers also need to be cautious.
"Anyone with a history of seasonal allergies probably wouldn't want to use these because of the potential side effects they could get from them or adverse reactions," Hansberger said.
Hansberger also mentions that if you are planning on using essential oils; make sure you know where you are getting them.
"You want to make sure you get the essential oils from a reputable source. We use Wyndmere out of the Twin Cities, which actually dispenses to multiple medical facilities," Hansberger said.
Use the oils safely and Hansberger says it could help in a variety of ways.
"It's worth a shot. It's cheap, non-invasive, type of intervention that you can and I would recommend it for anyone," Hansberger said.
Essential oils can be taken in different ways. Depending on the oil it can be used on your skin, ingested, or for inhalation. But contact your doctor before giving the oils a try.