Thursday, February 2, 2017

Research on using Essential Oils for Surgery Recovery

Should You use Essential Oils for Surgery Recovery?

Using Essential Oils after Plastic Surgery

by Kathleen Lisson, CMT, CLT

I first became interested in the power of essential oils for recovery from surgery when a tummy tuck and liposuction client from the San Diego area was infusing Lavender essential oil in her bedroom while I gave her a manual lymphatic drainage treatment. She told me that she felt the essential oils made her feel calm and her pain was decreased.

The 2014 Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine journal article ‘Essential Oils for Complementary Treatment of Surgical Patients: State of the Art’ by Susanna Stea provides an overview of research on the effect of lavender (Lavandula angustifolia, Lavandula stoechas, Lavandula latifolia, Lavandula intermedia), orange (Citrus sinensis) and peppermint (Mentha piperita) essential oils to reduce anxiety and pain and offers mixed evidence:

Caution: Essential oils are not considered drugs in America, so companies cannot claim to treat or cure any disease and they are not regulated for quality or purity by the government, so buyer beware.

If you have used essential oils to recover from plastic surgery, please let me know in the comments!

About Kathleen Lisson

As a Board Certified massage therapist, with advanced training in Manual Lymphatic Drainage, I help women and men in the San Diego area reduce the tight, full, heavy feeling that comes with swelling after facelifts, tummy tucks, liposuction and other plastic surgery operations. To schedule a treatment, please visit

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