I ran across a study that was actually done several years ago, but it caught my attention, so I decided to share it with you.
This study suggests that intraoperative music may decrease postoperative pain, and that postoperative music therapy may reduce anxiety, pain and morphine consumption. Click here for the abstract. The music that was used in the study was calming, soothing music, and the result was that there was a significantly greater decrease in the level of cortisol in the postoperative music group vs. the control group. Participants reported less pain and a lower need for morphine.
I got to thinking that if music alone had this much benefit, what would happen if soothing music was combined with the use of essential oils?
I remember when I had an MRI, I took along my own CD with some of my favorite soothing music. And I applied some essential oil to my neck area, temples, and over my heart. I was very peaceful throughout the time it took for the MRI.
What oils would be good ones to try? Well, everyone has their favorites in oils that calm them, just like everyone has their favorite genre of music. But I am thinking that stimulating music would be counterproductive to the relaxation objective in most cases. The same would be true for essential oils. For that reason, I would personally select from a list that could include Stress Away, Peace and Calming, Lavender, German Chamomile, Tranquil, Cedarwood, Valor, etc. The list will vary depending on your individual personality, what you might have available to you, etc.
So if you find yourself facing surgery, you might want to pack some tunes and some oils in your hospital bag! And I wish you a speedy recovery.
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