December 4, 2020

How Clinical Aromatherapy Can Help Combat Pandemic-Induced Anxiousness

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a new disease and what could happen can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Public Health actions, such as social distancing, make people feel isolated and lonely, and can increase stress and anxiety. People with pre-existing mental health conditions or substance abuse disorders may be particularly vulnerable...”

The authors of a recent article, "Post-COVID Stress Disorder: Another Emerging Consequence of the Global Pandemic," published on Psychiatric Times report that “the coronavirus has already led to diverse mental health problems, including anxiety, depression, PTSD, and other trauma and stress related disorders.”

There are many options one can utilize to alleviate stress. Exercise, healthy nutrition, and consistent sleep are all areas over which individuals can take some personal control.

In addition, many people use aromatherapy as a gentle complementary tool to create a calming, healing environment. Used for centuries, aromatherapy is the holistic use and application of pure essential oils to promote physiological, psychological, and emotional wellness.

woman relaxing, wearing ElequilWhen we inhale the aroma from an essential oil, the naturally occurring chemical compounds travel the olfactory pathway directly into the limbic system of the brain. The limbic system is a complex system of nerves and networks in the brain that controls basic emotions and behavior. When we smell something, our limbic system stores, interprets, and releases neurochemicals, triggering a behavioral response in the body.

The CDC states “Mental health is an important part of overall health and wellbeing. It affects how we think, feel, and act.  It may also affect how we handle stress...”

In response to the overwhelming range of emotions caused by COVID-19, individuals and medical facilities are turning even more to multimodal, non-pharmacological interventions.

Elequil aromatabs®, created by Beekley Medical®, is aromatherapy designed for the clinical setting. Controlled, consistent, and individually sealed for safety, Elequil aromatabs provides simple essential oil blends for hands-free aromatherapy that adheres to any clothing and is easy to use in any situation.

The following 100% pure essential oils found in Elequil aromatabs are accepted as some of the most effective oils in promoting balance during stressful times.

Of the 100+ molecular compounds found in any essential oil, these individual compounds demonstrate the following therapeutic properties:

  • Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia):  linalool and linalyl acetate promote relaxation and calm
  • Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis): limonene boosts cheerfulness and harmony
  • Sandalwood (Santalum spicatum): α-santalol is calming for agitated emotion
  • Peppermint (Mentha piperita): menthol clears the mind, reduces fatigue, and soothes queasiness


As Beekley Medical’s Certified Aromatherapist, I am dedicated to helping healthcare facilities better understand how aromatherapy can help with mental health and coping with the anxiousness resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Over 1,900 medical facilities and thousands of staff, patients, families, and caregivers have used Elequil aromatabs to alleviate stress both professionally and personally.

To learn more about Elequil aromatabs’ four aromas or to discuss implementing an aromatherapy initiative at your facility, please contact me at Elequil_Team@beekley.com.

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Laura Smith
Senior Clinical Product Specialist—Elequil aromatabs® | Certified Aromatherapist



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