However, health care in the U.K. is set up slightly differently and the National Health Service (NHS) is starting to incorporate aromatherapy use into more "serious" medical practices. BBC Bristol reports that expectant mothers under North Bristol NHS Trust, at Southmead hospital and at Cossham Birth Centre (from Fall 2011), are receiving aromatherapy treatments for labor pain, anxiety, muscle pain and pregnancy related sickness from trained midwives.
Some of the essential oils that are offered by North Bristol NHS Trust trained midwives include:
- frankincense - to calm
- lavender - for anxiety and insomnia
- peppermint - for nausea
- clary sage - to ease labor pain
- bergamot - to strengthen immune system.
For more information on the useof aromatherapy and essential oils in pregnancy read:
Essential Oils for Pregnancy