Aroma-oral care study in palliative care (part 3)

Aroma-oral care with other hydrolats

As previously mentioned in cases where patients disliked the taste or the smell a more individual approach was used. 11 patients tested Satureja montana (winter savory), Laurus nobilis (laurel leaf) and Salvia officinalis (sage) hydrolat separately and chose the one that agreed with them. 2 patients chose an aromatic water mixture of winter savory and laurel leaf in equal parts, 7 patients chose a single winter savory hydrolat and 2 sage hydrolat.

 

Results using aromatic water mixture of winter savory and laurel leaf

2 patients used an aromatic water mixture of winter savory and laurel leaf hydrolats in equal parts. Both patients had better breath, more hydrated oral mucosa and resolved the dry mouth condition. Less lining in the mouth and better tongue colour in addition to better taste and less gum sensitivity was reported at 1 out of 2 cases. 1 patient liked the smell and the taste and it reminded her of home, the other didn’t like the taste or smell at first but got used to it.

 

Results using only Satureja montana (winter savory) hydrolat

The best results using only winter savory hydrolat were in more hydrated oral mucosa 100 %, followed by better breath and resolving the dry mouth condition both at 71% (5 out of 7) and less lining the mouth 42% (3 out of 7). Other relative results include less pain and inflammation in the mouth in 3 out of 7 cases and fewer mouth ulcers in 2 cases.

6 out of 7 patients liked the smell and taste, 3 reported it reminded them of food as well and 1 patient didn’t like it at first but got used to it.

 

Results using only Salvia officinalis (sage) hydrolat

Only 2 patients chose Salvia officinalis (sage) hydrolat. Both patients experienced less inflammation in the mouth, had better breath and more hydrated oral mucosa. Less lining in the mouth and better tongue colour as well as resolving the dry mouth condition, better taste, less pain and reddens in the throat was reported at 1 out of 2. Both patients liked the smell and the taste.

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Melani Kovač
aromatherapist, educator

Acknowledgements
Andreja Stefan Bukovic, Ana Simenc, Darja Noc, Maja Krzisnik, Mojca Tuljak and Petra Jenko for their research and cooperation with this study. Stjepko Curin (PTO Curin), Jana Bergant (Histria Botanica) for donating hydrolats and Petra Sedej (Aromazen) for donating spray bottles. Maja Pecenic for her advice in the writing of this article.

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