Who we are
Soothing Scents is a different kind of medical product company, dedicated to building a science-informed bridge between conventional and integrative medicine. We do this by developing evidence-based remedies to assist with distress and discomfort experienced by surgery patients, by designing innovative delivery systems, and by pioneering integrative best practices for nurses.
Our mission originated from a question about a problem we were looking to solve: How can patient suffering be effectively relieved without using medication?
This led to more questions: What would it take to bridge the gap between complementary and conventional medicine? What would a company that does this look like? And how could we rethink nursing interventions to address the current issues facing patients, nurses and facilities?
So, through extensive scientific research and discussions with hundreds of medical professionals, we created a range of drug-free, essential oil-based products made to combat perioperative nausea and anxiety, provided in innovative delivery systems that allow both nurses and patients to manage these symptoms immediately, anytime and anywhere.
Our origins are 100% medical, our ingredients 100% natural, and our mission is to create innovative solutions that enhance the recovery of patients and the quality of care provided by nurses across the country.
The Soothing Scents story begins in 2004, when nurse anesthetist Wendy Nichols began blending essential oils in her kitchen as an alternative way to help her patients deal with nausea after surgery.
Nichols used her decades-long background in medicine to develop a solution that was medically safe and scientifically sound.
What began as a homemade remedy became a standard hospital supply, and finally, a thriving business, which Nichols co-founded with her brother and CEO, Roy Nichols.
Today, our product QueaseEASE is used in over 2,000 hospitals, and our ANCC-accredited training program in the use of therapeutic inhaled essential oils for the healthcare setting has helped nurses around the country better serve their patients.