Wednesday Workshop – Aromatherapy and Essential Oils for Dementia
Hello and welcome to Wednesday Workshop. Essential oils have been used for hundreds of years to ease symptoms of depression and anxiety. Today, many caregivers are using these oils to ease anxiety, boost memory and improve the mood of loved ones living with dementia.
Learn which oils are most beneficial for those living with dementia and how to use each oil safely and effectively.
Lavender is known for its calming effects and stress relief. It has been used to help with depression, anger and irritability, and can help in some cases of insomnia. Lavender can be directly inhaled, used a massage oil or sprayed on linens. Try this essential oil when your loved one is having a hard time falling asleep.
Peppermint is an energizer and can be used to stimulate the mind and calm nerves at the same time. It’s most beneficial in the morning when your loved one needs a pick-me-up. Peppermint oil can be inhaled directly, diffused in a room, used as a massage oil, sprayed in the air or even in a bath.
Similar to peppermint, Rosemary is an uplifting oils used to stimulate the mind and body. It may even improve cognitive performance and mood. Rosemary has also been known to ease constipation, symptoms of depression and also reinvigorate the appetite. Rosemary oil can be directly inhaled, diffused through a room or used as a spray. Use this when your loved one is refusing to eat.
Bergamot can be used to relieve anxiety, agitation and stress. This mood elevating and calming oil can also be used to relieve insomnia. To use bergamot oil, place a few drops in a bath, use as a massage oil, diffuse through a room or use a spray on clothing or linens.
- Lemon Balm
While lemon oil may be among the more expensive oils, it is also one of the most studied and more effective oils. It has been shown to help relax people who have high anxiety or who are dealing with insomnia, improve memory and ease indigestion. Lemon oil can be dropped into a bath, inhaled directly, diffused, sprayed or applied directly to the skin as a massage oil.
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