Essential oils are concentrated oils that are used in aromatherapy to provide a range of therapeutic effects. If your loved one has dementia, these essential oils can calm and soothe him or her throughout the day.
1. Lemon Balm
Fresh lemon balm is often added to teas or lemonade to promote relaxation and calmness. The scent can relieve anxiety and promote restful sleep among seniors with dementia. Try pairing lemon balm with other citrus scents like sweet orange, and diffuse the essential oils to boost your loved one’s energy levels, mood, and overall quality of life.
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When used as aromatherapy oil, sage is beneficial for seniors with dementia. Added to a diffuser, sage promotes better cognitive function and enhances mood. You can also blend sage with other essential oils like peppermint and rosemary to create an herb-based scent that boosts memory and promotes a calmer, more optimistic mood.
Dried chamomile flowers are well known for their pain relieving and stress reducing properties. In aromatherapy, chamomile essential oil offers the same calming properties. Add a few drops of chamomile essential oil to an ounce of carrier oil, and use the blend for hand massages to enjoy the calming benefits of chamomile.
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Bergamot is a warm floral scent that reduces anxiety and stress and encourages a calmer, more relaxed mood. The flowers are often added to tea, including classic Earl Grey blends. When using the essential oil, add one to three drops to the bath, a diffuser, or an ounce of carrier oil to provide the soothing benefits.
5. Ylang Ylang
Ylang ylang reduces anxiety, boosts mood, and promotes restful sleep, making it an excellent addition to your loved one’s bedtime routine. Use ylang ylang in a diffuser immediately before bed to help your loved one fall asleep easily. If your loved one is agitated, a short hand massage with ylang ylang essential oil in a carrier oil base can calm his or her mood.
Rosemary is thought to stimulate memory, making it one of the best essential oils to incorporate into your loved one’s aromatherapy blends. Combine rosemary with peppermint to stimulate cognitive function and increase energy, or blend rosemary with lavender to calm your loved one.
Peppermint is an invigorating scent that also boosts cognitive function while encouraging feelings of calmness. Diffuse peppermint essential oil in the morning to begin the day with relaxed energy, or diffuse the scent in the afternoon if your loved one begins to feel tired or agitated.
While people shouldn’t consume essential oils or use the undiluted oils directly on the skin, they are safe to use in aromatherapy applications.
Aromatherapy is just one of many ways seniors can enjoy a higher quality of life and keep illnesses at bay. For many seniors in Perth, Western Australia, live-in care is an essential component of ageing in place safely and comfortably. However, it’s important for them to have caregivers they can trust and rely on. At Home Care Assistance, we extensively screen all of our live-in and 24-hour caregivers and only hire those who have experience in the senior home care industry. Our strict requirements ensure seniors can remain in the comfort of home with a reduced risk of injury or serious illness. To schedule a free in-home consultation, call one of our friendly Care Managers at (08) 9385 5675 today.