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Discover 7 Essential Oils to Boost Your Wellness

Seniors at Walker Methodist Health Center benefit from progressive use of alternative interventions, such as aromatherapy, guided imagery, and healing touch to reduce the need for unnecessary medications. Our team integrates essential oils into the daily routine for residents and patients. The benefits include calming, reduction of anxiety, a more restful sleep, and elevation of mood.

What is Aromatherapy and How Does it Work? 

Aromatherapy in Seniors and Senior Living

Aromatherapy is the use of aromatic essential oils for their sensory and therapeutic benefits. 

As we age, we lose our sense of smell. But aromatherapy is not dependent on our sense of smell. The molecules still travel through the nasal passage to the limbic system. The results are the same whether or not you can actually smell the oil. The limbic system supports a variety of functions, including emotion, behavior, motivation, long-term memory, and olfaction.

 

How is Aromatherapy Used?

Below are some of the ways Walker Methodist incorporates aromatherapy.

 

Diffusers

A diffuser is commonly used in resident and patinent rooms. The device uses distilled water and a few drops of an essential oil. It then turns the liquid oil into a cold vapor and dispurses it into the air. This technique is similar to a nebulizer. Research has shown that diffusion has the greatest results for alzheimers and dementia.  It has been also shown to improve mood and short term memory.

 

Linen Spray

Linen spray can be used on a cloth-based item within a resident's environment. Typical uses are before bedtime misting of sheets or pillowcases to aid in a peaceful and calming night's sleep. 

 

Felt Patch

Essential oils can be placed directly on patch and attached to an article of clothing (no skin contact).

 

Clay Necklace

Essential oils are placed directly on a pendant. Pendants or other aromatherapy jewelry can be made or purchased; there are many options!

What are Essential Oils and How Do They Work?

Essential oils are known as the “life force” of the plant—a vital part of their immune system.  They are fragrant, highly concentrated, volatile plant extracts found in the leaves, flowers, fruits, roots, seeds, and bark of plants. 

 

7 Essential oils To USe daily and What Symptoms they help treat

Below are seven of the most common essential oils and the benefits they provide.

Essential oils to use daily and what symptoms they help treat

1. Lemon

  • Energizing and purifying
  • Invigorating and clarifying
  • Brings energy to a room
  • Stimulating, also decreases fatigue
  • Stimulates appetite

2. Lavender

  • Calming
  • Relaxation
  • Brings peace to a room
  • Helps with sleep
  • Decreases general discomfort
  • Calms anxiety

3. Peppermint

  • Decreases mental fatigue
  • Eases motion sickness and nausea
  • Bring balance to a room
  • Relieves tension
  • Energizing
  • Eases pain

4. Bergamot

  • Eases pain
  • Energizing
  • Uplifts the spirit
  • Moderates depression or anxiety
  • Aids in digestion

5. Orange

  • Energizing
  • Purifying
  • Uplifts the spirit
  • Moderates depression or anxiety
  • Aids in digestion
  • Combats unpleasant odors

6. Roman Chamomile

  • Calming and pain relief
  • Decreases irritability and stress
  • Balances the mood and tension
  • Relaxes the nervous system
  • Combats back pain
  • Use for digestive complaints

7. Marjoram

  • Eases pain
  • Calming
  • Eases headaches
  • Eases muscle aches
  • Brings balance to a room

 

Aromatherapy is just the beginning. The Health Center at Walker Methodist offers additional integrated therapies for patient and resident wellness. 

Consult with a Long-Term Care Specialist