6 BEST ESSENTIAL OILS FOR DEMENTIA
What are the 6 BEST essential oils for dementia & essential oils for anti aging? Essential oils for dementia and Alzheimer’s can have great benefits. Aromatherapy for dementia can help with many different areas of wellness. Anti aging essential oils can help with mood, sleep, anxiety and many other benefits.
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Essential Oils For Dementia
Essential oils are all the rage in many aspects of holistic health. The great news is oils can be used in a number of ways. Oils can be used through the skin in a diluted format or through a diffuser so that they are breathed into the lungs. You could even drop a little in a bath or even in some circumstances by ingesting them.
Essential oils have an immense effect on the body and brain. This can be very effective in managing Alzheimer’s and dementia. Furthermore, the Alzheimer’s or dementia caregiver can benefit from the effects of these oils on their own health and well being.
The following are the 6 most effective oils to use in regards to Alzheimer’s and dementia.
6 BEST Aromatherapy For Dementia
1.Lavender – Lavender arguably has the most overall benefits for someone living with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. It is known for being a mood stabilizer, natural antidepressant, effective in promoting more restful sleep, and reduce anxiety.
2.Chamomile– Many of the same benefits as Lavender and particularly effective in promoting a more restful sleep.
3.Lemon– A very versatile oil, studies have shown that lemon balm can help calm the aggression and agitation often experienced by persons with dementia and Alzheimer’s. Lemon is also one of the more affordable oils which is a plus.
4.Peppermint – Oddly enough Peppermint can be both energizing and calming. Studies have also shown it improves memory and can stimulate appetite.
5.Rosemary– improves memory and cognition, can also help with appetite stimulation and symptoms of depression.
6.Frankincense, thyme, and eucalyptus– all known to reduce inflammation. There are many scientific links between Alzheimer’s and inflammation so this could be very effective.
To learn about Caring for Alzheimer’s and Dementia in the Home check out this article.
Essential Oils For The Caregiver:
For the caregiver, all of the above can be beneficial, as well as:
- Orange – improves focus and productivity
- Ylang Ylang – This oil has calming and stress reducing effects, but at least one study has shown it can actually impair memory, so while it can be good for the Caregiver, use with caution with the Alzheimer’s patient.
It is important to manage your stress in a healthy way. Essential oils can be one tool for doing so. Doing things like exercise, yoga, meditation, or even just taking a relaxing bath can also be beneficial to help you relieve stress and feel refreshed. Bath bombs with essential oils infused can be a nice added touch to a bath.
Essential oils, when used properly, are generally accepted as safe and have a multitude of benefits associated with them. But they are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration. The Aging Authority recommends consulting with your doctor before using to ensure essential oils will not have an adverse reaction with medications you are taking or otherwise be detrimental to your health.
To learn more about avoiding caregiver burnout check out this article.