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Health Benefits of Aromatherapy for Seniors

The Benefits of Essential Oils

There are a large variety of essential oils that come with a range of health benefits. Depending on the type of oil, some may be inhaled, applied to the skin, or placed in food or a drink. Be sure to take caution when using each essential oil.

Scent has a strong effect on the body, and is very effective when it comes to essential oils. When we smell something, it triggers emotions, mood, and memory in our brains. This can cause a physical reaction as well, such as an overall feeling of calmness or energy.

Aromatherapy can help to improve digestion, ease symptoms of anxiety and depression, improve sleep, reduce pain levels, and decrease stress.

Ways to Use Essential Oils

There are many different forms of essential oils. Depending on which oil it is and what it’s being used for, you can determine which form works best.

The most common ways to use essential oils are through:

  • Room diffusers
  • Bath oils
  • Scented lotion
  • Pillow spray
  • Diffuser jewelry

Types of Essential Oils & How They Help

  1. Lavender: can be inhaled, massaged into skin, or sprayed on linens
    • Calms emotions
    • Eases depression, anger, & irritability
    • Helps with insomnia
  2. Ginger: can be applied to skin, inhaled, sprayed, or placed on a compress
    • Helps with loss of appetite
    • Helps with digestion
    • Promotes good eating habits
  3. Peppermint: can be inhaled, applied to skin, sprayed in the air, or placed in a bath
    • Energizes
    • Calms nerves
    • Stimulates the mind
  4. Ylang Ylang: can be inhaled, placed in a bath, or sprayed
    • Eases depression
    • Promotes good sleep
  5. Rosemary: can be inhaled or used as a spray
    • Eases depression
    • Helps with digestion
    • Improves cognitive performance and mood
  6. Lemon Balm: can be placed in a bath, inhaled, sprayed, or applied to skin
    • Eases anxiety
    • Helps with insomnia
    • Improves memory
  7. Bergamot: can be placed in a bath, applied to skin, or sprayed on clothing or linen
    • Eases anxiety and stress
    • Helps with insomnia
    • Eases depression

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