For centuries, people have used aromas and scents to improve mood, themselves and stimulate the mind. From herbs and flowers to wood and spices, different ingredients can trigger different feelings and thoughts in the brain. Aromatherapy can be particularly useful for elderly people and family caregivers alike to reduce stress, relax, or get reinvigorated. Today, the practice of using aroma for mood is known as aromatherapy.
There are several ways to take in the scents, from essential oils and scented wax to potpourri, spritzers, sachets and massage oils. No matter how the scents are emitted, they are sure to help family caregivers, elder care assistants and the seniors themselves feel better.
Here are some of the most popular scents used in aromatherapy
that may be particularly useful to the elderly:
Extracted from the lavender flower, this scent has been used for centuries to help with anxiety and stress. The scent often brings back memories of childhood summers and fun times out in nature.
This woody and spicy aroma may reduce stress and calm anxiety in both young and old. Some people think that it can even inspire positive thinking and improve concentration.
To break the cycle of stress, it may take the sweet scent of the geranium rose. It can induce feelings of calm and may even cause a boost in mood.
If negativity, depression, and irritation are overwhelming, turn to Roman chamomile to help. With a history of therapeutic benefits that dates back thousands of years, this aroma can reduce stress and may even help with insomnia. Chamomile has long been linked to relaxation in the form of tea as well.
To get relief from stress, bergamot oil may be the key. It is an oil that is pressed from the unripe citrus fruits and can trigger those parts of the brain to flood the body with calm feelings.
Long believed to stimulate feelings of hope, joy, and happiness, ylang-ylang is a strong scent that can penetrate even the darkest moods and lift them up.
The scent of jasmine is so effective at relaxing people and reducing the stress that there have been several scientific studies on its effectiveness. When it comes to reducing tension, jasmine is ideal.
The bright and cheery scent of lemon is an immediate mood booster. It’s also known to help with concentration and increase focus. Because it is associated with fresh and clean surfaces, it helps clear the mind of mental clutter as well.
When it comes to the challenges and stress of elder care, both family caregivers and elderly people need all the assistance they can get. Using aromatherapy to create an atmosphere of relaxation and positivity is a wonderful way to ensure that everyone in the home will have a wonderful day.
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Michele Vollmer is a visionary leader who is perpetually searching for ways to improve, so to remain at the leading edge of the home care industry.She has served in the healthcare industry since 1989, including pharmaceutical and home health sales, as well as hospice sales and sales management.
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