Essential Oil and The Elderly

Essential oils can provide physical and mental comforts for the elderly. They help create calm, promote quality sleep and relaxation, boost memory and enhance appetite to name a few. However, the elderly’s skin also sensitive like that of children can be pretty much more sensitive to essential oils than adult’s skin. Thus, the selection of essential oils to be applied on skin should be made with care and should be diluted as always.

Be kindly noted to test essential oils on children skin by applying on their feet once diluted. We provide the list of essential oils for the improvement of principal conditions associated with the daily life of the elderly as follows:

INSOMNIA

A lot of elderly have trouble getting themselves some proper sleep be it lying awake at night or waking up too early. In this case, essential oils can be an alternative remedy to improve sleep quality. Here are the oils that will do.

  • Lavender
  • Cedarwood
  • Sandalwood
  • Ylang Ylang
  • Chamomile

Diffuse or inhale directly one of the oils or mix them for complex aromatic sensation. Another way is to add a few drops of oils to some body lotion or body oil and apply on body or neck.

ANXIETY

Anxiety is a general problem any elderly could encounter. Some may recall the past while some may think about the future or uncertainty in life whatsoever. All of which make them vulnerable and may cause mental rundown. Essential oils work well in relieving stress of mind and depressions. Here are the oils that will do.

  • Lavender
  • Sandalwood
  • Cedarwood
  • Frankincense
  • Myrrh
  • Bergamot
  • Sweet Orange

Diffuse or inhale directly one of the oils or mix them for complex aromatic sensation. Another way is to add a few drops of oils to some body lotion or body oil and apply on body or neck.

FATIGUE

Having trouble to get themselves some proper rest, the elderly can lack positive energy for normal activities the day after. In this case, there are essential oils that can banish mental and physical fatigue and help refresh overall senses in order to regain freshness.

  • Peppermint
  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Sweet Orange
  • Bergamot
  • Grapefruit
  • Eucalyptus

Diffuse or inhale directly one of the oils or mix them for complex aromatic sensation. Another way is to add a few drops of oils to some body lotion or body oil and apply on body or neck.

LOSING APPETITE

Most elderly have trouble maintaining healthy appetite. All the physical and mental conditions like chronical illness, emotions, stress, lack of good sleep and climates can be factors that lead to the suppression of food desires and malnutrition. The longer this problem stays, the weaker the elderly can get. Some essential oils have aromatherapeutic properties in enhancing appetite of the elderly in a natural way. You may try the following :

  • Ginger
  • Bergamot
  • Sweet Orange
  • Peppermint
  • Spearmint
  • Lime

Diffuse or inhale directly one of the oils or mix them for complex aromatic sensation. Another way is to add a few drops of oils to some body lotion or body oil and apply on body or neck.

JOINT PAIN

As the elderly ages, their joints grow stiffer and we may feel discomfort from time to time. They may also suffer from arthritis and find it hard to get relief from joint inflammation. Essential oils have natural analgesic properties and can be helpful for joint discomforts. Try the following to ease joint pain by mixing it a carrier oil.

  • Juniper berry
  • Chamomile
  • Ginger
  • Rosemary

Add 5 drops of the selected essential oil well with carrier of 1 tablespoon and massage gently around the problematic joints.

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