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Health Benefits of Essential Oils for Seniors

essential-oils-seniorsEssential oils can be used as a complementary form of therapy to traditional medicine. Aromatherapy is a more holistic approach to treat a variety of medical conditions including insomnia, joint pain, and digestive issues. Although essential oils are typically safe, you should always check with your doctor first if you have any concerns. If you develop an adverse reaction, discontinue usage immediately.

Usage Tips

When it comes to using essential oils as part of your holistic healing plan, you have several options. An easy option is topical application. A few drops of your chosen oils can be applied to either your wrists or massaged into the palms of your hand. To allow you to breathe the oils in easier, you may want to apply them to your forehead or neck. If you don’t want to apply the oil directly to your skin, you can add the oil to a warm bath or soak a cloth with the oil before placing the fabric on your skin. Diffusers are useful tools as well when you wish to add the healing aroma to any room in your home. Since there is a risk of toxicity when ingesting oils, you should speak to your doctor first to ensure you are taking a safe amount. If your doctor gives his or her blessing, you should still dilute any essential oil in another liquid first. For instance, you may want to add them into your smoothies, coffees, or other beverages.

Treating Joint Pain

As we age, our joints grow stiffer and we may feel discomfort from time to time. You may also suffer from arthritis and find it hard to get relief from joint inflammation. Essential oils have natural analgesic properties and can also act as an anti-inflammatory. Essential oils are helpful for joint discomfort include juniper berry, chamomile, ginger, and rosemary. A massage with the use of these oils can do wonders for reducing fluid buildup around the joints.

More Energy

Many of us could use more energy. By diffusing essential oils within your home, you can experience an instantaneous mood and energy boost. Citrus oils, in particular, are very energizing including orange, grapefruit, and lemon. Peppermint oil is also good for a mid-day pick me up. Essential oils have been used as an all-natural way to treat mood disorders such as anxiety and depression. Oils used to curb symptoms related to these conditions include bergamot and rose oils.

Appetite Stimulant

Certain health conditions or medications can have an adverse effect on appetite. You may not have the urge to eat and find it difficult to stay at a healthy weight. Luckily, certain essential oils have the ability to stimulate the appetite. The oils effective for an energy increase, such as citrus oils and ginger, will also act as an appetite stimulant when dabbed on the skin or clothing close to the nose. Ginger can also act as a digestive aid along with chamomile and marjoram. The oils can be applied topically when mixed with a carrier oil.

Improved Sleep

Not getting enough shuteye each night is tough on both the mind and body. Lavender is typically the go-to essential oil since it promotes relaxation. You can either place a few drops on your pillowcase or unwind in a bath before bedtime after adding a few drops of the essential oil to the water.

Better Cognitive Abilities

Older adults will appreciate having essential oils on hand to help improve concentration and relieve any distress from decreased memory spans. To help improve cognitive abilities, seniors may want to consider using the following essential oils: rosemary, peppermint and basil.

Heal Respiratory Issues

Breathing in essential oils is helpful at improving any respiratory distress caused by cold and flu viruses. Essential oils act as an expectorant and can even reduce the severity and duration of cold and flu viruses. Essential oils to diffuse for this purpose include eucalyptus, tea tree, thyme, and lavender.

Havenwood Heritage Heights is a continuing care community that also believes in a holistic approach. By providing seniors with a comfortable place to thrive in, we believe they have the chance to live life to the fullest. Amenities include a heated indoor pool, game room, daily activity schedule, and a fully stocked library. Contact us today learn more or set up a time to visit our welcoming community.