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The benefits of aromatherapy are built upon the growing number of clinical studies that highlight aromatherapy as an effective and holistic approach to overall wellness. The use of soothing scents of essential oils can greatly benefit those with feelings of stress, depression and anxiety as well as assist those with symptoms of dementia. Caring for someone with dementia can be very rewarding, but stressful at times. By understanding the benefits of aromatherapy, this very simple and holistic method can help reduce stress for both the caregiver and patient.
What is It?
Aromatherapy is a comprehensive treatment that uses plant extracts to alleviate issues with the body and promote a healthy lifestyle. The scents used during aromatherapy are often admitted through our sensory organs. As humans, we have five sensory organs: nose, ears, mouth, hands and eyes. Each of these sensory organs provide us with a way to perceive an external stimulus. The Alzheimer’s Association explains that aromatherapy, “promotes health and prevents imbalances on the physical, emotional and spiritual level.”
How Does It Work?
It works by using our sense of smells and touch to absorb the nutrients of the essential oils. The essential oils are a product of scents and flavors extracted from plants. Aromatherapy can be delivered in many ways such as: massages, oils, candles, and baths. The aromas we smell during this therapeutic practice enter our noses and stimulate the limbic system of our brain. Some use a similar method to aromatherapy, where the essential oils are applied and are absorbed by the skin. There are various unique healing properties to each essential oil and can provide an abundance of benefits to anyone of any age. With this in mind, it is important to provide the option to use aromatherapy to help both caregivers and seniors combat feelings of depression and stress.
At Spring Hill Senior Communities, we are proud to offer numerous wellness programs such as our Signature Aromatherapy Program designed to support the contentment of our residents. Our Director of Program Development and Training, Rachel Helfand, explains, “Aromatherapy allows our seniors with early Dementia to enjoy the therapeutic effects of various essential oils. The oils not only create a sense of relaxation but also promote healthy cognitive functioning.” Our goal is to enhance our seniors lives by nurturing the mind, body and spirit through our programs, therapies and other Signature Touch Programs.