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The Benefits of Essential Oils for Elderly Dementia Patients

April 3, 2017 | Blog

Taking a holistic approach to senior care, Spring Hills strives to stay abreast of the latest trends in alternative care methods. In this approach, we are proud to offer numerous wellness programs–such as our Signature Aromatherapy Program–designed to support the contentment of our residents. Through our unique aromatherapy program, seniors are able to enjoy the therapeutic effects of various essential oils for elderly dementia patients, which promote not only a sense of relaxation but also healthy cognitive functioning. Here’s a closer look at this therapeutic program.

Using Essential Oils in the Fight Against Dementia

Our aromatherapy program is built upon the growing number of clinical studies that highlight therapeutic aromatherapy as an effective and holistic approach to overall wellness. By using soothing scents of essential oils, our patients have displayed decreased feelings of depression and anxiety, as well as improvements in memory and clarity.

While we use a variety of oils in our aromatherapy program, peppermint and lavender are perhaps two of the most utilized, displaying numerous benefits in memory care:

Aromatherapy Programs for SeniorsPeppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint essential oil is a well-known energizer that stimulates the mind while simultaneously calming nerves. The fragrance is also known to focus your senses and reduce memory loss and is one of the best natural cures for headaches.

How we use peppermint essential oil: As it improves concentration, relieves mental fatigue, and refreshes the spirit, we regularly diffuse peppermint essential oil in the mornings.

Lavender Essential Oil

While lavender has also been used to increase alertness and boost energy, it is better known as a natural antidepressant and for its ability to ease anxiety. This is why it has been featured in a number of clinical studies regarding therapeutic aromatherapy treatments for elderly dementia.

How we use lavender essential oil: Because it is one of the gentlest essential oils available, we enjoy using it in hand massages for our residents in the evenings.

A Holistic Approach with Countless Benefits

Using essential oils for elderly dementia patients is effective against many of the disease’s symptoms. Through inhaling the blends of essential oils we diffuse every day, or enjoying the one-on-one touch of a hand massage from our trained staff, every resident is able to enjoy the many benefits that our Signature Aromatherapy program has to offer!

If you would like to find out more about this program or one of the many Signature Programs offered at our senior care communities, please feel free to contact us.

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