Essential Oils and Seniors

  • 12/20/2019 5:22:00 PM

 

When it comes to the later years in life, there can often be things that may never have bothered us before, but become a real issue. Life as you get older presents new challenges, and many of them can have much to do with energy, both physically and mentally. There can be a shift in mindset and an increase in anxiety. Essential oils have long been something that people have chosen to help them to feel calm, energized, and positive in aspects of their lives. This is why I want to explore the major benefits of how essential oils can benefit seniors greatly.  First, here’s a little background. 

 

What are essential oils?

Essential oils are often used in aromatherapy, and have long been seen as an alternative form of medicine that uses plant extracts to support health and well-being. The oils capture the plants essence and enable it to be used in different ways. Essential oils are most commonly used in aromatherapy, where the oils are inhaled through different methods. They can also be applied directly to the skin at certain pulse points, where they can react in different ways to give the user the desired relief or calm they are wanting. Inhaling the essential oils can stimulate areas in the brain that play vital roles in emotions, behaviors, sense of smell and long-term memory. The part of the brain, the limbic system, can also benefit as it has much to do with physical ailments such as breathing, heart rate and blood pressure. 

 

What essential oils are popular?

There are many different types of essential oils that are available today, and some of the most popular ones you probably have heard of.  Many do similar things, but some essential oils can have stronger benefits in different areas of health.

Some of the more popular essential oils include:

  • Peppermint - used to help aid digestion and boost energy levels 
  • Lavender - used to relieve stress and promote calmness 
  • Rose - used to improve mood and help with anxiety
  • Chamomile - used to promote relaxation and sleep
  • Tea Tree - used to fight infections and boost immunity
  • Lemon - used for many things including headaches, boosting mood, and helping with digestion 

 

What can essential oils help seniors?

When it comes to seniors using essential oils, there are many ways in which they could help improve their health and well-being. Older people generally can feel more anxious, worried and stressed.  Essential oils used in aromatherapy, such as Rose, Lavender and Lemon could help to calm a racing heart rate and anxious thoughts. In terms of health benefits, digestion can often be a troubling health area for seniors, and using essential oils could be a way to help alleviate common ailments such as trapped wind or constipation. 

 

In conclusion, whether applied to pulse points directly on your skin or inhaled through various aromatherapy options, essential oils can help physically and mentally with your health and well-being.

 

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About Adrian Allotey, Owner, Certified End-of-Life Doula I am currently living my best life by responding to a calling on my life; service to elders and their loved ones. My life’s calling came as a result of being present in my 106 year old, loving grandmother’s journey until her last breath. Although I loved her dearly, I often felt troubled that I couldn’t be there for her like I wanted. Life got in the way; being a wife and mother and having a successful career. She was pretty healthy, but she lacked companionship. I knew there were things that could improve the quality of her life such as long talks, sharing stories, cooked meals, and transportation to the doctors, stores and church. I did my best, but there simply wasn’t enough time in the day to show up like I felt she deserved. Her passing gave my life’s purpose clear; service to elders and their loved ones. I made it my life’s mission to promote the final years as a sacred, beautiful, honorable stage of life. I became a hospice volunteer and a certified end-of-life doula, a person who assists in the dying process, much like a birth doula does with the birthing process. Working with elderly patients has been life affirming so much so that I left a career of 20+ years. Along with my team, we serve as non-medical elderly companions who specialize in physical, emotional and spiritual care. We meet our clients on their terms, see them as whole, and build relationships with them and their loved ones. Our self-care regimen, personal growth and intuition allow us to mindfully hold space and provide comfort for elderly people and their family in a non-judgmental, loving manner. Our motto “heart to heart" is evident in the holistic elder companionship we provide. Holding this space decreases the stress and fears family members face when looking for care for their loved ones; whether they are in need of respite relief, work long hours or live long distance. We can help. Through extensive end-of-life doula training, we are able to provide support, education, and suggestions for comfort. We have a toolkit of available resources to ease the anxious person and their family members including virtual “elder cams,” essential oils, crystals, reiki, mindfulness practices, etc. We are often referred to as “angels”, “Godsends”, “extraordinary”, “beyond belief” and words of the like. Contact us TODAY to see how we can be of assistance to you TOMORROW and we promise to assist in enhancing the life of your loved elder. MEMBERSHIPS National End-of-Life Doula Alliance Doulagivers National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization End of Life Practitioners Collective National Home Funeral Alliance CERTIFICATIONS Doulagivers End of Life Doula Practitioners Training Reiki Level 2 VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE Ascend Hospice Reiki Practitioner and End of Life Doula Haven Hospice Reiki Practitioner


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