Aromatherapy for the Elderly

Aging is an inevitable process, but you are still able to get all the benefits from aromatherapy. There are many reasons for aromatherapy as you get older, things like Insomnia, Arthritis or Rheumatism, Varicose Veins, Swollen Feet/Ankles, Depression or even the Common Cold, which can become quite serious in the elderly.

Some suitable essential oils for the elderly are:

Rosemary: For its invigorating and analgesic effect, you can use rosemary oil in a vaporizer to improve concentration and memory.
Cypress: This essential oil helps to boost your circulation, providing welcome relief from varicose veins as well as haemorrhoids and swollen feet and ankles. Put a couple of drops of essential oil into 1 tablespoon of base oil and gently massage over the area.
Eucalyptus: Eucalyptus essential oil’s renowned antiseptic properties are most helpful in old age for fighting any type of respiratory infection, including colds and flu. This essential oil is great in a room vapouriser, or put a couple of drops onto a tissue and gently inhale, or put a couple of drops onto cotton wool ball and tuck under your pillow case at night.
Geranium: Gently uplifting for times of depression, use in an electric oil burner, or geranium oil also eases haemorrhoids and varicose veins, put a couple of drops into 1 tablespoon of base oil and massage gently over affected areas.
Rose: Promoting skin cell regeneration, rose is an excellent beauty oil that improves mature complexions and helps to soften lines and wrinkles on facial skin. You can add a drop or two to your moisturising cream.
Chamomile: As well as anti-inflammatory relief from rheumatic, aches and pains, (Use in a massage oil or base cream) chamomile oil provides help when treating either insomnia or restlessness, add a drop to a cotton wool ball and tuck under pillow case at night or use in an electric oil burner.
Juniper: This essential oil is detoxifying and can be used for arthritic and rheumatic conditions including gout. Use in a massage oil or base cream.

Some things to remember when using aromatherapy on elderly people is that mature skin is thinner and more delicate. It is wise to use half the standard concentration of essential oils in massage and bath blends. Aromatic massage helps rheumatic or arthritic conditions, be careful not to apply pressure directly over swollen joints. Ensure oils are stored safely especially if treating someone confused or forgetful. Supervise all steam inhalations if your friend is very frail.

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