The most common form of dementia is alzheimer’s disease. It can bring about a loss of brain function that can get gradually worse over time. It affects memory, thinking, and behavior.

As research continues to seek a cure for alzheimer’s and dementia, some studies suggest that essential oils may help to treat certain symptoms of the disease. This study – Effect of aromatherapy on patients with Alzheimer’s disease showed good results using rosemary, lemon and orange essential oils.

Essential oils may help to:

  • Ease anxietydementia
  • Offer some relief from depression
  • Improve the quality of life
  • Help concentration
  • Improve memory

 

 

Useful Essential Oils for Alzheimer’s and Dementia

 

Rosemary – has stimulating properties which can aid in improving memory, cognition and mood. It can also be used for symptoms of anxiety, stress and depression.

Lemon Balm –  has an uplifting aroma that benefits focus and memory (especially when  fatigued or overworked).

Orange – supports in creating a pleasant, relaxed feeling and helps to lift the mood (perfect foressoil people who suffer from depression or chronic anxiety). Also good for cognition.

Lavender – a gentle and calming oil, that relaxes the mind and helps with the symptoms of anxiety and stress.

Ginger – useful in stimulating the mind as well as improving mental clarity and focus. Also aids with anxiety and stress

How to use

 

Inhalation: this is the most easiest way to use essential oils. Mix up the required blend and inhale gently when required.
Diffuse: diffuse a few drops of the essential oils (or mixed blend) in a diffuser and breathe in the vapors when required, in the daytime or at night.
Massage: before massaging the chosen oils (or blend) onto the skin, please dilute them with a suitable base oil – coconut, olive, avocado, jojoba and sweet almond are good choices, or any vegetable oil will do. Also do a skin patch test, to check for sensitivity.
Bath soak: add a few drops of the essential oil (or blend)  directly into the bathtub, and relax.

Do not use internally – do not drink or eat!

 

Some useful blends

Mix together equal parts of the essential oil, and store in a glass bottle to use when required.

 

Alzheimer’s Blend 1

Morning – Rosemary and Lemon BalmLavender

Evening – Lavender and Orange

Alzheimer’s Blend 2

Mix together and use morning and evening:

Lavender with Rosemary and Ginger

Depression Stress Blend

Mix together and use morning and evening:

Lavender with Orange and Ginger

 

 

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