a Guest Blog by Nanaz Khosrowshahi
The sweet smell of lavender essential oil has been shown to reduce agitation, insomnia, and aggression in patients with Alzheimer’s Disease. It can boost mood and increase appetite. Studies have found that lavender contains anxiolytic effects as it improves cognitive functioning like remembering, decreases pacing, and provides a better night of sleep. Complementary medicine, such as aromatherapy, is being offered at an increasing number of hospitals, skilled nursing homes, and long term facilities. Try a couple of drops on a cotton swab during a massage or in the bath. Spray lavender mixed with water on linens. Breathing in the scent can evoke positive responses for caregivers as well.
Be careful leaving the vial around to avoid accidental ingestion, misuse or overuse. More is not better. Test a patch of skin first. Keep the bottle cap on after using and keep out of the reach of children. Aromatherapy is not suitable for everyone, including folks with skin conditions, allergies, eczema, and psoriasis, or for people that lack the ability to smell.
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