Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia

by Penny Keay © 2005, 2013

Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia go hand in hand. The oils we suggest for Alzheimer's will be beneficial to those suffering from dementia also. Dementia caused from strokes, or other illness such as encephalitis, anemia and other health reasons can all benefit from the use of essential oils.

The link between the sense of smell and memories is very strong and certain aromas can be used to spark different results. Often times it is the sense of smell that will bring the mind back into present day by allowing the patient the ability to recognize and associate quality care/ friendship with a particular scent.

Not only the patient, but also those caretaking, whether they are family, friends or health care professionals can benefit from the use of these precious oils.

As many of you know, Penny, lost her father to Alzheimer’s disease. "I feel that had it not been for the use of our Essential Oils and Aromatherapy for the past several years, I would not have managed the emotional tolls this disease has taken on my well being." "Unfortunately for me, my father would not accept any essential oils we tried to diffuse around him." I hope this will not be the case for you.

Some essential oils we often suggest to start with are Lavender, Bergamot and Ylang ylang.

After a week or so of Lavender try Bergamot. Then a week later Ylang ylang.

Sometimes you need to try a combination of two of these. Most often you will see a calmer, more accepting change in the individual. If these don't work see the list below for some more suggestions.

Restlessness and interrupted sleep can usually be remedied by using Lavender, especially at bedtime. Other helpful oils include Rose, Neroli, Geranium, Jasmine and Roman Chamomile.

Other oils than may be helpful for dementia and Alzheimer’s include Basil, Ginger, Rosemary, Black Pepper and Cardamom. These oils should be tried during waking hours as they can evoke memories and in some cases cause too much stimulation to the brain for later in the day use.

We all know that Alzheimer's and Dementia patients also have poor appetites. Oils that may help to stimulate appetites and help with memory include:
Lemon, Lime, Nutmeg, Clove, Coriander, Orange, Grapefruit, Cinnamon, Ginger, Cardamom and Black Pepper.

Now to help those special people that are the Care Taker; Husbands, wives, sons and daughters and the many other friends and relatives. And we don't want to forget those working with these patients in the nursing care and assisted living facilities.

Essential oils are very beneficial to these folks too.

Anyone who has taken care of Alzheimer or Dementia patients understands the demands you have had to endure. Feelings of being so helpless while watching your loved one slowly lose touch with their ability to take care of themselves and losing their memories, slowly watching them drift away, both emotionally and physically from the person we all once knew.

We know there are many essential oils that can help the caretakers too. Any oil that is used for depression is helpful. Oils that make you feel happy and are uplifting can also help.

Again, Lavender, Ylang ylang and Bergamot can help the caretakers too!

Here is a special blend to give you Comfort
V'nilla Blend - 10 drops
Rose - 7 drops
Orange - 6 drops
Jasmine - 7 drops

Blend together and diffuse.

Simply put a drop or two on a cotton ball and smell throughout the day.

At one of the nursing homes, we have helped with several of their patients, found that pinning a cotton ball (they call it a "flower") on their patients collar and putting a drop or two of essential oils on them makes their patients feel special as they get their "flower" each day! Not to mention the other benefits they receive. Or you can use our Aromtherapy Lapel Dots

Although Alzheimer’s and Dementia can be awful to endure, rest assured that even though we don't have a cure, we do have hope and we do have aromatherapy to help us until then.

God be with you all!

Another recipe To Help with Depression

Rose - 10 drops
Neroli - 2 drops
Sandalwood - 3 drop
Almond Oil - 1 oz (2 tablespoons)

Mix all together in an empty bottle. Then apply a small amount on hands, arms or legs and massage in. Can be used as often as needed.

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