Your sense of smell is always incredibly significant. In a crossover study,13 56 elderly patients with moderate to severe dementia were massaged with a cream containing a blend of four essential oils (lavender, sweet marjoram, patchouli and vetiver) or cream alone five times a day for 8 weeks. Behavioural problems and resistance to care were significantly lower in patients who received the cream containing the essential oils compared with those who received the cream alone.
Others are seeking help with health issues when they stumble upon aromatherapy. Aromatherapy offers many benefits in this area including preventative, healing, and recovery. Some of the health-enhancing benefits of different aromatherapy oils include: anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal properties, relaxation and stress reduction, immune system stimulation, circulation and digestion aid, anti-inflammatory, seal wounds and promote healing, etc.
Carrier oils are created from vegetable, nut, or seed oils, many of which have therapeutic properties of their own. They do not lessen the therapeutic benefits of essential oils; they spread them further and make essential oils easier on the skin. A carrier oil is a base oil, which is used to help dilute the essential oil.
One very effective way to manage fibromyalgia is through the use of essential oils. Essential oils can help people with fibromyalgia in a number of different ways. First of all, they can relieve the pain of fibro. The pain relief people experience is frequently marked and rapid, even when the pain does not respond to heavy duty steroids or opiates. This in itself is a wonderful thing because pain can be addressed naturally, reducing the risk of unwanted side effects and reducing the risk of addiction to painkillers.
Smallwood J, Brown R, Coulter F et al. Aromatherapy and behaviour disturbances in dementia: a randomized controlled trial. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry 2001;16:1010-13. Patients with different forms of dementia respond differently to pharmacological agents; whether the same is true regarding their response to aromatherapy remains to be determined.
Ballard CG, 'Brien JT, Reichelt K et al. Aromatherapy as a safe and effective treatment for the management of agitation in severe dementia: the results of a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial with Melissa. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry 2002;63:553-8.