If your elderly parent is experiencing a lot of stress or anxiety lately, you are probably looking for ways to help them relax and rest. While prescription medication may be an option for many, a lot of seniors can’t take that or don’t want to. One simple yet effective solution to reducing stress and sleeping better is aromatherapy.
There is plenty of research that shows how connected the olfactory regions of the brain are to the parts that regulate emotional states. For millennia, humans have known how powerful scents and fragrances are in creating and regulating moods and emotions. Researchers have even been able to measure changes in physical responses to certain scents, such as a reduction in blood pressure. In short, today’s science is supporting the ancient traditions of aromatherapy. Seniors that are having trouble relaxing or reducing their anxiety may benefit from some aromatherapy as administered by family caregivers or senior care aides.
Different aromatherapy methods include essential oils, massage oils, sachets, spritzes, scented candles, lotions and more. All family caregivers or senior care assistants need to do is use the right fragrances and promote a restful atmosphere to encourage the elderly person to set aside some of their anxiety and stress and relax. Of course, before using any products topically on elderly people, it’s a good idea to check with their doctor to ensure their health and safety.
There are plenty of aromas to choose from, but not all of them contribute to stress reduction. Some scents stimulate the mind, promote energy, boost mood and even act as an aphrodisiac. For seniors seeking to relax, it’s important to choose the right aroma, one that calms and soothes.
Here are some of the most popular scents that are closely associated with reducing stress, alleviating anxiety and contributing to a good night’s sleep.
- Angelica root
There are other scents that family caregivers can buy that are associated with some of people’s favorite foods, like baked cookies, vanilla, chocolate, coconut and apple pie. These scents may also help elderly people relax because they remind them of delicious food, happy holidays or their own childhood.
By understanding the different aromatherapy properties connected to various scents, family caregivers and senior care assistants can choose aromas that can trigger relaxation and peace in an elderly person’s brain. It’s definitely not going to be a cure for mental illness, nor should aromatherapy be substituted for proper medical care. However, when it comes to creating a relaxing atmosphere where sleep is welcome and stress is reduced, there are plenty of relaxing scents to choose from.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering senior care in Birmingham, AL, please contact the caring staff at Senior Legacy Care today. Call us at (205) 380-7418.
Susan Smith, Owner
Susan Smith is the owner of Senior Legacy, an independent non-medical senior in home care business.... Read More...