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Using Essential Oils With Elderly Loved Ones

By Julio Cardona

Sometimes life can become hectic and chaotic. We feel like we don’t have time for anyone, often including our grandparents or elderly parents. The time for bonding disappears, and we leave our loved ones unattended. That is why I thought about a creative idea to help create some bonding time. The idea is to use essential oils with elderly loved ones. I hope after reading this article, you find yourself using essential oils with elderly loved ones. 

As we age, our bodies need more attention and care. The use of essential oils may provide a range of benefits to the elderly loved ones in your life. These natural oils contain a range of properties that may improve overall well-being. If you’re considering sharing and using essential oils with an elderly loved one in your life, like your grandparents or elderly parents, this simple article will point out some information that will help you get started.

What are Essential Oils?

The term essential oils refer to the “essence” or compound of oils extracted from various plants. When these oils are extracted, they contain the flavor or scent of the plant and some of its unique properties. You’ll find essential oils from lavender, citrus fruits, and a variety of herbs and flowers, to name a few.

Each type of oil has its own unique compound that gives it an individual benefit and scent. Essential oils are made through the process of distillation like steam or water. They may also be extracted using cold pressing or other mechanical means. Once these chemicals are extracted from the plant, they’re added to a carrier oil (like coconut or argan oil) to create the products you use.

Bonding with Elderly Loved Ones in a Positive Way

You can enjoy some family bonding through the use of essential oils. Here are a few examples of how to integrate these oils into a healthy routine for positive bonding.

How to Inhale Essential Oils

In most cases, essential oils are used as a beneficial form of aromatherapy. Here are some tips to ensure that you’re using the inhalation of these oils safely and in the right way.

Bathing Using Essential Oils

Essential oils can make for a relaxing, soothing bath. Keep these tips in mind if you’re planning to use them for bathing your elderly loved one.

Topical Use of Essential Oils

You can apply essential oils topically to give your elderly loved one a range of benefits. Here are some tips to ensure that you’re using topical oils correctly.

Using Essential Oils for Yoga and Meditation

Practicing yoga and meditation both provide a range of benefits for seniors. Use these tips to integrate essential oils into their daily practice:

Essential Oils for Sleeping and Relaxation

Many essential oils promote feelings of calm, and they may also help your loved one get a more restful night of sleep. Here’s a list of the best essential oils to use as aromatherapy or in a bath for your elderly loved one:

Essential Oil Dilution Rates

When using essential oils topically, inhaling them, or in any other way, it’s necessary to make sure they’re adequately diluted. Use this as a guide to ensure you have the correct dilution rate. If your elderly loved ones have thin or sensitive skin, start with a 1% dilution rate for your mixture. You can increase to a 2% dilution rate if your skin shows no irritation and you’d like to use a more potent blend.

Using Essential Oils with Elderly and its Positive Outcomes

Stress relief: When used as aromatherapy, essential oils may help to lower stress levels and calm anxiety. Also spending time together and talking about life’s joys will help improve stress levels.

Sleep: Many essential oils such as lavender may help your loved one fall asleep and experience better sleep quality and duration. The bonding will also help since people who tend to be closer to loved ones feel more comfortable, improving sleeping habits. 

Using essential oils as part of a healthy routine can help your elderly loved one thrive. Be sure to integrate these oils into their lifestyle to experience the many benefits they provide. Your loved one will not only thank you, but it’s an excellent way for you to bond with them and spend some quality time together. 

Disclaimer:

The material and information contained in this article about essential oils are for general purposes only. You should not rely upon this material as factual regarding making any health benefit decisions. If you have questions, please consult your doctor or other qualified clinicians.

*Originally posted on Porch.com

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