Aromatherapy for the elderly

Aromapothecary by Organica J Using aromatherapy for the elderly can be incredibly rewarding for both the giver and the recipient.  As part of my degree in complementary therapy with a focus on aromatherapy, I did part of the clinical training in a Care Home for the elderly.  It was one of the best experiences of my training.  It was amazing how little aromatherapy treatment gave incredibly pleasing results for people.

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Relax, De-stress – Take Christmas In Your Stride

aroma-pothecaryRelax in an aromatherapy bath and feel the stress of the run up to Christmas fade away as you  enjoy the calming essential oils.  Taking a little time out to take care of yourself this year, can make things so much more manageable at this busy time of year.  I have never heard a client saying that they regret taking time for themselves to recharge, but I often hear them saying that they come the bottom of the list when it comes to taking ‘me’ time and then they start to struggle as they are tired.

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Essential Oils for Sunburn

aroma-pothecaryAt this time of year and we are either exposed more to the sun here in the UK or are also heading abroad for a holiday in the sun.  Our skin can need extra care at these times.  Many ask me about skin that has been in the sun too long and has sunburn.  You can easily create your own aftersun blend to take on holiday with you or just use at home.

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Headaches – aromatherapy oils & blends to help

aroma-pothecary Do you suffer from headaches?  It is a problem that I hear from many clients.  They take various forms of course, from a low level stressy headache to migraine.  Here I am going to focus on the milder headaches, as migraine requires a more in depth holistic approach to identify a root cause if possible.  If your headaches go on for a long time or are getting more severe in nature always consult with your GP.

The most popular first aid treatment for headaches is lavenderlavender essential oil for headaches essential oil – but remember there are many different varieties of lavender and the one I am looking at here is lavandula angustifolia (true lavender).  Use one drop of lavender on a finger tip on one hand and touch with a finger tip of the other hand.  Place the two fingers at either side of your temples – level with your eyes (but do not touch your eyes with the essential oil on your fingers) at the side of your head and gentle rub each finger in a circular motion, this can be extremely calming and soothing, and many report can alleviate a headache.  Especially helpful for a headache that is stress related.

Another method of treating headaches is with a cool/cold compress on the forehead.  Place some cold water in a bowl and add one drop of lavender and one drop of peppermint. ‘Swish’ the water to mix the oils and then place a cloth in the bowl, squeeze the cloth out until not dripping water.   Place gently on the forehead – probably best done when lying flat or relaxed back in a recliner and rest for a while with this in place.  You can of course use either one or the other oil on their own too.  Another possible oil to use is eucalyptus if it is a cold or sinus issues are causing your headache(the variety of eucalyptus I mention here is eucalyptus blue gum).

Eucalyptus Blue Gum for headachesIf the cause is restricted blood flow to the brain through the neck, often an issue with migraines, it would be more appropriate to use a warm cloth to the back of the neck with a couple of drops of sweet marjoram, as sweet marjoram can act as a vasodilator and help normalise the blood flow.  Use the method above, but put warm water in the bowl instead of cool/cold.  This can be helpful too with tight muscles, or a stiff neck, adding some lavender.

If the headache is due to mental stress, rosemary can be effective, it is a stimulant to the brain, and is also helpful when sinus and respiratory issues are present.  Not to be used for those with high blood pressure.

If you have a complex medical history/medications or are pregnant always check with your GP before using essential oils, or ask a qualified aromatherapist