Eldering with Essential Oils.
Updated: Mar 28, 2021
Essential oils are a powerful way to help elders feel less anxious , happier, and even more awake or more relaxed depending on the oils chosen.
It is however very important to remember that these are very potent and powerful oils and need to be used sparingly and administered with care and knowledge, as some oils have contraindications regarding some medical conditions.
Lavender is a good oil to start with.
We can add this to a base oil such as Jojoba, Sweet Almond or Grape Seed.When using an ultrasonic diffuser use 100% pure essential oil.
I find the best base oil for seniors is Sweet Almond as it is rich in minerals, vitamins and is an excellent nourishing oil for the skin.
1-2 drops of Lavender oil to a small bottle of Sweet Almond oil around 10-12 ml. Place the cap on the bottle and gently shake several times to mix the blend.
Massage into the hands and/or feet. A drop of pure Lavender oil on a pillow or handkerchief to help with relaxation and sleep. Two drops to some hand cream for a hand or foot massage.
Lavender oil has many properties but among them it is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and anti-depressant.
Just by giving a simple massage with a little Lavender oil blend can lift the spirits.The care, love and attention and the oils properties make all the difference.
Peppermint oil with Sweet almond oil, one drop to ml oil and gently massaged on the tummy if bloating or gas is a problem. Diffuse in the room. The effects of peppermint oil can energize and reduces nervous or anxious energy. Innogear Essential oil diffuser seems to work very well, but there are many to be found on Amazon.
Bergamot oil on its own or in a blend with Lavender and or Ylang Ylang. These add to a feeling of well-being, contentment and serenity.
It is possible to find many blends of oils already in base, oils that are easily applied and used safely.
It is important to put on non slip socks afterwards with shoes to avoid danger of slipping.