Essential oils are a very 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 with regard to some medical conditions.
Lavender is a good oil to start with.
This can be added to a base oil such as Jojoba, Sweet Almond or Grape Seed.When using an ultrasonic diffuser 100% pure essential oil must be used.
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 can be added to a small bottle of Sweet Almond oil around 10-12 ml. The cap is put on the bottle and it is gently shaken a couple of times to mix the blend.
This blend can be massaged into the hands and/or feet. A drop of pure Lavender oil can be place on a pillow or handkerchief to help with relaxation and sleep. Two drops can be added 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 seniors spirits can be lifted. The care, love and attention as well as the oils properties makes all the difference.
Peppermint oil can be mixed with Sweet almond oil, one drop to ml oil and gently massaged on the tummy if bloating or gas is a problem. It can also be diffused in the room. The effects of peppermint oil can be energizing 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 can be used 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.
Whenever oils or creams are applied to the feet, socks must be worn afterwards with shoes to avoid danger of slipping.