Aromatherapy With Lavender
As an herbal treatment, lavender has its main role in aromatherapy. Aromatherapy uses the scent of essential plant oils to boost healing and well-being. Different oils have different effects. The light floral fragrance of lavender flowers is relaxing and soothing. Lavender in aromatherapy appears to have some benefits for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia.
Aromatherapists use lavender to relieve anxiety, restlessness, depression and sleep problems. Research appearing in the “Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine” (August 2005) verified that lavender oil in aromatherapy reduces insomnia. Aromatherapy for the dementia patient may involve using a diffuser to send a light scent throughout a room. Another method is pinning a tissue with an essential oil onto the patient’s clothing or using a light spray on a small area of the bed linens. A caregiver also may apply lavender essential oil, diluted with a carrier oil, such as sesame or almond oil, during a simple massage of the hands.