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Benefits of Aromatherapy for Older Adults

Essential oil lavender and orange dry on a wooden table, top view

There are a lot of ways to obtain the benefits of the plants all around us. One of these ways is through the use of aromatherapy techniques. Aromatherapy is a form of alternative medicine that uses the aromatic features of plants to improve certain aspects of our health. There are a lot of benefits that can be gathered from simple aromatherapy techniques. Always consult a professional before beginning an aromatherapy treatment.


Improve Your Mood


Some of the greatest benefits of aromatherapy and essential oils relate to mental and emotional state. There are a lot of plants that have been used for hundreds of years to bring a better sense of contentment and to simply put people in a better mood. Of these, lavender is one of the most well-known and widely used. Other plants to try for a sense of relief include rosemary, lemon, and ylang-ylang.


Better Digestion


For as long as humans have been eating, they have been using plants and herbs to aid in digestion. If you are experiencing tummy troubles, try treating the issues with aromatherapy oils including peppermint, ginger, rosemary and coriander.


Pain Management


Nature started providing pain relief to mankind long before drugs were created to alleviate our pain symptoms. Peppermint, eucalyptus and flaxseed oil are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to aromatherapy pain management options. Many aromatherapy oils can also be added to carrier oils and lotions.


Cognitive Functions


One issue that becomes more common as we get older is the loss of our cognitive functions. While there may not be any true cure, aromatherapy and essential oils have been used for generations to help ease some of the effects of aging on our mind and memory. Commonly used essential oils in aromatherapy aimed at improving cognitive function include bergamot, ginger, lavender and rosemary.


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