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The use of essential oils has a history going back at least as far as the ancient Egyptians, who entombed their Pharaohs with jars of essential oils for use in the afterlife. The Chinese and Indians were probably the first to recognize the healing properties of the oils, and many cultures since have used essentials for cosmetic and healing purposes. Aromatherapy is now getting an increasing amount of attention in the scientific and medical communities as an alternative therapy for people who have Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia. What they are finding is that certain essential oils have a positive effect on mood, behavior, and even on cognitive functioning and memory.
"Aromatherapy" is a somewhat misleading term, since it isn't necessarily the aroma of the oils used that creates the desired effect, rather a direct effect that the oils have on the body, whether through contact with the lungs (breathing), or the skin (massage or body oils and lotions). Aging and dementias can both diminish the olfactory sense, but since a direct pharmacological effect of the oils is responsible for the healing effects, a diminished sense of smell should not be a concern when considering aromatherapy.
The term aromatherapy was first used by René-Maurice Gattefossé, a French chemist who discovered, purely by accident, that lavender oil had a healing effect on burns. Since then many have studied the healing effects of different essential plant oils.
Aromatherapy is the use of volatile plant oils to improve psychological and physical health and prevent disease, and to affect mood. These oils are distilled from different parts of plants and contain the essence of the plant. Plants and herbs have a long and lustrous history in relation to our health. They have long been used for their healing properties, in herbal medicine, in our food, and as aromatherapy. Modern medicine has derived many of its most potent and important medicines from plants.
Essential oils are used in various ways. Inhalation is the most common and obvious: For this we offer three different diffusers which disperse the oil into the air to be breathed. Sometimes the effects of the oils are more pronounced when they are absorbed through the skin. Lavender is a good example. Massage a few drops into the hands before be to promote sleep. Lotions and massage oils that are infused with essential oils are also a comforting way to administer their benefits.
The Oshadhi oils that we offer are among the best and purest available anywhere in the world. Impeccable care is taken in the growing, extracting, filling, and packing of these essential oils. All Oshadhi products are completely hand-crafted, from farm to bottling, without the use of electro-magnetic machinery to avoid disruption of their exquisite properties. We list only a few products that have been found specifically to aid Alzheimer's and dementia symptoms, but we can make available a full line of aromatherapy oils and products. Contact us if you are interested in something related to aromatherapy that is not offered in our store, or just for information to satisfy your curiosity.
Different healing properties are claimed for different essential oils. Some that show promise for treating symptoms of AD include:
See our complete line of essential oils for Alzheimer's and dementia.
Essential oils are most commonly inhaled and absorbed into the linings of the lungs. They can also be applied directly to, and absorbed through, the skin. Care should be exercised when using and administering essential oils. Only diluted oils should be applied directly to the skin. Bath oils, facial oils, and skin care products containing essential oils are all appropriate for this purpose. Pure essential oils can also be diluted with carrier oils, also available on request.
Some methods of use and application suitable for people who have Alzheimer's disease:
Essential plant oils are relatively safe if certain precautions are followed. If you have a question or a concern about the proper or safe use of any aromatherapy product, please call (our phone number is at the top of every page on the Website) or contact us. Some general guidelines follow:
Learn more about aromatherapy by visiting the website of the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy.
Two popular diffusers used to disperse essential oils into the air. On the left is the Aroma Stone which diffuse the essential oil by gently heating it. The Aroma Stream diffuser on the right has a 2-speed fan that blows the oil into the air. Both are good for introducing the healing effects of essential oils into the living environment.
The Oshadhi essential oils that Best Alzheimer's Products offers for sale are among the purest available anywhere. We stock a variety of oils that are beneficial for people with dementia including Alzheimer's, and for the caregivers of those people. We also stock two popular types of diffusers, and Lavender Highland in a hydrosol that can be sprayed into a pillow, for example, as an aid for sleeping.
Several recent studies have concluded that aromatherapy is effective in the treatment of certain behavioral problems associated with dementia including Alzheimer's disease. Conclusions of some of these investigations include: