Essential Oils and Alzheimer’s

For those looking for ways to ease, and even curb, the symptoms of Alzheimer’s, there are a variety of natural methods to choose from.  There’s limited research on the benefit of these methods, but many believe they are worth trying.  

One of those methods is the use of essential oils.  Essential oils can be used to treat all kinds of ailments and illnesses.  They have also been used for generations to ease the symptoms of anxiety, depression, and insomnia; all three things that Alzheimer’s patients likely struggle with.  The oils can be used to ease anxiety, boost memory, and improve the mood of loved ones struggling with Alzheimer’s disease.  

While oils have been used for generations and many are thought to be safe, essential oils are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, so be sure to consult with your doctor before using to ensure oils will not have any negative interaction with medication.

Here are 7 oils that have shown to be helpful for those living with dementia or Alzheimer’s:

Lavender – lavender is calming and helps to balance strong emotions.  It can help with depression, irritability, and insomnia. Lavender can be inhaled, sprayed on linens, or massaged into the feet or back as an oil.
Peppermint – peppermint can energize the mind and calm the nerves at the same time, making it a great combination for those with dementia.  It can be inhaled, diffused, massaged into body, or put in a bath.
Rosemary – rosemary is thought to improve cognitive performance mood.  It’s an energizing oil and can help with depression as well.  It can be inhaled, diffused, or sprayed into a room.
Bergamot – bergamot is a mood elevating and calming oil, great for depression and anxiety.  It can be placed in a bath, diffused, or sprayed into a room.
Lemon – lemon calms and relaxes those with anxiety, improves memory, and eases indigestion.  It can be inhaled, diffused, sprayed, or put into a bath.
Ylang ylang – ylang ylang helps those struggling with depression or restlessness in sleeping.  It can be inhaled, diffused or sprayed.
Ginger – ginger helps with indigestion and boosts good eating habits.  It can be massaged into the skin, inhaled, diffused, or sprayed.