If you feel forgetful or absentminded and want to use aromatherapy for memory, research suggests spicy essential oils may increase the production of beta brain waves. The brain produces beta waves when it's alert and active.
Recommended essential oils for memory include:
Use the oils as needed:
You can diffuse the following blends. You can also put 2 or 3 drops on a tissue or handkerchief or in an aromatherapy inhaler and sniff periodically throughout the day. To use these aromatherapy memory blends for massage, dilute with carrier oil.
Essential Oil Blend #1
Can essential oils and aromatherapy for Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia be helpful? Research seems to indicate yes.
Dementia is a decline in memory and thinking that impairs a person's ability to function in daily life. Alzheimer's disease is the most common, but not the only form of dementia, and affects half of people over the age of 85, according to the Mayo Clinic.
The study, Effect of aromatherapy on patients with Alzheimer's disease, found that aromatherapy is an effective non-drug therapy for dementia. The study used lemon and rosemary essential oils in the morning and orange and lavender in the evening for 28 days. All patients had significant improvement in personal orientation related to cognitive function. The authors concluded that aromatherapy may potentially improve cognitive function, especially in people with Alzheimer's disease.
Essential oils that are general brain stimulants include:
For more advice about using essential oils for the elderly in general and for dementia in particular, I recommend the chapter on "Care of the elderly, with particular reference to dementia" in Shirley Price's Aromatherapy for Health Professionals.
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