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Using Essential Oils to Improve Mood & Behavior in Dementia

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[in-vig-uh-reyt] to give vigor to; fill with life and energy; energize.

At Autumn Leaves, we use essential oils in simple, yet impactful ways to help our residents with dementia change their mood or behavior. We call it Invigorate™:

Lemon at lunch
Diminished appetite is one of many challenges we face when caring for those with dementia. Citrus oils are energizing and stimulating, so just before lunch, residents are treated to warm washcloths that have been steamed in a mixture of water and a few drops of lemon oil.

Add rosemary and sweet orange
We may also add a few drops of rosemary and sweet orange, which are recognized for their sanitizing properties. Used before meals, residents clean their hands and faces to enjoy a natural boost to mood and appetite.

Lavender at night
A few drops of lavender – using either a diffuser or a warm washcloth – promote calmness as we prepare for bedtime. For a lovely spa-like treat, our caregivers may also add drops to an unscented lotion for a relaxing hand massage as residents wind down for the evening.

Essential oils are just one of the many tools we use to improve quality of life and create a peaceful environment for our residents.

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