Cathy Schutt | Mar 19, 2021
At Walker Methodist, we believe in holistic healthcare and enriching the lives of our residents and patients. Seniors at our communities, including the Walker Methodist Health Center in Minneapolis, benefit from alternative interventions, such as aromatherapy, guided imagery, and healing touch to reduce the need for unnecessary medications. Our team integrates essential oils into daily routines for residents and patients. The benefits of essential oils can include include increased calmness, reduction of anxiety, more restful sleep, and improved mood.
Aromatherapy is the use of aromatic essential oils for sensory and therapeutic benefits.
As we age, we might lose our sense of smell. But aromatherapy is not dependent on our sense of smell. Molecules still travel through the nasal passage to the limbic system, and the results are the same whether or not one can actually smell the oil. The limbic system supports a variety of functions, including emotion, behavior, motivation, long-term memory, and olfaction.
Below are four ways Walker Methodist incorporates aromatherapy into routines to bring peace to residents and patients.
Essential oils are placed directly on a pendant. Pendants or other aromatherapy jewelry can be made or purchased; there are many options!
Below are seven essential oils to use to help promote wellbeing for seniors, as well as benefits they may provide.
Using essential oils, including aromatherapy, is just the beginning. The Health Center at Walker Methodist offers additional integrated therapies for patient and resident wellness. If you or your loved one could benefit from these integrated therapies, don't hesitate to contact us today.
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