Providing Comfort and Care with Essential Oils


Aromatherapy and essential oils are becoming more widely used for their therapeutic properties. Many aromatherapists are now working with caregivers in hospitals, hospices and cancer care centers to treat the conditions affecting their patients and residents.

Research supports the use of essential oils to help with cognitive function, behavioral issues, mood, infections, inflammation and microbes. This research, combined with countless user testimonials, shows that aromatherapy and conventional medical treatments integrate well together to provide relief and healing.

Essential oils are most effective when used in massage, bathing, compresses, when taken orally or when diffused in the air. Touch can be a powerful tool, and massage can be very healing when combined with essential oils. The most permeable areas of the skin, which are excellent areas to apply essential oils, are these soles of feet, the palms of the hand, the back of the neck, the forehead, and wrists and armpits.

Caregivers can try combination of oils, which create a synergistic effect that can have more benefits than using one oil alone. Many reputable essential oil companies take the guesswork out of blending and have ready-made blends to purchase. Be sure to find one that is safe for internal consumption to receive medicinal therapeutic benefits.

Here’s a short guide to help caregivers provide relief and comfort using specific essential oils:

Arthritis, Joint and Muscle Pain

Analgesic and anti-inflammatory oils can be beneficial when applied topically; they include ginger, marjoram, lemongrass, rosemary and roman chamomile. Juniper berry can help remove the buildup of excess fluids in the joints.

Circulatory System

For poor circulation and Reynaud’s disease, massage in peppermint and black pepper. Lower high blood pressure with clary sage, lavender and ylang ylang. Cypress, juniper berry, frankincense and lemon oils are effective remedies for varicose veins. Witch hazel is a nice astringent to combine with essential oils to reduce swelling, and it is miraculous for hemorrhoids.

Digestive System

Massage in ginger, fennel, orange and peppermint in a clockwise motion over the abdominal area. Insomnia Oils with sedative properties include lavender, roman chamomile and vetiver; these all aid with sleep issues and restlessness.

Nervous System

Citrus oils are natural anti depressants and can help with stress, anxiety and depression. These include bergamot, grapefruit, lemon, melissa, orange and tangerine. Other beneficial oils are ylang ylang, lavender and clary sage.

Respiratory System

Oils with respiratory benefits include eucalyptus, lavender, melaleuca, peppermint, ravensara, rosemary, oregano and thyme.

Skin Conditions

Skin irritations including burns, bruises, and cuts can be aided with lavender and melaleuca. Use frankincense, rose and rosemary for wrinkles and mature skin.

Urinary Conditions

Cypress oil can help with incontinence, and it is a remedy for urinary track infections when combined with juniper berry, frankincense and oregano.

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