Can Essential Oils Help Alzheimer’s?

Posted on October 30, 2017 by Chad Pegura | 12 comments

 Can Essential Oils Help Alzheimer's

As we age, our body goes through numerous changes. For many, being able to prevent the health issues that can arise is incredibly important. For older people, few things are more terrifying than Alzheimer’s disease. This form of dementia can have far-reaching negative impacts on the quality of life and the lives of those around you.

It’s a devastating disease, and worst of all is that there is no known cure or method of prevention. The human brain is a mystery that has yet to be fully unlocked, and Alzheimer’s is one of those mysteries currently under significant research and study.

There have been numerous breakthroughs over the years and the future of the disease isn’t as entirely as bleak as it once was. Modern medicine is playing a major role in managing Alzheimer’ and there are a few natural options like essential oils that can help supplement it in a beneficial way.

What is Alzheimer’s?

The first step is to take a closer look to understand what Alzheimer’s is. Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia that creates difficulty with memory, cognitive thinking and behavior. It’s the most common form of dementia suffered in today’s society. It’s irreversible and gradually worsens over time destroying memory and other cognitive abilities that interfere with simple tasks such as self-care.

This type of dementia can also impact the function of the immune system as well as basic bodily functions. It can have an adverse effect on physical health in addition to severe mental distress.

What can be done to Help Alzheimer’s?

As mentioned above, treatment is ineffective in terms of reversing the damage that Alzheimer’s causes to the brain. Today’s medications focus on trying to control and prevent further loss, as well as managing the symptoms. But along with the basic, professional medical care that patients receive, science is finding a lot of additional benefits – often in unexpected places.

Essential oils are a perfect example of this, and they can indeed have a big impact on those with this disease. It’s important to note that essential oils will not cure Alzheimer’s outright, but what they can do is help those living with the disease do so more comfortably while reducing symptoms and signs of memory loss. It’s so promising that even some clinical trials are being performed looking into the impact of aromatherapy on dementia – in particular, essential oils and their impact on Alzheimer’s disease.

How Can Essential Oils Help?

Essential oils seem to be beneficial because of the way that aromatherapy impacts the brain and the chemicals within it. For example:

  • Certain scents trigger chemical changes within the body and the brain
  • Others can help stimulate neurons within the brain
  • Some oils are known to improve memory
  • They are effective at reducing stress
  • Others can increase focus
  • Certain oils enhance overall mood and well-being

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The Best Essential Oils to Use for Alzheimer’s

  • Bergamot – Bergamot’s bright, cheery, orange scent helps enliven the senses and can also have a big impact on improving memory in some people. It can also help improve overall mood and promote better focus.
  • Peppermint – Another essential oil that can help improve memory and also make it easier to concentrate is peppermint. Anecdotal evidence is strong with peppermint, and it seems to show marked benefits for those with dementia.
  • Chamomile – Chamomile can help calm and relax those with dementia. Sometimes, the disease can trigger fear and panic, and this relaxing oil can help make it easier to cope with those moments.
  • Lavender – Lavender is a calming oil that can help through the difficult moments of Alzheimer’s. It can also help stimulate certain brain processes and may be able to promote better brain health.

It’s worth remembering that these oils haven’t been completely studied just yet and clinical trial and research are still on going in terms of how they benefit Alzheimer’s disease. However, there is strong evidence that suggests that the positive mental impact of essential oils means that they are effective at improving mental health. As such, they could help with Alzheimer’s disease – especially when paired with direct medical care and treatment.

A nebulizing diffuser is the tool chosen by most health professionals to administer aromatherapy. They emit pure essential oils into the air without dilution or heat of any kind which can alter the chemical composition of the oils. They are strong and powerful and can fill a large area with scent in a matter of minutes.

A Healthy Lifestyle

Studies have also found that following a healthy lifestyle and making positive lifestyle changes can also help with Alzheimer’s disease. By making certain changes to your life you can improve not only the benefits of essential oils, but the benefits of modern anti-dementia medications. Things like changing your diet to include more vegetables and less processed foods combined with regular exercise can be the foundation of better managing Alzheimer’s.

Adding essential oils and other treatments to your life, and there’s a much greater chance of improving Alzheimer’s conditions and symptoms.

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12 Responses

Betsy Barnes
Betsy Barnes

November 06, 2017

Great information here! I use Lavender a lot, glad to see it is on this list.

Angela Saver
Angela Saver

November 05, 2017

This is great information and I learned a lot! It’s great to know with Alzheimer’s running in the family!

Trish Froehner
Trish Froehner

November 03, 2017

I always thought Rosemary was the oil for memory. I was delighted to read that bergamont and peppermint are also good for the memory. I don’t have alzheimer’s, but I worry about of getting it one day, so I would use this blend in a diffuse often just to keep my memory sharp. Thanks!

Kassidy Kramer
Kassidy Kramer

November 02, 2017

This is good to know, I hope it can improve the lives of those with this disease.

Scotty
Scotty

November 02, 2017

Alzheimer is a huge problem now-a-days. It is great to hear that EO’s can help out with that. Will have to try peppermint at work for concentration!

Tara Taylor
Tara Taylor

November 01, 2017

I hope I never have to worry about this, but I fear I will, my mom is getting older and her mother had Alz.

Charles royal
Charles royal

October 31, 2017

A very good article with excellent information.

Charles royal
Charles royal

October 31, 2017

A very good article with excellent information.

Zelah
Zelah

October 31, 2017

They say that scents can also help to bring back memories of times in the past when someone smelt them. Much like music can.

Karen
Karen

October 31, 2017

Great article, I love my essential oils and have found they help in so many ways

Heidi Stane
Heidi Stane

October 31, 2017

I never considered previously that essential oils could help improve alzeimer symptoms. Good information ?

Lynne B
Lynne B

October 31, 2017

I think disease should be treated with traditional and alternative medicine.

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