Scent is a sense so connected to how we feel and engage with the world.
When it comes to self-care, there are certain forms of soothing things that we know can help us feel better. When we want to feel a certain way, we make use of things that help us get there. A favourite song, a warm cosy blanket, a beautiful view; these are all things that tap into our senses and make us feel better. Sense of smell is a powerful sense, and surrounding oneself with different scents can really contribute to creating a certain mood or feel. Aromatherapy takes the knowledge of how powerful scent can be, and channels it into a form of therapy for the body, mind, and soul.
What is Aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy is an alternative therapy that makes purposeful use of various aromatic plant properties in the form of essential oils. Aromatherapy aims to improve a person’s state of wellbeing through bettering their mood or helping to sooth certain symptoms of ill-health. Aromatherapy is an incredibly accessible way to engage in self-care and work towards promoting a better state of wellbeing. While there are many specialized places to receive Aromatherapy treatments and services, incorporating Aromatherapy into seniors’ lives can be as simple as using candles at home or choosing bath and shower products with the rights scents and oils in them.
When we think of Aromatherapy, relaxation is often the first thing that comes to mind. It is absolutely true that Aromatherapy is an incredible tool for promoting relaxation and an overall sense of calm, but different smells do different things and it is possible to achieve a whole bunch of different states and moods with Aromatherapy. Whether you need to wind down for sleep, get an energetic pick-me-up in the morning, feel more able to concentrate, or just feel a little happier, there are smells that can help bring those feelings to life. Another aspect that is particularly resonant for some seniors is the powerful ability that scent has to evoke memory. Seniors can tap into positive feelings from days-gone-by and happy memories just by smelling something that reminds them of a moment or time in their past. There are, in essence, many ways that seniors can make use of Aromatherapy in their daily lives and many reasons that they might find it valuable and helpful.
As previously mentioned, Aromatherapy can do many things depending on how it is approached and what seniors are trying to get out of it. The following are just a few of the benefits that can be reaped from utilizing Aromatherapy practices and products:
- Lower Anxiety
- Less Stress
- Better Mood
- Improved Digestion
- Reduced Pain
- Greater Clarity
- Memory Stimulation
Different scents can create different feelings, so the list above is not at all exhaustive, but it does provide a tiny look into the general areas of seniors’ lives that can be improved and supported with Aromatherapy techniques.
As previously mentioned, seniors can seek out specialized Aromatherapy treatments to target certain elements of their wellbeing and work with a professional to determine what might work best for them. Another way to incorporate the power of scent into seniors’ lives, however, is much simpler. Just picking up scented products that contain essential oils and using them at home can be an effective form of Aromatherapy as well. The following are some examples of things that are accessible and can be effective:
- Scented Candles
- Scented Bath and Shower Products
- Essential Oil Diffusers
- Pillow and Fabric Sprays or Sachets
- Diffuser Jewellery
- Scented Lotions
- Pure Essential Oils
As is the case with any new form of treatment or therapy, it is always best to check with a doctor to become aware of any possible problems or interactions that may occur with medications or other health-promoting activities in which seniors are engaged. Essential oils are to be used in moderation, so do some research or speak to someone with experience before getting started with any pure essential oils.
Aromatherapy can be an incredible tool for seniors who are open to the impacts it can have upon their physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing. Our sense of smell is a powerful tool that can help us to connect to ourselves, to others, and to the world around us.