Family caregivers balance a hectic workload and the daily schedule often contributes to stress, anxiety and depression. In addition to a good diet, regular exercise, and scheduled respite care, some families find that aromatherapy for caregivers can help reduce some of the symptoms of stress and anxiety.
Typically, aromatherapy is centered around the use of diffused essential oils. Essential oils are the aromatic liquids found in shrubs, flowers, trees, roots, and seeds. Essential oils can be very potent and care should be taken when using any essential oils and their use should be discussed with your family health provider.
A popular method of introducing essential oils is to dilute and dispense the oils in a cold-air diffuser for an aromatherapy effect. Some of the most commonly known essential oils are thought to provide therapeutic benefits such as stress relief and relaxation, for instance:
Lavender is used commonly as a calming and relaxing aromatherapy. Additionally, the fresh scent is considered pleasant by many.
Peppermint is considered to be purifying and stimulating while encouraging a better focus on mental tasks.
Rosemary is thought to help overcome mental fatigue while improving clarity and focus.
This fresh, clean fragrance is thought to promote mental clarity and some studies suggest that the citrus may boost immunity.
The fragrant influence of ginger is thought to provide gentle stimulation while improving physical energy.
As with any change in routine, please consult your family physician to ensure that aromatherapy is a complementary therapy to your current medical treatments and medications.