News / 

Ease Agitation with Aromatherapy

Save Story
Leer en espaƱol

Estimated read time: Less than a minute

This archived news story is available only for your personal, non-commercial use. Information in the story may be outdated or superseded by additional information. Reading or replaying the story in its archived form does not constitute a republication of the story.

Aromatherapy, which uses fragrant botanical essential oils to heal physical and emotional ills, may help calm agitation and improve the quality of life for people stricken with Alzheimer's disease or other dementia.

So concludes a review of three small studies published recently in the British Medical Journal. The review noted aromatherapy's safety and effectiveness, and it suggested that the therapy could help ease the behavioral problems that are so common in people with dementia.

But here's what really grabs attention: The fragrances of the two oils most often used to treat dementia, lavender (Lavandula officinalis) and lemon balm (Melissa officinalis), have nothing to do with this therapy's potential success. That's important because age and illness can impair a person's sense of smell. Instead, aromatherapy's calming effects are probably caused by terpenes, components of many essential oils. These are rapidly absorbed through the lungs and could directly affect the nervous system.

Compiled from News and wire service reports.

(C) 2003 Buffalo News. via ProQuest Information and Learning Company; All Rights Reserved

Most recent News stories


Get informative articles and interesting stories delivered to your inbox weekly. Subscribe to the Trending 5.
By subscribing, you acknowledge and agree to's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

KSL Weather Forecast