Essential oils or volatile oils are concentrated hydrophobic compounds obtained naturally from plants by distillation, expression, solvent extraction, or cold pressing. These essential oils are involved in aromatherapy, and the most critical feature is that these can be used at home for elderly care who are weak and have fragile bodies. These oils do magic for people of every age. Oil massage is often regarded as anti-aging therapy as with the increasing age; many problems arise such as muscular stiffness, arthritis, pigmentation, asthma, etc. Geriatric massage can help the elderly in providing symptomatic relief and extend vitality in their lives. Inhaling these oils allows them to enter the bloodstream and lungs, improving circulation and releasing stress.
Lavender oil is one of the most popular essential oil because of its versatile effects. This oil is obtained from the plant Lavandula Angustifolia by the distillation process of passing water through plants, thus extracting critical components.
Lavender oil is essential for the skin as it helps in reducing acne by killing bacteria and reducing fungal infections, aids in skin tone lightening and removing discoloration, blotchiness, redness, including dark spots. Usually applied to the skin as an insect repellent and reduces itching after an insect bite. Lavender oil does magic to hair by making it grow faster and longer and reverse hair growth in baldness. It reduces scalp issues. It reduces dandruff and kills head lice, so it must be applied once a week. This reduces inflammation, reduces muscle stress and tension, and improves blood circulation. Lavender oil helps beat insomnia and improve sleep onset, quality, and duration in the elderly population.
How to apply?
Lavender oil has no daily recommended allowance. It is mainly used with some carrier oil. Lavender oil can be poured on a cloth or put in the vaporizer, and its inhalation of lavender oil scents affects the limbic system that promotes emotion.
Clary sage oil:
Clary sage oil is obtained from the leaves and buds of the clary sage plant; It is also named “clear eye” because of its tremendous use in eye diseases. Clary sage oil is famous for its calming properties. The clary sage oil is produced steam distillation in which steam is passed through the plant body, and vital elements are extracted.
Clary sage oil is mainly composed of linalyl acetate, a member of the ester group, making it one of the soothing and balancing essential oils.
Clary sage oil is used as an anti-depressant. Its scent is used to calm the mind and reduce stress in both animals and humans. It also reduces the level of cortisol hormone, i.e., the stress hormone in females. This oil has anti-bacterial properties, so it helps in wound care. It can also remove bacteria from wounds caused by sunburn, diabetes, and surgical procedures not responding to antibiotics. Clary sage oil is a women’s friend. It maintains the level of estrogen in the body, so menopause is delayed in most cases. Clary sage oil has been found to reduce menstrual cramps and abdominal pain. Clary sage oil is mixed with shampoo or conditioner to promote healthy hair as well as scalp. Clary sage oil is used during labor and birth as it increases oxytocin levels, which causes the uterus to contract. Clary sage is used for upset stomach and other digestive disorders, as well as kidney diseases. The use of clary sage oil can open up blood vessels and let blood flow without any problem. You can also use it to lower your blood pressure and relax your brain. Its inhalation can also induce relaxation in women suffering from urinary incontinence. It’s high in antioxidants and may help support oral health, aid brain function, and lower blood sugar and cholesterol levels.
How to apply?
Clary sage oil is usually mixed with carrier oil. This is mixed with water and used as a room spray or a relaxant, thus helps in improving your sleep. Clary sage oil is inhaled to induce calmness on the go.
Side effects of essential oil:
Some essential oils can cause irritation and burning of the skin. So it must better be applied to the skin for trial purposes. People having asthma can react to fumes of essential oils. Herbal Essential oils mainly help in reducing headaches but inhaling too much can cause headaches. Ingestion of some essential oils can be fatal and can be life-threatening.
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