The best essential oils to use for memory care

Aromatherapy is an ancient practice in which essential oils from plants, herbs, flowers, and trees are used to improve the mental, spiritual, and physical well-being of patients.

Essential oils can provide respiratory disinfection, and can aid with nausea, pain and body aches, depression, fatigue, insomnia, and a number of other medical conditions. Recently, there has been an upsurge in attention over the use of aromatherapy for treating Alzheimer’s disease, with many studies showing that it can greatly benefit patients living with the disease. Specifically, it has proven to be effective in treating symptoms such as anxiety and sleep problems, as well as improving overall mood.

Essential oils have also been used for decades to assist with cognitive brain function and memory care, as they stimulate the brain and nervous system, and help improve mental clarity, focus, and overall memory function.


Peppermint Oil.

Peppermint oil has been proven to enhance visual attention, alertness, and significantly improve the quality of memory.

Melissa Oil.

Melissa essential oil comes from the Melissa plant, and has a light, fresh, lemony scent that is strengthening and revitalising but also very soothing. It is often used internally to reduce tense feelings, promote relaxation, and calm feelings of nervousness, and is also helpful in treating mild memory problems that are associated with aging. Taking Melissa oil can be very beneficial at any age, as it supports your cognitive health and memory.

Lemon Oil.

Lemon oil is one of the most studied and most effective essential oils. It has been shown to help calm and relax people who are dealing with anxiety and insomnia, as well as improve memory and ease digestion.

Rosemary Oil.

When rosemary oil is inhaled, it absorbs into the bloodstream and can affect neuronal function and improve long term memory. If using the oil to study something in particular, diffuse three or four drops into water to drive your focus, and repeat each time you are studying to develop an association with the content you are trying to memorise and the scent.

Frankincense Oil.

Frankincense oil has the ability to improve spatial memory retention, as it is high in sesquiterpenes, a compound that oxygenates the brain and can boost mood. It also aids with sharpening the mind and combatting forgetfulness!

Lavender Oil.

People can sometimes experience memory loss due to overwhelming pressure or stress. Lavender oil has been shown to significantly improve memory in stressful situations, as well as aiding with sleep, easing anxiety, lessening mood swings, and promoting mental clarity.

How to use essential oils.

Once you’ve researched and found essential oils that best suit your needs, there are a number of different ways you can use them. You can use a diffuser which mixes a few drops of the oil with water and fills the entire room with the scent. You can also put a few drops on a cotton ball and place it nearby or inside your vehicle’s air vents for indirect inhalation or place a few drops on your pillow at night. You can also add drops to a spray bottle with water and mist it anywhere you’d like or add a few drops to your laundry or a warm bath. You can even add ones that are safe to ingest to your water, tea, or cooking.

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