Essential Oils & Aromatherapy
Aromatherapy is both an art and science as it uses essential oils from plants, either applied in a lotion and absorbed by the skin or inhaled and absorbed into the lungs and nasal passages through a diffuser.
Scent also plays a major part of jogging memory. Our Memory Kits use various essential oils, not to help relax or calm, but to help trigger past memories of scents we've encountered throughout our life and childhood.
Aroma enters through the nose through olfactory hairs/bulbs to the limbic system of our brain. This primitive area of the brain bypasses the local or reasoning part of us. Memory and emotions are housed here. The limbic system also directly communicates with the master glands -- the hypothalamus and pituitary glands regulate many body functions including hormones and the immune system.
While essential oils are not a cure for dementia, Alzheimer's or any diseases, they can do a great deal to help improve quality of life and jog olfactory memories!