I recently taught a class on this to a local Parish Nurse Association and decided to write a blog post on it so that hopefully others that may be looking for this information can find it and find healing.
Essential oils are powerful and can heal. But in the case of using them during the end-of-life, essential oils can not only provide physical comfort but can also help put the mind and spirit at ease. Here are some great ways to implement essential oils into a hospice routine.
1. Create a calming atmosphere. This is beneficial to not only the patient but also the family members. End-of-life is difficult on everyone involved and creating an atmosphere that is relaxing, soothing and calming can make a huge difference. Diffuse oils such as Lavender, Eucalyptus, Serenity and Cedarwood for a full room effect.
2. Help the patient to sleep. This is incredibly important. When laying in a bed all day for an extended time it can become difficult for the patient to remain in a healthy sleep pattern. Using essential oils such as Serenity, Lavender, and Vetiver will help ease the patient into a restful nights sleep.
3. Brighten the mood. End-of-life is clearly nothing to be cheerful about. But using essential oils can help raise a patients mood. Citrus oils such as Wild Orange, Grapefruit, Lemon and Citrus Bliss are all mood boosters and help elevate energy levels. This will also help to keep patients awake during daylight hours.
4. Ease anxious feelings. Anxiety is hard on the body and can have some serious physical effects. Using oils such as Ylang Ylang, Lavender, Eucalyptus, and Bergamot can help to settle those stressful emotions.
5. Tame that breathe. If you have ever been with a patient at the end of their life you will know the exact smell I am referring to. DoTERRA has a Peppermint beadlet that you can pop in the patients mouth that dissolves quickly and takes care of the stench from the source, bacteria.
These are just 5 quick ways to make a HUGE impact on the end-of-life process. The level of care is taken to a whole new level when essential oils are implemented. In doing so, the patient, the caregiver and the family members can all enjoy the benefits of aromatherapy physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
If you don't have time to diffuse or don't have access to a diffuser here are some quick tips:
-Add some drops to a cotton ball and tap to the patients pajamas, a very safe way to get the aroma benefits.
-Put a few drops in your hands, rub together and inhale. You can do this as the care provider to practice some self care. You can also teach this technique to family members.
-Put a few drops of oil in your hands, rub together and then run your hands over pillows and linens.
-When washing linens you can add a few drops of essential oil to the laundry either during the wash cycle or the drying cycle.
If you would like some help setting up essential oils in this type of setting please feel free to contact me, I would be more than happy to help.
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