Definition of PURE:adj. Free of dirt, pollutants, infectious agents, or other unwanted elements. Definition of EMANCIPATION: noun. The act by which one who was not free or under the power and control of another, is set free.
Our father was doing well and back home after a lengthy hospital stay. Our father contracted an urinary tract infection. We did not know how having an urinary tract infection impacts the elderly so severely physically and cognitively. Our father has dementia.
He stayed up two days and nights, talking throughout the night. Some things that he said made sense and some did not. We ended up taking him to the emergency room. He stayed in the hospital for four days.
On the second day, he must have been so exhausted, he fell asleep and slept a day and a half in the hospital. Our father is 92 years old and has dementia. He was released to a rehab center. He was walking unassisted with a walker prior to the infection. Now, he is no longer able to walk at all. The infection left him very, very weak.
We began to research the impact of essential oils on the elderly, especially those with dementia. Alzheimers is one form of dementia. Dementia is not a specific disease. It’s an overall term that describes a wide range of symptoms associated with a decline in memory or other thinking skills severe enough to reduce a person’s ability to perform everyday activities.
Alzheimer’s disease accounts for 60 to 80 percent of cases. Vascular dementia, which occurs after a stroke, is the second most common dementia type. But there are many other conditions that can cause symptoms of dementia, including some that are reversible, such as thyroid problems and vitamin deficiencies. –Alzheimers Association
We found the following essential oils have been studied to have a positive impact on those that have dementia and those that are the caretakers of those with dementia. Our father has vascular dementia. We mixed coconut oil with a combination of lavender, lemon, grapefruit and rosemary. We massage his hands with the oil because we learned the sense of smell diminishes significantly in the elderly. My father is sleeping better and appears to be less agitated and depressed.
Many of the memory enhancing drugs currently used in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease are designed to inhibit cholinesterase, the enzyme which breaks down acetylcholine in the body. Acetylcholine is vital to the central nervous system; it acts as a neuromodulator and when there is damage to the cholinergic (acetylcholine-producing) system it affects memory, REM sleep, attention and sensory perceptions.
Several essential oils such as Lemon, Rosemary and Spanish Sage have been shown to act in a similar way to conventional drugs, inhibiting cholinesterase but without any negative side effects.
In a study conducted by Kilstoff and Chenoweth, Lavender, Geranium and Mandarin were combined in a base of sweet almond oil and applied via hand massage. “The specific improvements for clients included increased alertness, self-hygiene, contentment, initiation of toileting, sleeping at night and reduced levels of agitation, withdrawal and wandering. Family caregivers have reported less distress, improved sleeping patterns and feelings of calm.
When using essential oils with the elderly or frail it is generally best to start with the lowest dilution 1-3% and whenever possible allow the patient to choose the essential oils or blends that they prefer. If a patient is non-communicative body language and facial expression will give you insight into their likes and dislikes. -Essential 3
Essential oils for Common issues associated with Alzheimer’s Disease
Restlessness and poor sleep: Applications – Bath, Inhalation, Diffusion, Massage, Spritzer Essential oils – Lavender, Marjoram Sweet, Chamomile Roman, Mandarin or combination of Ylang Ylang and Lemon (*also helpful for the caregivers)
Loss of appetite: Application – Inhalation, Diffusion, Spritzer Essential oils – Cardamom, Rosemary, Basil ct. linalol, Lemon, Ginger
Constipation: Application – Compress, Abdominal Massage Essential oils – Ginger, Rosemary, Orange
Diarrhea: Applications – Compress, Abdominal Massage Essential oils – Marjoram Sweet, Niaouli, Peppermint, Geranium
Indigestion: Application – Compress, Abdominal Massage, Inhalation Essential oils – Basil ct. linalol, Mandarin, Lemon, Melissa (4 drops and 1 drop Peppermint) information indicates that Melissa and Peppermint are best used together.
Anger, Aggression, Irritability: Application – Inhalation, Diffusion, Massage, Spritzer Essential oils – Lavender, Melissa
Anxiety, Agitation: Applications – Bath, Inhalation, Diffusion, Massage, Spritzer Essential oils – Neroli, Lavender, Bergamot FCF, Geranium, Melissa* * in a placebo controlled trial Melissa was added to a carrier and applied to the face and arms of patients with dementia, twice a day for 4 weeks. 60% of the group receiving the Melissa showed reduced agitation. 7
Apathy: Applications – Bath, Inhalation, Diffusion, Massage, Spritzer Essential oils – Rose (1 drop rose and 2 drops Lavender), Peppermint, Sage
Depression: Applications – Bath, Inhalation, Diffusion, Massage, Spritzer Essential oils – Bergamot FCF, Clary Sage, Geranium, Grapefruit, Lavender, Lemon, Orange, Neroli, Rose, Rosemary, Ylang Ylang, Chamomile Roman
Headache: Applications – Inhalation, Massage of neck and shoulders Essential oils – Lavender, Chamomile Roman, Basil ct. linalol
Memory: Applications – Bath, Inhalation, Diffusion, Massage, Spritzer Essential oils – Rosemary, Spanish Sage, Lemon
Muscle Contraction: Applications – Bath, Compress, Massage Essential oils – Lavender, Geranium, Juniper Berry
Withdrawal: Applications – Bath, Inhalation, Diffusion, Massage, Spritzer Essential oil – Melissa
We will keep everyone updated on our father’s progress. Please keep us in your prayers.
My sister and I are grain and gluten free. We made lasagna with grain and gluten free noodles. We thought about how good cheesy garlic bread would go with this meal. We found the recipe !below on Leeann’s site “Cut the Wheat” and it was very, very good. Thank you, Leeann
Cheesy Garlic Bread
Ingredients (for bread base):
- 1 1/4 C almond flour
- 1 T coconut flour
- 3 egg whites, beaten until fluffy
- 2 T olive oil or avocado oil
- 1/4 C warm water
- 1 tsp. live yeast granules
- 1 tsp. coconut sugar (or honey or molasses– will be eaten by yeast)
- 1/2 C shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp. xanthan or guar gum (optional)
Ingredients (for topping):
- 1 C shredded mozzarella cheese
- 2 T butter, melted
- 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. In a large bowl, combine almond and coconut flour, salt, baking powder, garlic powder and xanthan gum. Stir well.
3. In a small cup or bowl, combine warm water and sugar and stir until dissolved, then add yeast. Set aside for a few moments.
4. To the flour mixture, add olive oil and yeast-water mixture and stir well with a rubber spatula. Add in beaten eggs and continue to mix.
5. Add in the 1/2 C mozzarella shreds and mix gently with your spatula until a nice dough is formed and cheese is mixed well throughout.
6. Grease a 9×9 square cake pan or large cookie sheet. Put batter into cake pan or cookie sheet. If you’re free-forming on a cookie sheet, loosely form the dough into a rectangle or square.
7. Bake at 400 degrees for approx. 15-17 minutes or until the sides of the crust turn golden brown. Remove and top.
8. In a tiny bowl, combine butter, garlic powder and salt. Mix well, then brush over the top of the garlic bread base. Be sure to get the butter over every inch!
9. Top the bread with shredded mozzarella cheese, then sprinkle that with Italian seasoning.
10. Bake at 400 degrees for about 10 minutes or until cheese is melted. For final 3 minutes, turn broiler on to brown the cheese.
11. Remove from oven and let bread stand for 5-10 minutes before serving (if you can wait that long).
Nutrition (per 1/10th of recipe): 175 calories, 4 g carbs, 2 g fiber (2 g net carbs), 16 g fat, 8 g protein
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