Essential Oils-Part 3


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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 oilsCardamom, Rosemary, Basil ct. linalol, Lemon, Ginger

Constipation: Application – Compress, Abdominal Massage Essential oils – GingerRosemary, 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 oilsLavender, Melissa

Anxiety, Agitation: Applications – Bath, Inhalation, Diffusion, Massage, Spritzer Essential oilsNeroli, 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 oilsRose  (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 oilMelissa 

-Essential 3

We will keep everyone updated on our father’s progress. Please keep us in your prayers.

the food you eat

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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104 thoughts on “Essential Oils-Part 3

  1. Your father is in my prayers. I didn’t realize how something such as a UTI could really affect someone who is elderly. Please keep us updated on his progress! I’m glad the oils worked. This is a great list.

  2. Praying and I hope your father is finding comfort in the oils you are using. We love using essential oils for everything from making home made cleaning supplies to using for salves and relaxation. Thank you for this post. My grandmother recently was hospitalized for the same thing and maybe we should dry some essential oils on her.

  3. I am so sorry you are going through this with your Dad. MY Grandma is dealing with this as well. Hers has come out of no where and she is having a lot of issues all of the sudden. She is the one that raised me so this has been so hard to see. I had not been too familiar with essential oils being able to help. I will look into this. Thank you!

  4. Great post! Thanks so much for sharing! I did not know that oils can help with dementia! My grandparents are starting to be affect by Dementia and this is great information that I will be able to pass onto my mother to help my grandparents! I think I will start researching more information about oils! Thank you again for sharing, very helpful!
    ~Amanda Marie~

  5. Sending you light & love. The rewarding experience of my life was working with residents with dementia. I would of loved to use essential oils, instead of such heavy doses of medication.

    Awesome read!

  6. Wow!! This is amazing to know!! I seriously am going to try this with my grandpa. He suffers with dementia, and it is taking its toll on my grandma, and we really need something right now, and this is incredible to find!! I will keep your father in my prayers! I know its not easy… in fact its heart breaking to watch……

  7. I will be thinking of you and your family during this time. Your dad is so very lucky to have your support and love. Thanks for the great list of holistic ways to treat symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease.

  8. I hope your father is improving. So interesting to hear about how essential oils can impact these kinds of diseases such as alzheimer’s.

  9. Sorry to hear about your father. I had no idea that a UTI could be so problematic for the elderly. I think it’s wonderful how you are taking care of your dad.

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  10. Y’all are in my prayers! Thanks for including an informative list on some benefits of essential oils. We use lavender and peppermint oil in our households.

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    • Lavender and peppermint oil are also great and have many uses! Thankk you for visiting our blog!

  11. I’m so sorry about your dad and will say some prayers for him. I would like to learn more about essential oils and think it’s really neat that you have thought to use them to help with dementia. I will look forward to reading more of your posts!

  12. I never would have guessed that essential oils could help with Alzheimer’s disease. They sound quite pleasant too. I wish you and your family all the best.

    • Essential oils have so many uses that I never knew of before we did our research. THank you for visiting our blog and commenting.

  13. I’m so sorry about your father. How heartbreaking. I’ve heard of essential oils but have never used them. I’ll have to look more into these, as I’m wondering if it can help with some of my issues

  14. So sorry about your father – that must be awful to go through, but it’s amazing how essential oils seemed to perk him right up! Very interesting. Thanks so much for sharing!

  15. UTIs can be so harmful for elderly people. I worked in a nursing home for a couple of years and saw first hand how the infection impacted our residents. It was amazing how something so minute and simple could cause such trouble. I hope that your dad is recovering well.

    • Yes, Vaneese. I did not realize the havoc that UTI’s create in the elderly, until my dad. Thank you for visiting our blog.

  16. I’m sorry to hear this about your dad. I never knew that a UTI could have that kind of effect on anyone. It must be hard on you to watch him go through it all.

    • UTI’s are very detrimental in the elderly. I did not know this either until my dad had issues. Thank you for visiting our blog.

  17. I am sorry to hear of this for you and your family – your father, too, most certainly. But thank you for this. The use of essential oils for so many things is becoming very popular and for very good reasons. I’m going to be passing this along to some folks who will benefit (I think) specifically. Also, if you want some wicked simple gluten-free meals, google: The Gluten-Free Foodsmith (not trying to spam ya). She’s a friend who just cooks good food. Simple, tasty, GOOD.

    Glad to have found you, today. Everything happens for a reason.

    Cheers. 🙂

  18. My grandmother passed away from Alzheimer’s going on two years ago now so I feel very deeply for this issue. Knowing that Essential Oils show positive effects gives me great hope for me in my old age since Alzheimer’s runs in my family pretty strongly. My one complaint is I don’t quite get why there’s a garlic bread recipe at the end of this very personal and touching story?

    • Hi, Elizabeth. Thank you for visiting our blog. We include tips on natural healing and a grain free, gluten free recipe on each post.

    • Dementia is a devastating disease. It can be so difficult as your parents age. Thank you for commenting and visiting our blog!

  19. I never thought about essential oils to help with this. I went through something similar with my grandma. It can be very scary! Thank you for this!

  20. So sorry to hear about how badly this has affected your father. My thoughts are with him. I really need to start looking into essential oils more, I have been hearing some great things.

    • Yes, it can be difficult as our parents age. Essential oils can be beneficial in many ways. Thank you for your kind words and visiting our blog!

  21. You have such strength taking care of your father. I love your solutions for taking care of him and I’m sure that you’re the best ingredient in making him feel better.

    • It has helped my dad to be around his family also. Thank you for you kind words and visiting our blog!

  22. Sending lots of prayers and positive healing thoughts your way. I, too, am shocked of how an UTI can affect the elderly so immensely. I love essential oils and I’m happy you can see some improvements from them. What a great idea to rub the mixture into his hands. Your dad is very lucky to have you! Thanks for the tips! Such good information.

    • The effects of UTI in the elderly can be devastating. Essential oils can be beneficial in so many ways. Thank you for visiting our blog!

  23. I hope your father is feeling better! I am hearing more and more about the benefits of essential oils and your blog is very helpful in learning about them – thank you!!

    • Yes, essential oils have amazing benefits. Thank you for your kind words and stopping by our blog.

  24. I cannot imagine the struggle of caring for an adult who isn’t always coherent, so love to you there.

    The garlic bread looks yummy, my sister is GF so I will have to share it with her.

    • Yes, it has been a struggle for my sister and I, but we remain hopeful. The bread is delicious. Please try it! Thank you for stopping by and commenting.

  25. I worked with dementia patients for almost 7 years and this is the first time I am hearing about essential oils helping the patients even when I went to university to study neurology on dementia not even then did they mention. This is great to know as I am slowly getting into essential oils, hope your dad is doing better.

    • Thank you for the kind words. Dementia is an ugly disease. The oils have been helping him. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

    • Yes, we have discovered that essential oils have surprising healing properties. Thank you for visiting our blog and commenting.

  26. I am so sorry to hear of your dad’s struggles, and I will pray for him. I had no idea that there were so many ways that essential oils could be used to bless the elderly! I’ll pin this for the future, as my parents are getting older, too.

  27. Wow thanks for the info. I am working on a line of beauty products that use essential oils and the information was wonderful. I will be praying for you and your family and I hope that you father’s condition improves.

  28. Love essential oils! Their benefits are amazing! As long as you are using PURE oils. I have read that they only have to be 5 percent pure to be marketed as such. There are often synthetics added. I have been researching them as well and currently have 15 different oils (ordering more in a couple weeks). I will be following your father’s journey!

  29. I’m so sorry to hear of your father’s dementia. I was so fascinated reading about your use of essential oils to help treat his symptoms. I use essential oils as well but had never thought to use them in this capacity for those with dementia. Thank you so much for sharing this valuable information!

  30. I just got into essential oils and love learning more about them. I am sorry for what you are going through with your dad. I can’t imagine watching a loved one go through such a terrible disease. My thoughts are with your family.

  31. I hope the time with your father during these difficult times maintain the love you have for each other. Both my grandparents had alzheimers and it was hard on everyone. In the end, only one of my aunts was the one taking care of them. I know its hard. I had never heard of using essential oils for dementia. At least maybe it helps with the uncomfortable times for them.

  32. Oh UTI is painful and I can’t imagine how your father went throught that especially with dementia. My heart goes out to you and your family. Let us know how the essential oils work out.

  33. This is really interesting. My grandmother is getting more and more affected by this, too. I’ll be visiting her next month and may talk to my aunt (who is near her and cares for her nearly every day) about this. Thank you!

  34. So sorry to hear about your father and the pain he has been going through. It’s wonderful to see how beneficial essential oils have been for his Alzheimer’s disease! I’m sure it helps to give you and your family a little more peace of mind.

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