Aroma Therapy has become a regular activity here at Maristhill, as sensory programs have proven quite popular among our residents.
As you may know, smells can trigger significant memories as well as affect the body’s nervous system. According to data provided by various sources, including dailycaring.com, when the nose smells something, the olfactory nerve is triggered. It signals the parts of the brain that control emotions, mood, and memory. These parts also control the autonomic nervous system, which is responsible for relaxation and other responses. This explains why scents can cause physical reactions.
For example, when you step into a fancy spa and smell that soothing, pleasing scent, you start feeling calmer and more relaxed right away.
Seniors and caregivers can benefit from aromatherapy in many ways, including:
- Less stress
- Improved sleep
- Improved digestion (reduced constipation)
- Reduced pain levels
- Reduced anxiety and depression