Cassandra Clark
Activity Director
Arlington Court Skilled Nursing & Rehab Center

Aromatherapy is becoming more famous by the day. It is both an art and a science. It uses natural essential oils and extracts from plants that chemically balance the body, mind, and spirit. As told by the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy, Aromatherapy is an alternative medicine that aims to lessen stress. Aromatic medicine is known to trigger positive memories in seniors as well relieve discomforts from arthritis and other diseases.

Aromatherapy first works as the essential oil enters your nose and the olfactory nerves are triggered. These nerves send signals to the parts of the brain that control mood, memory, and emotions in a positive way. That same part of the brain also controls your fight or flight reaction. This is how the therapy causes physical reactions, such as relaxation when you enter a spa.

Aromatherapy at Arlington Court

Aromatherapy has been seen to help seniors who have Alzheimer’s and dementia. It reduces erratic behaviors, reducing stress levels, pain levels and depression.  The most common essential oil used for those purposes is Lavender. This is used to calm feelings of anxiety, depression, and mood swings. It is not only through a dispenser into the air, but also in lotions, or direct inhalation.

Here at Arlington Court every Tuesday afternoon at 4pm and Thursdays at 11AM we offer different aromatherapy classes. Tuesday afternoon we have aromatherapy and nails where the residents can come relax and get a manicure done. While on Thursday mornings we have meditation and massage where residents come in and meditate to relax while receiving a hand massage with their choice of essential oil.

Below is a photo of our Thursday morning class of meditation followed by hand massages with our diffuser running.