Essential rose oil may be touted as the next big thing for healthy aging given the vast array of benefits it holds.
By Dawn Flemming
Our skin ages as we grow older. For many of the elderly, skin problems, anxiety, stress, scars, headaches etc. increase as they age. Essential oils are known to help with differing ailments. Eucalyptus essential oil is known for helping with the cold and stuffy noses.
Rose oil seems to be one of those oils that are especially good for the elderly. When applied to the skin, products that contain rose oil can help with dry skin (a big problem among the elderly), reduce the appearance of aging and scars, and also help with eczema. But there is much more to rose oil than this which is hugely relevant for seniors. Let's take a look at the four major benefits this oil contains:
Depression and Stress
Rose oil has aromatherapy effects and can help with anxiety, depression and stress. In a 2009 study people who were exposed to rose essential oil (compared to a placebo) were more likely to experience calm and relaxation. Rose oil also helped with anxiety.
Sleep can also be another big issue for the elderly. In a 2014 study, it was reported that people who were under routine care and were exposed to rose oil had better nights of sleep than those without the exposure but were still under routine care.
Inflammatory diseases are growing at an alarming rate and the elderly are not immune to it. A 2008 study showed that rose oil could be an effective anti-inflammatory, particularly if applied on the skin.
As we said above, rose oil is excellent for skin care. Organicfacts.net states the following about the marvelous effects of this oil:
This property of rose essential oil can be of great interest for those who care a lot about their looks. It makes the scars and after marks of boils, acne, and the pox on the skin fade quickly. This includes the fading of stretch marks, surgery scars, and fat cracks associated with pregnancy and delivery. Much of this is due to the antioxidant activity of rose essential oil, which spurs on the healing processes of the skin.
Remember that high concentrations of rose oil can also be dangerous, particularly for pregnant women. So make sure to proceed with caution when using it.
Dawn Flemming is Director of Business Services at Geriatric In-Home Care in Fresno, California.