One of the excellent speakers, Eric Zielinski, DC, MPH(c) is interviewed on the Alzheimer’s & Dementia Summit. He’s fondly known as Dr. Z and I love everything he shares about the simplicity and power of essential oils (and all the research).
The topic of his interview is “Best Essential Oils for Brain Health”, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease – but as you will hear these essential oils also help with anxiety, agitation, insomnia and social withdrawal.
One aspect that I find very interesting is the discussion about aromatherapy versus using essential oils in lotions with those with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. The latter is more effective because of the loss of sense of smell with advanced dementia.
Here are some of the gems he shares (from Professor Elaine Perry’s paper: Aromatherapy for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease:
Lemon balm (Melissa) lotion was applied to the face and arms of 36 patients, whilst another 36 patients had sunflower oil applied. Melissa was associated with highly significant reductions measured on an agitation inventory and social withdrawal, together with an increase in constructive activities (dementia care mapping).
In a trial involving 122 non-demented patients in intensive care, massage aromatherapy using lavender oil was well received, the greatest improvements being in mood and reduction in anxiety.
In another trial, lavender, geranium and mandarin essential oils in an almond oil base were applied to the skin of 39 patients over an unspecified period. This resulted in increased alertness, contentment and sleeping at night; and reduced levels of agitation, withdrawal and wandering.
I’m so pleased Dr. Z talks about antipsychotics and how a number of studies have shown a reduced need for these medications when using essential oils.
This interview and other interviews on the Alzheimer’s & Dementia Summit are well-worth tuning in to. They represent a unique opportunity to discover how to prevent, slow down and even reverse (yes reverse!) the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
I say “yes reverse!” because I received this concerned question from someone in my community
It’s a big claim to say you can reverse Alzheimer’s, especially to those of us sensitized to the issue because of a very ill parent. On what studies or peer-reviewed research do you and your colleagues rely? Do you mean when someone is so far along that they are unable to communicate effectively? How would you find the “root cause” then? I am interested in alternative approaches but sometimes the claims seem to veer toward irresponsible
I feel for this concerned caregiver and her question is very valid because we have been led to believe that Alzheimer’s disease cannot be reversed. I only share information I have vetted and always make sure it is research-based and this summit is no exception, even when someone can no longer communicate effectively. Simply using essential oils in a lotion is a wonderful start. Getting the testing that Dr. Bredesen recommends would be the next step. There really is SO much that can be done!
Here are some of my other favorite interviews:
- Christopher Shade PhD – Brain Defense: What to Do About Heavy Metal Toxicity
- Niki Gratrix – Dementia Warning: Uncovering the Threat of Emotional Stress
- Nadine Artemis – Protecting the Brain: Why You Should Care About Oral Health
- Datis Kharrazian, DHSc, DC, MS – Dementia Solutions: Overlooked Therapies Revealed
- Dale E. Bredesen, MD – Reversing Alzheimer’s Disease: A Comprehensive Approach (read more here and see his research)
- David Minkoff, MD – Link Between Lyme Disease and Alzheimer’s
These interviews also provide a resource for you if you are just starting to notice that your own memory and focus is not quite what it used to be, if you have low motivation, if you suffer from brain fog and if you have anxiety and/or insomnia.
Today is the last day of the Alzheimer’s & Dementia Summit and REPLAYS of all the speakers will be tomorrow Monday August 1. You can still register here:
Prices will increase after the final REPLAY DAY that so if you know you want to purchase the series, now is the time. This is one summit I highly RECOMMEND purchasing! Here is the order link:
If you have questions or feedback please feel free to post them in the comments.
PS. If you enjoyed this information and interview and want to learn more about essential oils, don’t forget that Dr. Z is hosting The Essential Oils Revolution 2 online from August 22-29. You can register for this one now.