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Sleeplessness due to Anxiety and Depression Case Study

Anna Owusu, Certified Aromatherapist

Title: The Use of Lavender Sleeplessness due to Depression and Anxiety

Introduction

Kristopher is a 92-year retired journalist.  He relocated to Lorton, Virginia from his hometown of Hayward, California three years ago to live with his daughter because of his ailing health. His former career allowed him to travel around the world and his good nature and gracious personality earned him many friends during his travels. Kristopher loves reading, a glass of fine wine occasionally, storytelling, and spending quality time with his family.

History

I was first introduced to Kristopher in June of 2017 as his home health care-giver. His family felt he needed a companion to be with him and help him with his daily upkeep while they were at work because of his declining health. He and I got along right from the beginning. Some of the things we had in common included a shared love for reading, appreciation of creative arts, and traveling.

My time with Kristopher was spent by helping him with his meal preparations, transporting him to his doctor’s appointments, Library, and senior recreational centers, reminding him to take his medications, and whatever assistance he needed to improve his quality of life.

The medications he was on included Atorvastatin (to treat high cholesterol levels), Lisinopril (to treat high blood pressure) Donepezil (to treat light dementia), and Latanoprost, Dorzolamide, Brimonidine eye drops to treat glaucoma in his right eye.

In the fall of 2017, Kristopher fell on his way to use the bathroom at night. He broke his right femur as a result of the fall and underwent an emergency hip replacement surgery.  The surgery was successful but the recovery took a toll on him physically, mentally, and emotionally. Daily physical therapy left him feeling exhausted and not being able to go out as he was used to. This left him feeling depressed and anxious. This new development greatly affected his sleep pattern, especially at night.

 It was at this point that I asked and was granted permission by his daughter to help him have a good night’s sleep with aromatherapy.

Essential Oil Selected

Essential OilsBotanical NameCountry of OriginName of SupplierBatch Number
Lavender(Lavandula angustifolia Mill.)FranceNature’s Sunshine17034

Details of Essential Oil Blend

5 drops of Lavender in a diffuser filled with water at bedtime

Rationale

I chose a single oil because of the client’s age and frail health. I did not want to shock or overwhelm him with different smells all at once.  I wanted to use an oil that was mild and safe and was not going to cause any contraindications with his health medications. I specifically chose lavender because the client’s favorite hand lotion contains lavender and I felt it will be a familiar and comforting smell for him.

The key chemical constituents of Linalool 39.1% and Linalyl acetate 36.2% (Tisserand & Young, 2014) found in Lavender, gives it its antidepressant and sedative properties (Lawless 2013). A study entitled “The Effect of Aromatherapy

on Sleep Quality of Elderly People Residing in a Nursing Home” done by (Faydali & Cetinkaya, 2018) revealed that there was an improvement in the quality of sleep quality of nursing home residents who inhaled lavender oil drops on their pillows every evening for a week before sleeping.

Client Response to Treatment:

The client responded very well to the treatment. The floral, sweet, and clean smell of Lavender proved to be relaxing and calming for him. His restlessness and anxiety gave way to relaxation and sleep a few minutes after he inhaled the aromatic treatment. The treatment was administered for a week. This helped to get him back on a sleep schedule. After the first week, aromatic treatment was given as needed.

Conclusion and Reflection

The use of Lavender essential oil proved to be an effective treatment for sleeplessness as a result of depression and anxiety in an elderly client.  As a result of the client being able to get a good night’s sleep, his recovery drastically improved.

 He had more energy for physical therapy and the symptoms of his anxiety became minimized.  I also introduced the playing of` soothing, relaxing, and meditative music in the background during his bedtime. This has helped greatly in setting his mood for a goodnight’s sleep.

This case study has been very rewarding for me as I saw first-hand how single oil can be so instrumental in making such a huge difference in a person’s life. Less is truly more when it comes to Essential oils and the power each oil possesses cannot be exaggerated.

References

Faydali. S & Cetinkaya F. (2018) The Effect of Aromatherapy on Sleep Quality of Elderly People Residing in a Nursing Home. (Abstract)   https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29210873

Lawless. J, (2013) The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils. San Francisco, CA: Conari Press. Pg.122

Tisserand. R & Young R (2014) Essential Oil Safety. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier. Pg. 326

Thank you to Anna for allowing us to share this case study with you.

Learn How to Use Lemon Essential Oil when feeling Bitter, Apathetic, Overwhelmed and Fatigued!

Hello, I love using Lemon, Citrus Limon (L.) Osbeck essential oil when I sniff it right out of the bottle to help when feeling overwhelmed, bitter, apathetic and fatigued . It is so refreshing and uplifting with its sunny disposition, top notes that help you open your mind and realize things are going to get better even if you get up on the wrong side of the bed. There is hope with this sunny, yellowed colored essential oil that comes from the peel by being cold pressed.

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Essential Emotional Healing with Essential Oils + Flower Essences Workshops!!

Essential Oils + Flower Essences 3 Days Exclusive in New Jersey with Lorrie Hargis, RA

Do you want to learn How to use Essential Oils + Flower Essences because you are or someone you know is suffering from anxiety, stress, depression and physical pain?

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Gain the tools needed to heal yourself & those around you, as well as valuable knowledge to reshape your negative past stories, in order to bring healing & balance!

Diane Maiorisi, who has been training under me for over 20 years, will host this workshop.  We are so excited to finally be bringing this information to New Jersey.

March 29th, 2019 New Jersey

In the Introduction Emotional Healing with Essential Oils + Flower Essences One day Workshop!

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You will learn:

What is an Essential Oil?

How are Essential Oils?

What is a Flower Essence?

 How Flower Essences are Obtained?

Safe Selection + Contraindications

How to use Essential Oils & FlowerEssences to Emotionally & Physically Heal

How to Make Essential Oil & FlowerEssences Formulations for Life Changing Transformation!

The Ancient Art of Storytelling for Powerful Healing!

How to Make a Personalized Formulation

* Prerequisite for the 2 day Emotional Healing Immersion & Emotional Healing with Essential Oils + Flower Essence Teachers Training

Please make sure you bring a yoga mat or towel to lie, pillow, blanket, journal, pen +paper and sack lunch.

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Educational Materials needed – Please purchase my book, “Common Scents, A Practical Guide to Aromatherapy,” and the Flower Essence  Repertory from the Flower Essence Society!

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March 30th & 31st New Jersey

In the Emotional Healing Immersion with Essential Oils + Flower Essences 2 day Workshop

You will learn:

Breathe Work to Release Fears, Anger and Anxiety

Free yourself from Physical and Mental Limitations

How Essential Oils & Flower Essences effect the Mind, Body and Spirit

Improve your Daily Life by Integrating Flower Essences & Essential Oils into your Daily Routine

Mindful Techniques for Rebuilding Relationships

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How to Make More Essential Oil & Flower Essence Formulations for Life Changing Transformation

In-depth StoryTelling connecting you to your Life Purpose and Meaning

Make more Personalized blends each day as you evolve

**Prerequisite-Emotional Healing with Essential Oils + Flower Essence Teachers Training

Please make sure you bring a yoga mat or towel to lie on, pillow, blanket, journal, pen +paper and sack lunch.

All supplies are provided.

Educational Materials needed – Please purchase my book, “Common Scents, A Practical Guide to Aromatherapy,” and the Flower Essence Repertory from the Flower Essence Society.

Click here to purchase my book 15.00 regular price $18.95

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How to Use Cinnamon Bark Essential for Emotional Challenges in the New Year!

Happy New Year! What a wonderful way to start the New Year off is by using Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil!

Cinnamon Sticks that are distilled into the essential oil of Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil

Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil –Cinnamomum verum J.Presl (Syn : Cinnamomum zeylanicum Blume) is spicy, stimulating, warm and sweet. It is a middle note in perfumery. It is in the Aldehyde family and it’s major chemical constituents are Cinnamal (Cinnamaldéhyde) (40,00 à 75,00%) Cinnamyl acétate (<= 18,00%) Beta phèllandrène (<= 11,00%) Béta caryophyllène (<= 9,00%) Eugénol (<= 7,50%!

It is fabulous for emotional challenges such as fear, emotional coldness, tension, heightens physical senses and enhances creativity, exhaustion, moodiness, pick me up for courage. Cinnamon bark is warming to the heart (Hargis, 2015).

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Hargis. L, (2015) Common Scents. A practical Guide to Aromatherapy. California: French Kitchen Table Publishing. Pgs 69 & 70

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