Aromatherapy Basics

What is Aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy is the inhalation of essential oils to receive limbic support. When you inhale an oil, it travels through your nose, into the olfactory system, and works its way into the limbic system. The limbic system houses your memories and emotions. After you inhale an aroma, your limbic system produces an emotional response, a combination of your previous experiences and the oils specific benefits. For example, if you have fond memories of running around in lavender fields as a child, then inhaling lavender essential oil will elicit happiness and joy for you. In that same aspect, \lavender essential oil is high in linalool, a monoterpene, known for its calming effects. This experience would likely make you feel happy and calm when inhaling lavender.


How to use Aromatherapy

When deciding to use aromatherapy you have a few options of what you can do:

  1. Pour a drop of essential oil into your hands, rub your hands together, then cup your face, and take in...
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How to Navigate the New Illinois Mandate Part 973 Alzheimer's Code

The mandate released earlier this year, by the Illinois Department of Public Health, is in full effectWe breakdown the new code that affects Home Health, Home Services, and Home Nursing agencies

The official code is in the Illinois Register under:

Title 77: Public Health

Chapter 1: Department of Public Health

Subchapter u: Miscellaneous Programs and Services

Part 973 Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias Services Code


Is your organization prepared?  

The new mandate, Part 973 Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias Service Code, requires that agencies have...

  • Staff trained in dementia care
  • Appointed an Alzheimer's Services Director
    • Trained in dementia care and ability centered care
  • Alzheimer's Services Director complete 8 hours of orientation training and 12 hours of CEUs annually thereafter
  • Staff complete 6 hours of orientation training in their 60 days and 3 hours annually thereafter


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How Cedarwood Essential Oil Changed My Family and Career After My Son's ADHD Diagnosis

Today I'm [Jessica Ryan] sharing my story of what led me to educating and advocating on essential oils. I will tell you what I've learned through studying brain health and essential oils. Essential oils and brain health were two topics I never knew would influence my life so much. Yet, they have changed my family's life and turned into my passion and career.
When a neuro-affliction captured my first born, I started digging into alternatives. I was terrified of starting my son on drugs that would only get stronger each year, for the rest of his life. Let alone all the side effects he would have to deal with. I thought, there must be another way! Little did I know that we needed an entire lifestyle transformation (more on this in future posts).
After I was introduced to essential oils, with curiosity (and some hallelujah) we began using Cedarwood. This was before we knew there was a clinical trial with ADHD and Cedarwood.
Cedarwood is high in...
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How often do caregivers struggle with self-care and guilt?

A couple months ago we surveyed a group of healthcare professionals and caregivers who work with dementia individuals. 

The survey was focused on caregiver self-care and guilt. We asked the following true or false questions.

  1. I have struggled with self-care at some point in the past
  2. I have lost touch of my hobbies, or I don't have a hobby
  3. I spend so much time taking care of others that I don't take time to care for myself
  4. At times, I feel guilty when I'm caring for myself, because I could be caring for others

The results were unfortunately not shocking since we know the burden caregivers carry, often putting their own needs last.

55% answered that they have struggled with self-care at some point in the past

45% answered that they have lost touch of their hobbies, or don't have a hobby

60% answered that they spend so much time taking care of others that they don't take time to care for themselves

40% answered that at times, they feel guilty when caring for themselves,...

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Introduction to Using Essential Oils as a Non-Pharmacological Approach

Many suffer from depression, anxiety, overwhelming guilt, false expectations, psychosis, and memory loss. These circumstances depict our decisions, our consequences…our lives. Support is essential. Even though it's our choice to take control, support and insight can create momentum. This is what drove me to be a clinical psychologist – to give back. To show others that there is light.
I’ve treated patients in various settings with mental and neurological diseases. I've learned that... the most effective is teaching patients to use their hands and heart to take control of their own life. These non-pharmacological, therapeutic techniques are known as coping skills. I have been teaching patients these skills for over a decade. I now educate mental health professionals to do the same.
A wise colleague once told me a story about a patient who wanted more medication to treat her depression. His response to her was, “Medication is only going...
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Is Your Loved One Ready for, or Need Memory Care?

An informative episode on memory care featuring our co-founder, Dr. Jennifer Stelter, on The Alden Network Podcast.

Excerpt from The Alden Network Podcast:

Has your loved one’s memory care issues developed into a decreased ability for them to take care of themselves both physically and mentally?

Because those aging with memory care needs may be living alone, often times their healthy habits dwindle due to short-term memory loss, difficulties with initiation, and becoming more frail due to weight loss. They may need more hands-on assistance to take care of their activities of daily living. 

In this narrative on Memory care Psychologist Dr. Jennifer Stelter shares the 5 top indicators that your loved one may be ready for and need Memory Care Placement.


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