Aromatherapy to help reduce falls in the elderly

“Nursing home residents who continuously wore a lavender-scented aromatherapy patch were less likely to fall in a recent study from Japan. The aroma was so faint that only the person wearing the patch could sense it. A fresh patch was affixed to the person’s clothing near the neck every day for a year.

Lavender essential oil is used in aromatherapy to ease anxiety and nervousness, and it has been shown to improve balance in older adults. Participants in this study had a significant decrease in agitation during the course of the trial, which may have contributed to the reduced rate of falls”

“Lavender Aromatherapy Reduces Falls in Elderly Nursing Home Residents” by Heather S. Oliff, PhD, HerbClip, 11/30/12

Link to study: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22646853