Friday, July 13, 2007: 4:00 PM-5:30 PM
Aromatherapy in Nursing Research and Practice
Learning Objective #1: The learner will discuss the history of aromatherapy and research evidence related to the use of aromatherapy as a treatment for persons with dementia.
Learning Objective #2: The learner will examine the utilization of aromatherapy for the management of clinical problems in persons with Alzheimer’s disease in practice and research.
Aromatherapy has been used, for healing purposes, since ancient times. Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils in oil burners, or bath water and massaged into the skin. The aroma evaporates and stimulates the olfactory sense which results in a calming effect and reduces stress. The components of the essential oils are absorbed into the bloodstream by inhalation, and from the olfactory nerve absorbed into the lungs, and the aroma passes through the blood brain barrier into the limbic region of the brain, where it triggers stored memories and reaches the emotional center and can balance most emotional conditions, such as stress. Aromatherapy can be an effective intervention for people who have language deficits, are confused and for persons in which pharmacological or conventional medicine has little effect. There are a small number of studies using aromatherapy for persons with dementia, however the results appear promising. The purpose of this symposium is to present: the history of aromatherapy; a review and appraisal of current research studies related to the use of aromatherapy as an alternative and complimentary intervention for persons with dementia. Furthermore, this symposium will provide examples of the use of aromatherapy, for persons with dementia, in practice and research.
Organizer:Johannah L. Uriri Glover, PHD, MNSc, MSCR, BSN, RN
 Nurse Practitioner Use of Aromatherapy for Management of Psychosocial Symptoms in Persons with Alzheimer's Disease
Evelyn L. Cesarotti, PhD, FNP
 Aromatherapy Use in Patients with Dementia: A Case Study
Barbara Niesel, RNC, BSN, MN
 A Warm Lavender Towel Bath to Promote Sleep in Persons with Dementia Who Experience Sleep Disturbances
Johannah L. Uriri Glover, PHD, MNSc, MSCR, BSN, RNP