An “Elixir” to Fix All and Cure All . . . Valor
By Katie Rinehimer, Quality of Life Coordinator
English Rose Suites’ History with Aromatherapy
For many years, psychotropic medications have been used in many care environments as a means of controlling the “behavioral” challenges people living in the throws of memory loss exhibit. These “behavioral” challenges can arise when people with Alzheimer’s or dementia are dealing with a brain that is having a difficult time deciphering the world around them. For Jayne Clairmont, owner of English Rose Suites, this has never been the case, because she sees the person and not the disease. She is adamant that there needs to be other ways to help those living with memory loss continue to have a voice and not be forced into a medical profile of psychotropic medications, purely because of communication barriers.
This is where the worlds of holistic care utilizing essential oils and memory care environments meet. Traci Lebens with Young Living generously gave Jayne a great deal of insight and guidance into the purpose and use of essential oils. Traci’s extensive knowledge and thoughtfulness guided the selection of essential oils now used in the English Rose Suites’ care environments. Together, Jayne and Traci introduced the oils to the staff and instructed them on the proper application. Although they were initially successful, Jayne knew they could be doing even more with essential oils. Then, in 2003, I joined the English Rose Suites team as Quality of Life Coordinator and Jayne handed the reigns of the Essential Oil Program over to me. From that humble start, with the integral help of the nursing staff, administrators, CNA’s and HHA’s, today the Essential Oil Program at English Rose Suites is the best in the country.
Valor’s Properties and Applications
It’s been said that Valor is like a chiropractor in a bottle. If you use it twice a day, rubbing it on the bottoms of your feet, it will help to naturally realign your body’s muscle-skeletal system. It is also the perfect oil to help empower you emotionally and spiritually, designed to increase feelings of strength and courage. At English Rose Suites, we use the oil to help our residents find relief from pain. To use Valor, apply generously to bottoms of feet, back of neck and down your spine. Or for pain relief, gently rub Valor onto the body where pain is felt, perhaps due to arthritis, especially now that the weather is changing.
Its primary benefits are:
• Valor essential oil blend helps promote feelings of courage, confidence, and self- esteem.
• Valor has been found to help the body self-correct its balance and alignment.
• Rosewood essential oil creates a soothing and comforting floral scent. • Frankincense essential oil increases the activity of leukocytes, which help boost the body’s defenses.