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Of the dozens of essential oils and oil blends in Young Living distributor Traci Leben’s case, lavender is perhaps the most versatile. A new study conducted at Deer Crest assisted living center shows that lavender aromatherapy can increase sleep time for dementia patients. (Republican Eagle photo by Michael Brun)

Sweet (scented) dreams: Lavender oil linked to sleep benefits for dementia patients

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Lavender aromatherapy can help people suffering from dementia sleep easier — that’s according to a new study conducted at Deer Crest assisted living center in Red Wing.


During a week in which residents with memory loss were exposed to lavender essential oil, they experienced an average increase of 42.5 minutes of sleep a night, said Amanda Cagan, a research assistant with HealthPartners.

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Michael Brun
Michael Brun is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls journalism program. He has worked for the Republican Eagle since March 2013, covering county government, health and local events. 
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