I received an email from someone in hospice who said she wants to start a complementary therapy program with essential oils in the form of "sensory kits" for their dementia patients. The question was if it wasn't safe to use familiar aromas like lemon, peppermint and vanilla because they would be given out by volunteers, would it work just as well to use "kitchen flavorings." I'm assuming that means extracts. Hmmm. I didn't know much about the production of extracts so I looked it up and it seems they're solvent extracted and most, if not all, contain an alcohol content of somewhere around 2-3%. I'm pretty sure that would change the chemical struture of the product so I guess it all depends on what they're looking for, right?
One advantage of working in hospice is that I get to play with all the therapy dogs. This is Asher, a Corgi.