AROMATHERAPY                                      

 

 

What is it?

 

Because essential oils are volatile, they carry a fragrance and it is this which lends its name to the therapy – AROMA therapy: a therapy with and of aromas. Here we use the most primordial of the senses – the sense of smell – our intimate connection with the environment.

 

It is the art of applying essential oils to suit individual needs. The oils work directly on the chemistry of the body, via the skin and bloodstream. Essential oils are extracts that contain the substances that give plants their smell. They are produced by tiny glands in the petals, leaves, stems, bark and wood of many plants and trees. In nature, they are released slowly, but when heated or crushed, their oil glands burst, releasing the plant's aroma more strongly.

 

Essential oils have therapeutic properties which include Bacteria Busters which work as – Antibiotic – Antiseptic – Anti-Fungal – Anti-Viral as well as their obvious use in the beauty industry.

 

It isn't known exactly when or where the art of aromatherapy began. It is thought that Chinese knowledge of medicinal oils may have reached the west by way of the Egyptians, Greeks and Roman. The first recorded use of plants in Britain was in the 13th century and from then on, manufacture increase and the oils became widely used as perfumes, antiseptics and medicines.

 

How are the oils applied?

 

Usually by massage, they can be given as a relaxing treatment covering "stress" areas such as back, shoulders, face, legs or feet. Essential oils can also be inhaled, using an oil burner or breathing in an infusion and can also be very beneficial when added to baths.

 

 

Who can it help?

 

Aromatherapy is believed to be suitable for people of all ages, even babies. The oils can treat many conditions, and often see a great improvement in nervous disorders, such as depression, anger, stress and other related symptoms such as headaches and insomnia.

 

Aromatherapy is safe for home use, but the following general guidelines should be observed:

 

Only high quality oils should be bought from a specialist aromatherapy supplier.

 

Pure oils should not be applied directly to the skin.

 

Oils should not be swallowed unless they are supplied by a fully trained aromatherapist and used under his/her supervision.

 

Some oils are to be avoided by pregnant women.

 

Before treatment and after consultation with the client the aromatherapist will decide which oils should be use to give the client the balance and healing that she/he needs.

 

TIPS FOR USING AROMATHERPY OILS

 

 Bath – add 2 or 3 drops no more than 8 drops mixed with a little carrier oil - Always add the essential oil after you have finished running your bath and do not add any more water. If you are having a shower add a 2 or 3 drops of essential oil mixture to your face-cloth or sponge and rub it over yourself briskly as you continue to stand under the running water.

 

Inhale – 2-3 drops – Pour hot water into a bowl and add essential oil (eucalyptus is good if you have a cold) You can also put 1 drop on a tissue and inhale.

 

Trouble sleeping – If you have trouble sleeping try a couple of drops of lavender or chamomile on your pillow.

 

If you are going to use essential oils on your skin remember that they should always be mixed with a carrier oil. The carried oil can be any vegetable oil or olive oil if you do not have grapeseed or almond oil.

 

Most therapists use grapeseed or sweet almond oil. There are a number of other carrier oils that can be used depending on the treatment given.

 

Add 3 or 4 drops of essential oil to 10mls of carrier oil.

 

You can make your own room spray by adding 4 or 5 drops of your favourite essential oil to 300mls of water. Use warm not boiling water add the essential oil and shake before use.

 

If you have any queries or would like further information please contact Irene

 

 

0161 336 2912 ore email: irenetwigg05@aol.com