Aromatherapy is a complementary therapy that involves the use of essential oils. A complementary therapy is something that may be used alongside any medical treatment you might be receiving. Aromatherapy may help to improve both your physical and emotional wellbeing. It’s often used for chronic pain (pain that lasts a long time), anxiety, depression and insomnia.
Together, we will talk about your treatment before carrying out aromatherapy. It may differ from what is described here as it will be designed to meet your individual needs. Aromatherapy works with your body and spirit in a very natural and holistic way. Essential oils can activate your body’s own healing abilities while restoring balance to your body and mind. They have both physiological and psychological effects whether they are applied to the body or inhaled through the nasal cavity.
An aromatherapy consultation will help determine which essential oils would be best for you and your situation. Every treatment is specifically tailored to you and what your body needs. Everyone can benefit from aromatherapy when it is provided safely and professionally. This is why it is best to seek advice from a qualified Aromatherapist. Aromatherapy can be a wonderful experience.
Aromatherapy uses essential oils which may help to treat a range of symptoms and conditions. Plant oils have been used as therapy and in cosmetics for thousands of years with records going back to ancient Egypt. Essential oils are made from essences that are present in the flowers, leaves, roots, peel, resin and bark of some plants. Essences release a unique fragrance when plants are crushed. If essences are removed from plants in a natural way, essential oils are produced. Some examples of essential oils include lavender and rosemary.
Essential oils can be absorbed by your body through your skin or they can have an effect on you through your sense of smell.
Oils can be blended in carrier oil and massaged into your skin.
You can add a few drops of oil to warm bath water.
Oils can be added to water and then you can soak a cloth in the water to apply compresses to your skin.
You can directly inhale some oils (if you have asthma you may be advised not to do this).
Oils can be added to an aromatherapy diffuser or vaporiser.
You can spray oils on to your furniture, bed linen, or tissues.
When you smell essential oils, it stimulates your olfactory system—the part of your brain that is connected to smell. Some research suggests that certain essential oils may have an effect on your mood, causing you to feel relaxed or stimulated. In addition, the gentle massage often used to apply oils to your skin is likely to have a relaxing effect.
Aromatherapy might be used for a variety symptoms and conditions. It’s commonly used for chronic pain, anxiety, depression, and insomnia. Other things that aromatherapy may be used for includes nausea after surgery, cancer, dementia, and pain during labor.
WHAT ARE ESSENTIAL OILS? Essential oils are the distillates from aromatic plants and are up to 70 times more concentrated than the plant itself. Essential oils have been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years. They can be inhaled, applied topically or ingested when recommended by a specifically trained aromatherapist.
Essential oils hold huge promise in the treatment of various infectious conditions as they can offer powerful protection against viruses, bacteria, and fungi. They contain strong anti-inflammatory and pain relieving properties. They can also strengthen the immune system and support the body's own natural ability to heal itself. Each essential oil consists of 2 to 200+ individual chemical components all working in synergy to provide a range of therapeutic properties and each essential oil's unique aroma. Within the plant, essential oils serve to protect, defend, attract, and heal. Learn more about essential oils here.
Essentials oils are used in a variety of ways including:
Is Aromatherapy Effective? The scientific evidence for how effective aromatherapy is varies; and in some instances it’s limited and more research is needed.
Evidence suggests that aromatherapy is likely to be effective for back pain. Research also suggests that it may have a positive effect on anxiety. It might also help to reduce your anxiety before surgery, but more research is needed to see its effects in the long-term. There’s also a lot of interest in how aromatherapy may be able to help treat conditions such as cancer and dementia.
If you have cancer, aromatherapy may help to reduce any pain and anxiety in the short term. It might also be beneficial to you as a palliative treatment. This is when a treatment is given to you to help reduce the severity of your symptoms.
Other research has looked at whether aromatherapy can help improve symptoms, such as agitation and quality of life if you have dementia. However, more research is needed before any clear conclusions can be made, as the results from this research were inconsistent. Because some benefit was found, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence suggests that it might help treat agitation if you suffer from dementia.
What Happens During an Aromatherapy Treatment? At your initial visit with your aromatherapist, you will first have a detailed consultation. Your aromatherapist will ask you questions about your medical history, diet, lifestyle, and health problems. You can also ask any questions you might have. Remember, it’s important to talk to your GP first to get a diagnosis before having aromatherapy. This is to ensure that aromatherapy is an appropriate treatment for you. Aromatherapists cannot make a medical diagnosis as they are not trained to do so. However, they may be able to advise you on a course of aromatherapy treatment.
Your aromatherapist may recommend a single oil or a blend of two or three. She is likely to offer you a massage using essential oils that have been diluted in a carrier oil. A carrier oil is usually extracted from vegetables, nuts, or seeds.
One session of aromatherapy should last around one hour. You might find that one session is enough or you may decide to continue with regular treatments. A full series of treatments might include around 10 sessions of aromatherapy. Ask your aromatherapist for more information about how long your treatment may last.
All Personalized Aromatherapy Consultations are $65. This includes the private consolation and one custom 5 ml. essential oil blend. For those that have used any of my other services, you will receive a special discounted rate. Sliding scale rate is available as well as trade.
Additional essential oils and/or blends are available at an additional cost.
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