What is Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is the use of 100% pure essential oils.  Aromatherapy has been practiced for 4,000 years, since the ancient Greeks saw plants as medicine, for healing, and transformation.  The essential oils are the naturally occurring chemical compounds that are found in plants, leaves, grasses, barks, roots and fruits.  We use 100% pure essential oils to assist the body with releasing negative emotions and functioning at an optimal level. The pleasant scents used support immunity, providing cellular energy, relieving anxiety and promoting an overall sense of well-being.  We relax the body and rejuvenate the mind. Our sense of smell is the only one of our senses that does not have to travel through the spinal cord or digestive tract thus triggering an instant response.

What you see, touch and smell is science, it is the molecular properties and behaviour of essential oils, supporting our innate ability to heal ourselves, treating the mindbody and emotions, promoting physical and psychological wellbeing.  They provide medicinal properties such as anti-bacterial, antiviral, antiseptic, anti-fungal, antioxidants, pain and stress relief.

How are Essential Oils Used?

There are a few ways essential oils maybe used. Most commonly they are applied through our skin and transported via our bloodstream to the areas of most concern.  Another effective method is through inhalation, the active components trigger and stimulate the olfactory bulb and neurons activating the limbic system of our brain which in turn brings about various emotional responses such as relaxation.

A comprehensive medical questionnaire is taken of your physical, mental and emotional state as a qualified Aromatherapist has undertaken studies in anatomy, physiology and the organic chemistry of essential oils to thoroughly understand the pathology of the body and the pathways through which the essential oils travel. This is necessary to determine the correct usage, dosage and method of application.  Aromatherapy may be used by anyone under the correct guidance and care.

 

Some methods of application may include

  • Massage
  • Face and body lotions
  • Baths
  • Compresses

Pure essential oils should not be confused with fragrance oils which are synthetic copies and have no therapeutic value.  Some benefits of essential oils include

  • Pre/Post Pregnancy aches and pains
  • Nausea / Morning Sickness
  • Stress / Anxiety
  • Heal wounds
  • Fluid retention
  • Improve skin tone
  • Regulate hormones
  • Relieve menstrual cramps
  • Stimulate the immune system
  • Decrease congestion
  • Relieve tension headaches
  • Energize
  • Relax muscles
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Improve sleep
  • Kill fungal and bacterial infections
  • Aid digestion
  • Aid in blood circulation

Whilst essential oils are 70 times more powerful than herbs so many factors need to be considered when tapping into their therapeutic properties. Whilst they are natural they need to be used sparingly and with care. Personalised products and essential oils maybe suggested for home use to provide continuity of care. Aromatherapy may be used in conjunction with conventional medicine it’s recommend you check with your GP beforehand.

See What Services We Can Offer You at
Art of Health Wellbeing