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Aromatherapy - more than pretty smells

February 22, 2015

 

Aromatherapy is a diverse healing modality. It is so much more than pretty smells. Actually some of the essential oils we use are down right stinky. But as a professional, clinical aromatherapist, my first thought in preparing a blend for a client isn't how to it - but more about that shortly.

What is aromatherapy?  Aromatherapy is more than just the name suggests, - a therapy using aromas. It is a healing modality that has been around for centuries; however it is only in more recent times that it has become more widely known.

The oils used in aromatherapy are called essential oils. They are extracted from herbs, bark, flowers, resin, peel and roots of various plant sources. The most common method for extracting these oils is via steam distillation. During the distillation process two liquids are obtained – the essential oil and the waters of distillation (also known as hydrosols).

Essential oils are highly concentrated materials therefore only a few drops are needed to make a difference in most cases. They can be used in a variety of ways including massage, inhalation, vapourising, hot or cold compressions and spritzers to name a few.

It is important to understand that whilst aromatherapy uses natural products it does not always mean it is safe to use all oils. A qualified aromatherapist, like myself, is well versed in the contraindications of the oils. As each person is different, a full consultation is required to determine what oils to use, in what dilution and the best application method.

Aromatherapy Consultation: So what does that entail? Firstly, I discuss with my client what particular health need they want to address. I take a full medical history, looking at what medications and supplements they may be taking. I ask lots of questions to elicit as much information as I can to determine the best way forward. What symptoms are you experiencing? What other healing options have you tried? How long have you had this disorder/been experiencing this disorder? We also discuss scent preferences, as you won't use a product no matter how great it is, if you don't like the smell.

Once all the information is received, then a treatment plan is designed to meet the needs of the client. This means you are given an individually designed treatment with proper advice on what to do, how to do it and when.

Why choose a qualified professional? When it comes to your health and wellbeing, it is in your own best interest to discuss using aromatherapy and essential oils with someone who is qualified to do so. When you discuss oils with undereducated people, they have an attitude of 'there's an oil for that' for whatever disorder or issue you have. They will give you a generic product, probably even sign you up for more products with offers of discounts. But you need to ask yourself, do you really need all those oils? Do these people have an understanding of you, your condition, your needs. Self care is of utmost importance in this crazy, busy world, but that doesn't mean you have to do it for yourself. Seek the services of those who are qualified to give you the best options available to meet your specific needs.

What can it help with?  Aromatherapy can assist and support in many ways on a physical, emotional and spiritual level. Here are just a few examples

Physical

~ skin issues: acne, dermatitis, cuts & bruises

~respiratory system: bronchitis, congestion

~nervous system: headaches & migraines, insomnia

~muscular aches, pains, sprains & strains

~menstrual problems

~immune system: cold & flu


Emotional
~stress, anxiety, nervous tension

~bereavement

~agitation

~depression, blues

~fatigue


Spiritual

~meditation and energy work


Household

~cleaning

~household germs

~insect problems


We focus on whole person wellbeing, not just alleviating or managing the symptoms. For more information on how aromatherapy can help you, or to make an appointment with me, contact me via email

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