How does it work?
Through the ages, massage has been used to relieve pain and give comfort and relaxation. On a psychological level it has been proven to reduce anxiety levels and depression. The physical benefits of massage are also excellent stimulating the circulation of the blood and lymph, reducing high blood pressure, stimulating the immune system, reducing muscular tension and relieving pain in muscles and joints.
The main method of administering of essential oils in aromatherapy is through massage. Essential oil is always blended with carrier oil, cream or lotion and never applied neat onto the skin, as this can cause irritation.
During a massage, essential oil molecules are absorbed through the skin into the blood and lymph vessels, and then into the main bloodstream. Absorption rate can take anything up 12 hours for the oil to penetrate through the skin and into the bloodstream. I would recommend avoiding bath/showers for at least 12 hours after a treatment to get the full benefits.
Another way in which essential oils are used is by inhalation. The nasal passage is one of the most direct passages to the brain and has a direct effect on our emotional response. About 15 per cent of the air we inhale goes to the roof of the nose, where olfactory receptors transport odours straight to a part of the brain called the limbic system. This area is connected with instinct, mood and emotion, and it’s thought that aromatherapy may stimulate the release of chemicals that in turn play a part in unlocking emotions.
Essential oils can be enjoyed through inhalation by using oil burners, steam inhalation, diluting them in baths, or smelling directly from the bottle. I would be more then happy to advise you on how to use essential oils safely in the home.
Each essential oil has it own unique chemical property that helps combat a number of emotional and physical ailments. For example, essential oils that contain a significant amount of a chemical compound called esters such as Roman/German Chamomile essential oils are highly effective at relieving muscle spasm (antispasmodic) and inflammation (anti-inflammatory) in the joints and muscles. They are also believed to have a regulating and balancing action on the sympathetic nervous system, promoting relaxation.
There is a lot to be understood about the positive impact of essential oil science on our long term health, beyond the oils simply being regarded as something that smells nice.
As a Clinical Aromatherapist I combine the very best medicinal knowledge of the properties of the oil with a holistic approach to provide a tailored blend of essential oils which address your needs
Below are some of the problems that respond very well to Aromatherapy:
IMMUNE SYSTEM: Stimulates and strengthens the immune system, Chronic fatigue
MUSCULAR AND SKELETAL SYSTEM: Ease muscular aches and pain
The NERVOUS SYSTEM: Anxiety, stress and depression, Insomnia, Headache/migraines
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM: High blood pressure
REPRODUCTIVE SYSTEM: Menstrual pain, PMT/PMS, Pregnancy/birth/postnatal, Menopausal symptoms
RESPIRATORY SYSTEM: Sinus/lung congestion, Chronic coughs/Bronchitis
DIGESTIVE SYSTEM: Constipation, abdominal pain, IBS
LYMPHATIC SYSTEM: Reduce cellulite and eliminate toxins
INTEGUMENTARY SYSTEM (skin): Wounds and bruises, Psoriasis, eczema, acne and dermatitis, Hair loss
If there is anything further you would like to ask please do not hesitate to contact me.