Aromatherapy can be defined as the ancient art and science of blending naturally extracted essential oils from aromatic plants, to balance, harmonise and promote the health of body, mind and spirit.
Essential oils can only be extracted from aromatic plants, including flowers, leaves, roots, resins, seeds and fruit, with each essential oil having its own unique healing properties.
Aromatherapy is one of the most popular forms of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM). It promotes health and aromatherapy massage may help alleviate a variety of minor medical conditions.
Aromatherapy aims to enhance well-being, relieve stress and help in the rejuvenation and regeneration of the human body. Essential oils have the unique ability of working not just on physical conditions when used with massage, but they can also have a positive effect on emotional wellbeing.
Aromatherapy can provide a relaxing and calming effect for those suffering with mental health problems, dementia and those receiving palliative care. As a result, it is also used in a variety of settings, including hospitals and hospices.
Today, aromatherapy is widely accepted by orthodox and complementary practitioners as one of the most comprehensive natural therapies. In a typical aromatherapy session, the aromatherapist will ask questions about previous medical history, general health, wellbeing and lifestyle. This helps the practitioner to choose and blend the safest and most appropriate essential oils for the individual. The oils may be applied in combination with massage or the aromatherapist may suggest other methods
- When combined with massage it helps ease body stress, muscle aches and potentially aid sleep.
- The relief of stress and tension
- A feeling of deep relaxation
- Stimulated immune system
- A calm and soothed mind
- Improved blood and lymph circulation
- Relief from back problems
- Increased energy levels
- A general sense of well being
- Healing benefits