Aromatherapy for Women

Aromatherapy is the external use of essential oils in holistic treatments to increase both physical and emotional health.

Essential oils are extracted from plants; namely their leaves, seeds, roots, flowers, bark, wood, balsam, fruit pulp, peel and resin. 

A wonderful example of this can be found in the bitter orange tree, which 'yields Orange oil from the fruit peel, Petitgrain oil from the leaves and twigs and Neroli oil from the blossom' (J. Lawless; 2002). Other plants only produce one oil such as; Pine - from the needles and cones; Basil - from the leaves and Fennel  - from the seeds.

Essential oils are volatile, oily and fragrant and most often colourless. However, a few oils have quite distinct colours such as; German Chamomile, which is blue and cinnamon which has a red hue.

Julia Lawless; The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils; 2002; London; Thorsons Publishers; p11.

A Brief History of Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy or 'Aromatherapie' was so named by Frenchman and chemist Rene-Maurice Gattefosse in 1928. He discovered quite accidentally that lavender oil was able to heal his severely burnt hands. This began his research and passion for essential oils. It was probably due to his findings that up until the last century French hospitals were still burning Rosemary and Thyme in their wards as a disinfectant (P. Davis; 2000). However, evidence of humans using plants and herbs to heal sickness or for aromatic purposes dates back to well before this period, to 3,000 years B.C. The wonders of plants and their medicinal and healing capabilities were being used by the ancient Egyptians who also utilised plants and herbs (myrrh and cinnamon) to embalm the bodies of their dead.

Other ancient peoples were also recording and using plants and herbs to heal and medicinally treat illness; such as the Babylonian doctors; ancient Greeks such as Galen in 78 A.D and Arab physician Abu Ali al-Husayn ibn Abd Allah ibn Sina 980 - 1037 A.D. (P.Davis; 2000).  The Chinese also have an extremely long and ancient tradition of using herbs, which have always been used alongside acupuncture and the Indians have traditional Ayurvedic medicine, which is used alongside modern medicine.

Patricia Davis; Aromatherapy an A-Z; 2000; Saffron Walden; C.W. Daniel Company Limited; pp 8-17.

How can aromatherapy help me?

An aromatherapy massage can quite simply improve your circulation, as the power of this type of touch stimulates fresh nutrients to the tissues and removes waste products. Your skin will always benefit enormously from any of the essential oils chosen to treat a particular problem. As the largest organ of the body you will notice an increased suppleness and softness in your skin and elevated healing of areas with scarring or stretchmarks. An aromatherapy massage will encourage dead skin cells to shed and will promote the growth of new, healthier and clearer skin. Who would refuse such a wonderful treatment and this is without describing the fantastic health benefits of the essential oils themselves!!! 

(Please note that I am only offering aromatherapy massages to women at present).

There are far more ways for essential oils to be used other than in an aromatherapy massage for example; in a bath; in a diffuser; in a poultice for wound healing and in a smelling stick for issues such as nausea, to name a few.

Essential oils can benefit every skin type

Gentle oils such as German and Roman Chamomile, Rose, Sandalwood and Neroli are all wonderful for sensitive skin types. Frankincense, Lavender and Ylang Ylang help combination skin types and Geranium, Lavender and Jasmine aid dry skin. 


Examples of health problems and body systems that benefit from essential oils

Digestive issues such as diarrhoea, constipation and indigestion can all be eased with oils. Oils such as; Orange, Black pepper, Sweet fennel and Ginger are stimulants for a constipated system. Clary Sage, Lavender, peppermint and Chamomile are antispasmodics and Fennel, Marjoram and Peppermint are eliminating oils and especially effective for flatulence.


Boosting the immune system. Almost all essential oils have antibacterial qualities that can kick start the immune system. Oils such as; Lavender, Thyme, Lemon and Tea Tree are particularly effective at stimulating the immune system.


The nervous system can really benefit from essential oils especially if we think of the stress and worries that we all have increasing amounts of on a daily basis. Stress and anxiety over a long period of time can cause problems such as; adrenal fatigue, high blood pressure, insomnia and an inability to relax.  Marjoram, Rosemary and Neroli oils can really ease stress. Additionally some oils like Bergamot, Ylang Ylang and Lavender work as sedatives to help slow down our frenetic minds and bodies. 


The musculoskeletal system can also benefit from essential oils. Some oils can detoxify such as; Lemon, Fennel and Juniper, thus relieving the painful symptoms of arthritis by reducing swelling and inflammation. Rubifacient oils such as Eucalyptus, Black pepper and Ginger warm and stimulate the blood and send oxygen to stiff muscles and joints, helping to eliminate waste products.

There are many respiratory conditions that can benefit from essential oils. The aroma of certain essential oils directly benefit the respiratory system and help conditions such as bronchitis, pneumonia, flu, coughs and colds. Using a diffuser or oil burner with oils such as; Spike Lavender, Eucalyptus and Lemongrass will certainly ease many respiratory issues as they can decongest, encourage the clearing of mucus and help to treat infections.

Other conditions that essential oils can alleviate and treat are:

Menopause symptoms; PMT; skin conditions such as itching, acne, burns and wounds; insomnia; depression; migraine; headaches; nervous tension and stress; vertigo; menstrual problems; loss of appetite; gripey pains; stomach cramps; constipation and diarrhoea; asthma; catarrh; sinusitis; Aches and pains; arthritis; cellulitis; gout; high and low blood pressure; poor circulation; oedema and water retention; rheumatism and allergies. 

(This is not an exhaustive list).


Prices

1 hour Aromatherapy Treatment £35

Half an hour Aromatherapy Treatment £25


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I am only offering aromatherapy massages to women at this time.