Aromatherapy has been used by many great civilizations as far back as 2000BC and involves the use of aromatic essences called essential oils. Essential oils are found naturally in plants from all over the world and are extracted from various parts such as the flowers, fruits, leaves, barks and roots.
Highly concentrated and fragrant, each essential oil has its own unique therapeutic properties and can enhance health and well-being. Clinical aromatherapy is practiced by someone who is professionally trained in the use of essential oils for these therapeutic purposes and complements orthodox medicine. It supports the healing process and can be preventative as well as benefiting a wide range of conditions:
Aromatherapy is a holistic therapy and involves the selection of essential oils for each persons’ individual needs and takes into account all aspects of their well being, encouraging the body’s natural ability to function and heal, as well as balancing the physical, physiological and psychological systems.
Essential oils are highly concentrated and are usually diluted in carrier oil and applied using massage techniques. This is a highly effective application as individuals are exposed to the unique properties of the oils by way of aroma, inhalation and penetration of the skin - with the added benefit of massage. Other applications can involve:
Essential oils are powerful and should be diluted before use, never taken internally and always respected. It is advisable to seek advice and consultation from a suitably qualified aromatherapist, especially with conditions such as pregnancy, high blood pressure, epilepsy and sensitive skin. In professional hands aromatherapy is safe and can be enjoyed by everyone.