What is aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy is the use of organic essences, extracted from aromatic plants for physiological and psychological healing. There are many ways essential oils can be used, one of them is through massage.
Aromatherapy massage is one of the easiest (and nicest) ways to relax. Massage has been found to be the most effective way of using essential oils. Massage alone is known to decrease stress, soothe anxiety and release muscle tension. Adding aromatherapy oils into the mix only increases these benefits and provides a few more of their own. Every essential oil has its own properties that can improve wellbeing. Here’s ten popular options and their holistic benefits:
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Probably the best known for relaxation. Lavender is restorative, calming and cleansing. Its soothing scent promotes sleep and peace of mind. It’s also gentle for sensitive skin and can have a soothing effect on irritated skin.
An uplifting essential oil that is balancing for hormones. Geranium is a great addition for a stress-busting massage and is linked to relieving symptoms of menstruation and the menopause.
Bergamot has an uplifting fragrance that is useful for balancing and calming. It can help soothe muscle spasms and digestive issues. It’s also a great option for oily and combination skin types.
Traditionally, ylang-ylang has been used to treat depression. It’s warming properties help to soothe fearfulness, whilst elevating positivity and confidence.
Clary sage is a good muscle relaxant and a key essential oil for PMT. Its euphoric scent has been known to ease mental strain and nervous exhaustion from feeling overworked.
One of the most useful essential oils. Chamomile is an anti-inflammatory and has soothing properties that can ease a restless or worried mind.
Patchouli has a musky, sweet fragrance and is beneficial for grounding, toning and rejuvenating. It’s also useful for healing cracked skin and improving muscle tone.
Its powerful lemony smell is energising, cleansing and refreshing. Its strengthening properties are beneficial for muscle aches and pains and can stimulate motivation.
Derived from one of the tallest trees in the world, eucalyptus is widely used as an inhalant and chest rub. It contains powerful antiseptic properties, and its stimulating scent promotes a clear head for easy breathing.
A good choice for those suffering from lack of energy or depression. Orange is uplifting, revitalising and a gentle detoxifier for physical and psychological radiance.
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Always use a carrier oil
Essential oils should never be used directly on the skin. This can have adverse reactions and they should always be blended with a carrier oil at exact dilutions. They should also never be ingested.
Even without essential oils, carrier oils have their own benefits, here are just a few options:
*not to be used if someone suffers from a nut allergy.
- Moisturises skin
- Alleviates dandruff
- Improves blood circulation
- Strengthens brittle nails
- Moisturises cracked heels
- Treats split ends
- Acts as a moisture seal
- Nourishes a dry scalp
- Promotes hair growth
- Benefits dry skin
- Penetrates the hair shaft
- Contains anti-ageing properties
- Natural moisturiser
- Lightweight texture
- Anti-inflammatory effect
- Absorbs easily
- Aids collagen restoration
- Helps prevent acne
Pre-blended aromatherapy oils are available, and your therapist will have been trained to use essential oils correctly. Always seek professional advice before using essential oils at home.