Aromatherapy | Usefulness | 10th June 2022 | Virtual Wire
Aromatherapy is the controlled use of natural aromatic oils, which are acquired from plants to achieve balance and harmony in the human mind, body and soul.
Aromatic plant oils have been used at least since the time of the ancient Egyptians, in fragrance houses, in baths, to provide flavouring in drinks and cooking, in cosmetics, in massage and in a number of other therapeutic ways. Some of them work directly on the mind, calming or stimulating it, while others have a more physical effect such as reducing inflammation or cleansing the skin of bacteria. It is only recently, as these oils have been subjected to scientific research, that a wider population is becoming aware of what some people have known all along - essential oils don't just smell good, they do you good as well.
What happens in an Aromatherapy treatment?
Your first treatment will consist of the completion of a detailed health profile, with a sample treatment to follow - a back massage for example. All oils are mixed specifically for your needs on the day. Further treatments will be agreed upon after the initial consultation.
How does it work?
The practitioner works with the body's energies to stimulate self-healing. The oils work on many levels - physical, emotional, and spiritual. Their chemical constituents have many therapeutic properties, but the treatment itself may extend beyond the purely physical.
What benefits can one expect?
You may experience a decrease in your level of stress and an increase in relaxation. Patients with physical symptoms such as aches, pains, headaches, and stiffness will experience an easing of their condition.
Can anyone have aromatherapy?
Most people will benefit from aromatherapy, but some medical conditions may require liaison with a patient's GP to ensure that the correct approach is taken. Any requirement to advise your doctor will be covered at the initial consultation.
What happens after treatment?
Aromatherapy can have a deep effect on the body. For example, the overall reduction of stress and increased relaxation combined with increased blood flow and circulation cleanses the body of toxins. This can cause some strange feelings initially as the body starts to work more effectively.
Some useful information:
You may feel drowsy after your treatment.
Drinking plenty of water aids the detoxifying effect of massage.
You may need to urinate more frequently after a treatment.
Details about Home Treatment and After Care.
Essential oils such as patchouli and tea tree, diluted 10 drops to 4 litres of water can be sprayed on moulds and fungus to encourage them to disappear.
Wasp stings can be treated with cider or wine vinegar into which you add 2 drops each of lavender and chamomile essential oil. Ticks can be made to drop off with a lighted cigarette end or with 1 drop of thyme oil. Then apply 1 drop of neat lavender to the site every 5 minutes to avoid infection/reduce pain and swelling.
Bee stings - Try to remove the sting. Apply a cold compress with chamomile oil to the area.
Gnats and midges - dab on neat lavender to bites. Use citronella (diluted in carrier oil) on your skin, or on a burner.
BBQ burns - use neat lavender on small burns. Seek medical advice for large burns.
Aromatherapy During Pregnancy
Aromatherapy can help with pregnancy. Many women would say that it is dangerous to use any kind of essential oils during pregnancy. Happily, this is not the case at all. A properly trained aroma therapist will be keen to help a pregnant woman cope throughout all the stages of pregnancy and will be fully conversant with which essential oils to use. Provided certain oils are avoided, aromatherapy can be safely used to maintain the health of the mother and help minimize such discomforts as nausea, backache and swollen legs and ankles. Essential oils balance the body and a regular massage is beneficial on both a physical and emotional level.
Oils that can be used safely throughout include mandarin, ginger, tea tree and ylang-ylang.
After the first few months, geranium, lavender, lemon and chamomile can be added to the list. Around the eighth month, some previously forbidden oils are excellent - such as sage, fennel, rosemary and Cyprus. However, it is very important to obtain advice on oils and massage techniques from a properly qualified aroma therapist.
Some helpful hints
1 drop of peppermint oil in a glass of water with honey
Use a burner with a mixture of eucalyptus and lavender (2 drops each in water). Or try lemon and ginger.
Prevention of stretch marks
Mix 100ml carrier oil (such as almond oil) with 7 drops each of lavender, mandarin and frankincense. Or try chamomile and lavender. Apply liberally.
Lavender is well known, but sandalwood and ylang ylang in a vaporiser in the bedroom will also help.
Use this mix before getting up. Mix 7 drops each of cypress, lemon and lavender, or 10 drops each of geranium and cypress in 100ml of your chosen carrier oil.
Use any of the oils that are listed as safe during your particular stage of pregnancy in a warm bath - 5 drops of each.
Aromatherapy for Children
Children respond quickly to aromatherapy because their bodies have been subject to less pollution and toxic build-up. They also have excellent powers of recuperation. Some of the benefits for children are:
Massage promotes a healthy mind/body relationship.
Because essential oils are antiviral, antibacterial, antiseptic and antifungal, they help protect against infections. Unlike many proprietary products, they help to enhance rather than suppress the developing immune system.
Health benefits include increased lung capacity, smoother skin with fewer problems, healthy digestion and fewer sleep problems.
Emotional benefits include fewer nervous problems, a more balanced relationship with others, and less hyperactive behaviour.
Using oils is a pleasant way to relieve illness and childhood problems without resorting to 'magic pills' such as antibiotics Safe oils to use by children are chamomile, lavender and mandarin. Always consult your aroma therapist before using essential oils.
Take care when selecting oils for children as smell association develops very early in life. A traumatic experience at bath time, for example, might forever be linked with the smell of lavender!
Aromatherapy is an ancient holistic therapeutic treatment using natural plant extracts to promote health and well-being. Sometimes it's called essential oil therapy. Done with proper guidance it helps healing.