Aromatherapy is the art, and science, of using oils extracted from aromatic plants to enhance health and beauty. It has been practised in many forms since the beginning of civilisation. In addition to physical benefits, essential oils can have subtle effects on the mind and emotions. Essential oils taken from plants and used in Aromatherapy have been described as the plants’ “life force” – they are essential to the plants’ biological process, as well as being the substance that gives them their scent.
Essential oils are extracted from flowers; herbs; spices; woods and fibres.
How can Aromatherapy help?
Aromatherapy can be used for a variety of conditions. It is particularly effective for:
- Psychosomatic induced problems
- Muscular and rheumatic pains
- Digestive disorders, and
- Women’s problems such as PMS, menopausal complaints, and postnatal depression.
What to expect in a session
Essential oils can be used through different methods in Aromatherapy. At the initial session, the Aromatherapist goes through a detailed health record questionnaire with the client, and they both come up with the appropriate method of use depending on the client’s condition. Some of the methods used include:
- Massage (performed by the therapist)
- Self massage (at home)
- Bath blends
- Blends for inhaling
- Compresses (cold or hot)