As a trained Aromatherapist, I also offer Healing Aromatherapy Massage.
I refer to the treatment as "Healing Aromatherapy", as being a Healer first and foremost, my clients still receive a good degree of Healing Energy as I work on the body, hence the effect is more profound.
Aromatherapy is a great take home remedy that Clients can continue to use on their own, giving them empowerment over their health as most common ailments can be successfully abated with the use of Essential Oils.
The use of Aromatherapy can be traced as far back as 3,500 BC, where the Ancient Egyptians were prolific in using aromatic Medicine to treat disease. This includes the art of mummification, where many oils and essences were found to have both antiseptic and antibacterial properties. The Ancient Egyptians were ingenious in concocting a plethora of uses for aromatics in the form of incense, perfumes, cosmetics, massage, skincare and oils.
Aromatherapy relies on the use of Essential Oils - oils extracted from Plants, Flowers and Herbs to treat the body holistically.
Essential Oils are powerful organic Agents which help to rebuild the body's cellular matrix when absorbed through the skin. Essential Oils possess unique and individual properties specific to the physiological system they are being used to target. As an example, Sweet Fennel is both Diuretic and Depurative, thus eliminating excess water and toxins (which can present in the form of Oedema or Cellulite), from the Lymphatic System.
It's common for Essential Oils to have multiple therapeutic properties which may be described as: Analgesic - Astringent - Anti-inflammatory - Antiseptic - Antiviral - Antispasmodic - Carminative - Depurative - Diuretic - Expectorant - Hypotensive - Hypertensive - Relaxing - Sedative - Uplifting and Tonic to name a few....
When more than one Oil is mixed with another, a "Synergy" is created thus inducing a molecular amplification or in other words, "an organic prescriptive", which is a bespoke, tailor made Blend to treat a Client's presenting symptoms. Typically speaking, Essential Oils are always diluted prior to application onto the skin, as most are too potent to be used on their own.
When selecting oils, it is imperative to seek brands which display the latin name of the plant. This will indicate authenticity. If the latin name is not present, the Oil unfortunately will be largely synthetic and contain little or no therapeutic properties.
The most common application for Essential Oils is through Massage Therapy.
A synergy of complimenting oils are blended, then diluted into a Carrier Oil (such as Apricot, Grapeseed or Macadamia), then massaged into the skin. Other uses for Essential Oils can include:
Everything! Aromatherapy can be used to remediate a myriad of disease such as: