Whilst O'listica may have been amongst the first to practice Aromatherapy in the Cannock area, Aromatherapists have existed in some form for thousands of years.
The ancient art of Aromatherapy has been with us from as early as 18,000 BC when according to cave paintings found in France, plants were used for medicinal purposes. Since these early times, essential oils have continued to be used by successive civilizations such as the Ancient Chinese, Indians, Greeks, Romans and, Egyptians, until today when they have more recently become a recognised source of natural healing.
What is Aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy is the ancient practice of using essential oils to promote health and well being. Whether you want to feel special, re-energised, relaxed or wish to improve your well being, essential oils may provide the key.
Essential oils are substances extracted from various parts of plants, often by distillation. They are sometimes referred to, as the 'life force' of the plant. They are not oils in the everyday sense, they are not greasy or fatty and are readily absorbed into the bloodstream. Each oil is very concentrated so only a few drops need to be used to be effective.
What may Aromatherapy help?
Stress and stress related disorders, Insomnia, Anxiety, Tension, Overwork and Fatigue, Depression and Insecurity, Worry, Panic Attacks, Nervous Exhaustion, Nervous Debility, Menopausal Problems, Muscular Aches and Pains, Rheumatism and Arthritis, Therapeutic Treatments for MS, help coming off Tranquillisers, Lack of Confidence, Skin Disorders.
How is Aromatherapy used?
The Pure essential oils are blended together to reflect the needs of the individual. These are then applied during a massage treatment which is deeply relaxing, effective and suitable for all ages. As well as being used to treat specific ailments, the smell of essential oils may effect your mental and emotional state. This is because there are receptors in the nasal passages which trace directly to the emotional centre of the brain.
What happens when I have Aromatherapy Treatment?
Your first visit may be slightly longer than subsequent treatments because it is one of assessment. As Aromatherapy is an holistic therapy all aspects of your lifestyle may be taken into account including such things as diet, general medical history etc. The oils will be selected and blended for you and then a full body massage will follow. Many people have a feeling of well being and relaxation after a treatment which in itself is of great benefit and reduces stress and tension.
How many treatments will I need?
Treatments will vary according to each individual's needs, how long a particular condition has lasted and how quickly the body is able to respond. So this is something that will be discussed during the consultation.
Ways to use Aromatherapy Oils
This is probably the most effective way to use the oils, to enable them to be absorbed into the bloodstream. However, essential oils should not be used directly on the skin unless diluted in a carrier oil. Use no more that 6 drops to 5ml of carrier oil.
Essential Oils are ideally suited for both use in the bath, either individually or blended. Run a warm bath, add 4 - 6 drops and gently agitate the water to disperse the oil. Keep the door closed to capture the aroma and enjoy a soak for 15 - 20 mins allowing the oils to penetrate the skin. An aromatic bath is both enjoyable and therapeutic.
All essential oils readily evaporate and so make ideal air fresheners. They may also be used to create different smells around the home and are ideal for banishing strong smells. Add 4 - 8 drops to a pottery vaporiser, add water to the bowl and place over a night light. Alternatively add 3 - 6 drops to a saucer of hot water placed on a radiator.
Inhalation (Not suitable for Asthmatics)
Fill a large bowl with very hot water, add 5 - 6 drops of carrier oil, cover head with a towel and breath slowly and deeply until relief is felt. 3 - 5 drops on a tissue is an alternative, it gives instant relief and is a suitable method for asthmatics.
Other uses include ... Compresses, Bidets, Footbaths, Saunas, Jacuzzis, Log Fires, Room Sprays, Insect Repellents, Perfumes, Aromatic Candles, Skin and Hair care.
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