The most difficult question you can ask any Aromatherapist
is ‘What are your Top Three oils?’, but I’ll give it a go!
My number one oil can change daily depending on my mood and
who I am working with at the time. I might open a tiny bottle of an essential
not used for a while and think ’this has got to be my favourite, why have I neglected
it for so long?’, then that can all change the next day!
Having said that I nearly always return to the classic oil
Frankincense, mainly because of its power to visibly calm and comfort.
Overused and overextended muscles cause tension. Any
movement we make, no matter how small, involves muscles tensing and flexing.
Any activity that entails repetitive movement from tapping away on a laptop to
swinging a golf club, or during periods of stress and anxiety, can result in
tight muscles that are ‘stuck’ in a tense state. Once these muscles refuse to
relax they weaken and circulation of blood and lymph is impaired.
Once a muscle becomes inflexible it is very difficult to
Aromatherapy: A Natural Aid
to a Good Night’s Sleep
We spend one- third of our lives asleep. Sleep is as vital
to humans as the air we breathe and the food we eat. Without sleep we become
ill as good quality sleep helps our brain function, gives us a general feeling
of well-being, aids our concentration, improves memory and mood and boosts our
immune system. Most people function on far less sleep than they really need,
this is due to modern lifestyles affecting our sleep patterns.
Aromatherapy offers a safe and natural aid to sleep problems
without any of the side-effects sometimes experienced with sleeping tablets.
As we enter the
summer term students of all ages are burning the midnight oil working towards
their exams. Anything that can help during this busy time is always appreciated
and believe it or not aromatherapy can help in its own way. Carefully selected
essential oils can boost your productivity and your health. Inhalation of an
agreeable aroma can cause many changes to the body, helping to relax, stimulate
and regulate many of our bodily systems.
Essential oils have
been used for thousands of years, by many cultures, for improving mental
activity and strengthening the memory.
As the temperatures plummet we do not automatically think of
reaching for essential oils to help keep warm, however there are a group of
essential oils that can be described as being ‘warming’ to the body. These oils
have a rubefacient effect on the body which means that when they are applied
topically they cause the dilation of capillaries and an increase in blood
circulation which brings heat to the area and can significantly ease aches and
Such essential oils not only bring heat to the areas applied
but they can awaken dull senses, lift the spirits, they can stimulate sluggish
circulation and digestion and many of these warming oils also have emollient
properties helping to calm and soothe dry, irritated skin that can often occur
during the colder months.
Geothermal therapy, or massage with hot stones and cold
stones, has become a very popular treatment over the last couple of years.
Although often regarded as a luxury spa treatment a stone massage has many
health benefits, from easing tight, weak muscles to improving the circulation and
aiding aching joints. Many people will have experienced a hot stone massage but
flinch when I mention the cold stones. The application of cold stones is short
and can help with overheating during the massage, it can alleviate the sluggish
feeling often experienced after a hot stone massage.
Your body is
an amazing feat of engineering. It is bone, muscle, organs, nerves and cells
all working in harmony together controlled by the brain. But what happens when
you have a niggling pain in your back or headaches regularly? You ignore it and
hope it goes away-BUT what happens if your car has a strange rattle or develops
a leak? You lavish lots of time and money on it by taking it to the garage to
be fixed- after all you cannot manage without your car!
Your body is
a finely tuned machine and any pains or funny rashes are warning signs of
imbalances in that fine tuning.
In these days of austerity, we are all trying to cut back
where we can to help make ends meet. But very often the first things we make
cuts on are the things we consider ‘frivolous’ and self-indulgent, things that
make us feel good about ourselves and help us to relax. The truth is that this
should be the complete the opposite, in difficult and stressful times we should
be taking more time out to relax and de-stress our bodies. This enables us to
be far better equipped to cope with life’s problems.
I am often asked about using essential oils safely at home. My first response is always check the oils you are considering using- most modern essential oils should have an expiry date so check this. Essential oils are a natural product and do not contain preservatives so anything out of date should not be used on the skin as there is a risk of skin irritation.
Once you have established that the oils are in date check where you store them. Essential oils should be kept in their original dark coloured bottles.