What is Aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy is a therapy which uses essential oils from plants and trees for their therapeutic properties: to promote the health of the body and well-being of the mind. Inhaling the aromas can stimulate areas of your limbic system which is a part of the brain that plays a role in emotions, physiological functions and long term memory.
How are Essential Oils used?
Massage is one of the best ways of getting the benefits of essential oils. An Aromatherapist will make up a blend specific to your needs, this will be absorbed into the body by the massage and create an affect.
I also use essential oils during reflexology which is a fantastic addition to the treatment. Other ways to use oils at home for self care is by:
- Hot and cold compresses
- Oil burners and diffusers
- Steam inhalations
- Flower waters and beauty products
Quality of essential oils.
There are many cheaper, poor quality synthetic essential oils on the market. This is why it is so important to buy from a reputable source. There are many Irish companies selling top quality oils and I buy from them, not only for quality but to support Irish businesses.
Safety of Oils.
It is important to remember that essential oils are very powerful and need knowledge and training to use. If using from home please check for any contraindications before use and never ingest them as this can cause serious problems internally.