What is aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy is the art of using essential oils to improve your physical health and enhance your emotional wellbeing.
How does it work?
The reviving aroma of freshly brewed coffee, the familiar scent of cut grass, the comforting smell of just baked bread… these are examples of aromatherapy at work. Smells evoke memories and emotional associations. In aromatherapy, essential oils are used to balance and restore your emotional and mental wellbeing through your sense of smell (eg lavender to balance or chamomile to calm).
Aromatherapy is also used to help heal the body by applying essential oils on the skin (eg massage, ointments or compresses) or by inhaling essential oils (eg steam inhalation, bath or oil burner).
The benefits of aromatherapy
Essential oils have many benefits for your body and mind. They can be used to treat common or minor ailments, to affect your mood, or simply to fragrance your home!
Physical benefits: skin care, muscular aches and pains, minor injuries, cuts and burns, circulatory problems, minor respiratory conditions, colds and flu, insomnia and fatigue
Emotional benefits: relaxes, calms, energises, uplifts, relieves stress, depression, anxiety or nervous tension, restores self esteem and confidence
Aromatherapy is not a medicine and aromatherapists are not allowed to diagnose illness or prescribe, only a GP or hospital doctor can do this in the UK. Aromatherapy should not be used as an alternative to traditional medicine, but can be used to complement your lifestyle.