It is the use of essential oils from nature, on the body or in the surrounding environment for many purposes. Each individual oil has its own distinctive therapeutic properties and can be blended to help stress relief, muscular aches, boost immunity, create a sense of optimism, re-energise a tired and sluggish system. The blend that your aromatherapist will choose all depends on what you need at that time.
The benefits of aromatherapy include but are not limited to:
- Calming- creating a general sense of well-being
- Relieving of mental stress and tension
- Relieving of muscular stress and tension
- Uplifting, energising and stimulating
- Boosting Immunity, helping to provide additional support to the body’s own natural healing process.
Our sense of smell, and the essential oil properties as they penetrate the skin and nasal passages, can have a very profound effect on our mood & behaviour.
Essential oils & nature’s goodies have been used for their healing purposes for over one thousand years by all the great civilizations of the world. Aromatherapy was part of day to day life in ancient Greece, Rome and Egypt.
Modern day aromatherapy was given life by a French Chemist named Rene Maurice Gattfosse, in fact he invented the word Aromatherapy, or in French ‘Aromatherapie’. He had burned his hand and was amazed that lavender oil helped to soothe his burn, and also heal his hand without any scarring.
In the Second World War an army surgeon called Dr Jean Valnet used essential oils on the wounded as antiseptic.
More recently Madam Marguerite Maury brought aromatherapy to a wider audience and it continues to be used today as a complement to orthodox medical treatment.