Aromatherapy

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What is Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is a holistic therapy that harnesses the natural fragrances of essential oils from aromatic plants to help influence and balance the mind and body. Aromatic plants have been used throughout history and have played an integral part in the development of herbal medicine and perfumery.

Our modern lives have become increasingly stressful, living a natural and healthy lifestyle has never been more important yet challenging. Aromatherapy is a simple and accessible therapy to help balance you both emotionally and physically, while helping you to be mindful and reconnect with your natural self.

You can experience the benefits of aromatherapy and introduce essential oils safely into the body through massage, inhalation, vaporization or bathing. Your sense of smell is deeply linked to the emotional centre in the brain and essential oils can trigger quite profound emotional and physiological effects on the body and mind.

Essential oils can help ease physical and emotional difficulties such as muscular aches, support hormone balance or help improve mood by creating a sense of well-being. By understanding the different properties of essential oils and how to combine them safely, beautiful synergistic blends can be created. I believe everyone can enjoy the benefits of aromatherapy on some level.

Aromatherapy as an integrative health approach

In our modern day health care system there is an underlying interest in prevention and early identification of illness and disease as well as how best to support those with long term health conditions. Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is a choice many people make to support their own and families health. Aromatherapy can be seen as a CAM therapy as part of an integrative health system.

A clinical aromatherapist can help you to develop an understanding of how essential oils and modern medicine can complement each other and support a whole person approach to health and holistic well-being. Our modern lives have become increasingly stressful, living a natural and healthy lifestyle has never been more important yet challenging. Aromatherapy is a simple and accessible therapy to help balance you both emotionally and physically, while helping you to be mindful and reconnect with your natural self. You can experience the benefits of aromatherapy and introduce essential oils safely into the body through massage, inhalation, vaporization or bathing.

Your sense of smell is deeply linked to the emotional centre in the brain and essential oils can trigger quite profound emotional and physiological effects on the body and mind. Essential oils can help ease physical and emotional difficulties such as muscular aches, support hormone balance or help improve mood by creating a sense of well-being. By understanding the different properties of essential oils and how to combine them safely, beautiful synergistic blends can be created. I believe everyone can enjoy the benefits of aromatherapy on some level.

Clinical Aromatherapy and Nursing

Aromatherapy is one of the most popular complementary therapies practiced by nurses and is increasingly being integrated into modern healthcare systems in areas such as palliative care, mental health, women’s health and midwifery.

Clinical aromatherapy can be described as the therapeutic use of essential oils for a measurable outcome. The differences between mainstream aromatherapy and clinical aromatherapy is the education, knowledge, experience and background of the clinician. A clinical aromatherapist will have the ability to holistically assess your needs, develop a plan of care and apply an understanding of current research about the therapeutic benefits of selected essential oils that have been shown to be effective and safe in humans. They will also be able to evaluate the effectiveness of an intervention and adjust treatment plans accordingly.