Complementary Therapies



Home Page


Herbal Remedies

Self Help


Find a Therapist

Site Map

Complementary Therapies Picture


Aromatherapy uses essential oils taken from plants. These oils are known to have therapeutic properties. They encourage physical and psychological well being. Aromatherapy oils can ease, improve and can prevent specific conditions as the skin and sensors absorb the oils properties. They can be used for massage, although they need to be diluted with a carrier oil, such as, wheat germ and sweet almond oil. They can also be added to baths and used as inhalation and diluted with water for oil burners. The way Aromatherapy oils are used can also extend their benefits. For example, when used in massage the physical actions involved can also help conditions, such as, circulation and muscle tension. Using Aromatherapy oils in baths and burners helps create a relaxing environment that can aid stress and anxiety.

Choosing oils you like the smell of also encourages emotional healing. If the smell makes you feel good it can encourage your bodies own healing and vice versa. If you particularly do not like a specific smell and use the oil it may have a detrimental effect or no effect. Aromatherapy can be administrated by yourself or a qualified Aromatherapist. If you choose to carry it out yourself it is suggested that you read around the different oils, their benefits and which oils you can mix together safely and effectively.

Aromatherapy can sometimes have detrimental effects and be dangerous. It can usually be carried out on most people, although specific groups like pregnant women and children, some oils can be harmful. If in doubt contact a qualified Aromatherpist who will take into consideration your medical history and lifestyle and then decide which oils are best to use, mix together and are suited for you.

The governing body for Aromatherapy in the UK is, 'Aromatherapy Organisations Council (AOC )' , contact:
The AOC, PO Box 19834, London, SE25 6WF
Tel: 0208 251 7912 Fax: 0208 2517942
or visit their web site: http://www.aocuk.net/