Aromatherapy is the therapeutic use of essential oils (and hydrolats) in order to maintain good health and wellbeing.
Essential oils have an effect on the physical, emotional and spiritual elements of the body and have been found to be particularly helpful in supporting symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression.
Warming oils, such as black pepper and ginger, can help to soothe aches and pains and diffusion of oils such as eucalyptus can help to clear a blocked stuffy nose. Article and further links to research to follow.
In addition, the cosmetics industry has long known of the benefits of using oils to the skin, and particular oils can be helpful in supporting dry, oily or ageing skin, as well as other skin disorders.
Aromatherapy is often used alongside massage - and this is a popular choice - but aromatherapy is so much more than simply a checklist of oils. I can blend the following for you:
Body or massage oil
Diffusion/inhalation blends (to be used with a diffuser or inhalation stick or rollerball)
Cream (including facial creams and oils)
Body wash, liquid soap and shampoo (using a certified organic base)
Salves and balms
Prices vary based on the mediums used.
NB: You may be able to claim on your health care plan/insurance