Aromatherapy: Benefits and Considerations
Aromatherapy has been used for thousands of years by ancient cultures for medical and religious purposes. It uses essential oils made from natural plant extracts to improve the health of the body, mind and spirit and is applied through inhalation and/or skin absorption.
Prior to the development of chemical drugs, essential oils were traditionally used to treat medical conditions such as burns and illnesses. While aromatherapy is viewed by today’s society as an alternative therapy, it has recently gained more recognition in the fields of medicine and science.
Some of the benefits of Aromatherapy include:
• Pain management
• Improved sleep
• Stress reduction
• Treating headaches
• Ease labour discomfort
• Improved digestion
• Boosted immunity
Some considerations when using Essential Oils
While most essential oils are safe to use, there are a few things to consider before commencing your aromatherapy treatment.
When purchasing essential oils for at-home use, it’s important to purchase from a reputable company to ensure the oils are 100% natural and safe to use. Dream Spa purchases its essential oils from Heritage Healers.
Essential oils can be used for inhalation, but do not apply them directly to your skin without first diluting them with a carrier oil. You can also purchase oil blends, which are specifically for skin absorption. Remember to always do a skin patch test before using essential oil blends, as you may have an allergy that you are unaware of.
It’s important to be aware that everyone has different side effects to essential oils. Some citrus-based oils may cause sun sensitivity to your skin, so if you’re planning a beach day or a day in the sun, avoid using citrus essential oils.
Children and women who are pregnant should seek advice from their doctor before using essential oils. You should also use oils with caution if you have: hay fever, asthma, epilepsy, high blood pressure, eczema, or psoriasis, as the oils may cause a flare up or reaction.
Dream Spa’s Use of Essential Oils
Dream Spa uses Heritage Healers’ Essential Oils for inhalation before all treatments and uses their Essential Oil Blends for the Elemental Aroma Massage. When booking in for a massage, clients will be able to choose from the below options for their desired blend.
- Earth Oil Blend
- The Earth oil blend grounds you, enhancing feelings of stability and increasing focus. It uses cypress, bergamot, geranium and frankincense, in a skin soothing macadamia oil base. Energised with Smokey Quartz and Red Jasper – crystals of the Base Chakra.
- Water Oil Blend
- Bringing you the sensitive, emotional sympathy of Water’s essence; encouraging compassion, insight and spiritual depth. It uses lavender, clary sage, marjoram geranium, in a skin soothing macadamia oil base. Energised with Tigers Eye and Carnelian – crystals of the Sacral Chakra.
- Fire Oil Blend
- The Fire blend brings passion and drive, motivating energy and achievement. It uses vetiver, myrrh, ylang ylang, and neroli, in a skin soothing macadamia oil base. Energised with Citrine and Aquamarine – crystals of the Solar Plexus Chakra.
- Air Oil Blend
- Enhances communication and deepens personal connections, generating clear, creative thinking. It uses basil, lemongrass, patchouli and sandalwood, in a skin soothing macadamia oil base. Energised with Rose Quartz and Aventurine – crystals of the Heart Chakra.