Essential oils have been used for centuries and can be traced back to the Egyptian temples but it was the Romans who used the oils with massage. This was the birth of early Aromatherapy. A Frenchman burnt his hand in a laboratory explosion and plunged his hand into a vat of lavender oil. He was amazed how quickly the burn healed with less pain and scarring than anticipated. He wrote a book in 1928 with the word “Aromatherapy” as its title.
Essential oils are extracted from a wide variety of plants and are very concentrated. They are mainly obtained by steam distillation. Essential oils have a therapeutic effect for a number of conditions and affect the mind and body via the sense of smell as well as absorption through the skin.
I am qualified and insured to use the following oils as part of your reflexology treatment:
Begamot is an uplifting, refreshing and antiseptic oil. It is used to treat anxiety, depression, melancholy, tiredness, irritability and stress.
Chamomile is a natural inflammatory and healing oil. It is used for stress, sleeplessness, headaches, rheumatoid arthritis, menstrual or menopausal problems.
Fennel is a good digestive, diuretic, tonic and antiseptic oil. It is excellent for wind, bloating, colic and tummy aches, menstrual cramps, fluid retention, PMT and tiredness
Ginger is has warming, stimulating, astrigengent and antiseptic properties. It is good to boost the circulation, relieve a tight chesty cough, tummy ache, tight muscles and stiffness.
Juniperberry is a diuretic, antiseptic, uplifting but relaxing oil. It is excellent for aches and pains, cramps, slow circulation, fluid retention, menstrual problems and cellulite.
Lavender is both a relaxing and stimulating oil and a powerful antiseptic and healer that has a wide variety of uses. It calms, refreshes, invigorates and lifts the spirits so is useful for depression, tiredness, tension, skin problems and aches and pains.
Lemon is a stimulating, invigorating, astringent, deodorizing, diuretic and antiseptic oil. It is useful for clearing the head when you have a cold or mentally exhausted, boosting circulation and warming the hands or feet. It can be used to treat cellulite and for energizing an aching body.
Marjoram has relaxing, warming and soothing properties. It can be used for headaches, insomnia, tension, aches and pains, chilblains and coughs and colds.
Myrrh is anti-inflammatory, healing, relaxing oil and a good expectorant so excellent for treating poor circulation, arthritis and relieve any chest or nasal congestion.
Patchouli is a pungent anti-inflammatory and antiseptic oil that can be used for tiredness and tension. It is also useful for fungal infections such as athletes foot.
Rosemary oil is cleansing, antiseptic and astringent, invigorating and stimulating and is useful for poor circulation, fluid retention, breathing problems and headaches.
Spearmint is an antiseptic and antispasmodic oil and is useful for digestive problems, nausea, flatulence, mental strain, sinus problems, catarrah and asthma.
Tea Tree is a powerful, non irritating antiseptic oil that kills bacteria, fungi and viruses. It is useful for yeast and fungal infections, verrucae, warts and sweaty feet. It is very commonly used for first aid and is a powerful immune system stimulant.
This list of conditions is not an exhaustive list and the oils can be used for other purposes. I have selected the conditions that my clients are likely to present when seeking reflexology.
A prior initial consultation is required to ensure there are no contraindications.