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Time to relax with some soothing scents this Aromatherapy Awareness Week (8th June)
June 11th, 2020
A recent survey* by the Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT) revealed that aromatherapy is one of the top three complementary therapies requested by the public in the UK. As we approach Aromatherapy Awareness Week (8 – 14 June 2020), here’s a quick look at how it can help to boost health and wellbeing and reduce stress, naturally.
The benefits of aromatherapy
Aromatherapy involves the therapeutic use of plant essential oils, which enter the body either through the lungs, when inhaled, or the skin, if used as part of a massage blend or other product.
All of the essential oils used in aromatherapy contain tiny molecules that can have a stimulating, balancing or relaxing effect on the body and mind. Among other things, they can help to reduce anxiety and stress, promote relaxation and sleep, or give your energy levels a little boost. It all comes down to knowing the properties of each oil and which ones are best suited to your individual needs at any given time.
When essential oils are applied as part of an aromatherapy massage, this can have the added benefit of improving circulation to the treated area and relieving muscular tension.
Reducing stress and aiding relaxation and sleep
There are a number of essential oils that can be helpful for stress and stress-related problems, including difficulty sleeping. Bergamot is a member of the citrus family and can be both calming and uplifting, making it ideal for stress, anxiety or depression. Lavender has a calming, balancing effect on the mind and body, and is particularly good for anxiety, headaches and sleep problems. Clary sage, chamomile and marjoram also have sedative qualities, so again, may be an ideal choice for tackling stress and anxiety, and promoting a peaceful slumber.
Using essential oils safely
Essential oils are wonderful wellbeing allies, but if they are not used properly, they can be harmful. Contact your local aromatherapist for advice, and especially if you are pregnant, taking medication or have a medical condition. While current social distancing measures mean they might not be able to treat you in person right now, they may be able to offer you some general tips and advice remotely, and of course make a note in their diary to book you in for a much-needed treatment, as soon as it’s safe to do so.
Your aromatherapist at the WCHC is Donna Walker, please feel free to email Donna on firstname.lastname@example.org whilst the Centre is currently closed, for free advice.
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