Aromatherapy

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‘Aromatherapy is a caring, hands-on therapy that seeks to induce relaxation, to increase energy, to reduce the effects of stress and to restore lost balance to mind, body and soul.’ – Robert Tisserand.

Used since ancient times, plant extracts have been utilised as a preventative and non-invasive therapy for illness and overall healthy wellbeing. Aromatherapy oils are extracted from natural resources such as bark, flowers, roots and fruits. These essential oils can be diffused through an inhaler, or used in massage and bath oils. A client should always check with a physician before they use these oils if they are prescribed other medications. The following oils can be used as part of depression therapy:

Bergamot:

Works against fatigue and can be used as part of stress therapy and anxiety therapy.

Clery Sage:

Reduces the pain of menstruation, PMS and menopause.

Frankincense:

Calming and balancing effects. Frequently used in meditation.

Geranium:

Eases the discomfort of menstruation and menopause.

Grapefruit:

Uplifting and boosts self-esteem.

Helichrysum:

Argued to enhance creativity and help people to relax and process their feelings.

Jasmine:

Has a calming effect and is used as an aphrodisiac and an antidepressant.

Lavender:

Has a soothing effect.

Lemon:

Energising.

Mandarin:

Uplifting effects, used for insomnia.

Neroli:

Effective on a depressed mood and calms anxiety.

Orange:

Used as an antidepressant.

Roman Chamomile:

Reduces the symptoms of menstrual cramp, insomnia, and headaches. Relieves stress.

Rose:

Eases depression, hysteria and grief.

Sandalwood:

Relieves stress and tension. Reduces depressive symptoms.

Ylang Ylang:

Overall calming effect which can relieve symptoms of PMS, menopause and aggression. Also used as an antidepressant.