Aromatherapy: The Art of Healing

Aromatherapy is beneficial in so many ways we can use it in our daily lives – from the bathroom to the kitchen . It can provide a boost when you need to be alert or promote calmness during tense and stressful situations. Aromatherapy can also help us to maintain focus and energy levels through a long work-day or when battling lack of sleep or jet lag. Best of all, there are no side effects like those related to the highs and lows associated with common quick fixes such as caffeine, alcohol, sugar or drug consumption.

Aromatherapy: Balance & Harmony

Aromatherapy is based on the ancient principle that the spirit and the body should be in harmony.  This healing art combines the aromatic essence of plants, known as essential oils, with a relaxing therapeutic massage, bath, inhalation, cream or prepared compress to restore a state of well-being. While essential oils are considered safe to use, they are very powerful, highly concentrated substances which should be treated with a great deal of respect. Always consult a professional before using any oil.  Women who are pregnant or breast-feeding should not use essential oils without consultation.

Essential Oil: The Benefits

Each essential oil has a natural, medicinal property that stimulates in a specific way, therefore certain oils are used for treating certain conditions.  Added to the bath water, massaged into the skin or used in a compress the therapeutic benefits are rewarding. Here are just a few of the popular therapeutic oils and their effects.

Chamomile: Soothing and harmonizing
Clove: Warming
Eucalyptus: Balancing and stimulating
Fennel: Clearing
Grapefruit: Refreshing
Jasmine: Soothing
Lavender: Calming and healing
Lemon: Cleansing and stimulating
Orange: Calming and energizing

Safety Tips:

Always read and follow label instructions
Keep essential oils away from your eyes
Keep essential oils out of reach when around children
Use only as directed in suggested amounts

Important Note: Spa-goers are reminded to always make sure that spa service providers and spa establishments are safe and professional.  Be sure to ask questions and provide all information to the spa regarding any health conditions that may impact your spa experience.