Aromatherapy is a natural therapy utilising essential oils. Essential oils are extracts of plants such as leaves, grasses, stems, bark, petals and roots all producing aromas, utilised for therapeutic purposes. Aromatherapy has been shown to enhance health and well-being and support many chronic and acute conditions.
Aromatherapy is one of the most frequently used complementary therapies, utilised by many individuals and is widely used in hospice settings. In todays busy world the use of natural and sustainable alternatives for therapeutic treatment is sort by an increasing number of individuals, making essential oils an ideal therapy option.
Essential oils treat both the mind and the body, providing physical and mood enhancing benefits, treating numerous acute and chronic conditions, providing a holistic approach to treatment.
Kathy offers aromatherapy massage and inhalation treatments, prescribing a bespoke aromatherapy blend from a range of 70 essential oils. Kathy also offers a homecare service of bespoke aromatherapy products, to enhance your treatment benefits long after the initial treatment. Kathy only uses ethical and sustainable essential oils of the highest purity and quality from Neals Yard, Tisserand, Quinessence, Penny Price and Kobashi. Kathy follows the codes of conduct and safety of the Aromatherapy Trade Council and International Federation of Professional aromatherapists.
Aromatherapy has been shown to benefit a number conditions, including but not limited to:
- Skin conditions – Acne , eczema, dermatitis
- Muscle tension and joint pain
- Pregnancy & hormonal
- Circulatory & immune issues
- Mood enhancement
- Sleep disorders
- Stress and anxiety
Aromatherapy Specialist interest – skincare and acne
Kathy has a particular interest in skin conditions and well-being. Acne is a specific interest having completed her under graduate dissertation in the effect of essential oils upon acne and associated quality of life, for her Complementary healthcare degree. Kathy is continuing her studies with essential oils and the effect upon acne and associated quality of life as part of the Masters of Research (MRes) degree she is studying at Cardiff Metropolitan University.
As part of my Maters degree I am conducting a student research project, looking at the effects of two aromatherapy blends on acne and quality of life associated with acne in adults. If you have acne and would like to try a free aromatherapy blend, please take a look at the attached poster and contact me directly, or via the email address on the poster for further information
Who can benefit from Aromatherapy?
Anyone can benefit from aromatherapy from children to adults, safely incorporated into aromatherapy treatments. There are some situations where aromatherapy may be contraindicated. Please seek advice from Kathy for individual professional advice and recommendations.
Aromatherapy massage is a wonderful, therapeutic experience. Combining essential oils to treat a specific need, be it to provide pain and muscle tension relief, relaxation, or uplift in mood, combined with the therapeutic benefits of specific massage techniques providing optimal results.
Aromatherapy Pregnancy Massage
Aromatherapy is a safe treatment for all stages of pregnancy and can be incorporated into pregnancy massage treatments.
What happens during an aromatherapy massage?
Your treatment starts with a full life style and medical history consultation, and formal consent is agreed. Optimal essential oils and massage base oils are chosen to maximise your treatment aims.
Most treatments involve a full body massage (back neck & shoulders, legs, feet, arms, hands, head and face). However, treatments can be tailored to suit your individual requirements, with longer time spent on specific problem areas.
At the end of the treatment, it is advisable to drink water to avoid dehydration and relax before driving. It is essential to leave the oils on your skin for 4-6 hours to allow the oils to provide the maximum benefit.
How will I feel after aromatherapy massage?
Clients feel many benefits from the aromatherapy massage including symptom relief, relaxation, being uplifted, nourished and calm. More than one treatment may be required to achieve results
Aromatherapy homecare products
Kathy can provide individual aromatherapy homecare products to enhance treatment benefits as well as providing products for health, well-being and gifts.
Clinical aromatherapy (Level 5) IFPA – 2018 as part of her undergraduate Complementary Healthcare degree B.Sc (Hons) at Cardiff Metropolitan University.
Clinical aromatherapy workshops: Christie Hospital 2018
Aromatherapy (level 3) VCTC (2015)
Research & Evidence
A Systemic Review on the Anxiolytic Effects of Aromatherapy in People with Anxiety Symptoms. Lee, Y-K., Wu, Y., Tsang, H. W. H., Leung, A. Y., Cheung, W. M. (2011). Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. 17(2), pp. 101-108. Doi: 10. 1089/acm.2009.0277.
Burn care and anxiety
Comparing the effects of aromatherapy massage and inhalation aromatherapy on anxiety and pain in burns patients: A single-blind randomized clinical trial. Seyyed-Rasooli et al, (2016). Burns. 42, pp. 1774-1780.
Treatment of acne with a combination of propolis, tea tree oil, and Aloe Vera compared to erythromycin cream: two double blind investigations. Mazzello, V., Donadu, M. G., Ferrari, M., Piga, G., Usai, D., Zanetti, S., Sotgiu, M. A. (2018). Clinical Pharmacology: Advances and Applications. 10, pp. 175-181.
Pain and quality of life
Aromatherapy Massage for Neuropathic Pain and Quality of Life in Diabetic Patients. Metin et al, (2017). Journal of Nursing Scholarship. 49(4), pp. 379-388. Doi: 10.1111/jnu.12306.
The effect of aromatherapy on anxiety in labour
The effect of aromatherapy by oil of orange on anxiety during labor: A randomised clinical trial. Rashidi-Fakari, F., Tabatabaeichehr, M., Mortazavi, H. (2015). Iranian Journal of Nursing Midwifery Research. 20(6), pp. 661-664.
Aromatherapy for Health Professions. Price and Price, (2014). (4th Edn). London: Churchill Livingstone.
Clinical Aromatherapy. Buckle, J. (2015). (3rd Edn). London: Elsevier.
The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy. Battaglia, S. (2018). (3rd Edn). Brisbane: Black Pepper Creative.