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My Top Three Essential Oils

Posted on 20 April, 2017 at 6:58 Comments comments ()
The most difficult question you can ask any Aromatherapist is ‘What are your Top Three oils?’, but I’ll give it a go!
My number one oil can change daily depending on my mood and who I am working with at the time. I might open a tiny bottle of an essential not used for a while and think ’this has got to be my favourite, why have I neglected it for so long?’, then that can all change the next day!
Having said that I nearly always return to the classic oil Frankincense, mainly because of its power to visibly calm and comfort. It is my oil of choice when I am faced with an obviously anxious or nervous client, one drop, sniffed from a tissue, soothes and balances the emotions, helping to overcome stress by slowing and deepening the breath.
There have been numerous studies carried out to try and discover why this oil can have such a profound impact on our sense of calm. Frankincense contains molecules that can penetrate the blood-brain barrier, enabling it to carry much-needed oxygen into the brain, as well as stimulating the limbic area of the brain. It is this calming and grounding quality of frankincense oil that proves to be beneficial in treating depression, anxiety and low moods. It is also for this reason that frankincense has been prized for thousands of years to help meditation and contemplation. Add to this its excellent reputation as an antiseptic, its valuable use when treating all respiratory conditions and the fact that it has proven anti-ageing properties it is easy to see why this oil remains firmly at Number One of my top three chart.
So what oil could possibly follow frankincense at the number two spot? It has to be Geranium, simply for its wonderful floral, grassy fragrance and for its superb balancing properties. This is the oil I recommend to all my female clients due to its regulating effect on the hormonal and the nervous systems, and the smell makes it a pleasure to use. I also use this oil on my male clients as they too benefit from its balancing properties but I would blend it with a masculine fragranced oil such as Sandalwood or Vetiver.

And in at number three is Rose otto. The fragrance is sublime, both warm and comforting, one sniff transports you to a summer garden filled with beautiful blooms. Because of the cost I reserve this oil for my skincare blends and for anyone experiencing loss or bereavement of any kind. Its ability to bring about emotional balance never ceases to amaze me, Rose has a spiritual influence and is used to balance and open the Heart Chakra.

Muscle Tension

Posted on 19 October, 2016 at 9:09 Comments comments ()
Muscular Tension
Overused and overextended muscles cause tension. Any movement we make, no matter how small, involves muscles tensing and flexing. Any activity that entails repetitive movement from tapping away on a laptop to swinging a golf club, or during periods of stress and anxiety, can result in tight muscles that are ‘stuck’ in a tense state. Once these muscles refuse to relax they weaken and circulation of blood and lymph is impaired.
Once a muscle becomes inflexible it is very difficult to release it. Painkillers and muscle relaxants can be useful but they do not heal the muscle, they just reduce the discomfort felt. Massage is one of the best ways to manage muscular tension in the body, especially when combined with essential oils. Massage helps to release and stretch the ineffective muscles and loosens connective tissue. Kneading, pressing and rubbing areas of muscular tension results in the stimulation of the circulation to the area, this increased blood flow brings with it energy producing nutrients and oxygen. Massage not only relaxes and softens the muscles it helps to increase mobility and flexibility and to reduce pain as endorphins (the body’s natural painkillers) are released. 
 Used in conjunction with massage carefully chosen essential oils can provide two benefits; they penetrate deep into the muscle tissue and encourage the contracted muscle to expand, in turn relieving the physical pain, but they can also help with the emotional stress that results in physical tension.
There is a long list of essential oils that can be of benefit when massaging tense muscles. Any essential oils considered a relaxant will be of use, as will oils that have analgesic or anti-inflammatory properties. Some essential oils, such as eucalyptus and rosemary, have a cooling effect when applied to the skin, helping to take the heat out of inflamed muscles. Other oils are chosen for their rubefacient effects, that is a substance when applied topically to the body causes dilation of the capillaries and an increase in blood circulation, oils that fall into this category are sweet marjoram and ginger.
In my practice I have found that the main areas tension affects the muscles is lower (sacra)l area of the back, the upper back and neck , jawline, facial muscles and scalp. I have put together a special Aromatherapy Tension Busting Treatment that concentrates on all these areas.
 


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