About Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy – The Healing Power of Nature

My professional body, the International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists have a lot of information about Aromatherapy. Follow the links below for more information from them:

IFPA: Information on Aromatherapy

IFPA: Why choose an IFPA Professional Aromatherapist?

I offer many types of massage & all may be provided as Aromatherapy treatments. Essential oils have an extensive history of extraction & use in medicine & perfume over centuries. As an ex-archaeologist & researcher I have relished investigating their historical use. Please do see my Blog for archaeo-aroma events I have run in national museums the Petrie Museum on their use in Ancient Egypt and at the Museum of London on Ancient Rome.

Real Aromatherapy is so much more than offering some pre-blended oils to have a treatment with. I studied extensively for three years to become a professional Aromatherapist, including learning full safety protocols and molecular chemistry in order to blend beautifully and safely. I blend with over 120 plant essential oils sourced from specialists who supply only to professional aromatherapists. Part of what makes me unique as a therapist is that all my treatments are available with bespoke, tailor-made blends designed for you and your specific personal needs – each and every time you come to see me. Plus you get to take home the remainder of your blend free of charge!

Aromatherapy is the use of plant essential oils diluted in a carrier oil & used in combination with massage

Lavender Fields - Nature to Nurture; Aromatherapy Massage in Hemel & St Albans

Fields of Lavender – called the ‘Mother of All Essential Oils’ due to its wide-ranging properties

Essential Oils – The Vital Essence of Plants

Essential oils are a complex mixture of volatile chemicals, so called because they carry the distinctive scent, characteristics & vital essence of a plant. These aromatic oils are found within a broad but select range of plant species. They can be found within the flowers, leaves, roots or bark. Why the plants create these oils is not yet fully understood, but it is believed that they provide them with various evolutionary advantages, such as attracting pollinators, aiding defence, self-healing etc.

Myrrh Tree Commiphora - Banner - Nature To Nurture - Aromatherapy In Hemel & St Albans

Commiphora Myrrha – the trees which produce the resin to make Myrrh Essential Oil

The Use of Essential Oils in Medicine

The chemical composition of essential oils varies & adapts dependent upon climate, time of harvest, local conditions etc. Thus each type of plant oil can have many distinct therapeutic properties & wide-ranging functions: anti-inflammatories; analgesics; antimicrobials; wound healing; sedatives & hormonal regulators to name but a few. They are now being extensively studied in a clinical environment, with hospitals such as the Christie NHS Trust, Manchester interested in research & use of oils such as Lavender & Roman Chamomile for conditions such as burns & wound-healing, or Tea Tree, LemonMyrrh for their antimicrobialantifungal properties. Even oils such as Rose, known more for skincaremood lifting, have been shown to be significant antimicrobial inhibitors

Aromatherapy works together with the inherent healing properties in these oils & uses them to bring relief to both physical & emotional ailments