AROMATHERAPY ADVICE ON WHAT OILS TO AVOID…

I have written a lot about aromatherapy oils used in an aromatherapy massage as I really think it helps relax your muscles and the pain of Fibromyalgia.

I personally use Lavender oil to mix with a hand cream as I find just rubbing my hands with it before I go to sleep very therapeutic but I did not appreciate how some oils are not suitable for certain conditions.

The infographic below from Pinterest shows you in detail which ones to avoid if you have certain medical conditions.

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ALL ABOUT AROMATHERAPY OILS, HOW TO STORE THEM AND HOW THEY HELP WITH FIBROMYALGIA PAIN…

Aromatherapy oils can be used for a number of illnesses and treatments and the storage of them is an important factor. They are a great oil to use for Fibromyalgia pain.

My love of essential oils goes back about 20+ years. The hospital where I had my first spinal surgeries had a lady that came into the hospital on a weekly basis and gave patients aromatherapy massage if they wished to have it.

She was a quiet small lady whose aura gave a feeling of calm before she even gave you the aromatherapy massage. She would mix the oils at the time you arrived by first finding out what sort of pain you were in. If I go somewhere that sells or uses these oils it takes me straight back to my regular session with my aromatherapist.

Unfortunately, like all of us, she eventually retired and although I still have the odd aromatherapy massage I have yet to have a treatment that reacted in quite the same way.

Sometimes I will use an aromatherapy diffuser scent ring, to fill the room with my favourite oils. Lavender (which also reminds me of my Grandma as she always wore it) mixed with rosemary oil is top of my list.

When I first went to my NHS Pain Clinic some years ago they offered amongst other alternative therapies massage treatment. I was keen to get booked into this in the hope it would be as good as my aromatherapist treatment. The massage was good but without the oils, it just didn’t have the same effect on me. I would previously come home feeling completely relaxed and would sleep so well on the day of my treatment.

Storing your oils is important for their lifespan. Try to store your oils in a dark amber glass bottle, this will store it better. If they are stored in a clear or plastic bottle they will deteriorate in about 8 weeks.

Always store away from direct sunlight, in a cool and dark place is best. If stored correctly they could last up to one year.

To make your oils go further, add five to 10% of wheat-germ oil, as it helps to preserve the mixture.

Before you massage ALWAYS do a patch test first to check you are not allergic to it.

Always wash your hands when you have finished the massage.

A blend of natural oils which have been drawn from five different countries is being used as a pain treatment for Fibromyalgia.

Called 024 Fibromyalgia, it has been developed by Swiss Medica in Canada and is available in a bottle or as a wipe.

It is made up of camphor oil (Japan), eucalyptus oil (Australia) aloe vera oil (Mexico) peppermint oil (India) rosemary oil (Spain) lemon oil (USA) and orange oil (USA).

It was launched in the USA in January 2006 and is one of the first products that was developed specifically for the pain of Fibromyalgia. It’s all clinically tested and from natural products.

Many Fibromyalgia forums have written comments on this oil with some having great results and others no so great, but that can be the same with drugs or treatments as it seems pains affect people differently.

Written by the experts, Neals Yard Remedies: Essential Oils book will bring the rejuvenating aromatherapy benefits into your life.

WHY I AM A HUGE FAN OF ESSENTIAL OILS…

My love of essential oils goes back about 20+ years. The hospital where I had my first spinal surgeries had a lady that came into the hospital on a weekly basis and gave patients aromatherapy massage if they wished to have it.

She was a quiet small lady whose aura gave a feeling of calm before she even gave you the aromatherapy massage. She would mix the oils at the time you arrived by first finding out what sort of pain you were in. If I go somewhere that sells or uses these oils it takes me straight back to my regular session with my aromatherapist.

Unfortunately, like all of us, she eventually retired and although I still have the odd aromatherapy massage I have yet to have a treatment that reacted in quite the same way.

Sometimes I will use an aromatherapy diffuser scent ring, to fill the room with my favourite oils. Lavender (which also reminds me of my Grandma as she always wore it) mixed with rosemary oil is top of my list.

When I first went to my NHS Pain Clinic some years ago they offered amongst other alternative therapies massage treatment. I was keen to get booked into this in the hope it would be as good as my aromatherapist treatment. The massage was good but without the oils it just didn’t have the same effect on me. I would previously come home feeling completely relaxed and would sleep so well on the day of my treatment.

I buy my oils from Nature’s Best as they have such good quality oils and still use their breathe easy blend if anyone in the house is suffering from cold or flu-like symptoms. Their breathe easy blend is made up of eucalyptus, camphor and peppermint which is a natural aid to breathe clearly. Amazon also has a number of companies selling oils on their site.

Did you know that you can even use oils for general household freshening? You can add a few drops of oil to your waste bin, to help mask nasty odours. You can add a few drops onto the inside of your toilet roll core then every time it is turned the aroma is released. You can also add a few drops to a cotton wool ball and place in your vacuum bag, and of course lavender acts as a natural repellent against insects. Our wardrobe is always full of little lace bags filled with fresh lavender to keep the moths away.

Just reading what Lavender Oils contains is enough to promote me to buy some –

  • Steam distilled from Lavandula angustifola flowers
  • Relaxing and calming properties
  • Ideal for skin care and restful sleep preparations
  • Topical treatment for insect bites

Lavender essential oil has a slightly deep note and an herbaceous tone, yet rich, mellow and fruity.

We harvest 30 to 50 kg per hectare of these prized flowers at the optimum time in their life-cycle, and in the most suitable climate to maximise potency. It takes 150 pounds of flowers to produce just one pound of oil. Once collected the flowers are steam distilled to extract the Lavandula angustifola oil.

Since ancient times, Lavender (Lavandula angustifola) has been one of the most popular and widely used scents, with its name derived from the Latin lavare, to wash. The essential oils from this plant are known to have a soothing and calming effect, and is often used to relieve many ailments. Applied topically to insect bites can relieve irritation.

Did you know?
You can eat the lavender flower buds! They can be added to biscuits, cakes and sprinkled into salads.

 

 

 

 

AROMATHERAPY MASSAGE FOR PAIN RELIEF…

According to an article in ‘Arthritis Today‘, recent studies corroborate the use of aromatherapy for pain relief.

Aromatherapy is a combination of two words “aroma” which means smell or fragrance, and ‘therapy” which means a treatment for the body, mind, or social condition of a person, to assist a process where healing and change can take place.

Apparently “Aromatherapy is effective because it works directly on the amygdala, the brain’s emotional center,” Mehmet Oz, MD, professor of surgery at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City stated. “This has important consequences because the thinking part of the brain can’t inhibit the effects of the scent, meaning you feel them instantaneously”.

It is a method of healing using very concentrated essential oils that are often highly aromatic and are extracted from plants. Alan Hirsch, MD, neurologist at the Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago, believes you don’t have to limit yourself to essential oils. Limiting the length of your exposure to certain scents, however, will ensure they remain effective. “Short-term exposure is key because people stop responding to scents after a few minutes.

The International Federation of Aromatherapists are the first and largest governing body in Clinical and Holistic Aromatherapy. They have experience and experts and offer excellence in Aromatherapy and the Science of Essential Oils. They have pioneered and safeguarded standards of practice of Aromatherpy since 1985 and introduced aromatherpy into the NHS Hospitals, Hospices and Care Professions. They have a list of IFA therapists from around the world to help you find an approved therapist.

The UK Aromatherapy Website have been through several metamorphoses over the last 6 years, and have even established themselves as the regulatory body for aromatherapy, but due to changes in the needs of regulation they have now reverted back to being the Lead or Governing Body for the UK aromatherapy profession and not the payday loan industry.

Regulation and registration of Complementary Therapists in the UK is voluntary self-regulation. This means that an aromatherapist can still practice and not have to be Registered with one of the federal bodies as it is their personal choice. To ensure that these aromatherapists are not disadvantaged in any way, they have set up a way of checking qualifications on their education page. An aromatherapist who holds a recognised qualification and is a full member of one of the associations within the Aromatherapy Council is permitted to state that they are AC Recognised.

The International Federation of Aromatherapists (IFA) is the Professional Body for Aromatherapists. The IFA were the first established Governing Body in Clinical and Holistic Aromatherapy in 1985. Their Charities purpose is the preservation of health and wellbeing by advancing the knowledge, practice of and expertise in Aromatherapy by education, teaching and training.

On a personal note I do find that aromatherapy massage helps with pain relief be it only for a short period of time. Some say that it’s a placebo effect but I do genuinely feel in less pain and more calm. Let’s put it this way, if I could afford a massage on a weekly basis I would have it booked in a second but once a month is a help to me for the time being.

A great site with lots of lovely aromatherapy products is Aromatherapy Associates  who are based in Regent Street, London. They cover every product available to do with the aromatherapy oils as well as a very useful Aromatherapy Guide. They have won this years CEW Beauty Awards Finalist in 8 categories.

CEW is known for its Beauty Awards, where cosmetic, fragrance, skin care, hair care and body care products of various categories are judged for quality and innovation by CEW’s members. After a selection of finalist products is announced, the final winning products (and companies) are honoured at a gala event. Many influential cosmetic executives, journalists, and celebrities attend this event, and a CEW Beauty Award is widely recognised as the most prestigious honour a company can receive for its products.

 

 

 

 

#AROMATHERAPY FOR PAIN RELIEF…

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According to Mary Margaret Chappell in an article in ‘Arthritis Today’, recent studies “corroborate the use of aromatherapy for pain relief”. 􀀁

Apparently “Aromatherapy is effective because it works directly on the amygdala, the brain’s emotional centre,” says Mehmet Oz MD, professor of surgery at Columbia University Medical Centre in New York City. 􀀁“This has important consequences because the thinking part of the brain can’t inhibit the effects of the scent, meaning you feel them instantaneously”. 􀀁

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It is a method of healing using highly concentrated plant oils called ‘essential oils’ that are often highly aromatic and are extracted from plants. 􀀁 Alan Hirsch MD, neurologist at the Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago, believes you don’t have to limit yourself to essential oils. Limiting the length of your exposure to certain scents however, will ensure they remain effective. 􀀁“Short-term exposure is key because people stop responding to scents after a few minutes”. 􀀁

When you inhale essential oil molecules, messages are transmitted to the limbic system, and affect heart rate, stress levels, blood pressure, breathing, memory and the immune system.

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The International Federation of Aromatherapists  are the first and largest governing body in Clinical and Holistic Aromatherapy. They have experience and experts who can offer excellence in Aromatherapy and the Science of Essential Oils.

They have pioneered and safeguarded standards of practice of Aromatherapy since 1985 and introduced aromatherapy into NHS Hospitals, Hospices and Care Professions. They have a list of IFA therapists from around the world to help you find an approved therapist. 􀀁

A good book on the subject is ‘The Encyclopaedia of Essential Oils: The Complete Guide to the use of aromatic oils in aromatherapy, herbalism, health and well being’, by Julia Lawless. which is available from Amazon and other good book shops. Blend Eight Aromatherapy Products have a fantastic range of products which you buy from them online.

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On a personal note, Aromatherapy was the first type of alternative therapy that I had after my second surgery. The hospital I was staying in employed a lady who gave the treatment either while you were in hospital or you could have private treatment. She definitely had healing hands as far as I was concerned and, although I am quite sure some of the relief was placebo-effect, I still had regular treatments with her for a short pain-free time.

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