Zen Health & Wellness Centre
The Natural Health Service

Aromatherapy Information

History

Throughout the ages, plants have been used for their mysterious healing properties. Many ancient cultures believed they contained magical remedies to cure the mind, body and spirit. Historical references to the use of precious essential oils are thought to date back as far as 7000BC. Despite the fact that their therapeutic benefits have been known for centuries, it is only in recent years that there has been a tremendous resurgence of interest in this ancient therapy.

Essential Oils

Essential oils used in aromatherapy are pure plant essences, extracted by various means from different parts of the plant e.g. leaves, flowers, roots, berries, seeds etc. They are very potent, powerful, volatile substances and possess many therapeutic properties. They can perhaps be best described as the capture of the vital life-essence of the aromatic plant. 

Essential oils are absorbed through the skin into the blood and lymphatic systems. The most effective way is by massage which:
• stimulates the circulation and lymphatic system, allowing toxins to be eliminated faster
• aids tissue repair and nutrition
• relaxes and tones the muscles
• relax, sedate, stimulate, calm the nervous system
• reduces fatigue and promotes better sleep patterns

During massage the aromas are also inhaled which helps the distribution of the essential oils and relief of specific ailments.

Benefits of Aromatherapy

• promotes relaxation
• provides the ability to deal with stress more appropriately
• enables clearer thinking and a calmer state of mind
• promotes a general feeling of well being
• stimulates, sedates, invigorates, calms the nervous system promoting greater relaxation and stress relief.

Some typical ailments that may be helped;

• Stress Relief and Anxiety
• Depression
• Cellulite and Fluid Retention
• Aches and Pains
• Arthritis, Rheumatism, Gout
• Travel Sickness
• Headaches, migraine
• Fatigue, ME, MS
• PMS & Menopausal problems
• Asthma, Colds, Flu, Hay Fever
• Acne, Psoriasis, Eczema
• Indigestion
• Some Circulatory condition
• Insomnia