The Penny Price academy of Aromatherapy  defines aromatherapy as, ‘the controlled use of natural essential oils to achieve balance and harmony of the individual (mind, body and spirit).’.

Aromatherapy introduces essential oils from plants to the body, to achieve an improvement in health and well being.

Many people believe that aromatherapy is simply using pleasant smells to help you feel better and this is certainly an important aspect of treatment. If a client finds an aroma pleasing or associates it with a happy memory, then this will send messages of safety and well-being to the brain which in turn initiate the body’s healing processes.

However, there is a lot more science coming into play than nice smells when prescribing oils for treatment. A clinical aromatherapist will consider the chemistry of the oils and how they interact with the client’s physical condition and body chemistry. Each essential oil is a complex mixture of naturally occurring chemicals produced for the health of the plant. One oil may contain hundreds of chemical constituents and therefore have a complex array of properties and effects, e.g. antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving and immunostimulant, to name but a few. An aromatherapy prescription will typically contain between three and five different oils. When the oils are blended, they create a synergy as they interact with each other, producing a greater effect than the sum of its parts.

There are many methods of administering essential oils, depending on the body systems being treated and client preferences. You may be given a concentrated blend to inhale or a dilute blend to use on the skin or in the bath. For some conditions, larger doses of oil may be administered in a compress, or suppositories/pessaries may be prescribed. The oils enter the bloodstream via the skin, lungs or mucous membranes in safe quantities, so that they bring about positive change without having unpleasant side effects. The oils’ complex nature also means that they continue to work effectively  without the body’s becoming resistant to them.

Aromatherapy consultations can either be integrated into massage appointments or given online without massage. Your prescriptions can be posted to you directly.