DOES AN OIL REALLY MAKE MUCH DIFFERENCE?
Those who have already been my clients will know that I use a variety of different oils, but what do they actually do? As a qualified aromatherapist I offer various customized products to suit each individual’s specific physical or emotional requirements, but for many of my treatments there is also a choice of different oils available.
5 AROMATHERAPY BLENDS
These are available for any of my massage treatments except for the rungu and cellulite massages or in case of contraindication. You can choose from the following:-
ENERGISE – This uplifting aromatherapy oil contains ginger to boost the circulation and stimulate, reducing mental stress, and ylang ylang with its sedative and euphoric qualities, which balances mind and body, calming the nervous system and reducing the blood pressure. It also soothes dry skin and rebalances the sebum to improve the skin condition, and combines with lemon to not only detoxify the circulatory system, but strengthen the skin and hair. This blend also contains juniper which helps to reduce water retention and also stimulates the circulation. It’s mild neurotonic properties also reduce stress and anxiety.
MUSCLE EASE – this blend combines lavender, peppermint and eucalyptus to help sore muscles recover. Lavender and eucalyptus have anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, helping to reduce both swelling and pain, while the refreshing property of peppermint helps to reduce mental fatigue which can often accompany sore muscles.
RELAX – this blend can relieve hidden tension and promote a sense of calm by balancing the emotions. It combines lavender to reduce tension, roman chamomile to balance emotions and relax the system as a whole, peppermint to soothe the stomach and relieve head tension, and sweet fennel to calm menstrual or digestive discomfort, thus promoting relaxation. Both lavender and chamomile can also promote sleep.
WOMEN’S RESCUE – this hormone balancing blend combines rosemary, geranium and bergamot. Rosemary helps to support the immune system and reduce cortisol levels, which can reduce the effects of PMT, while boosting immunity. Geranium is known for its hormone balancing effects, which can benefit both PMS and the menopause, helping to regulate mood swings, as well as reducing bloating. Bergamot offers stress relief and tension caused by PMS and can help to reduce the baby blues in postnatal women.
MELLOW MUMMY – this pregnancy blend combines lavender, lemon and neroli and has a delicate scent which will not promote nausea at a time when the sense of smell can be quite sensitive. Lavender and neroli oils promote calm, relaxation and good quality sleep, easing anxiety and depression. Lavender can be helpful for nausea and neroli is also beneficial for the dryness and itching that can occur with stretch marks. Lemon has been shown through research to improve mood and ease nausea and vomiting during pregnancy. Both lemon and lavender are also natural analgesics, and lemon also helps the skin to look healthier.
This oil is only used for the rungu massage. Otherwise known as black seed oil, it contains amino acids, phosphorus, iron and carotene, and is great for the skin and hair. This oil has anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties, making it highly beneficial for skin conditions such as inflammatory eczema, helping to reduce the redness and itching. Due to how well this oil permeates the skin it can also help to prevent against bacterial skin infections. Black seed oil contains a substance called thymoquinone which has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties, and lauric acid, which can prevent bacterial skin infections, common in eczema sufferers where the skin cracks. The effects of this oil has been shown through research to be comparable to betamethasone. Black seed oil also supports collagen production and skin regeneration, making it ideal for wound healing. The blend I use also contains eucalyptus and menthol, which add to the anti-inflammatory properties and can help with digestive discomfort and nausea.
This THC free oil can be added to any of the massage treatments I offer, except for the rungu, cellulite and Himalayan salt massage. The blend I use contains cannabidiol, wheatgerm and vitamin E oils, lavender, rosemary and clary sage. The cannabinoids offer anti-inflammatory properties helping to soothe stiff muscles, while the wheatgerm and vitamin E oils moisturize the skin. Lavender offers analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antimicrobial properties, while promoting relaxation and easing anxiety and nausea, while rosemary can improve energy levels and reduce pain, as well as fight respiratory infections. The clary sage helps to strengthen the skin and hair and prevent bacterial infection, as well as easing aching muscles and relieving pain.
My cellulite oil blend is available with the cellulite massage or as a take away item. It combines grapeseed, jojoba and coconut as base oils. Jojoba oil has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antimicrobial and analgesic properties. It is moisturizing, hypoallergenic and noncomedogenic, helps to regulate sebum production, and can relieve dryness and itching associated with conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. Both jojoba and coconut help to increase collagen synthesis and improve elasticity of the skin. Coconut oil is also beneficial for uneven skin tone.
The blend contains geranium which reduces excess fluid and puffiness, which can exacerbate the appearance of cellulite, cypress which stimulates circulation by increasing blood flow, and lime which has a tightening effect on the skin.
STRETCH MARK OIL
The stretch mark oil is a take away product containing olive, jojoba and wheatgerm oil, aloe vera and essential oils. Jojoba oil has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antimicrobial and analgesic properties. It is moisturizing, hypoallergenic and noncomedogenic, helps to regulate sebum production, and can relieve dryness and itching. Wheatgerm oil is also known for its benefits for dry skin. Patchouli can help reduce the redness in scars and stretch marks and can promote collagen synthesis. Frankincense can help improve the skin's ability to retain moisture and reduce the appearance of scars and stretch marks over time. Lavender can rejuvenate the skin by boosting collagen production, improving elasticity and tissue regeneration, and neroli’s antioxidant properties can help with cell regeneration.
Each of my 3 hair oil treatments to take away contain jojoba oil which moisturizes the hair and scalp, protecting against dryness, breakage, split ends and dandruff. It nourishes the hair with its rich vitamin and mineral supply, strengthening the hair and helping to prevent hair loss and promote hair thickness.
Lavender hydrates and nourishes the hair, geranium promotes hair growth by nourishing the scalp and balancing the production of sebum and natural oils, and patchouli soothes a dry flaky scalp and prevents itching.
Rosemary oil improves the circulation, can prevent a dry, itchy scalp, and may help to rejuvenate nerves in the scalp. Ginger also stimulates the circulation to the scalp and nourishes the hair with various minerals, reducing hair fall. Juniper can also be effective in preventing breakage and reducing hair loss by improving blood circulation in the scalp.
Orange oil soothes a dry scalp, while cedarwood and patchouli can relieve any itching or flaking. Tea tree oil can be beneficial if there is a fungal element present.