Aromatherapy is the use of Essential Oils in holistic treatments to improve physical and emotional well-being.

EAromatherapyssential oils, extracted from plants, trees, shrubs and grasses possess distinctive qualities beneficial to healing and in promoting positive health.

These natural plant oils can be applied in different ways such as, massage, inhalation, compresses, oil burners and in the bath.   They can also be added to gels, lotions, creams and face masks and customised to suit the individual’s complaint.  Essential oils are absorbed into the skin and have gentle physiological effects.   It is especially good for treating stress-related conditions as well as other disorders.

The Olfactory system (the sense of smell, the oldest sense that unlocks memories….) plays a very important part in our lives and is the reason why smells often induce an emotion or past memory.

The term “Aromatherapy” dates back to the 1920’s and was coined by a French chemist called René Maurice Gattefossé although the use of oils goes back much further than this.  For centuries, both the Egyptians and the Romans have used plants and herbs for religious, medical and cosmetic purposes, as well as in rituals, embalming and preserving.

The Greeks travelling to Egypt gained important knowledge in this area.   Hippocrates, the great Physician and father of medicine used plants in medicine and documented it, helping others to understand the useful properties of plants and herbs.  The Romans who had conquered many countries had access to their plants and oils and the use of oils was very much part of their culture.  One of their most famous uses for Essential Oils was in the Roman public baths.

Benefits of Aromatherapy: 

  • Reduction in stress and tension
  • Feeling of well-being, balance and calm
  • Antibacterial effects of oil help the body to heal and support the immune system
  • Beneficial effect on many different systems in our body
  • the Vascular system e.g. helping with Low/high blood pressure
  • Skeletal/Muscular systems e.g. easing joint and muscle pain
  • Lymphatic system helping remove excess tissue fluid and cellulite
  • Nervous system e.g. acting as an analgesics, antispasmodic, sedative or stimulant
  • Endocrine system e.g. can help control under/over active production of certain hormones and can balancing the hormones of the reproductive system
  • Respiratory system e.g. used as decongestants, antiseptics and expectorants
  • Urinary system e.g. some oils have a diuretic effect helping to ease fluid retention


lavander essential oil


 True (Lavandula Angustifolia)  

This is one of the most commonly used Essential Oil.   It is a great “all rounder” and beneficial in treating many conditions.  It is effective for use on all skin types and conditions, wonderful for burns/sunburn, insect bites or stings and has healing properties for dermatitis and psoriasis.

It soothes muscle pains, lowers high blood pressure and other stress related conditions.   It balances emotions, relieves headaches and helps insomnia and anxiety.

It never ceases to amaze me that Mother Nature has given us this common plant which has so many therapeutic properties!



(Pelargonium Graveolens) 

This is wonderful oil with a very distinct aroma, It is emotionally uplifting, balancing both mind and body. Geranium stimulates the circulation thus preventing chilblains, helping to heal bruises, broken capillaries and eczema.   It stimulates the Lymphatic system and aids the removal of cellulite.

It helps to relieve anxiety, depression and stress and is beneficial in balancing the hormones, thus regulating PMT, Menopause and heavy periods.

There are many Essential oils to choose from and having such a variety enables one to choose an appropriate oil which resonates with them.

Joyce O’Reilly 

ITEC dip Aromatherapy 

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Reiki Master & Teacher 

Some essential items for beginning your exploration into essential oils below:

Essential oil diffuser:

Essential oil kit: