Aromatherapy for Women

Aromatherapy for women (Women’s Health)

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What is Aromatherapy for women?
How does it work?
Aromatherapy for stress
Aromatherapy for back ache
Aromatherapy for arthritis
Aromatherapy for heart health
Aromatherapy for headaches and migraines
Aromatherapy for PMS
Aromatherapy for menstruation
Aromatherapy for endometriosis
Aromatherapy for menopause


What is Aromatherapy for Women?

With the demands of a fast paced society, women today seem to be under more and more pressure to be ‘superwomen’. Taking time out to nurture oneself is becoming increasingly important to sustain a fulfilling and healthy lifestyle. This is where regular aromatherapy treatments, along with nutrition and exercise, can help you achieve balance in your life in a natural and holistic way.
The most popular benefit of aromatherapy massage is relaxation, acting on the central nervous system to relieve stress. It can be relaxing, uplifting, sedating or stimulating, depending on the essential oils chosen. However, aromatherapy massage also stimulates circulation of blood and lymph fluid, helps loosen tight muscles and relieve pain, and improves muscle tone. Aromatherapy is a natural and effective way to deal with common issues everyone encounters in their lives from skin conditions such as acne or dermatitis, asthma, cold & flus, back pain, headaches, fluid retention, inflammation, sinusitis and many more.

In particular, aromatherapy is very beneficial for female issues. From puberty, to menstruation, through pregnancy and menopause, the female body undergoes extreme changes.

How does it work?

Many essential oils can help treat a number of reproductive and gynaecological conditions such as unbalanced hormone levels, pre-menstrual syndrome, menstrual cramps, amenorrhoea, thrush, endometriosis and menopause.

Women experience each stage in their life in a unique way, and the beauty of aromatherapy is that, each woman is treated as an individual to cater to her specific needs. With hundreds of oils and unlimited essential oil combinations, you can be assured that you will be experiencing a unique treatment at each visit. By introducing aromatherapy into your life you are ensuring yourself a balanced and healthier body, mind and spirit.

As with most natural therapies, aromatherapy is most effective when used in conjunction with a healthy diet and regular exercise, and frequent treatments are recommended to establish long term positive results.

Start looking after yourself today by booking in for an aromatherapy treatment.

Aromatherapy for stress

Stress can come in many forms, and believe or not, there is good stress and bad stress. Positive stress could be described as a ‘high’, an excited tension that people enjoy. A stress reaction to an abnormal situation such as in an emergency is also normal. These stresses allow us to deal with certain situations in a more effective way. However, when the stress becomes a part of your daily life this is where it can be detrimental to your health. Worries about money, work or relationships can easily turn into chronic distress if not treated quickly. Some warning signs are palpitations, insomnia, fatigue, mild depression and anxiety.

Aromatherapy is a very effective treatment in alleviating the stress elements in your life. It helps you recognise and eliminate the cause of the stress, creates a positive image of yourself, enables you to restore your balance, as well as overcoming the symptoms of stress such as nervous tension, headaches, lethargy, sleeplessness and stress-related illness.

Essential oils are great at targeting all levels of stress and the kind of stress you are experiencing. Physically, oils such as lemon, geranium and rosemary are useful when stress has led to muscular aches and persistent infections. Emotionally, rose, jasmine and neroli are recommended in helping you cope with feelings of helplessness, anger, frustration and depression. To relax and sedate ylang ylang, vetiver and orange are extremely beneficial. Regular aromatherapy treatments and the daily use of essential oils are highly recommended.

Aromatherapy for backache

The sources of backaches can be numerous. They can originate from injury, bad posture, heavy lifting and can also result from mental, physical or emotional problems. Aromatherapy massage is very effective where the pain is due to muscular fatigue, spasm or tension. Aromatherapy can also work well before or after any osteopathic or chiropractic treatments where manipulation is used, to reduce pain and increase the effectiveness of the treatment.
Prevention is the best treatment for backache and regular massage with essential oils, such as black pepper, rosemary, lavender and ylang ylang, will prevent pain by reducing stress, improving muscle tone, relaxing tight muscles and improving the general level of wellbeing.

Aromatherapy for arthritis

Arthritis is the inflammation of the joints and can include osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and gout. Pain is the main characteristic component of this degenerative disease with millions of people affected. Aromatherapy is an effective treatment for arthritis in retaining mobility of the joints, reducing swelling and inflammation and giving pain relief. Diet is the primary role in treating this condition. Essential oils that contain analgesic, anti-inflammatory and detoxifying properties, such as ginger, lavender, rosemary and cypress, are most beneficial in the treatment of arthritis.

Aromatherapy for heart health

In the case of taking care of your heart, prevention is always better than cure. Therefore, looking after yourself through, nutrition, exercise and lowering stress is imperative to preventing any heart conditions. However, as more and more people are being drawn towards fast food, a busy work and home life this can be a stress in itself. Hypertension or high blood pressure not only affects the heart and the veins carrying blood, but it also has considerable damages on the kidney and the pancreas.
Aromatherapy is extremely effective as a preventative and in treating those who already have hypertension or a heart condition. Essential oils that dilate the blood vessels and those that help eliminate fluid can help lower blood pressure. Ylang Ylang, sweet marjoram and lavender are known for their hypotensive properties and have a calming and relaxing effect. Massage has been shown to reduce high blood pressure and if given regularly it is even more effective. Essential oils coontaing sedative, antidepressant and uplifting properties, such as neroli, roman chamomile and frankincense may also be used. Lemon and juniper are beneficial in detoxifying the system.

Aromatherapy for headaches and migraines

Not tonight honey, I have a headache? Now whether this is the truth or not, the pain and discomfort of a headache can stop you from going on with your normal life. Headaches are a common symptom that may result from a variety of causes such as tension, stress, injury, infections, emotional factors or hypertension. Most commonly tension headaches are encountered.

Aromatherapy can not only help alleviate the headache but may also assist in targeting the cause. The most effective essential oils are lavender, peppermint and rosemary for instant pain relief. An aromatherapy facial massage is ideal for influenza and nervous headaches, and full body treatments give relief to headaches resulting from stress and tension. Headaches resulting from serious health issues should be treated by a medical professional.

In the case of migraines, aromatherapy is best used as a preventative and works well in conjunction with acupuncture.

Aromatherapy for PMS

PMS is experienced by about 50 % of women each month. Premenstrual syndrome or stress is characterised by physical and emotional upsets for some days before the onset of menstruation. PMS symptoms can be fairly minor or can encompass a woman’s entire world during this time. These may include weight gain, constipation, mood swings, tender breasts, distended stomach, headaches and fluid retention. It is said that PMS is caused by a hormone imbalance of oestrogen and progesterone as the body gets ready for the menstrual cycle.

Aromatherapy can reduce the severity of PMS and can may, in conjunction with good nutrition, overcome the symptoms. Essential oils with hormone regulating properties such as geranium and clary sage can influence the production of hormones, while bergamot and rose can aid in reducing anxiety and irritability.

Regular aromatherapy treatments are recommended to successfully treat PMS.

Aromatherapy for menstruation

  • Dysmenorrhea (painful periods)
Pain that occurs during menstruation is a distressing problem for many women. The pain is thought to result from uterine contractions. Although most common in adolescents, it may continue well into adult life.

Essential oils that promote and regulate menstrual flow, that are calming and have pain relief properties are very beneficial in treating dysmenorrhea e.g. cypress, clary sage, chamomile, jasmine and peppermint. In addition to minimising the effects of painful periods by having regular aromatherapy treatments, daily use of essential oils is also recommended throughout the menstrual cycle such as in warm baths and local massage.

  • Amenorrhea (absence of menstrual periods)
Amenorrhea is the absence of menstrual periods. Women may miss a period occasionally due to emotional factors and, these tend to return to normality after some time. Aromatherapy can help in speeding up the recovery period in such cases. However, if a female has failed to begin menstruating by the age of 18 this is known as primary amenorrhea. This can be due to medical conditions of the ovaries, stress, physical or emotional stress, or anorexia. Regular aromatherapy treatments can help reduce the stress element and work on targeting any deeper issues.

Aromatherapy for endometriosis

Endometriosis is the second most common gynaecological condition and it is said to affect approximately 10% of women at some stage during their menstruating years. Endometriosis is a condition where endometrium, the tissue which normally lines the uterus, is found in locations outside the uterus. In turn it can grow and cause irritation which leads to inflammation, scarring and, sometimes, the development of adhesions between organs. As the disease progresses this may also lead to small cysts. This condition can be very traumatising to a woman invading her daily life with pain, fear of intimacy and possible infertility.
Aromatherapy, in addition to exercise, diet and eliminating the stressful areas in your life, is one of the most effective ways to treat this condition. Regular aromatherapy treatments are recommended over a three month period. Essential oils with analgesic and antispasmodic properties, such as nutmeg and clary sage, can be used along with oils that will support you emotionally, such as rose and geranium.

Aromatherapy for menopause

One inevitable condition every woman will experience is menopause, the point at which the body stops ovulating. While the average age of menopause is 50, some women go through a premature menopause in their 30s or early 40s.
Each women experiences menopause differently and may have symptoms including hot flushes, dizziness, headaches, shortness of breath, depression or heart palpitations. Whether you breeze through menopause or find it very difficult, there are significant changes going on in your body. Fear of frigidity, reduced femininity and loss of bone mass are just some of the additional issues one faces during this time. Conventional treatment for these symptoms is HRT (hormone replacement therapy) which introduces synthetic hormones into the blood to replace the natural decrease of oestrogen levels. There has been evidence that this treatment can have some serious side effects such as blood clots.
As the symptoms can be so different, so can aromatherapy in personalising a treatment to suit every woman’s needs. In addition to the strong and effective chemical properties, essential oils also contain natural hormones. Therefore, they will relieve some menopausal conditions without interfering with other health care strategies. Essential oils such as rose (tones the uterus), geranium (hormonal balancer) and sweet fennel (a natural oestrogen) are natural considerations in seeing any woman through this period. The nurturing effects of jasmine and neroli can help alleviate any feelings of losing one’s femininity.

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