Aromatherapy for Shrewsbury

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An Introduction to Aromatherapy by Sally Richards


Our senses are vitally important, and the way through which we interract with the world. We all know the feeling of 'not tasting our food' when we have a nasty cold, or the 'unpleasant' smell of the dental clinic from childhood experiences!

Our sense of smell is more important that you might think.

Not only do certain aroma's change our mood, but they also affect the part of the brain which triggers memory, and emotion.

  • Does the scent of a garden rose lift your spirits?
  • the smell of newly baked bread make you hungry?
  • certain smells take you back to a time, or place?

Aromatherapy works on many levels:

it's holistic – adressing the mind, body, and spirit. Clinical aromatherapy requires a broad knowledge of essential oils, the components of the oils, dilutions, and the way the essential oils work with the body; conditions can then be safely treated.

Essential oils come from flowers, plants, fruit and trees.

Sally Richards giving Aromatherapy Therapy in Shrewsbury Shropshire

Oils are extracted by different methods, often steam extraction, and contain many powerful natural chemicals. The oils extracted produce volatile molecules (they evaporate quickly), these molecules travel into our nasal passages and create chemical reactions (via smell receptors) in parts of the brain (limbic system). The molecules can also pass into the bloodstream via the lungs once inhaled, they also penetrate the skin by means of carrier oils, and travel into the bloodstream, again creating a healing effect.

The aromatherapist has to determine which oils are best suited to the client

(taking into account conditions, contra indications, allergies etc), which oils will blend together synergistically; the blend aroma, and the potential outcome for the client. Many case studies were involved in my training order to build knowledge and experience – which is on-going. It is a comlex art with many possible combinations and variations and is not an exact science, although the blend dilutions need to be precise in order to be both clinically effective, and safe for the client. Each blend is also an intuitive response by the therapist as many oils might be possible for the same condition.
There are several ways of administering the essential oils such as:

  • By inhalation
  • Directly on cotton wool and inhaled through the nose
  • By compress
  • In a bath
  • In diffusers and oil burners
  • And of course, by massage.

Normally a blend of three oils are selected to create a synergy

the oils blended together create a more effective treatment than the individual oils.
'The blend is greater than the sum of its component parts'

How and what can aromatherapy help

Aromatherapy is a very versatile therapy – the oils contain natural chemicals that have numerous beneficial properties such as: Pain relieving (analgesic), Antiseptic, anti-fungal, expectorant, sedative (calming), anti-depressant and anti-inflammatory – to name but a few.

Essential Oils

Some of the many wonderful essential oils that I use include:

Rose (rosa damascena). A highly expensive, exquisite, comforting, de- stressing, feminine oil – used to help balance hormones.

Frankincense (Boswellia carterii) An ancient healing Oil (biblical reference: 'The Three Kings') comforting and relaxing, used for many purposes including grief, breathing issues, and psoriasis.

Lavender (Lavendular angustifolia). A wonderful, healing, oil used for minor burns, stress relieving, insomnia, and a whole variety of used.

Chamomile (Anthemis nobilis). A wonderful oil of many uses, with a fruity apple-like fragrance. Soothing, eases tension & fear. Promotes relaxation, also used for skin conditions, and menstrual problems.

Rose geranium (pelargonium graveolens). Balancing, good for 'life changes' and for PMT and other female issues. Delightful, soft, and one of the most all-round oils.

Pettigrain (Citrus aurantium var. amara). Refreshing, calming: 'The executive Stress oil' - an aroma enjoyed by both men and women alike.

Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulous ) – A clearing, camphorous aroma; clearing, good for the respiratory system, cold, muscular aches and pains (has analgesic effect).

Orange blossom (Citrus aurantium) (neroli). One of the ultimate oils for divine, haunting aroma. Has a relaxing, yet up-lifting effect. Beneficial for over work, bereavement, mental strain and stress.

Ylang ylang (Canaga ordorata. Exotic, slightly oriental in aroma, very valuable for anxiety or stress – has a calming effect.

Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin). Musky, sweet: the scent of the 60's 'hippy era' – helps with clarity of mind, and positivity.

Cypress (Cupressus sempivirens). Woody, clear and refreshing. Soothes anger.

Mandarin (Citrus reticulata). Delightful, comforting, gentle, suitable for all including the elderly and the very young.

Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi). Lively, refreshing, and very helpful for depressive/anxiety conditions.

Lime (Citrus aurantifolia). Deliciously mouth-watering aroma, refreshing, antiseptic and up-lifting.

Bergamot (Citrus bergamia). Used for psoriasis, anxiety, depression - an up-lifting, fresh, citrus aroma, with a calming effect.

Awenaura Shrewsbury, Essential oils in aromatherapy


Following a detailed consultation, a blend (normally three) of Essential Oils will be individually selected, for your requirements - be that physical conditions, emotional issues, relaxation, stress, or tension. Your preference (or dislike of) certain aromas will be taken into account. The drops of essential oils are blended in a pure carrier oil: grapeseed, sweet almond, avocado, etc.

  • Please note: each essential oil has many therapeutic uses and values, for example: calming (sedative), anti-depressive, some anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and most are antibacterial/antiseptic.
  • Each carrier oil has many properties – e.g. moisturising, calming, nourishing, rich in vitamins.

PLEASE NOTE: For massage - you will be discreetly covered at all times, apart from exact area that is being worked on; clients comfort is paramount; undergarments do not need to be removed. I can tailor the treatment to your own level of comfort.

This full body massage consists of face, neck, upper chest area, shoulders, back, arms and hands, back of legs and feet, and front of leg (stomach massage only included if client's condition requires it).

The gentle facial (scalp optional) massage uses pressure point and firming techniques and lymphatic drainage. Cleansing the face is not part of this technique however a basic cleanse to remove any foundation is included if require. This can also be carried out 'dry' or with only natural carrier oils if essential oils are not suited.


NB: Anyone with very sensitive skin (prone to hives or allergic reactions) would need a pre-treatment patch test.
The cost for a consultation (to determine which oils would be required) and a patch test is £8.00 (£5.00 is then refunded from first treatment fees)
Aromatherapy is generally safe however it does involve plant oils/chemicals, therefore some conditions can only use certain oils, and others may not be suited to aromatherapy.

Contra indications for Aromatherapy/massage treatment:

  • Pregnancy (i currently do not treat women who are pregnant)
  • Post-operative states (it is best to wait 6wks – 3months after major surgery
  • Minor surgery – (allow a week min. - dependant on type of surgery)
  • Acute conditions (such as fever, broken bones)
  • Osteoporosis – massage may be too physical – reiki is ideal.
  • Recent inoculations (not within 24hrs of inoculation and 36 hours after typhoid)
  • Whilst client is under the influence of drink or drugs
Plus *For lymphatic massage:
  • acute inflammation (phlebitis etc)
  • malignant tumours
  • thrombosis and major heart problems (GP consent required for all these conditions).
Sensible cautions:
  • Strong medications (care will be taken with oil selection)
  • Other therapies – aromatherapy should not be given on same day as acupuncture etc. Reiki is generally fine with aromatherapy.
  • Arthritis – if localised massage can be given if inflamed areas are avoided. (Reiki and Aroma Compresses are beneficial)
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