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Choosing Essential Oils


When working with clients, it is important to choose essential oils with and for the individual receiving the treatment. But there are some generalisations that can help.

  1. A client who feels cold much of the time is likely to benefit from warming oils such as Rosemary and Ginger.
  2. A client who feels hot most of the time is likely to benefit more from cooling oils such as Chamomile or Lavender.

The difficulty comes when a client comes with a history that one part of which suggests warming oils and another cooling ones. The same can happen with moisture and dryness.

In these cases, even more than normally I need to look at my client as a whole person and not just a collection of symptoms. I can look at which oils is my client drawn to? These will often be oils that are helpful to them, for instance when I worked in mental health settings with adolescents I found myself drawn to Vetiver, an excellent oil for those who need to stay grounded. A client I worked with a couple of years ago who suffered from profound depression was drawn to bergamot, one of the best oils for this condition.

Treating the whole person means finding out about not just their medical needs but their psychological and spiritual needs as well and then choosing a blend of oils to meet these needs. Ideally each oil chosen will be helping in all three of these domains. In my practice in Trumpington and Central Cambridge, I always try and ensure that this is the case and also to tailor the massage to meet all three as well.

If you want aromatherapy with oils chosen specifically for you as an individual rather than a generic mix for a specific problem, call 07939273569 or email dave@cambridgearomatherapy.com

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