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Breaking the cycle.

When a health problem becomes chronic as opposed to acute often something different is needed to break out of the cycle. This can be just as true of psychological conditions as it is for physical ones. I should make it clear that I am talking here about conditions that start of as acute but end up being chronic rather than conditions that are chronic and long term from when they first develop such as type I diabetes, Multiple Sclerosis, Chronic Fatigues Syndrome, Motor Neurone Disease etc.

One client, a few years ago had an acute skin problem in just one area that various attempts to get rid of it by the GP just didn’t seem to work and if anything made things worse. GP diagnosed eczema which had got infected but wasn’t sure if it was fungal, viral or bacterial. A combined antibiotic and steroid cream was tried but this seemed to make no difference or even exacerbate things. At this point the GP wanted to take a biopsy to identify what if any pathogens were present. (Not my words but what I was told.) They also suggested stopping all prescribed creams for a fortnight.

Not surprisingly my client used to scratch the area because it was very itchy.

This was the first part of breaking the cycle. I made up some the skin balm I make with  beeswax and olive oil and added Blue Tansy, one of the most effective anti-inflammatory oils. I also used Myrrh which is an anti-infectious and anti-bacterial agent and Tea Tree which is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral.

It was important to cover all the bases. My client also continued to take an antihistamine that had been prescribed by her GP to help reduce the itching at night.

To our surprise, using this twice a day made a significant difference in only ten days and after another ten days it had almost completely cleared up. She continues to use it now as a prophylactic measure but only about three times a week.

On this occasion because of the possible interactions with prescribed medication I did get my client to clear my treatment with her GP first, even though I thought problems unlikely.

Making a skin balm using olive oil and beeswax is useful when a client may need more regular treatment than they can afford if it were to be a massage or if a client is for whatever reason not comfortable with having a massage from me.


Changing oils with the seasons

As spring develops, I have dealt with my first swarms of bees, they were on a sage bush on my allotment in Trumpington Cambridge. I notice that the essential oils I use change a little. I use less Rosemary, Eucalyptus and Tea Tree, warming oils that help to prevent and deal with infections. I find myself using more of the cooling oils such as Lemon, Melissa and geranium.

Asthma and hay fever become more common and I use anti-inflammatory oils like chamomile to help with that. Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are said by many sufferers to be  worse in the colder months and while research suggests the correlation is weak at best it is difficult to deny the experience of individuals. I don’t have enough clients with these conditions to form a strong view on the subject. As ever I treat the individual rather than the index complaint.

In summary, I find myself treating clients now who are more likely to need cooling oils than the hot dry natured oils I use more of in winter. There is still a chance to book an Aromatherapy massage with the £% off for new clients till the end of April making one hour £45 and ninety minutes £50.

Call 07939273569 or email dave@cambridgearomatherapy.com to book.