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Why is Aromatherapy so powerful?

Start pealing an orange, how long does it take for your mouth to start producing saliva? If you are anything like me, not very long. Many of the essential oils used in Aromatherapy belong to plants which also have culinary uses but that is only part of the story. Our sense of smell is very powerfully connected to our emotions. Frankincense helps to instil a sense of calmness and was used in temples for that reason for over a thousand years before Christian churches started using it for the same reason.

How many of us associate particular smells with individuals? These associations can be both positive and negative. Every so often I have a client with a real aversion for a particular oil and sometimes, though by no means always this is because of an association with a particular individual.

The sense of smell is fast. It takes a fraction of a second for the brain to react and not much longer for molecules that are inhaled to reach the brain. This compares with a much longer time-scale for the essential oils to do their work through being absorbed by the skin, though this is also important in a treatment as the amount of oil absorbed is much greater.

Even today our sense of smell which is far from being the best in the animal kingdom is more sensitive than all but the best of scientific instruments. That is why often when an emergency call is made because of a smell of gas in a house, the person who comes out with instruments to check this is unable to detect it!

So why not treat your nose as well as your skin by booking an Aromatherapy Massage Treatment. £40 for an hour and £50 for 90 minutes if booked between now and 7th January. Appointments available both in Trumpington and Central Cambridge.

07939273569 or dave@cambridgearomatherapy.com


A Christmas Massage

Christmas or the Winter Solstice is the time when the light we get from the sun here in the Northern hemisphere is at it’s minimum.

Some enjoy this as a time of introspection. Others see it as a time for social activity and a round of parties associated with work and other groups they are part of.

Some see it as a time for family, either getting together or if loved ones are two far away,then contacting them by Skype or telephone etc.

Still others find this an extremely difficult time, finding it lonely and a time when lack of family is really felt. Some I know deal with this by helping others, working at homeless shelters or the like.

Whether you belong to any of the groups above or none of them here is a Festive blend of essential oils that I like to use at this time in a diffuser.

Orange 5 drops, Benzoin 1 drop, Juniper 10 drops, Vanilla 2 drops.  You can also mix the blend in 30mls of a vegetable oil to use on your skin.

Another option is to book a Festive Massage for yourself and or a loved one. A non consumerist way to celebrate and or deal with the difficulties of the season.

07939 273 569

or dave@cambridgearomatherapy.com to book a session.