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Everything You Need To Know Before Booking An Aromatherapy Massage

Thinking about booking an aromatherapy massage?

Maybe you’ve heard that it’s great for relaxation? Maybe you’ve heard it can help you feel energised? You might even have heard about certain properties in oils that can help you recover from illnesses?

Wonder no more because today, we’re going to cover everything you need to know about this technique so that you’re clued up prior to booking.

By the way, if you fancy skipping this guide and just want to book in for an aromatherapy session, just click here then choose our nearest location.

What Is Aromatherapy Massage?

Modern aromatherapy is often associated with massage as the main means of application and the combination of aromatherapy oils with massage can be very beneficial. However “aromatherapy” can be as simple as a few drops of an oil you find relaxing on your pillow at night!

Massaging oils into the skin which contain essential oils is a simple way to use aromatherapy. The massage itself can vary from a gentle stroke to a deeper action depending on the persons needs and the person doing the massage’s confidence. Massage doesn’t always need a partner. Blend essential oils in a carrier oil at a concentration of 1 -2 % (20-40 drops per 100ml of carrier oil). Sweet almond oil is our favourite carrier oil.

Brief History

The term aromatherapy was first coined in 1928 by Rene-Maurice Gattefosse, a French chemist. He is considered to be the man who rediscovered aromatherapy when a bottle of boiling lavender oil spilt over him and the natural properties of the lavender meant that he had almost no scaring from the accident.

Written records can be found from 4000-2000 years BC. The oldest distillation apparatus was found in Pakistan and is approximately 5000 years old. Hippocrates (460-377 BC) records the use of saffron, thyme, cumin, peppermint and marjoram. The knowledge of these came from the Indian Ayurvedic medicine via the Arabian spice traffic. The literature left by him and his students include what many people consider the most important principle of modern natural medicine: ‘Above all the purpose of a doctor is to awaken the natural healing energy within the body.’

How Essential Oils are Made

The majority of Aromatherapy Essential Oils are made by distillation.

Other techniques include solvent extraction and extraction by waxes/oils.

Most essential oils are in plants in the first place to provide smell!

This smell can be to attract animals (who then eat the plant and process the seeds through their digestive systems), to attract insects (to pollinate the plant), or to repel certain animals/insects (who may damage or kill the plant). The chemicals that make up the smell must be “light” 
(the technical term is volatile) so they are able to drift through the air to be detected by animals and insects. This volatility is one of the reasons that they can be extracted by distillation. 

Distillation

Distillation is a process where the plant is mixed with water in a container and the container heated. Once the water is above a certain temperature some of the volatile compounds (these are sometimes called the chemical constituents) begin to evaporate. At the top of the container is a piece of apparatus called a condenser which cools the evaporated essential oils (most often these are cooled with air or water).

The liquid that forms in the condenser is collected and this is the essential oil. (The liquid left is known as flower water or hydrosol and these are commonly used in beauty products).

There are some compounds which do not only evaporate but also change their chemical composition in response to heat, these can’t be extracted via distillation and so solvent extraction must be used.

Solvent extraction

Solvent extraction is done by mixing the plant matter with a chemical which is capable of dissolving the compounds to be extracted. Once the soluble chemicals have dissolved in the solvent the remaining plant matter is removed and the waxes, resins and essential oils are left. This is known as a “concrete”. A second solvent is used to separate the essential oils from the heavier resins, waxes etc. 

Rose Absolute Essential Oil is made in this way.

Supercritical Carbon Dioxide Extraction

Supercritical Carbon Dioxide Extraction is a modern method which is being used more often as the process is refined to make it more cost-effective. Carbon dioxide is a relatively safe and inert solvent so it leaves a “clean” extraction.

Cold Pressing

Some oils may be extracted by cold pressing. The oils are expressed from the skin of the fruits manually. This option is used mostly with citrus oils as the raw materials are relatively cheap and the oils are abundant in the fruit so this method can be very cost-effective.

A very small number of oils are extracted in fat/wax. Normally a press is used, layering the plant matter and fat to put them in close contact. The plant and fat are in close contact and the fat acts similarly to a solvent, absorbing the volatile constituents from the plant. The press is then used to squeeze the mix, separating the fat and the parts of the plant that are not needed. The fat is then further processed (often by separating the fat and the essential oil using alcohol as a solvent) to obtain the final product.

Testing

Once extracted essential oils can be tested and bottled for use. Testing can include determination of the relative proportions of the different constituents of the oil, sensory testing (does it smell right to an expert) and testing for unwanted residues. It may also be necessary to test for adulteration (where a specific chemical or a cheaper essential oil has been added). This is more common in more expensive oils such as rose.

The Theory Behind Why Aromatherapy Works

Aromatherapy oils are said to act pharmacologically, i.e. like a drug absorbed into the bloodstream through the skin but it is also important to consider the way your sense of smell affects mood and mind. With this in mind, a huge part of the selection process for oils should consider whether the person being treated enjoys the smell of the blend being used.

Combined with a massage treatment, aromatherapy can be an incredibly effective tool for supporting psychological health, combining the positive effects of touch with the psychological benefits of the oils which include: relaxing an apprehensive mind; uplifting depression and despair and relieving panic or anger. 

Most clinical trials of aromatherapy massage have focused on the psychological outcomes of the treatment. There is good evidence from randomised trials to indicate that massage reduces anxiety scores in the short term, where settings as varied as intensive care, psychiatric institutions, hospices and occupational health have been used. Practitioners and patients report that massage improves self-image in terminal illness.

Therapeutic Properties

Below is a list of some of the more common properties of oils and what general area of physiology they might apply to. Hopefully, this will help you narrow down where to start when researching suitable oils.

Skin Problems

Antiseptic: Kill bacteria and other microbes.
Anti-inflammatory: Reduce the body’s inflammatory response. 
Fungicidal: Kills fungal spores (e.g. tea tree)
Immune System Stimulating and Healing agents: promoting healing of cuts, scars, stretch marks etc.
Deodorants: Most commonly antiseptic oils which kill the bacteria that cause bad smells.
Insect repellents: Oils with traditional use in discouraging pests, citronella is perhaps the best known.

Circulation, Muscle & Joint Problems

Hypertensive: Reduce blood pressure 
Hypertensive: Increase blood pressure 
Rubefaciants: Increase blood supply to the areas (e.g. for stiff joints)
Depurative: Cleansing effect (e.g. for gout)
Lymphatic Stimulants: increase lymph flow e.g. for water retention 

Respiratory System

Expectorants: Thin mucus allowing it to flow. E.g. for blocked noses etc.
Antispasmodics: Reduce the need to cough from muscle spasm.
Antiseptics and Antivirals: Oils that reduce infections by killing bacteria and viruses.

Digestive System

Antispasmodics: Reduce spasm and cramping.
Carminatives: Reduce the sensation of sickness.
Cholagogues: Increase bile flow 
Hepatics: Support liver health 
Aperitifs: Increase appetite.

Hormones

Antispasmodics: Reduce spasm and cramping. 
Emmenagogues: May help regulate female hormonal cycle.
Galacatagoues: Increase breast milk flow.
Aphrodisiacs: Increased sexual energy 
Anaphrodisiacs: Suppress and reduce sexual energy/desire.
Adrenal stimulants: Support your stress response.
Urinary Antiseptics: Specific action for bladder and urinary infections

Immune System

Bactericidal and Antiviral Agents: Supporting your immune system
Febrifuge: Reduce fevers

Nervous System

Sedatives: Calm down mood
Stimulants: Uplifting mood
Tonics: Supportive and nourishing

List Of Essential Oils

Anise, star (Illicum verum)

It has a sweet, fresh smell. It can be used for cramping, digestive problems and spasmodic coughs. Caution as the oil is toxic, it is best used under professional guidance.

Basil (Ocimum basilicum)

A fresh, sweet and spicy essential oil. It has a strengthening and reviving effect on the nervous system, making it beneficial for mental fatigue and nervous tension. It can also be used to relieve nervousness and anxiety, tension headaches and nervous insomnia. It improves the tone and appearance of the skin. Caution as the oil may irritate sensitive skin.

Bay Laurel (Laurus nobilis)

This essential oil is used to relieve aches and pains. It may also be used for treating colds, flu, sore throats and viral infections.

Bergamot (Citrus bergamia)

A refreshing and cooling essential oil with a sweet fruity odour. It soothes nervous tension, and can help with depression and anxiety. It has a soothing effect on the psyche while being refreshing at the same time.

Black Pepper (Piper nigrum)

A hot, dry, spicy oil with a great warming effect. It’s very useful for relieving muscular aches and pains. It also stimulates the digestive and circulatory system, stimulating the detoxifying process, making it useful in the treatment of cellulite.

Cajeput (Melaleuca cajeputi)

It has a strong medicinal smell and is used for respiratory infections, including colds, coughs, sinus infections and sore throats by inhalation.

Cardamon (Elettaria cardamomum)

A warm, spicy aromatic essential oil. It is a good digestive aid, helpful for flatulence, diarrhoea and nausea.

Cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica)

It has a mild balsamic woody odour. This essential oil is helpful for oily skin and hair, dandruff and skin irritation, acne and skin rashes, and fungal infections like athletes foot. It is also beneficial in the treatment of mucousy coughs, colds, and bronchitis, and is excellent in the treatment of nervous tension, chronic anxiety, depression and tiredness.

Chamomile, Blue/German (Chamomilla recutica)

This essential oil is extremely helpful on allergic or sensitive skin due to its anti-inflammatory and soothing action. It is soothing and calming, particularly when stress or anxiety is inclined to make a person fretful, irritable or nervous.

Chamomile, Roman (Anthemis nobilis)

It has similar properties to blue chamomile, but Roman is preferred for problems with the nervous system.

Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum)

Has a powerful warm, sweet spicy odour. A pungent and warming oil with strong antiseptic properties, it is good for treating colds and flu. As with all spices cinnamon is also a traditional remedy for digestive problems.

Citronella (Cymbopogon nardus)

This essential oil has a powerful lemony scent. It’s main usefulness is as an insect repellent.

Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea)

Has a tonifying, strengthening and warming effect, helping to create feelings of well-being and calm. It’s excellent for treating tension and depression, particularly due to hormonal problems. It also prevents excessive sweating.

Clove (Syzgium aromaticum)

With an exotic odour, clove is a powerful antiseptic (which is used to treat a number of skin conditions) and has pain relieving properties (and is very good for tooth-ache).

Coriander (Coriandrum sativium)

Has a fresh spicy scent. Strengthening to the nervous system, a natural deodorant and good for the digestive system.

Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens)

A very warming, stimulating and uplifting oil. It helps to relieve muscle aches and pains, and abdominal or menstrual cramp. It is good for used in the treatment or varicose veins, haemorrhoids and broken skin capillaries.

Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus)

It is a warming oil with antiseptic properties. This oil has a medicinal smell, and is very good in steam inhalations to relieve cold symptoms, sinus congestion and mucousy coughs

Eucalyptus citriodora (Eucalyptus citriodora)

Has a sweet, fresh, lemony aroma. It is antiseptic and is especially good for treating infections of the respiratory tract like feverish colds, nasal congestion, sinusitis and bronchitis. It’s antiseptic properties help treat skin infections and fungal infections and it is an effective pain killer.

Eucalyptus radiata (Eucalyptus radiata)

This essential oil has a sweeter, less harsh odour compared to the other eucalyptus oils. The milder scent makes it more suitable for the elderly and children. It is very useful for sinus conditions by steam inhalations, as it can be breathed very close without triggering a cough reflex.

Fennel, Sweet (Foeniculum dulce)

Has a very sweet, fresh smell, reminiscent of aniseed. Very useful for treating indigestion and flatulence.

Frankincense (Boswellia thurifera)
Its toning and rejuvenating properties make it one of the most important oils for improving skin tone and treating aging skin and wrinkles. It also reduces scar tissue. It has an uplifting action and is useful if feeling stressed, tired, overwhelmed or anxious.

Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens)

Has a balancing effect on the skin making it suitable for dry, oily or problem skin. It is also calming to the nervous system, making it useful for treating anxiety, tension and restlessness.

Ginger (Zingiber officinalis)

It has a pungent, lemony, hot taste with stimulating properties, and is deeply warming. It can help to strengthen immunity, settle the stomach and relieve flatulence and nausea.

Grapefruit (Citrus paradis/grandis)

This oil has a fresh citrus sweet odour. On the skin it is very cooling, cleansing and antiseptic, and is helpful for oily skin, open pores and acne. It has a balancing effect on the emotions, it’s uplifting nature brightens up dark and depressive moods and boosts confidence.

Helichrysum (Helichrysum angustifolium)

Has a rich, sweet, honey like smell with a fruity undertone. It is a regenerative oil that is good for treating nervous problems such as depression and tension.

Ho Leaf (Cinnamomum camphora)

It has a clean, sweet, floral-woody scent. It is balancing and calming, useful during times of stress. It can be used for a number of skin conditions due to its anti-inflammatory properties.

Jasmine absolute (Jasminum officinalis)

This is an uplifting essential oil. It can relax both physical and emotional tensions, and create a sense of enjoyment. It’s beneficial for treating hot, dry and inflamed skin, especially if it is linked to emotional stress. Caution: One of the more extravagant oils.

Juniper/Juniper Berry (Juniperus communis)

A warming, stimulating, refreshing and tonifying essential oil, with a pleasant woody smell. It is healing to the skin, especially good for skin that is prone to black heads and acne, and generally cleansing.

Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)

This oil has a familiar sweet fragrance. It is relaxing, soothing and balancing. It is very healing and may be used for burns, sunburn, wounds, bites, dermatitis and any inflammation of the skin. It promotes rapid healing and helps prevent scarring. It also has a mild analgesic property which helps in the treatment of general aches and pains like headaches and muscular pain.

Lavendin (Lavandula hybrida)

Very similar to lavender, but Lavendin has a sharper and fresher fragrance. It is antiseptic and very stimulating. It is mainly used to treat aches and pains, sprains, strains, rheumatism and arthritis.

Lemon (Citrus limonum)

Lemon has a fresh, sharp scent. It is very antiseptic and generally tones, stimulates and strengthens. It’s toning properties help combat wrinkles. It is used in treating greasy skin, broken capillaries, cold sores and insect bites.

Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus)

Has a strong, fresh-grassy and lemony odour. This oil is toning and deodorising, and can be used to treat open or blocked pores and acne. It is a mild antidepressant, that will relieve stress and nervousness exhaustion and can soothe a headache.

Lime (Cirtus aurantifolia)

Has a sharp, fresh scent. It relieves tension and helps to calm the mind.

Litsea Cubea (Litsea cubea)

This essential oil has an intense, lemony, fresh, fruity odour. It is used as an antiseptic and deodorant.

Mandarin (Citrus reticulata)

Has an extremely sweet smell. Beneficial for the treatment of stress, nervous tension and insomnia. It is also used to help gastric complaints.

Marjoram, Spanish (Thymus mastichina)

A herbaceous scented oil, which may be used for respiratory infections.

Marjoram, Sweet (Origanum marjorana)

A warming and relaxing oil for both body and the mind. It may be used with muscular problems and stress related conditions.

Melissa/Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis)

Has a sweet lemony smell. It is very uplifting and calming and is useful for treating tension, stress headaches, migraine and nervous asthma. It is also uefull for inflamed skin and allergic skin conditions. Caution: One of the more extravagant oils.

Myrrh (Commiphora molmol)
Myrrh is antiseptic, healing, and anti-inflammatory. It is regarded as a skin preserver capable of delaying wrinkles and other signs of aging skin. It is also stimulating and strengthening.

Neroli (Citrus aurantium)

Possesses a refreshing floral smell. It relaxes and uplifts, therefore it will benefit people who feel depressed, exhausted, anxious and confused. Also useful for treating mature skin. Caution: One of the more extravagant oils.

Niaouli (Melaleuca vividiflora)

Has a sweet but pungent medicinal smell. It helps to clear the mind and aid concentration. Also used to help mental fatigue and confusion.

Orange, sweet (Citrus sinensis)

Has a sweet, refreshing pleasant odour. It has a relaxing and uplifting effect and is therefore used to treat stress, nervous tension and depression. It is also useful on dull and tired skin due to its toning properties.

Palmarosa (Cymbopogon martinii)

Has a pleasant, sweet, floral-rosy smell. It is best known for its balancing skin care properties, it can help to hydrate dry skin and balance the sebum secretions of oily skin.

Patchouli (Pogostemon patchouli)

This oil has a dry, musky, woody odour. It is stimulating and strengthening, and can help skin tissue to regenerate and improve scar tissue and stretch marks. Can also be used to treat nervous exhaustion, stress and anxiety.

Peppermint (Mentha piperita)

A cooling menthol oil, it is good for coughs, asthma, sinusitis, flu and head colds. Its stimulating and analgesic properties make it very effective for neuralgia, muscular pains, migraines and headaches. It is also good for digestive system upsets including flatulence and indigestion.

Petitgrain (Citrus aurantium)

Has a fresh, floral and sweet smell. It’s refreshing, uplifting with deodorant properties. It is used to treat excessive perspiration and greasy skin.

Pine (Pinus slvestris)

This oil has a refreshing, sweet, woody smell. It’s very good for respiratory complaints like colds, asthma and flu. It also stimulates the circulation.

Ravensara aromatica (Ravensara aromatica)

Has a fresh, clean, medicinal smell. A gentle antiseptic and antiviral oil.

Rose Absolute/Otto (Rosa damascena)

Rose is very delicate and fragrant. It is anti-inflammatory, cooling and soothing, so it is beneficial for hot, dry, inflamed or itching skin. Due to its soothing properties it is excellent for treating stress related conditions. Caution: One of the more extravagant oils.

Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)

A warm herbal aroma. It stimulates the circulation and is excellent for hair and scalp problems, including poor hair health, hair loss and dandruff. Its antiseptic quality makes it beneficial for colds, flu and coughs too.

Sage, Spanish (Salvia lavandulaefolia)

Has a herbaceous and camphorous smell. It is good for digestive problems, inflammation and for relieving muscular aches and pains.

Tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)

This oil is an excellent germicidal and antifungal, so helps with athletes foot, verrucas, warts and other skin infections. It is also excellent for cold and flu relief.

Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)

An excellent antiseptic oil. Good for stimulating the immune system and treating many kinds of infections and viruses. It is very powerful when used as an inhalant.

Vetiver (Vetiveria zizanoides)

This oil has a woody, earthy, almost smoky smell. It both calms and strengthens the nervous system. It is excellent in cases of depression, many stress related conditions, debility and insomnia. Most appropriate when feeling overwhelmed or under pressure.

Yarrow, English (Achillea millefolium)

With a fresh, green and spicy herbaceous odour, it can balance and revitalise the nervous system and raise the spirits. It also aids the healing process for wounds, cuts, dry skin, acne, ulcers and rashes. It is also said to aid hair growth.

Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata)

A powerful exotic floral smell with a reputation as an aphrodisiac. It also has a relaxing effect on the nervous system and is suited to those who push themselves too hard.

Essential oils are mainly used for the therapeutic effects their chemical constituents have on the human body however they also have value due to the way people have strong emotional associations with the scent which can play a large role in psychological wellness.

Classic Blends

Lavender & Tea Tree – work together to assist healing and cleansing of cuts and grazes.
Lavender & Peppermint – a calming combination to clear headaches.
Lavender & Frankincense – perfect pair for soothing skincare.

Geranium & Clary Sage – combine for physical and emotional benefit during the last part of the menstrual cycle.
Geranium & Bergamot – these two are classic mood boosters.

Peppermint & Grapefruit – powerful combination for energy and metabolism.

Eucalyptus & Citronella – work together as an effective insect repellent.
Eucalyptus & Peppermint – the main components of “Olbas Oil” to help clear a stuffy head.

Rosemary & Basil – both oils used to promote learning, focus and concentration.

Carrier Oils

There is a distinct difference between carrier (or fixed) oils and essential oils. The carrier oils used in aromatherapy are known as fixed oils because they do not evaporate. Plant essential oils do evaporate because they are volatile. Fixed oils are classified as lipids, this is a family of compounds that are found naturally in plants and animals. The definition of a lipid covers a large area, as it describes any plant or animal molecule that is not soluble in water but is soluble in organic solvents. Lipids are important for our good health, being concerned in cell structure, vitamins, bile action and are a reserve of energy (although not all carrier oils are suitable for internal consumption!)

Carrier oils are used extensively in aromatherapy and massage and can give the oil blend many of its properties. Carrier oils are basically used to carry and dilute the concentrated compounds in essential oils, help them enter the skin and render the health benefits. Every carrier oil exhibits a different set of properties and the aromatherapist or individual makes a choice or preference for a carrier oil depending on the therapeutic benefit, the feel or smell that the carrier oil provides. Carrier oils can also be referred to as base oil, fixed oils or vegetable oils. These oils are extracted from the fatty portions of the plant (often the seed, grain or nut).

Carrier oils do not have an as prominent aroma like the essential oils have. Unlike the essential oils, they do not get easily absorbed although most do help moisturise the skin and are often the main ingredient (along with water) in natural skincare creams. There are many popular carrier oils including sesame oil, grapeseed oil, neem oil, wheat germ oil, almond oil and many more. Many of the oils that are found in the grocery stores are heated instead of being cold-pressed and therefore deliver less healing benefits.

Here is some information about a few of the most common and popular carrier oils used, we have a much wider range available in our online shop above.

Sweet almond oil

Description: A pale yellow oil, slightly viscous and very oily. 

Source: Obtained through cold pressing of the kernels, then clarifying by filtration. 

Properties: Excellent emollient, soothes inflammation, relieves dry scaley skin.

Grapeseed oil

Description: A very fine oil that is tasteless and odourless.

Source: Obtained by washing, drying, grinding and pressing the grapeseeds sometimes using heat. 

Properties: A very good emollient, regenerative properties make it a key ingredient in face and eye creams.

Coconut oil

Description: Coconut oil is a white solid saturated fat that melts at 24 degrees C, but it turns into clear liquid oil when fractionated. 

Source: The oil can be obtained by cold pressing the flesh found inside the shell. 

Properties: Very good emollient properties. Beneficial for dry skin and hair.

Jojoba oil

Description: It is not specifically an oil, but a light golden coloured liquid wax.

Source: It is extracted through mechanical pressing of the seeds.

Properties: Molecular structure very similar to skin sebum and contains myristic acid which has anti-inflammatory properties, beneficial for chapped skin and nappy rash.

Wheatgerm oil

Description: Has a strong yellow colour.

Source: Oil extracted by pressing that takes place at 30-40 degrees so that the fatty acids and vitamins are not degraded. 

Properties: Oil contains high levels of vitamin E, and contains many minerals, magnesium, zinc and sodium to name a few. Beneficial for revitalising dry skin and relieves symptoms of dermatitis.

Safety and Precautions

Essential oils must not be taken internally unless prescribed by a medically trained and registered aromatherapist no matter how high quality the oils are! This is a very important precaution that is popularly ignored by many companies who promote the use of essential oils irresponsibly. There is a history of internal use of essential oils in some European countries however it is very important to stress that the practitioners in these countries have specific training and are licensed to prescribe for internal use and it is not something that should ever be taken lightly.

Essential oils are extremely concentrated extracts and are almost always used diluted. As with most medicines essential oils will never be tested for safety in pregnancy and advice should be sought if pregnant or breastfeeding. If applying to the skin carry out a patch test first, to see how you react. Every oil has different precautions, find out about the oil before you use it for the first time. When researching the oils you plant to use there are a few useful terms that can helpful to know about.

Toxicity: oils which lead to a harmful effect on the body when used either at too high a level or for too long. Some authors suggest a maximum of 2 weeks of use at a time.

Patch test: apply a small amount of oil on the back of your wrist and cover with a plaster and leave for an hour or more. If irritation or redness occurs, bathe the area with cold water. Consider not using the oil or a further patch test at half the concentration. 

Sensitisation : some oils may cause a reaction in sensitive individuals or may cause an allergic reaction. It is also sometimes possible to repeated use of an oil to lead to an individual becoming sensitive to specific oils. 

Phototoxicity some oils cause the skin to develop increased levels of pigmentation when exposed to sunlight. Avoid using these oils either neat or diluted if going to be exposed to sunlight (includes bergamot except bergapten-free), lemon, lime, orange as well as others). 

Frequently Asked Questions

Can pure essential oils be used directly on the skin?

Essential oils should not be used neat on the skin, as they are highly concentrated and could potentially cause a negative skin reaction. Essential oils should either be diluted into a blending oil, unfragranced lotion or cream.

When shouldn’t essential oils be used?

Consult your healthcare professional before using essential oils during pregnancy.

If you have a skin condition, epilepsy, asthma, blood pressure irregularities or are taking prescribed medication, please seek medical guidance before using essential oils.

Can Essential Oils be used in Pregnancy?

Some essential oils can be used in pregnancy after the first trimester (12 weeks).

You should only use a 1% blend which is 1 drop of Essential Oil per 5ml of base oil.

You should NEVER put essential oils neat on the skin or ingest the oils at any time, but particularly while pregnant.

The following essential oils can be used throughout pregnancy and cover many pregnancy complaints.

Lavender, Lavandula angustifolia
Will calm anxiety, aid relaxion and help promote a good night’s sleep. Use in a blend or in our Aroma Spa Diffuser.

Roman Chamomile, Anthemis nobilis
Used in a blend and applied to the skin, Chamomile will help to sooth irritated or inflamed skin.

Mandarin, Citrus reticulata
Gently stimulating and refreshing to the emotions, Mandarin is best used in our Aroma Spa Diffuser.

Frankincense, Boswellia carterii
Good for states of anxiety. Used in massage or a diffuser, it will deepen the breath and leave you feeling calm.

Geranium, Pelargonium graveolens
Will help with emotional upset. Use in our Aroma Spa Diffuser or massage blend.

Tisserand Aromatherapy Pulse Point Roller Balls and other personal care products like hand creams, body lotions, shower washes, soaps and bath oils are fine to use whilst pregnant.

Tisserand Aromatherapy pre-blended Body & Massage Oils are not recommended due to the high content of essential oils which are above the recommended dilution amount.

If any irritation or other symptoms do occur, remove the product and discontinue use.

If you have any concerns, consult a professional aromatherapist before using essential oils when pregnant.