Thursday, January 22, 2015

Aromatherapy: Aromas that Affect Emotions During Massage Therapy

Consider how you feel when you smell freshly baked cinnamon rolls or coffee brewing? When we smell something good, information is sent to specific parts of our brain that influence our senses, memory, and mood. 

Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils which are a true concentrated essence extracted from a plant. Specific aromas can be used to help us relax, provide mental clarity, help us cope with emotional conflicts, and energize us physically, emotionally or mentally. With this in mind, I incorporate aromas into my massage sessions to help improve the way the client feels and heighten their experience.

Below is a list of emotions and the essential oils that help aid 
them. I've hightlighted a few of my favorites.

To Relieve Anger: Chamomile, Jasmine, Patchouli, Rose and Ylang-ylang.

To Relieve Anxiety: Bergamot, Cedarwood, Cypress, Frankincense, Hyssop, Lavender, Marjoram, Myrrh, Neroli, Orange, Peach, Rose, Rose Geranium and Violet Leaf.

To Ease Depression: Bergamot, Clary Sage, Grapefruit, Jasmine, Lavender, Lemon, Lemon Balm, Lemon Verbena, Neroli, Orange, Petitgrain, Rose Geranium, Sandalwood, Tangerine and Ylang-ylang.

To Ease Sorrow: Clary Sage, Cypress, Fir, Marjoram, Rosemary and Sage.

To Overcome Fatigue: Angelica, Benzoin, Camphor, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Clove Basil, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Fennel, Lemon, Peppermint, Pine, Sage and Spiced Apple.

To Deal with Stress, Nervous Tension and Insomnia: Bergamot, Chamomile, Cinnamon, Clove, Frankincense, Lavender, Lemon, Marjoram, Myrrh, Neroli, Nutmeg, Orange, Petitgrain, Rose, Sandalwood, Sweet Melissa, Valerian, Vanilla, Violet, and Ylang-ylang.

To Calm Irritability: Chamomile, Neroli, Rose, and Rose Geranium

To Improve Memory: Bay Laurel, Jasmine, Lavender, Lemon and Rosemary
To Increase Confidence: Frankincense, Jasmine, Patchouli and Sandalwood.

To Use As An Aphrodisiac: Jasmine, Rose, Sandalwood, Vanilla and Ylang-ylang.

Please read more about Aromatherapy under Amenities on my website.