In 2001 Alison embarked on a learning journey into aromatherapy and natural health, which followed an already established passion in all things wellbeing. Today you can experience the wonderfully relaxing benefits of aromatherapy during some of the treatments at the Flourish therapy room.

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A Potted History

Aromatic oils have been used for thousands of years to soothe, stimulate and heal the mind and body.  There’s evidence that Egyptians used essential oils for treatments such as embalming and even Hippocrates claimed an aromatic bath was the key to good health. Soldiers in the Second World War were treated with essential oils and around the 1950’s it turned up in beauty treatments and massage. Over the years aromatherapy has become increasingly popular and continues to be used for a whole range of treatments including massage, as an aid for mental wellbeing, beauty, physical relaxation or healing, and medical herbalism.

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Does it work?

People who use aromatherapy in healing practices do so with great passion and success. There is a growing base of clinical evidence to support claims of healing conditions like depression and anxiety, alongside a range of physical conditions.  Tea tree is known as an effective natural antibiotic and more effective than some of the orthodox antibiotics against certain strains of bacteria.  Many hospitals use aromatherapy for its therapeutic properties, and combined with massage this promotes a positive impact on patients health and wellbeing.

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Which oil will be used?

At the Flourish therapy room either a pre blended massage oil or selected oils for tailored blending will be used, dependant on the client and their needs (e.g. to de-stress, relax, energise or promote balance).  Any conditions or sensitivities are also taken when choosing an oil.  The pure essential oils will be will be blended with a beautiful carrier oil that’s suitable for all skin types.  All products used are from Neale’s Yard Remedies.

The oils were massaged into my neck, back and shoulders before starting the reiki session, it was so gentle and relaxing 

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A few ‘oil benefit’ facts


  • Black pepper is used to reduce anxiety and is good for aches, pains and muscle fatigue
  • Bergamot helps to promote a calm mind and is balancing for the skin
  • Geranium balances emotions and skin
  • Jasmine is great for boosting self-confidence and nourishes the skin
  • Lavender is soothing for mind and skin conditions
  • Neroli lifts your spirits and nourishes the skin
  • Rose Otto is a great comforter in times of stress or emotional dis-ease
  • Sandalwood promotes mental clarity
  • Ylang Ylang soothes emotions and creates a sense of calm

Just ask Alison when booking your main treatment to add a touch of aromatherapy.
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