Aromatherapy 101 Part 5: From One Mother to Another

Donna Spencer- Island Jane Magazine

With Mother’s Day quickly approaching you’re probably wondering what to do about a  gift for the occasion; wondering what to give the person who gave you the precious gift of life, or simply wondering how you can top last years’ gift. Those of you who are forty-something may also be wondering what to do about Mom’s health and well-being. Why not combine both? Give a gift that lasts longer than flowers or candy, is thoroughly satisfying, and combats symptoms associated with physical illness. Treat Mom to an Aromatherapy Massage.

Aromatherapy massage is the practice of utilizing essential oils to enhance the inherent benefits of massage. Although it is incredibly relaxing, aromatherapy massage is employed for its therapeutic value. If a client needs relief from a particular condition, the essential oil(s) selected will have the properties to address that condition. These oils are chosen specifically for their therapeutic impact on the symptoms of the condition, and their therapeutic effect on the overall body.  For example if Mom suffers with arthritis or chronic pain an appropriate choice of essential oil could be Rosemary or Frankincense. Rosemary essential oil has both anti-arthritic and analgesic (pain relieving) properties. Frankincense also relieves pain and is an anti-inflammatory. There are many oils with similar properties and the massage therapist will ask questions to determine which of them to use. The chosen essential oil will be blended with a carrier oil and applied topically during the massage.

Mom will receive the dual benefit of inhaling the oil as it is applied and of having it absorbed by the skin, to address her condition. As the oil is inhaled it travels directly to the brain, causing neurochemical hormone activity which directly affects her symptoms. When the oil-blend is applied topically to the skin it directly impacts her muscle tissue and joints. The therapeutic value of aromatherapy massage is priceless, and carries with it the welcome side-effect of relaxation. The essential oils used in aromatherapy massage are derived from plants. They are the precious gifts of a Well life, to all mothers from Mother Earth. It’s her way of saying “Happy Mother’s Day”, from one mother to another!

Common conditions effectively addressed with Aromatherapy Massage:

  • Arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Depression
  • Fibromyalgia
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Insomnia
  • Post-Surgical Scarring
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Tendinitis

This concludes the 5-part series on Aromatherapy. The practice of aromatherapy is far-reaching and never-ending.  I constantly learn new ways to incorporate aromatherapy in my professional and personal life. Those of you who have the blending bug and have been following this series, you now have enough knowledge to blend oils for effective use in your life. Continue to explore and discover the joys of aromatherapy. Those who have no interest in blending oils can benefit by receiving an aromatherapy session, either for relaxation or for healing. All of you are invited to visit the “Sniff Station” at APOTHECARY for more information on aromatherapy or simply to have FUN.

Donna is the owner of Angelic Moon Holistic Day Spa/APOTHECARY on Cudjoe Key. Angelic Moon is the only green-certified Holistic day spa in the Florida Keys. It is also home to “APOTHECARY: Herbs, Oils, Tinctures and More...” Angelic Moon has been coined “A Haven for Healing”. In other words this is the place where YOUR individual physical and spiritual Wellness is the focus, and where custom-blended treatments and products reflect that. Angelic Moon Holistic Day Spa/APOTHECARY Mile Marker 23 – Spanish Main Drive Call (305)745-9979