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What is Aromatherapy and Essential Oils? - Health and Well-being Benefits to you and your family

Updated: Jan 25, 2021

What is Aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy is a complementary holistic therapy that uses essential oils and an ancient practice which uses essential oils and other aromatic compounds with the aim of improving your health and mood. Dating back to 6,000 years. The Ancient Egyptians, Chinese, Indians, Romans and Greeks used aromatic oils for healing, health, medical, as perfumes and in religious ceremonies.

Aromatherapy oils, or essential oils, are extremely concentrated. They are basically plant extracts derived and extracted from plants, flowers, leaves, roots, peel, resin bark and seeds. They each have very distinctive therapeutic properties, which can be utilised to improve health and prevent disease. The science behind using them to improve our physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing is that our sense of smell is directly connected to the part of the brain that processes emotions.

By simply smelling various essential oils (or a combination of them), our brains become stimulated and depending on the particular healing powers of the aromatic compound, we can experience a range of emotions -- from calm to energised.

Aromatherapy oils can be used topically or via inhalation. Aromatherapy oils and their natural therapeutic properties help to heal the mind, body and spirit, returning the body to a state of equilibrium.

Aromatherapy can be described as a form of vibrational healing. Working on the body in a gentle, though effective way.

Aromatherapy has such as transforming effect on your emotions, memories and hormonal responses also, it can alter and stimulate our mood and feelings and relaxing our central nervous system and setting our mind, body and spirit back into balance.

Some of the Many Health and Wellbeing Benefits of Aromatherapy:

Aromatherapy is a complementary therapy. It does not provide a cure for diseases, rashes or illnesses, but it can support various conditions. It is gentle enough to be used by people of all ages. Such as:

  • Reducing Stress

  • Relieves Anxiety

  • Is Deeply relaxing

  • Improves psychological and physical well-being

  • Restores the bodies system to a state of balance

  • Increased calmness and relaxation

  • Pain relief and a reduction in muscular tension

  • Reduction of symptoms of depression or a low mood

  • Uplifting and energising

  • Mood boosting

  • Enhances your massage experience and the benefits of massage

  • Helps to relieve headaches and migraines

  • Assisting respiratory problems

  • Fights bacteria, viruses or fungus

  • Helps improve digestion and digestive health

  • Helps to boost the immune system and your immunity

  • Helps improve sleep quality

  • Soothes sore joints

  • Helps with fatique

  • Helps fight insomnia

  • Inflammation

  • PMS

  • Arthritis

  • Can help with the Menopause and Menopausal symptoms

  • Can help shift blocks that stop you from moving forward

  • Restoring physical health

  • Helps to hear the mind, body and spirit, returning the body to a state of equilibrium

  • Grounding

  • Helps with emotional blocks or issues

Using Essential Oils:

The use of aramatic materials for healing is as old as time. The medicinal properties of scented plants, flowers and woods were known to all the great civilisations of the world. Essential oils are normally used through inhalation or as a topical application, such as in massage, body oils, creams and products.

With Inhalation:

Oils Can be breathed in or used into an electric air diffuser container, vaporiser, oil burner or spray.

Apart from providing a pleasant smell, essential oils can provide respiratory disinfection, decongestion and psychological benefits. Inhaling essential oils stimulate the olfactory system, the part of the brain connected to smell, including the nose and brain.

Molecules that enter the nose pass to the lungs and then to other parts of the body. As the molecules reach the brain they effect the limbic system, which is linked to the emotions, heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, memory, nervous system, stress and hormonal balance. They have a sublet, yet holistic effect on the body, mind and spirit.

Just breathing in your chosen oil/s will help you to feel more relaxed or energised depending on the oil/s you choose.

With Massage:

Massage itself is nurturing, relaxing and therapeutic. When combined with the medicinal properties of essential oils, massage forms a potent healing treatment that can be relaxing or energising, depending on what you would like to feel after the massage. It can also soothe the nervous system, or stimulate the blood and lymphatic system to improve physical and psychological functioning. It helps to ease pain and tension from tired, taut, or overworked muscles, and helps to lift the spirits and improve mood.

Whenever possible, try to include aromatherapy massage in your life and at home for self care.

Using body oils that are pre-blended for specific concerns can be beneficial to use on your skin and body daily to get the results and full benefits of these amazing oils.

In a Bath:

Aromatic baths are a simple, useful, and versatile way to use and enjoy essential oils at home. They can be used to enhance moods, relax or stimulate the bodies systems, treat skin disorders, ease tension and pain in the muscles.

It's important to state that essential oils do not dissolve in water, but form a thin film on the surface. The heat of the water releases the vapour and aids absorption into the skin.

On a Hot or Cold Compress:

Compresses are an effective way of using essential oils to relieve pain and inflammation. They can also be relaxing and good for muscle pain and tension. In my therapies I always use them in my massages and facials during my foot ritual, by cleansing and relaxing the feet, which helps to relax the rest of the body and mind of my clients. Using just a small amount of essential oil on my warm mitts helps to bring balance and harmony to the session and to my clients.

On your Pillow:

Just a drop of lavender or Camomile on your pillow or your chosen oil on a tissue for you to be able to breathe in, will help you to relax or feel energised.

In Creams and Lotions:

Applying creams and lotions that have essential oils in can be beneficial for skincare and skin complaints. All of the skincare products that I use in my facials have pure essential oils as well as many other skin friendly ingredients to help with different skin concerns and skin types. From anti-ageing properties to skin calming and balancing properties.

Important Information On Essential Oil Use:

Essential oils are very safe to use for health and beauty, and, when used correctly. Aromatherapy has many benefits, but it is imperative that safety precautions are taken when handling essential oils. While they may seem harmless (they are extracted from plants, after all), many need to be diluted before applying directly to the skin.

Yet, an appropriate dose is the key to enjoying the many benefits of essential oils while avoiding the few possible negative effects. Although essential oil use often falls under the same general umbrella with other natural supplements and remedies such as herbs and hydrosols, essential oils are chemically different and require their own set of safety recommendations.

General Safety Rules

First and foremost the basic steps we can take to ensure their safe usage and their safety to our health.

  • Keep out of reach of children and pets. Children should learn to respect these as they would any other herbal or vitamin supplement.

  • Keep all oil bottles tightly closed, in a cool, dry place, and away from direct sunlight.

Essential oils can become damaged if they are exposed to heat and light, so its important to keep the lids on tight, store them in a cool, dry, dark place and away from direct sunlight.

  • Do not place essential oils directly on the skin, in the eyes, mouth, ears, or nose.

  • Choose a high quality essential oil. It is extremely important to use only pure and unadulterated, true essential oils, not fragrances or flavorings.

Many allergies and other negative experiences are reactions to synthetic chemicals found in modified essential oils or other aromatic products. A pure oil is the first step towards a positive result when using essential oils for wellness.

  • When using essential oils its important to remember that the oils cannot be used directly on the skin or taken orally.

  • Essential oils can last anything from 12 months to 3 years depending on the oil itself.

  • Use only the suggested amount; misuse can lead to headaches and/or nausea. If you suspect you’ve used too much, drink plenty of water and get some fresh air

  • Essential oils should be diluted before being applied to the body. Because they are so concentrated, it is not advisable to rub essential oils directly onto the skin. This can cause redness, burning, itching and irritation. If the oil comes into contact with your skin, coat the area in a cream or massage oil and then wash with warm, soapy water

  • Read the warnings on essential oil packaging; some oils shouldn’t be combined with other medication or alcohol, or taken if you have certain medical conditions (like epilepsy or low blood pressure)

  • Do not use oils if you have any cuts, open wounds or broken skin.

  • Do not use Essential oils on an area that has been waxed or shaved, as the pores will still be open and can get infected and irritated.

  • Do not use Essential oils if you have sunburn or sensitive skin

  • If in doubt contact your therapist who can advise you.

Essential oils have wonderful medicinal benefits, but if used improperly the effects can be hazardous to your health.

Safety Guidelines for Topical Use

For topical use the main rule is: dilute, dilute, dilute.

Irritation, sensitization, and phototoxic reactions as well as systemic toxicities can be mitigated or avoided altogether by appropriate dilution. Diluting an essential oil means adding it to a carrier or base oil such as grapeseed, jojoba oil, almond oil, olive oil, coconut oil, or aloe vera gel. See the dilution section below for more details.

ADULTS: For every 2ml of base or carrier oil, add 1 drop of essential oil.

CHILDREN from 6 to 12 years of age: 3 drops of essential oils in 10ml of base oil, or 5 drops in 20ml of base oil is appropriate for children aged between 6 and 12.

ALCHOHOL: Clary Sage essential oil increases the effects of alcohol. Do NOT drink alcohol whilst using Clary Sage essential oil, and vice versa. This is also relevant to all essential oils, especially after an aromatherapy massage. Please let your aromatherapist know if you are planning a night out where you may be drinking alcohol.

EPILEPSY: Essential oils such as Sage, Rosemary and Fennel must be avoided by those who suffer with epilepsy or seizures.

HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE: In cases of high blood pressure, do NOT use essential oils such as Rosemary, Sage and Thyme as they increase blood pressure.

KIDNEYS: Do NOT use Juniper essential oil on any person with kidney problems.

PHOTO-TOXIC: Some essential oils are ‘photo-toxic’ and should never be used prior to going out into direct sunlight, sunbeds or sunbathing. These essential oils include: Bergamot, Lemon, Tangerine, Orange and other citrus aromatherapy oils. • Do not expose skin that has had photosensitive oils applied to it within the last 24 hours to sunlight.

PREGNANCY: Some essential oils must never be used during pregnancy. Avoid using essential oils if you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy. Oils to avoid are: Clary sage, clove, cinnamon, aniseed, star anise, fennel, dill, basil, cedarwood, Juniper, Marjoram, Myrrh, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sage and Thyme.


Avoid using essential oils if breastfeeding as this can effect the taste of the breast milk for baby and might be put off by the taste. So best to avoid.

Types of oils that can be used for:

Here are some of the top essential oils that can be used for the following issues that I have found can really help:

Anxiety: Frankincense, bergamot, basil, lavender, ylang ylang.

Stress: Geranium, Jasmine, chamomile, bergamot, lavender

Relaxation: Bergamot, lavender, chamomile, ylang ylang

Sleep: Lavender, chamomile, clary sage, ylang ylang, frankincense, vetiver

Emotional support: Ylang ylang, rose, frankincense, lavender, geranium, bergamot

Balancing Digestion: Peppermint, spearmint, ginger, fennel, wintergreen

Energy: Wild orange, bergamot, lemon, peppermint, grapefruit

Focus: Rosemary, peppermint, wild orange, frankincense, patchouli, lemon

What I offer:

My Aromatherapy Products and Blends are individually created and blended using the Highest grade Organic Essential Oils and Organic Himalayan Pink Salt. All of my oils, sprays, salts and scrubs are uniquely made with my clients in mind and their concerns.

Every Oil, spray, scrub and bath salts are all intuitively hand made and infused with the purist organic essential oils, Crystal energy and Love.

Pure Bliss Chakra Massage and Body Oil Blends

£13.50 each - 100ml

Each of my Chakra Oil Massage and Body Blends are hand blended with the purist therapeutic grade Essential oils and Organic Grape-seed oil. The benefits of these wonderful and extremely effective and powerful blends is that they can help to balance the Chakras within and around your energetic body, creating more harmony and balance in your body, mind, spirit and life. Each oil represents each Chakra and helps to energetically balance, open and harmonise each Chakra.

If you would like to purchase any of the above Chakra oils and Chakra sets and Gift boxes, perfect as gifts for friends and loved ones during challenging times or just for yourself. Please click here to order yours.

Pure Bliss Aroma Sprays

£12.00 each - 100ml ​My Aromatherapy Blends offer multiple healing benefits. My blends help you to sleep, help to support immune health and provide space clearing. Each oil is uniquely made and have natural pure aromatherapy oils, fresh mineral moon enriched distilled water and infused energetic Gems stones and crystals. My Aromatherapy Spray Blends are a practical, accessible and, above all, highly effective way to experience the benefits of essential oils.

They come in a Dark Blue glass spray bottle and are for:

Relax and Sleep Spray - Ingredients:- Cedarwood, Rose, Lavender, Vetiver, Clary Sage, Cypress with Gem stones of Amethyst & rose quartz and purified mineral full moon water

Cleansing and Clearing Aura and Chakra Spray - Ingredients:- Bergamot, Lavender, Sandalwood, Clary Sage, Cedarwood and Gem stones of Black Tourmaline, Smoky quartz, clear quartz with purified cleansing full moon water

Energise and Balance Spray - Ingredients:- Rosemary, Wild Orange, Grapefruit, Peppermint, Lemon with energising Gem stones of Citrine & Adventurine with purified cleansed mineral water

Support and Protection Spray - Ingredients:- Bergamot, Frankincense, Sandalwood, Sage, Clove, Patchouli with Gem stones of Black Tourmaline, Tiger Eye and purified moon energy water

If you would like to purchase any of the above aroma sprays for yourself or loved ones. Please click here to order yours.

Pure Bliss Ayurveda Dosha Body Oils

£8.99 each - 100ml

Ayurveda is the traditional ancient healthcare system of India which is a time and tested system of restoring and maintaining good health and it is said to add years to your life and life to your years. We all have a unique mind-body type, made up of the three doshas, in vaping proportions, called Vata, Pitta and Kapha Each of my Ayurvedic Dosha Oils are individually created for the bodies natural state of being to restore, balance and harmonise the most predominant dosha. All 3 of my Ayurvedic Oils are made from the purist therapeutic grade essential oils and a traditional Ayurvedic base oils. Used daily each of these oils leave the skin silky smooth, helping to balance and restore the bodies natural state of being. Each come in a Dark Blue Bottle to protect the precious essential oils.

If you would like to purchase any of the above Ayurvedic Aromatherapy Blends for your Dosha or my Ayurvedic Gift boxes, perfect as gifts for friends and loved ones, or just for yourself. Please click here to order yours. If you would like to find out more about the Dosha and what it is? Please check out my blog post on this for more information and to find out how you can know what your Dosha

Pure Bliss Individual Aromatherapy Power Blends

10ml £6.99 each

My Individual Aromatherapy power blends are made from only the purist therapeutic grade essential oils. To provide a powerful blend of unique oils that have been lovingly made with the many needs and concerns of my many clients I have treated over my last 22 years in my therapy practice. Here are a few of my Individual blends and I'm constantly making more for different concerns:

De-Stress & Relax Blend - Patchouli, Orange and Rose essential oils

Stay Focused & Energised Blend - Rosemary, Grapefruit, Orange and refreshing Lemon essential oils

Sweet Dreams Blend - Vetiver, Lavender, Sandalwood and Jasmine essential oils

Let it Go Blend - Sweet Orange, Ylang Ylang, Patchouli and Clary Sage essential oils

Back to Earth Grounding Blend - Cedarwood, Bergamot, Vetiver,Sandalwood and Patchouli essential oils

Yoga Bliss Chill Out Blend - Lavender, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang, Chamomile and Sage essential oils

To order your own perfect blend for either yourself or a friend or loved one, please click here to get yours.

Pure Bliss Aromatherapy Personal and Intuitive Blends

Prices for 10ml blends - £7.99 - £12.99 100ml blends - £12.99 - £19.99

Each of my Aromatherapy personal blends are created with you in mind with your needs and concerns. Perfect gift idea of family and friends, creating a unique blend that is unique to them is always a wonderful and heartfelt gift to give and something that will benefit not only there mood but also their health and wellbeing. All of the oils that I blend into your own personal blend are of the purist and therapeutic grade essential oils there are. Each one carries its own vibrational frequency which when used daily can help to raise your own personal vibrational frequency allowing your body, mind and spirit to balance and harmonise with this natural state of energy, which many of us these days are lacking. I have blended oils throughout my career and have provided oils for many celebrates and royalty here in the UK. Many of my oils are for different concerns like prosperity and money, fertility and hormone balancing to stress relieving and better sleep. I also Intuitively blend oils for clients (which is hugely popular) where I tap into the persons energy field with the use of there name and image of them and from the information that I receive I blend the oils that are best suited to them at that time in their life to help them with the concern that they might be facing or what the body, mind and spirit needs. Each of my intuitive oils are totally unique to you and can really help you on your life's journey and spiritual awareness, helping to create wholeness and contentment in life, creating harmony and bliss!

To order an Intuitive blend for yourself or a loved one please click here to order yours

If you would like me to make your own special blended oil, scrub, spray or salt bath salts please email me your details and I will be happy to help create your perfect blend. Email Kelly at: or check out what else I offer here at:

I wish you happy Aroma Energy to you and your loved ones.

Best Wishes

Kelly From Pure Bliss Holistic Therapies



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