“At this time of year using essential oils in an oil burner or other type of room fragrance is very useful for keeping germs at bay, preventing the spread of coughs and colds, lifting your mood and helping you to relax and ‘chill out’” says therapist Jane Hickson

 

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Ashlins has a good range of quality essential oils available to purchase from reception. There will be  some packs of essential oils and oil burners for sale as Christmas stocking fillers, such as:

Anti-viral/to stop the spread of coughs and colds/flu:  Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Thyme, Cinnamon

For coughs and sore throats specifically:  Sandalwood, Benzoin, Tea Tree, Lavender, Thyme

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Insomnia/difficulty sleeping: Chamomile, Mandarin, Lavender

To relax and chill out:  Ylang Ylang, Orange, Cinnamon, Sandalwood, Clary Sage, Chamomile, Lavender, Geranium

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To lift the mood/as antidepressant:  Orange, Mandarin, Ylang Ylang, Rosewood, Clary Sage, any citrus oils, Geranium

To energise and motivate/help concentration:  Grapefruit, Peppermint, Basil

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The main benefit of using essential oils over other forms of room fragrancing is that essential oils have therapeutic properties which affect the respiratory system and the emotions/mood and therefore they are more beneficial .

What are essential oils?

They are extracted from plants (herbs, flowers, trees, fruit), usually by distillation and they contain many different chemical constituents. The chemical constituents are the clue to the therapeutic properties of each essential oil. Essential oils are highly volatile and do not dissolve in water; they do dissolve in vegetable oils and fats and certain other substances.  The vast majority of essential oils produced are used in the food and perfume industries.

 

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Essential oils should be treated as ‘medicines’ and kept out of reach of children, preferably stored in a cool, dark place (not the fridge). They are active chemical substances that when used with knowledge, understanding and respect can be of great benefit to emotional as well as physical well-being.

Please note that it is best to seek professional guidance on using essential oils if you are:  pregnant (avoid in the first trimester at least), breast- feeding, have high/low blood pressure, have epilepsy, are under medical supervision for any particular condition involving medication, have asthma and or strong allergies/sensitivities. Also note that using Clary Sage when you are drinking alcohol has been known to cause nightmares – so best avoid that combination!

If you’d like personalised advice, please book an appointment with Jane by calling 020 8520 5268.

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If you would like to learn more about how to use essential oils safely at home for yourself and your  family and friends then please register your interest with reception at Ashlins (pop in or give us a ring on 020 8520 5268). The ‘Beginners Guide to Aromatherapy for Safe Home Use’ short course will be run over 4/6 weeks starting at the end of January.