Aromatherapy and Ancient Therapies


Twenty years ago I ran a health food shop and diet advisory centre here in Ireland and we sold essential oils for aromatherapy. I thought that I should learn more about it and took a course on the subject. It is not something that I have covered here on the blog, and I am looking forward to refreshing my memory from my course notes. and introducing you to this relaxing therapy at the same time.

What is Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy uses essential oils which have been extracted from specific sweet smelling plants for therapeutic massage. They are blended with specialised carrier oils to ensure that they are used in a diluted form and are easily absorbed by the skin. The oils can also be used to add these therapeutic aromas to our environment as well with the use of burners.

One of the first things that I learnt on my course, was that the original Coca-Cola was developed as a nerve tonic by pharmacist John Pemberton in 1886 by blending the essential oils of orange, lemon, nutmeg, cinnamon, coriander and neroli together. And of course the unknown secret ingredient to this day ‘7X’. How cool is that.

To find out more then here are the posts so far.

An introduction, history, how it works and benefits.

Oils, origins and uses part one.

Oils, origins and uses part two.



Clary Sage





Alternative Therapies



Indian Head Massage

The Alexander Technique – Introduction.

A technique used by performers all over the world to improve their posture and open up their lungs and strengthen muscles.

Part Two – Posture – Back Pain – Ergonomics

Part Three – Standing, Sitting and Walking

Ancient healing therapies – Tai Chi.

Great for posture and for strengthening the core whilst losing the stress.