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  • What is aromatherapy?

    Aromatherapy is the practice of using essential oils therapeutically. Plant oils have been used as therapy and cosmetics for thousands...

  • Niaouli / Melaleuca viridiflora

    It is a member of the same family as Tea Tree, Myrtaceae and is similar in aroma to Eucalyptus. The...

  • #Act Local

    At the weekend I distributed an letter of introduction which included an introductory offer to residents in my locality and...

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Lending a remote hand (….with Cellulitis)

My aunt who lives in another part of the country has been suffering with Cellulitis in her legs which seems to be exacerbated by warm weather. 

As I am not local to her I was unable to offer massage however I made up the blend below for her, which she has been applying for a few weeks and has found helpful. 

She has also been on prescribed medication thus it is difficult to quantify how much the Aloe Vera ointment I blended has contributed to the reduction in swelling however the swelling has reduced over the weeks which I hope in part was due to her useage of the ointment together with the application of it through self massage using regular upward strokes from the lower leg to thigh. 

My aunt has been convinced of the effectiveness of the blend in Aloe Vera for both relieving the tightness of the skin that has accompanied the swelling and for relieving the skin irritation which is a persistent unpleasant symptom of the condition.

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Niaouli / Melaleuca viridiflora

It is a member of the same family as Tea Tree, Myrtaceae and is similar in aroma to Eucalyptus. The oil is obtained through steam distillation of the leaves and twigs. The broad leaf tree, the picture below shows the bark of the tree, is mostly found in Australia. To illustrate the intrinsic quality of the tree I am lifting this line “Because the falling leaves covering the ground act as a strong disinfectant, it makes for a healthy environment, and it also purifies water.” directly from the webpage http://www.essentialoils.co.za/essential-oils/niaouli.htm    According to Salvatore Battaglia in the Complete Guide to Aromatherapy (The International Centre of Holistic Aromatherapy, 1995) up until the 1980s, in France, Naiouli was found in syrup for respiratory tract infections and in suppositries for vaginal infections.

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I vapourised the oil in a burner while writing this, so I could refresh my memory of the aroma as its not an oil I’ve used in practice and so I can give my impressions of it. More later….

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From a safety perspective Niaouli is non toxic, non irritant and non sensitising. It is often confused with Cajeput however there is a significant difference as Cajeput is an skin irritant unlike Niaouli in fact the latter can be particularly useful in skin conditions like boils, acne and wound healing.

The oil is strongly antimicrobial along with being anti-viral, expectorant and an immuno stimulant.Victoria Plum (Aromatherapy Tutor with Neal’s Yard Remedies) emphasises its use as a sickroom cleaner and for supporting clients with compromised immunity. This leads me to think this is an oil to consider with a client who is convalescing particularly from a virus. It may be especially useful to aid recovery from a respiratory infection or for someone with a persistent phlegmy cough particularly if vapourised. Jennie Harding in ‘The essential Guide to Oils’ (Watkins, 2013) suggests a blend for acute bronchitis or sinusitis to be used an an inhalation (in a bowl of very hot water add 3 – 6 drops of oil and covering the head with towel inhale until there is no more steam) using 3 drops Nialoui and 3 drops of Eucalyptus.

According to Patricia Davies in ‘Aromatherapy A-Z’ (Daniel, 1988) It makes an excellent first aid remedy for cleaning cuts and grazes especially where dirt is lodged in them. “..mix 5 or 6 drops of Niaouli into 20mls of boiled then cooled water and wash out repeatedly.” Also Patricia recommends Niaouli for burns where the oil can be sprinkled neat onto some gauze and applied to the wound. Because of its tissue healing properties it will help the wound heal. Jennie Harding suggests using Niaouli and tea tree in a hot compress to draw out a boil. To make a hot compress for a small area like a single boil place 2 drops of essential oil in an eggcup full of hot water. Allow the oil to sit on the surface and place a cloth on the surface to absorb the oils without immersion. Then wring out the cloth and apply to the boil for about 20 minutes then repeat keeping the compress in place for an hour in total.

The oil is also good for the nether regions …. It can be used in a vaginal douche to ease the symptoms of cystitis. Moreover, Victoria Plum suggests a blend for urinary tract infections – Niaouli, Lavender and Sandalwood to be used in a Sitz bath (Half fill a large bowl or a small bath with warm water. Place 4 – 6 drops of oils diluted in 5ml of milk and disperse in the water, then sit in the water for 10 minutes). And according to Wikipedia (http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Niaouli) the essential oil is used as an ingredient in haemorrhoid cream

‘The essential Guide to Oils’ by Jennie Harding (Watkins, 2013) The oils is characterised in the following way :- for the spirit “gives a sense of having room to breathe’ and can help lighten emotional burdens and release tension. An interesting use for Niaouli is suggested by Jennie to ease claustrophobia and panic attacks by placing two drops of Niaouli on a tissue and inhaling.

I was also intrigued to read ‘Aromatherapy A-Z’ by Patricia Davies (Daniel, 1988) is the use of Niaouli whilst having radiation treatment for cancer. By applying a thin layer of Niaouli to the skin prior to the treatment it helps protect against the burning of the skin which occurs, and and where this still occurs reduces its severity. It is thought the vulnerary (tissue healing) property of the oil helps the skin heal. Victoria Plum suggest blends which tie in with this topic, for application to burns (in a cream at 1% if the skin is broken) Niaouli and Roman Chamomile and for supporting an immune system compromised by radiotherapy treatment, Niaouli, Lavandin and German Chamomile.

My impressions of Niaouli were hard to form. The oil I vapourised came from newly opened Neal’s Yard Remedies bottle which had been stored in the fridge since purchase. However I could not get much aroma from it until I had added about eight drops to the vapouriser. Then it smelt of a gentle Eucalyptus, with the medicinal notes that implies. Although I have no respiratory issues I could tell that the oil would be helpful with respiratory conditions. The smell was pleasant and I felt that it would blend beautifully with citrus oils, what sprang to my mind in particular was Lemon or Sweet Orange. To try and get a better impression I placed two drops onto a tissue and inhaled. If I hadn’t known differently I would have thought I was smelling Eucalyptus Radiata as it seemed a softer Eucalyptus than Globulus. The main impression then was of its medicinal notes I could feel the oil clearing the nasal passages. It is not an unpleasant aroma to me and blended carefully it is a useful oil to understand more fully.

I hope you enjoyed reading. The oil can be purchased from Neals Yard Remedies online or instore.

Giving back while moving forward.

I’ve just started volunteering at a local residential care home ‘Whitby Dene’ on a fortnightly basis offering Aromatherapy hand and arm massage.

I was a little nervous prior to arriving for my first morning however, I really enjoyed meeting the ladies I treated all of whom were a delight in their own way. I was pleased to see how happy they seem and they assured me that they were extremely well looked after at the home; something which I noticed straight away was the friendly relaxed atmosphere. I felt I had a head start straight away in terms of relaxing and soothing the residents.

Some of them had never received massage before and were a little nonplussed but overall they all seemed to enjoy it and I was assured that I will have repeat clients when I return. Although the blend of oils I used was lovely I did feel that at 1% for local application to the hand and forearm it wasn’t really that noticeable to the clients so I have learnt for next time that I wish to make the blend a little ‘stronger’ at 2.5%. I hope in that way they will notice the aroma for some time afterwards. I am also going to match the oils in the oil diffuser to those used in the massage to again reinforce the aroma for the clients.

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I am hoping that not only will the residents benefit from the massage but at the same time I will raise my visibility in the local community as well. To this end the home were kind enough to give their permission for me to leave some of my promotional materials for staff and the families of residents to peruse.

I am looking forward to my next visit very much, getting to better know the clients, I already feel it will be an enriching experience for all parties.

Thank you to Whitby Dene both for the opportunity to volunteer as a Aromatherapist at the care home and along side this for allowing me to promote ‘Aromas to Cherish‘.

#Act Local

At the weekend I distributed an letter of introduction which included an introductory offer to residents in my locality and a few local businesses with whom I have links.

I am delighted that two days later this initiative has already generated two new clients with appointments within the next week.

I am so pleased to serve my local community and that, likewise, local people are supporting  Aromas to Cherish.

Thank you to those clients I really look forward to welcoming you for a treatment.  I hope it will be the first of many! ;)

Some ‘thank yous’ :-)

Thank you to all of you who have been so kind as to express their appreciation for Aromas to Cherish website.

I’m delighted that it has been received so positively although after I’d given an initial ‘brief’ the credit should really go to Caroline Somer (@SomerDesign) of www.somerdesign.co.uk  who designed the website on my behalf together with Drijen Shah of www.drijendesigns.co.uk who was responsible for the coding.

I would like to pass on my thanks to both of them  for their patience, diligence and creatively in producing a site of which I am very proud.

At this point I should not overlook thanking Jeanne Davies of www.daviesmanagementconsultancy.com for both the introduction to Caroline and for her input and support as I have tried to focus and shape my business strategy.

 

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