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Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils to help deal with everyday stresses and emotional well-being. Essential oils are extracted from different parts of plants, the root, leaf, rind, juice and flowers. They are thought to possess distinctive properties, which may be used to improve overall emotional and spiritual health imbuing the user with a sense of relaxation and calmness.


At the beginning of an aromatherapy session, the aromatherapist will ask questions about the client’s medical history, general health, wellbeing, lifestyle and previous experience of treatment. This helps the practitioner to choose and blend the safest and most appropriate essential oils for the individual. The oils may be blended with massage oil or the aromatherapist may suggest other methods.


Aromatherapy may be found to be helpful to those wanting to reduce everyday stress and so help with the ability to cope, relax and sleep. The aromatherapist may recommend oils for home us. As well as being used in individual therapy sessions, it is also used in a variety of settings, including hospitals and hospices.

Karen Atkinson has been using aromatherapy oils therapeutically for over 2 decades.