Aromatherapy in Hamilton
Aromatherapy is an alternative or complementary therapy that uses natural plant extracts to improve your physical and emotional health.
The use of aromatherapy has been around for thousands of years. Many ancient cultures in China, Egypt, India, and others have included aromatherapy’s aromatic plant components in balms, oil, and fragrances. Typically, aromatherapy is used through inhalation or topically. But it is important to discuss the use of essential oils with a certified professional as some can irritate if misused.
Essential oils are typically created through distillation by using steam. This process separates the oil and water compounds of a plant. Being highly concentrated, aromatherapy oils have a strong aroma. This aroma has resulted in some calling essential oils ‘volatile aromatic oils’ because they can easily evaporate at average temperatures. It is a long process to create essential oils. For example, one standard-sized 15ml bottle of rose essential oil requires 65 pounds of rose petals to fill it.
One of the most important things to remember about essential oils when using or to have them on you is their quality. Unfortunately, not all brands or solutions are created equally. Many are diluted too heavily or are synthetic and will not affect your health. Thus, when looking to buy or use essential oils, it is ideal that they are 100% pure, therapeutic grade and sustainably sourced.
What type of treatments does Aromatherapy provide?
Our Certified Clinical Aromatherapist, Katie Keyte, provides the following treatment. It can be provided individually as a stand-alone therapy or in any combination. You can book with her here.
What to Expect?
During your consultation, Katie will review your health history and get an in-depth idea of your needs and symptoms. Then, working together, you will develop an individual treatment plan to meet your goals. Once a plan is implemented, Katie will blend the essential oils and let them sit for 48 hours. This process strengthens the oils’ properties before they are mixed with a carrier oil for use.
What is a carrier oil? Essential oils are minimal, so they can quickly pass through the skin and into the body. However, if you want to keep the oils on your skin for safety purposes, they must be combined with a carrier oil. These oils, also known as base oils, also come from plants and prolong the aromatherapy effects while preventing essential oils from irritating the skin.
Our practitioners work collaboratively with all the other healthcare practitioners in the clinic. Including physicians, chiropractors, physiotherapists, naturopaths, chiropodists, and other specialists, to best manage your health needs. Please inquire for more information.