Aromatherapy is a popular complementary therapy designed to treat the whole person and not just the symptom or disease. It works by assisting the body’s natural ability to balance, regulate, heal and maintain itself, through the use of essential oils.
Essential oils consist of tiny aromatic molecules that are readily absorbed via the skin, and whilst breathing they enter the lungs. These therapeutic constituents next enter the bloodstream and are carried around the body where they can deliver their beneficial healing powers. Because they are highly concentrated, only a small quantity of essential oil is required to bring about results.
Aromatherapy & Postnatal Care
Certain essential oils should be avoided during the postnatal period & around newborn babies, so it is important to seek out an appropriately trained professional before treating any conditions. Postnatally, essential oils can be used to help ease & treat a number of physical and emotional ailments.
The oils can be used to treat pain and discomfort in muscles and the skeletal system, especially around the upper and lower back and pelvis as your body adjusts to the changes it undergoes during pregnancy and labour.
They can be used to improve circulation and lymphatic drainage, therefore help reduce swelling associated with pregnancy in the ankles, legs and hands
They can ease sinus congestion and headaches (provided these are not associated with high blood pressure).
They also have a positive effect on the skin, penetrating into the deeper layers to encourage the process of cellular renewal, enhance blood circulation and help problems such as acne, eczema and stretch marks.
They can also be used to help with wound healing if needed.
Essential oils can have a dynamic effect on our emotional state. They can help transform our moods and move us from one state of mind to another therefore are useful in easing and reducing depression, anxiety and insomnia that may present during pregnancy.
Evidence based results
Research is continually re-affirming the efficacy of aromatherapy treatments, and the results are now very hard to dismiss.