Essential Oils


Essential oils are highly concentrated and powerful natural fragrant essences extracted or distilled from various forms of vegetation. They are located in special secretory glands or cells in the vegetation’s flowers, leaves, stems, roots, bark, seeds or fruits. There are several ways to extract the oils the most common being:

  1. Steam distillation – for the more woody and robust plants
  2. Solvent extraction – used for the more delicate flower petals
  3. Expressed – used for soft fruits where the peel is pressed to obtain the juice and oil

These are the oils that are used in Aromatherapy and can be applied or absorbed via massage, massage products, inhalers, lotions, creams, oil, balms, in baths or washes and used in compresses.

They are so versatile there is literally hundreds of ways that essential oils can be brought into our daily lives. They can be used in room diffusers, burners and room sprays, used in the food and perfume industries and in cleaning products.

Some you will be very aware of whilst others may not be so familiar. For instance do you like tea? If so are you a fan of Earl Grey? Well Bergamot is used in this tea blend. Have you been inside a church where they are burning incense? Then the chances are it is Frankincense. And do you use skin creams and tooth paste? Then Frankincense and Peppermint are likely to be there. And the perfumes from Amouage all use Frankincense.

Some of the oils that Sarah loves to use in her practice for specific purposes are:

Relaxing: Lavender, Rose, Chamomile, Ylang Ylang

Uplifting: Bergamot, Geranium, Lemon and all of the citrus oils

Decongestant: Thyme, Eucalyptus, Sage

Antidepressant: Rose, Neroli, Bergamot, Melissa

Stimulant / Energising: Rosemary, Black Pepper, Peppermint, Lemon

Cleansing: Juniperberry, Lemon, Thyme, Niaouli, Tea Tree, Cedarwood

Calming: Mandarin, Chamomile, Frankincense

Warming and easing for muscles: Rosemary, Black Pepper, Sweet Marjoram, Lavender

Balancing and nourishing for skin: Neroli, Frankincense, Geranium, Rose, Lavender


The oils that are used as part of your massage are chosen and blended specifically for each client following a full consultation, thus ensuring the needs of the individual are properly considered and the oils chosen for their desired therapeutic effects.

Essential oils have been used for massage, medicinal and therapeutic purposes for thousands of years with many beliefs that they encourage positive thinking and can boost the immune system.


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