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Bergamot Essential Oil

2023-03-27T13:01:01+00:00Aromatherapy Training|

Bergamot Essential Oil A small citrus tree that really packs a punch with its miniature orange fruit that, once its zest escapes, is capable of transporting you to a magical destination without the need to even step on a plane! A wonderful bright, sunny essential oil, perfect for welcoming in the Spring bringing thoughts of brighter things to come. Extracted by cold expression of the peel to give us pure drops of sunshine. Used in blends to help clear acne, eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis. It is also a useful EO to use in a blend to help relieve digestive complaints including IBS. Helpful in bath preparations for treating urogenital complaints and in face blends and moisturisers to treat throat infections. Adding a few drops to a diffuser can clear the air of any alleviating feelings of anxiety, depression and lethargy. To find out more, join us on our next essential oil journey to become a qualified ITEC Aromatherapist. https://www.schoolofnaturaltherapies.co.uk/course/itec-diploma-in-aromatherapy-for-the-complementary-therapist/

Lemon Essential Oil


Lemon Essential Oil Perfect used in an Aroma Diffuser to clear and refresh the air. Lemon is a stimulating, happy essential oil which can help to lift the spirits, clear groggy minds and leave you feeling alert and refreshed. With exam season on the horizon put two drops of Lemon essential oil on a tissue and inhale slowly to help ease feelings of panic and anxiousness. Headache and migraine sufferers can benefit from using Lemon essential oil. Blended in a Rollerball and applied to the temples to ease the pain and tension. As an effective cleanser, Lemon essential oil is particularly useful when correctly blending into facial products to help with skin complaints, particularly for oily patches and the T-Zone. Keep Safe: Maximum dose is 4 drops in 20ml of carrier oil. Lemon essential oil is phototoxic so it is important to avoid exposure to direct sunlight or sunbed for 12 hours following use of diluted oil. To find out more, join us on our next essential oil journey to become a qualified ITEC Aromatherapist. https://www.schoolofnaturaltherapies.co.uk/course/itec-diploma-in-aromatherapy-for-the-complementary-therapist/ [...]

Aromatherapy – Frankincense Essential Oils

2022-12-09T13:50:29+00:00New Courses|

Aromatherapy – a look at Frankincense - the gift of kings!! December 9th, 2022 Frankincense – Boswellia sacra By Melanie Dean Treasured since ancient time and considered to be a gift of kings. How much better could the credentials for an essential oil be? Frankincense, (sometimes referred to as olibanum) is renowned for its ability to heal the mind, body and soul. Burnt on altars and temples and used to drive out evil spirits, Frankincense continues to play an important role in prayer and meditation today. It is particularly helpful when used in a diffuser to help reduce stress and anxiety given its ability to slow and deepen the breath. How is Frankincense produced? The sacred Frankincense trees of North Africa love their dry climate and rocky soil. Once ready for harvesting, small incisions are made in the bark of the tree to release the sap. This is left to dry and then collected, sorted and cleaned. A slow process of hydro distillation is used to extract the fragrant Frankincense oil with its [...]

Aromatherapy – a look at wonderful Rosemary!!

2022-11-22T13:23:40+00:00New Courses|

ROSEMARY – Rosmarinus officinalis By Melanie Dean Unleash your Rosemary and consider its importance as the ‘wonder herb’!! Not just used in food!! Perhaps you think of Rosemary as a perfect accompaniment to food – or you may have the dried needle like leaves stored deep inside your spice drawer. Its strong flavour and slight bitter taste compliments fatty foods like lamb and oily fish but it is also used to enhance cakes and desserts. The aromatic leaves and flowers can be used to make a tea, which can be helpful for the relief of headaches, colds, colic and depression. It is blessed with cleansing, calming and balancing properties. But did you know that it also has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, which is used as a traditional herbal remedy for wounds, eczema, asthma and poor appetite. Origin and growth This small, evergreen tree is native to the Mediterranean where it flourishes as the ground dries in the long, hot summers. The longer the period of drought, the stronger and [...]

School of Natural Therapies is now a member of the UK Spa Association (UKSA)

2022-11-10T14:30:07+00:00Oncology Massage|

The School of Natural Therapies has recently joined the UK Spa Association (UKSA) as a member for Spa Education and we were invited to submit out first article, which explores the important and very topical subject of mental health. Our article explores one particular aspect, relating to mental health in relation to those undergoing cancer treatment. This is a subject that we discuss during our 3-day Foundation Level in Cancer Care Massage Diploma course: - https://tinyurl.com/mvvubv4n Here is the article we published October saw once again, Mental Health Awareness week; important dates for us to remember as industry professionals and operators; it is vital that we understand as many aspects of mental health as we can. In our work as international oncology educators, we are aware of the relevance of mental health in relation to those who are undergoing cancer treatment, and who have completed that chapter of their lives, but still live with long term side effects of treatment such as pain, numbness, tingling, tightness, lymphoedema, sleep disruption, anxiety [...]