Essential oils are stored in the flowers, leaves, fruit and seeds of aromatic plants. Secretory structures on plant tissues are responsible for producing and releasing aromatic components and essential oils, and are not ordinarily visible to the naked eye.
The powerful properties of essential oils help to protect the plant itself: Some essential oils with the most powerful anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties (such as tea tree) seem to be the ones who can survive in the most arid and inhospitable climates.
Many of the oils that I use are also grown in my garden: the fragrance of the flowers and herbs are wonderful to experience directly from the plant, and to use in cooking, as well as in massage with essential oils!
I would love to say that I make my own essential oils from the plants I grow in my garden, but unfortunately not: I took this photo of a recent visit to an essential oil distillery in Corsica, France, and it gives an idea of the scale involved!
I have around 50 essential oils, and often use a blend of between 3 and 5 oils each time. The blend may vary from one session to the next, depending on your needs. The essential oils that I use come from a supplier registered with the ATC (Aromatherapy Trade Council), which regulates the quality of the oils, and wherever possible, they are organic.
In my blog I will focus on different oils to highlight their fantastic properties and why I love to use them.
Liz Buckles, MSc, MIFPA Holistic Aromatherapist
Tel: 07921 574533
Based in Huntington, close to York, I am a fully qualified Aromatherapist, with a Diploma in Holistic Aromatherapy.
I am a Member of the International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists (IFPA)
“I felt the whole experience was a two way process. It was good to be given different options for oils and then talk through the benefits of combinations. It really felt as if it was tailored to my exact needs. I was impressed by the level of knowledge of my therapist, and she was able to communicate it very well to me.”
“The blend smelled lovely, and was comforting, warming, exactly what I needed for my calf strain.”
“After the massage, the pain had virtually disappeared. This was my first ever massage and I was really impressed by the results.”
“I feel relaxed, less tense, muscles feel freer, head and shoulders feel lighter, and I feel more accepting and patient”.
“It was a very holistic experience”.
“The whole experience has been wonderful. Liz has a very confident and soothing touch. Her touch is firm and vey enjoyable. The choice of music also reflects the calming atmosphere. The warmth of the soft towels and ambience of the room is another lovely touch.”
“I particularly enjoyed the back, head and foot massages. Afterwards I felt much more relaxed and very comforted, and I felt very comfortable and safe throughout the treatment. The communication during the consultation was good and I liked being involved in the choice of oils. It was relaxing, calming and made me feel happy.”
“I particularly liked the fact that you made sure I was warm, by covering the parts of me that weren’t being massaged, and that you discussed the choice of oils with me.”
"Thanks for all the wonderful relaxing aromatherapy sessions. it really has helped me a lot, especially with you being such a good listener as well. in the early days when I was really anxious and stressed, I probably really bent your ear, so thanks!"
"You really helped me with my leg - got me back to walking again!"
"That was a fascinating talk, thank you."
"I really enjoyed your talk, so interesting!"
"I just wanted to send a brief note of thanks for your very kind time and expertise you shared at our monthly team meeting in York on Thursday. It was a fascinating talk, masterfully squeezed into the short 30 minute window we had available. The team enjoyed the session and found the information incredibly helpful so I wouldn’t be surprised if you get some follow-up queries."
“Many thanks for the massage oil mix, I really like the aroma of the oils you mixed for me, I found them very subtle, probably because I’ve been using neat lavender oil on my pillow but now I have used them a few nights the aromas are becoming more apparent and I do seem to be having more settled nights, I still wake throughout the night but that is the discomfort in my legs but I do go back to sleep now, a huge improvement . Thank you.”