FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT IS AROMATHERAPY?

Aromatherapy is a complementary therapy and a wellness modality that can be integrated into every aspect of your life to promote balance, relaxation, wellbeing and wellness. Clinical studies have shown Aromatherapy can be helpful in managing many health concerns including anxiety and depression, chronic adrenal fatigue, arthritis and musculoskeletal pain, digestive imbalances, dermatological and cosmetic conditions, and respiratory complaints to name a few.

DO I NEED TO BE SICK OR HAVE AN ILLNESS TO BENEFIT FROM AROMATHERAPY?

No... Aromatherapy can be beneficial even if you are not sick. Due to the nature of essential oils and how they affect the mind and body, you can use Aromatherapy to enhance good times and create atmospheres to influence moods and feelings.
There is also clinical evidence to suggest that some essential oils have antibacterial and antiviral properties. So diffusing essential oils in the home or workspace could be used as a preventative measure against the spread of germs.

WHY DO OTHER PEOPLE HAVE AROMATHERAPY APPOINTMENTS?

People attend my clinic for many reasons which include.

  • skin concerns like acne, dermatitis and rosacea

  • colds, flus and infections

  • wound care

  • insomnia and sleeping concerns

  • anxiety

  • depression

  • muscle pain management

  • arthritis and inflammation management

  • asthma and allergy management

  • digestive concerns and IBS

  • post surgery care and recovery

  • headaches, migraines and nerve pain management

  • sports performance

  • therapeutic skincare and anti-aging support, cleansers, toners, moisturisers and targeted treatments

  • hair and scalp care

  • diffuser blends for the home and office

  • diffuser blends to put in the kid's bedrooms

  • their pets

WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT FROM MY FIRST SESSION?

Your first visit to the clinic will be a conversation about you, your experience with complementary therapies, your expectations, your medical history and the reason for your appointment. Together we will explore essential oils and possible remedies that may help you with your concerns. We will also discuss options of what blends and products that you can purchase, set wellness goals and break down a plan of action to achieve those goals, or formulate a selfcare or treatment plan that may help to manage your specific concerns.

DO YOU HELP TREAT TERMINAL OR CHRONIC ILLNESS?

I have experience with clients who live with terminal or chronic illness. If you are currently on medication prescribed by your GP or receiving medical treatments from a Medical Specialist or a Hospital, you will need to discuss with your Medical Practitioner your intention to look into Aromatherapy, as there may be drug interactions between the therapies you may wish to receive. 
It is important to keep your medical doctors informed of all complementary therapies, natural remedies and supplements you wish to use, as they may interfere with the medical treatment you are currently receiving.

HOW SHOULD I PREPARE FOR MY FIRST TREATMENT?

To ensure you get the most out of your appointment, within the hour prior to your appointment you should try to avoid the following.

  • Avoid consuming coffee or other strongly flavoured or stimulating food and beverages.

  • Avoid brushing your teeth, using mouth wash or chewing gum.

  • Avoid wearing strong cosmetics, deodorants or fragrances. 

  • Avoid strenuous activities or exercise.

  • Bring along any test results or correspondence from your medical practitioner or doctor.

CAN I USE MY PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE BENEFITS TO PAY THE GAP?

Unfortunately you can't use your private health insurance benefits for Aromatherapy.

The Federal Government, Department of Health, released the following information on their website.

From 1 April 2019, private health insurers cannot offer cover for these natural therapies:

  • Alexander technique

  • aromatherapy

  • Bowen therapy

  • Buteyko

  • Feldenkrais

  • homeopathy

  • iridology

  • kinesiology

  • naturopathy

  • Pilates

  • reflexology

  • Rolfing

  • Shiatsu

  • tai chi

  • Western herbalism

  • yoga.

This means private health insurance funds are no longer permitted to pay benefits towards the above natural therapies. 

The Australian Federal Health Department has stated this review is ongoing. Todate they have not overturned this decision.

HOW DOES AROMATHERAPY WORK FOR ANIMALS?

Aromatherapy works the same way for animals as it does for humans. You offer the animals a smell of the essential oils and observe their response. When you pay attention the animal will tell you what it's thinking through body language, facial expressions and sometimes vocalisation.

DOES MY PET NEED TO BE SICK TO HAVE AN AROMATHERAPY APPOINTMENT?

No... Just like you enjoy massages and day spa pamper sessions, your pets can enjoy Aromatherapy even whey they are not sick. Pet owner clients have often reported that their pets are more relaxed, "blissed out and happy" after an Aromatherapy session. the Owners have also commented that their pets seem to know when they are visiting the clinic and get excited when they arrive and show enthusiasm when working with the essential oils.

IS AROMATHERAPY SAFE FOR ANIMALS?

Aromatherapy can be safe for animals when it is administered correctly and under the supervision of a qualified Aromatherapist. Always follow the directions as advised by your Vet and Aromatherapist.

Essential oils are not always safe for animals. If you are going to use essential oils for your pets, only use them in a diffuser that is out of reach to avoid mechanical accidents, and keep a door open so your pet can leave the room or space when they have had enough of the scent.

WHAT REASONS DO ANIMALS HAVE AROMATHERAPY FOR?

The common reasons I see animals in my clinic for are.

  • fear of thunderstorms and fireworks

  • skin irritations and allergies

  • arthritis, joint pain and inflammation

  • digestive issues and upset tummy

  • cardiac concerns

  • nervous anxiety

  • depression

  • separation anxiety

  • dementia

  • behavioural concerns

  • after surgery care and recovery

  • pancreatitis

  • cushing's disease

  • recovery from accidents and injuries

I also have owners who bring their pets to the clinic on a regular basis because they tell me they can see their pets enjoys the experience of their Aromatherapy sessions and the owner believes this is important for their pets' wellness and well-being.

WHAT SHOULD I DO TO PREPARE MY PET FOR THEIR FIRST SESSION?

Things to prepare your pet for their first Aromatherapy appointment.

  • Avoid feeding your pet. It's best to feed your pet after the appointment.

  • When you arrive for your appointment allow your pet to go to the toilet before they enter the clinic.

  • Ensure your pet is on a leash when you enter the clinic.

  • Bring any test results or correspondence provided by your Vet.