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Aromatherapy aftercare advice

The following advice should be taken following an aromatherapy treatment:

  • Wait 10 minutes post treatment before driving.

  • Listen to your body – i.e., if you feel tired then try to rest as your body is telling you are tired, and the body is needing to heal and re-coup.

  • Contact your therapist with any concerns you may have following a treatment.

  • Avoid alcohol / caffeine for at least 24 hours as some aromatherapy treatments / essential oils are detoxifying.

Drink plenty of water to assist in the elimination of toxins from the body.

  • Eat a light and healthy diet to assist the detoxification and healing process, avoid heavy meals.

  • Get plenty of rest. You may feel tired after treatment.

  • Gentle exercise - postural exercises can help with muscle tension as well as exercises that will assist with mobility. Yoga is a suitable and gentle exercise option.

  • Do deep breathing exercises to assist with taking in oxygen to your fullest capacity.

  • If you have a stressful lifestyle it may be helpful to obtain information about methods of stress management as well as lifestyle changes, hobbies, relaxation methods

  • Look into the possibilities of treatment options that could help with stress and other conditions.

  • Regular aromatherapy treatments are recommended for wellbeing.

  • Avoid bath/shower/steam room/swimming/sunbathing for up to 24 hours.

  • Try to leave oils on skin for up to 8 hours to allow them to continue absorption into the body.


If you experience a reaction to the treatment this is known as a contra-action and is a

body’s response to the treatment and can occur during or following a treatment. This is

perfectly normal and is the part of the healing and detoxification process following a

treatment and will normally subside within 24-48 hours. If, however, you experience

any severe pain or discomfort, you may want to seek advice from your GP. Some

reactions that can occur are:

 Headache

 Dizziness or nausea

 Disrupted sleeping pattern

 Muscles may feel tired and achy.

 Increased urination or passing of stools.

 Increased thirst

 Fatigue


Please follow the suitable guidelines for essence/blended oils for home use as advised by

your therapist, as well as specific oil information on potential toxicity, reactions of the oils.

E.g., Clary sage

 Do not use if pregnant.

 Avoid alcohol or other stimulants during usage as may induce nausea and


 Due to its sedative nature, do not drive after using a blend containing this oil.

 Large doses can cause headaches.

Thank you for reading :-)

Karen xx

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