Essential oils are very powerful and potent and are so much more than 'just a nice smell.' As plant hormones they are absorbed through your skin, enter the bloodstream and are thought to work in much the same way as human hormones. They therefore have the potential to alter, increase or decrease the effects of any medication you are on with a potentially dangerous outcome. Unlike some other EU countries, Aromatherapy practice in the UK does not require a medical qualification but this is under the proviso that practitioners at all times work with the consent of a medical professional when using essential oils on a medicated client.

A treatment CANNOT take place if you:

  • have a current fever 

  • are classed as clinically extremely vulnerable

  • have cancer or have in the past

  • have or have had thrombosis in the last 2 years

  • have suffered diarrhoea/vomiting within 48 hours

  • are under the influence of drugs/alcohol  

  • have an infectious disease/infection

  • have medical oedema (swelling that does not pop back up when pressed)

  • have a urinary tract infection

  • have phlebitis

  • have whiplash

  • are undergoing radio/chemotherapy

  • have head lice 

  • have haemophilia

  • have had osteopathy or acupuncture treatment within 7 days or are due to have a treatment within 7 days

  • are pregnant

  • have had an operation within 6 weeks                               

  • A letter of consent* from your GP or consultant would be required if you have:                                 

  • been prescribed medications

  • abnormal blood pressure that is NOT controlled by medication

  • a history of stroke

  • a nervous system disorder (MS, Parkinson’s, Motor Neurone, for example)

  • diabetes and take oral medication or insulin

  • epilepsy

  • any nervous/psychotic conditions

  • osteoporosis

  • had a heart attack / any heart conditions (past or present)

  • had a recent operation (6 weeks+ and are still under care)

  • a thyroid disorder

  • a history of thrombosis (2+ years)

A GP consent may also be required if you fall into the clinically vulnerable group (moderate risk). The NHS outlines these groups. Click here.

*IMPORTANT - The letter of consent should be on letter-headed paper from the practice and be signed and stamped. Before requesting a letter please contact me to discuss your reasons for seeking aromatherapy treatment. This will allow me to decide on the essential oils best suited to you. I can then prepare a letter for you to take to the GP highlighting the specific oils I wish to use.

If you are unsure please do not hesitate to get in touch.