The combination of aromatherapy with reiki allows the benefits of two different types of complementary healing to be combined.
It makes sense if you think of the way that aromatherapy uses essential oils - they can either be applied directly to the skin, they can be added to bath water, or you can inhale them.
The combination of aromatherapy with reiki is possible in two different ways. Firstly, the therapist can apply the oils directly on to particular areas of the body. Alternatively, they can use an aroma lamp to allow the aroma to fill the room.
There are a number of oils that are considered particularly therapeutic when these therapies are combined:
- Lavender: This familiar scent has many healing properties. Not only does it have antiseptic, and antispasmodic properties, it is also a tonic with relaxing effects. It is thus used with clients who are sensitive and easily hurt, helping to promote an air of the calm and confidence during a session.
- Sandalwood: Like lavender, its properties include both relaxing and antiseptic effects. In therapy, it is believed to promote confidence and trust between practitioner and recipient.
- Clary sage: Often used to treat colds and menstrual problems, it is used in therapy for its ability to open blocked channels and enhance sensitivity.
- Patchouli: Frequently used to treat skin disorders and minor bums, in the therapeutic setting it can enhance the sensual qualities and aspects of life.