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aromatherapy and eating disorders


I am a nurse in an eating disorders unit,

and am a complementary therapist. Has anyone got any experiences in seeing aromatherapy work with anorexia and bulimia, and what oils did they use?

Sheree x

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Research: Field 2000 (Foundations of Massage) NEW
by: Ruth Wellsmore (AUS)

Sharing reference to a section within the text book: Foundations of Massage, page 92 - Touch for Psychological Disorders.
You can view via this google link

Research: Field 2000 (Foundations of Massage) NEW
by: Ruth Wellsmore (AUS)

Sharing reference to a section within the text book: Foundations of Massage, page 92 - Touch for Psychological Disorders.
You can view via this google link

Medical Consent NEW
by: Ruth Wellsmore (AUS)

Hi ladies,
As a CT (comp therapist), would you seek medical consent from a Dr/Psychologist before providing treatment for a person with an eating disorder?

Blend for Anorexia NEW
by: Kyley

Hi Leonie,

I'm so glad you asked. I was anorexic and bulemic as a teen, so I have some idea of how hard it can be to cope with.

Give me a couple days to do some extra research and I'll post a blend as soon as I come up with the best one I can think up :)

Love and support to you and your daughter

You guys are amazing NEW
by: Leonie

Thankyou so much for sharing your knowledge!
I have a 15 year oid daughter with anorexia, she is having therapy which is slowly helping, she loves being massaged so I was wondering if you might be able to concoct a recipe for me that I could use on her.

HEAL blend for eating disorders
by: Heather Purdin

Hi! With the help of an apothecary shop, Project HEAL: Help to Eat, Accept, & Live has just released a 100% organic essential oil blend call HEAL. It has a jojoba base with bergamot, orange, & ginger.

Project HEAL helps to raise money for people suffering from eating disorders who want to recover, but are not able to afford treatment. In order to raise this money, we have developed a fund called Help to Heal.

Additionally, and equally important, we want to diminish society's obsession with body image by encouraging girls (and all people!) to accept their bodies. People do not have to love everything about their bodies, but it is important that they learn to embrace their perceived flaws and "imperfections". We hope that by providing encouragement and support we can help those struggling with body image issues from developing full-blown eating disorders.

Just starting out
by: Sally

Hi Sheree

I'm really interested in the work that you are doing. I'm about to start training in aromatherapy. I live in Bristol, UK where there is a holistic therapies hospital and it would be great to find out how I might get involved in some work there at a later date. I also have a huge interest in nutrition - related to a previous career. Would you be happy to be in touch directly as there is masses that I would love to talk to you about?

I look forward to hearing from you.


Rose Water for Grief
by: Kyley

Hi Sheree,

I had another thought. Get a food-grade rose hydrosol (probably called rosewater) and add a drop or two to a glass of water for whoever will drink it. It really helps with grief-driven eating problems.

This might also work with peppermint hydrosol. Hope this helps!


Aromatherapy for Eating Disorders
by: Kyley

Hi Sheree,

I've been thinking about this quite a bit. I was anorexic and bulemic as a teen and, looking back, I realize that I chose not to eat because it was the only thing I could control. My point is that you want to use essential oils to help support the underlying psychological dis-ease, not just the whole eating thing.

So I'm going to list some essential oils that help support appetite and digestion, then I'm going to suggest some oils that help support emotional and mental balance and well-being.

Appetite and Digestion: basil, bay, cardamom, chamomile, cinnamon, clary sage, clove, coriander, cumin, dill, fennel, ginger, lavender, lemongrass, marjoram, nutmeg, oregano, peppermint, rosemary, spearmint and vetiver.

Some of these, obviously, are good for stress, pain and misery as well, especially chamomile, clary sage, lavender and vetiver for anxiety. Rosemary and lemongrass for lethargy. Peppermint and spearmint for energy and clarity.

Emotional Pain/Fear and Other Issues: bergamot, frankincense, geranium, jasmine, lemon, mandarin, neroli, rose, rosewood, sandalwood, spruce, vanilla, ylang ylang.

Rose is really helpful for grief. clary sage, sandalwood, spruce and ylang are good for bringing out emotions and encouraging communication. Frankincense is grounding and balancing, and it makes you breathe more deeply - always helpful. Geranium and ylang balance extremes. Jasmine increases self-confidence.

Please be aware that I have not included any of the safety data for these essential oils. For example, basil, cinnamon and others should not be used on skin. Make sure you do your research before applying :)

Personally, I wish that I had had jasmine, frankincense, bergamot, lemon, rose, rosewood and geranium to help me back in the dark time. I truly hope this helps your patients, and I'm grateful to know there are people like you, Sheree, who care enough to try to help. Keep up the good work!

And please feel free to come back if you have more questions/thoughts or whatever. I'd be happy to help, even in a small way.


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