Category Archives: aromatherapy

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Give a gift focusing on health and well being!!

Give a gift focusing on health and well being this xmas and you can avail of the 20% discount on the vouchers you purchase. Contact me directly on 087 272 1757 or call into Molloy’s Pharmacy Roscommon to the health section.

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AOB Therapies

Telephone 087 272 1757

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Cypress essential oil.

Please dilute the essential oil in a carrier oil before using it for massage.

Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens)

Family name: Cupressaceae  Image

This essential oil is extracted from the Cypress tree.

Mind; Talkative, irritable people benefit by its calming action. Seems to have a soothing effect on anger – apparently cleanses the spirit.

Body; Comes into its own where there is excess of any kind, particularly fluids. Therefore, useful in oedema, excess bleeding, nose bleeds, heavy menstruation, sweating, particularly of the feet as well as incontinence.
With its vaso-constricting effect on the veins it can be helpful with varicose conditions.

Generally has proved helpful with the reproductive system, particularly menstrual problems such as pre- menstrual tension and the difficult side effects of the menopause i.e. hot flushes, hormone imbalances and irritability.

Effect on the skin; Exerts a balancing action over fluids. It controls excessive loss of water and can therefore be helpful to the mature skin. Sweaty and oily skin may also benefit.

Precaution; Regulates menstrual cycle so best not use during pregnancy. Its effect on varicose veins is well known, but care should be exercised in applying the oil – actual massage might be too heavy.

One thing to remember: Cypress is a strong astringent and depurative (removes toxins) so it good in regulating the body’s production of liquid.

Aromatherapy Massage treatments available with Anne in Roscommon and Athlone

AOB Therapies

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Anne offers a range of massage treatments.

Anne O’Brien of AOB Therapies works in

Circle of Life, Roscommon Road, Athlone (Mon, Thurs and Fri)
Molloy’s Pharmacy, The Harrison Center, Roscommon.(Tues, Wed and Sat)

Anne offers a range of massage treatments.

Here is a full list of treatments which Anne offers;
· Neuromuscular therapy & orthopaedic sports massage.
· Frequency specific micro current therapy

· Aromatherapy massage
· La Stone therapy
· Pregnancy massage
· Indian head massage
· Reiki
· Hoping ear candling
Contact Anne on 087 272 1757 to book an appointment.

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Relaxation talk for the 2 groups taking part in the New approach Weight Management Programme

I’m going to be giving a talk Monday evening and Tuesday morning to the 2 groups taking part in the New Approach Weight Management Programme . I’ll high light different essential oils that help people as they are now half way through their program. And a couple of tips to help them to relax and some simple massage techniques.

Looking forward to it.


AOB Therapies

Telephone 087 272 1757

Massage treatments given in Roscommon and Athlone


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I would just like to wish everyone a peaceful Christmas and all the best for the new year!

Thank you all so much for your custom and support during the year and may 2012 be all you wish it to be.

I am available for appointments in my Roscommon Clinic on the 28th of Dec and 3rd – 6th of Jan 2012.  The Athlone Clinic is closed until the 9th of Jan 2012.

Best Regards

 Anne O’Brien

AOB Therapies

Telephone 087 272 1757


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A gift of health this Christmas

Give a gift focusing on health and well being this xmas and you can avail of the discount on the vouchers you purchase. Contact me directly on 087 272 1757. I am going to me in Molloy’s Roscommon from 11 to 1 on Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday.


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Aromatherapy massage – what is it?

Using a blend of essential oils for a massage is called aromatherapy massage. Body or part body massage is the most effective way to use essential oils but note the essential oils need to be blended in carrier oil. I use customised blend of essential oils for each massage treatment in Roscommon and Athlone. For example I might blend Bergamot, Frankincense and Ylang Ylang in a carrier oil for some who feels like their immune system is struggling and they are in a heighten state of anxiety or suffering from panic attacks. The blend is absorbed into the persons system and continues to work after the massage treatment creating feelings of calm and well being. 

The time taken for the essential oils to pass around the body is dictated by the individual metabolic rate. i.e. children will react quicker to oils than adults. 

Anne O’Brien

AOB Therapies

Telephone 087 272 1757

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Ylang Ylang essential oil – it’s uses

Please dilute the essential oil in a carrier oil before using it for massage.

Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata) 

Ylang Ylang oil is distilled from the flowers of the plant.

During the process a number of different grades of oil are taken off. The first is ylang extra, and it is the most expensive and most desired by perfumers.

3 succesive distillations follow – grade I, II & III which are progressively less complex and lose more of the subtle top notes

The first oil that is drawn from the flowers is the best quality, though subsequent yields have similar therapeutic features, but the perfume is less refined.

 Mind; Excellent for excitable conditions regulating the adrenaline flow and relaxing the nervous system, resulting in a feeling of joy. It could well ease feelings of anger, anxiety, shock, panic and fear.


It is very good at regulating the flow of adrenaline and thus slows its effects reducing stress, anger, frustration, panic and fear.

It is very good at balancing the hormones making it valuable for problems associated with the reproductive system. It is an antidepressant.

Its sedative properties are helpful with rapid breathing, rapid heartbeat and high blood pressure. Has a relaxing effect on the nervous system.

Ylang Ylang is heralded by many as an aphrodisiac.

Effect on the skin; Versatile oil, having a balancing action on sebum so making it effective on both oily and dry skins. Also a tonic and stimulating effect on the scalp promoting a more luxurious hair growth.

Precaution; Excessive use may lead to headaches and nausea.

One thing to remember: Ylang Ylang has a euphoric effect, promoting positive emotions in the user and calming and sedating in times of stress.

Anne O’Brien

AOB Therapies

Telephone 087 272 1757

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Frankincense essential oil – it’s uses

Category : aromatherapy , massage , roscommon

Frankincense        (Boswellia carteria)

It has a spicy, balsamic aroma. Frankincense was known as one of the most precious substances to ancient man. I use Frankincense quite a lot in my practice as a massage therapist.


Mind; Frankincense is emotionally balancing, producing a sense of calm. Its comforting and somewhat refreshing action is helpful for anxious and obsessional states linked to the past.

Body; Slows down breathing.  It has a pronounced effect on the mucous membranes, helpful in clearing the lungs. Excellent effect on the respiration – eases shortness of breath and useful to asthma sufferers. Has a soothing action on head colds and bronchitis.

It soothes the stomach, easing digestion and belching.

Effect on the skin; Gives new life to ageing skin and reputedly smooths out wrinkles. It is a real tonic to the skin. It’s astringent properties also helps balance oily conditions. Found to be effective against wounds, sores, ulcers and inflammation.

One thing to remember: Frankincense is emotionally balancing and producing a sense of calm.

Anne O’Brien

AOB Therapies

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Bergamot essential oil

This is the first review of the different essential oils that I use in my massage treatments. If you are going to use essential oils at home for massage please dilute the essential oil in a carrier oil.

Bergamot    (Citrus bergamia)

Bergamot essential oil is cold pressed from the fruit peel.

The bergamot fruit is not edible because the pulp is far too sour. As a result, the bergamot tree is primarily cultivated for its valuable essential oil.


Mind; It’s sedative yet uplifting character is excellent to relieve helplessness, grief and depression. It’s combined cooling and refreshing qualities seem to reduce anger and frustration.

Body; Antiseptic property makes it useful for urinary tract infections and inflammation like cystitis. Bergamot works on the digestive tract relieving flatulence, colic and painful digestion.

It strengthens the immune system.

Helpful with respiratory infections relieving symptoms of colds, flu and bronchitis as well as reducing inflammation and infection such as tonsillitis and sore throats.

Effect on the skin; It’s antiseptic and healing action seems to benefit skin conditions linked with stress. These may include eczema, psoriasis and acne.

Precaution: Bergamot may cause skin sensitivity to bright sunlight.  This is due to the chemical bergaptene which will help with tanning but not protect from burning. (This was an ingredient in sun tan lotions years ago.)

One thing to remember: Bergamot essential oil loves skin.


Anne O’Brien

AOB Therapies

Molloy’s HealthStore, Roscommon

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