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What is aromatherapy?

The use of pure essential oils to seek to influence, change or modify mind body or spirit, physiology or mood.

How can aromatherapy help you?

Aromatherapy can treat an incredible range of conditions, disorders and ailments, particularly when used alongside western medicine and other natural therapies. See below for some of the problems aromatherapy can help you with.

Muscles and bones

Muscular tension, cramps and strains, bruises, swelling, inflammation, arthritis, backache, sciatica, varicose veins, achilles tendinitis, bunions, bursitis and gout.


High and low blood pressure and palpitations.


Stress, headaches, migraines, epilepsy, anxiety, depression, grief, insomnia, shingles and addictions.


Digestive disorders, heartburn, diarrhoea and constipation, gingivitis, nausea, vomiting, acidity, digestive discomfort, bloating, wind, eating disorders, irritable bowel syndrome.

Immune & Respiratory

Bacterial, viral and fungal infections, sore throats, tonsilitis, cold/flu, coughs, fever, allergies, candidiasis, sinusitis, asthma, bronchitis, hay fever, chronic fatigue syndrome, HIV.


Cellulite and lymphoedema.


PMS, irregular menstrual cycles, morning sickness, milk flow, delivery, haemorrhoids, stretch marks, miscarriage, menopause, endometriosis, thrush, cystitis, and it can calm babies and children and soothe nappy rash and the digestive system.


Skin problems, burns, insect bites, eczema and dermatitis, psoriasis, acne, boils and carbuncles, herpes, wounds, pressure sores, tinea, scabies and pruritis (itching).


In aromatherapy, the above conditions are treated with different methods of application, depending which is best suited to the condition you have. For example, muscular tension and stress usually respond best to massage, for colds and coughs; steam inhalations and application of blends to the chest, back and throat, tinea; foot baths and/or cream for application to the affected area, digestive problems; application to the stomach area, often also with massage and heat, for skin problems; a compress to the affected area and creams can be very helpful, and so on. All the blends, natural skin care products, massage oils, sprays, flax packs, candles and bath salts used at Galaxy Aromatherapy are made here in Carterton, NZ, by a qualified Aromatherapist.

Contact us to book a treatment or for your own personalised blend, or browse the product range.

"Oh how I miss Karyn and her wonderful massages and calming chats. For over 7 years I visited Karyn once a month for relaxing and de-stressing massages and was treated with her fantastic aromatherapy products. Her natural nourishing facial moisturisers, essential oils, candles and so many other wonderful products have been part of my life for a long time. Karyn - thanks for supporting me, getting rid of so many knots and introducing my family to the benefits of aromatherapy. If I'm ever in NZ I'll be booking an appointment." Leoni


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