To complement the MASSAGE Magazine article, “Holistic Self-Care with Aromatherapy,” by Valerie Cooksley, R.N., in the June 2012 issue. Article summary: One only needs to look at the healing power of nature to observe the path to self-preservation and renewal. Practicing holistic self-care with aromatherapy, a natural, botanical-based therapy, benefits not only the physical body, but also the mind, emotions and spirit. Through the use of essential oils and utilization of early prevention, daily rejuvenation and healthy lifestyle practices, one can create restorative balance and strengthen her whole being—the ultimate self-care.

by Valerie Cooksley

Antispasmodic essential oils

  • German chamomile
  • Petitgrain citrus aurantium
  • Clary sage salvia sclarea
  • Fennel foeniculum vulgare
  • Frankincense boswellia carteri
  • Lavender lavandula angustifolia
  • Peppermint mentha piperita

Antistress essential oils

  • Basil ocimum basilicum
  • Bergamot citrus bergamia
  • Roman chamomile anthemis nobilis
  • Rose geranium pelargonium graveolens
  • Lavender lavandula angustifolia
  • Sweet marjoram majorana hortensis
  • Sweet orange citrus sinensis
  • Sandalwood santalum album

Hydrosols—floral waters

  • Rock rose cistus ladaniferus
  • Neroli (orange blossom) citrus aurantium var. amara
  • Lemon balm (melissa) melissa officinalis
  • Linden (lime flower) tilia europaea
  • White sage (desert sage) salvia apiana

Valerie Cooksley is a holistic nurse aromatherapist, author of eight aromatherapy natural-health books and a national lecturer. She is president of Flora Medica Essential Oil Co. ( and founder of the Institute of Integrative Aromatherapy in Houston, Texas. Cooksley personally mentors correspondence students in the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork-approved Integrative Aromatherapy® Certificate Program.