This news item is aimed at members of the general public who have been advised that it is safe to ingest (swallow) essential oils.
The FHT is very concerned by a growing number of reports that members of the public are being advised that it is safe to ingest (swallow) essential oils, or take them internally.
In the FHT’s opinion, taking essential oils internally can be extremely dangerous. Although essential oils are produced from plants and are ‘natural’, they are very powerful products and can have serious side effects if not used properly.
If you would like to use essential oils at home, it is very important that you seek the advice of a professional and suitably qualified aromatherapist. To find an aromatherapist in your area, search the FHT’s Accredited Register, which has been approved by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care.
Please share this link with anyone you think may benefit from the information.
Click here to read the FHT’s full statement on the ingestion of essential oils.
The FHT welcomes a joint report published today by the Professional Standards Authority and Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH), which highlights how more than 80,000 practitioners listed on Accredited Registers – including more than 10,000 FHT members – are able to contribute to improving public health.
The report, based on a survey of over 4,500 listed on Accredited Registers (ARs), also looks at some of the barriers that prevent these practitioners from doing more to support the health of the nation, and provides some recommendations to help them realise their full potential.
Shirley Cramer CBE, Chief Executive of RSPG, comments, ‘We know that AR practitioners typically take a holistic approach to wellbeing, and develop long-term and trusted relationships with their patients, putting them in an ideal position to have lifestyle health conversations with them. The AR workforce accounts for thousands of interactions with members of the public every day: we are calling for these practitioners to be given the right support, so that we can unleash their full potential to improve the public’s health.’
Our thanks to those FHT members who completed the survey and contributed to this report.
Read the full report, Untapped Resources
We’re helping readers of Natural Health magazine explore the world of complementary therapies with our introduction to kinesiology, featured in their November issue.
The article discusses the therapy’s background, as well as what to expect at your first appointment. It finishes by signposting readers to the FHT Directory to find a kinesiologist near them. So if you’re a kinesiologist, log into the Members’ Area and make sure your Directory listing is up to date!
You can read the full article here.
We’re pleased to announce our latest press contribution! You can catch us in In The Moment magazine.
In The Moment is a beautiful, practical lifestyle magazine for the modern-thinking creative woman. Enjoy practical creative projects, positive features and stories to inspire, adventures near and far for a healthy body and mind, and ideas embracing every aspect of women’s lives: friends, family, self, work, rest and play!
And in the November issue, which is out today, readers will find an introduction to reflexology and our very own Helen and Alison promoting the FHT’s Complementary Healthcare Therapist Register through our ‘My therapist helps me…’ campaign.
Find out more about our Accredited Register here, and read our reflexology feature here.
The FHT was delighted to be given the opportunity to support Natural Health magazine’s Complementary Therapies Special – The Ultimate Guide to Natural Healing – in the September issue. The special includes a page devoted to what complementary therapy is, what to look for in a therapist and what to expect from a treatment. It also highlighted the importance of the FHT’s Accredited Register, independently approved by the Professional Standards Authority, and directs readers to search for an FHT member at fht.org.uk/findatherapist
In addition, the FHT Governing Council supplied expert advice to readers about therapies for specific conditions. FHT President Paul Battersby supplied guidance on acupuncture and massage for back pain, FHT Vice President Mary Dalgleish covered aromatherapy and reflexology for the menopause, FHT Vice President Christopher Byrne looked at Amno Fu and acupuncture for gut and digestion issues, and Maria Mason offered advice on Indian head massage for stress and anxiety.
Read the full Complementary Therapy Special here.
World Reflexology Week, which runs from 18-24 September, is a wonderful opportunity to show potential clients and employers the many benefits this complementary therapy has to offer.
To help spread the word, FHT members can:
- Download the FHT’s free promotional leaflet/poster, to print and distribute in your local area and a cover/banner image for use on your social media profiles*
- Contact your regular clients and local businesses, offering a discount of your choice on all reflexology treatments booked, or being carried out, during World Reflexology Week
- Contact your local newspaper or radio station, or send them a press release, telling them what you are doing for World Reflexology Week – remember to insert your special Accredited Register mark
- Get together with other FHT members from your Local Support Group to organise an event where taster treatments are available. You might want to consider donating all or a portion of the proceeds raised to a local charity or other worthy cause – it is likely whoever you are supporting will help to promote the event in return, which means more people to treat!
Simply log in to the Members area to access your resources or click here
Please be sure to send in a post-event write-up and pictures of your event to the FHT, so that we can give you a mention in International Therapist and on our website! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org, writing World Reflexology Week in the subject box. Please ensure that the pictures you take are high-resolution, in case we would like to include these in the journal.
Happy World Reflexology Week!
*You must be an FHT Member and hold a Level 3 qualification in reflexology to download the FHT’s World Reflexology Week promotional posters, banners and other support material
Keep an eye out for the July issue of Men’s Fitness, where you can find Nick and Kevin‘s ‘My therapist helps me…’ campaign in the Trainer section.
This promotes the hard work the FHT’s members do, and the benefits available to the public, to a wide audience of highly active, health-conscious readers. We always want to showcase the best, and what better way to do that than with the backing of a government-accountable accreditation?
You can also find posts on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn – please share/re-tweet to help spread the word!
If you would like to join FHT or find out more about our Accredited Register, visit: fht.org.uk/join