There are many reactions that can occur during or after an aromatherapy treatment, one in which is a detox period also known to therapists as the ‘healing crises’. These responses happen when the body attempts to eliminate toxins at a faster rate than they can be properly disposed of. The more toxic one’s bodily systems are, the more sever the detoxification is and each client will differ in terms of severity.

When a treatment involves a cleansing programme, the products applied often contain anti-bacterial properties which are designed to kill bacteria. Once this process occurs, a significant amount of endotoxin is released into the body which results in the client experiencing negative side effects (Pyrostar, no date). There are a variety of different reactions that can occur during this period, some of which include: Increased joint or muscle ache, Fatigue, Insomnia, Nausea, Mood Swings and Fever. It is important to assure the client that these symptoms are temporary and just the body’s way of cleansing itself from impurities and hormonal imbalances.

Once the detox period subsides, the client will then start to feel the benefits of treatment both physically and mentally. Depending on what the aim of the treatment plan is, clients can potentially feel some of the following positive reactions during or after treatment: Pain Relief, Stress and Anxiety Control, Improvement of Blood Circulation, Digestion Relief and Toxin Removal.

An emotional reaction can also occur during a treatment which can have both negative and positive reactions. The treatment might bring to light past emotional traumas, or surface a number of previous conditions which the client had forgotten about which can seem upsetting at the time for both the client and the therapist. Although negative in nature, this reaction can also be deemed to have a positive effect on the client in the long run, as it uproots negative energy and gives the client a therapeutic sense of emotional release. This then leads onto the client experiencing a better mood and a greater sense of wellbeing (Releasing emotions trapped in the tissues, 2008).



Pyrostar (no date) The impact of endotoxin on the human body. Available at: (Accessed: 31 October 2016).

Releasing emotions trapped in the tissues (2008) Available at: (Accessed: 31 October 2016).