The Lavender Touch Charity first came to life in 2003, with the aim of helping to lend support to those living with cancer whilst dealing with the side effects associated with its treatment in the Scottish Borders.
Since then, we’ve been credited with helping people through the most difficult times of their lives, through our complementary, locally-based therapists and treatments – along with the therapeutic and natural products we develop.
Dealing with cancer can often be the most distressing and difficult time of your life. Treating, and hopefully curing, the disease should always be left up to the healthcare professionals. However, we do believe we can make the journey a little bit easier along the way.
Our complementary therapies are tried-and-tested, and have become an important part of helping people through their cancer journey in the Scottish Borders; our referrals come through local healthcare professionals.
Our mission now, more than ever before, is to raise awareness so that more people know we’re here, and that our therapeutic treatments and products are accessible for anyone living with cancer – and its side effects – in the Scottish Borders.
If you or a loved one is dealing with round-the-clock anxiety and stress, along with oedema, skin conditions, aches, pains, night sweats and insomnia – all common side effects associated with cancer – you don’t have to suffer alone.
The Lavender Touch help to fund therapeutic treatments, including massages, reflexology, and aromatherapy, through a number of qualified therapists. This helps to encompass a more holistic approach to dealing with your illness and recovery.
Our natural products are developed by clinical aromatherapists, and specially designed to help you deal with the side effects of cancer and its treatment. Our products are separated into two main sections: therapeutics and sleepwear (pyjamas).
Created to be gentle, safe and soothing to the skin, this range has been developed by experienced clinical aromatherapists, and is completely free from parabens, aluminium, sodium laurel sulphate, mineral oil, paraffin and lanolin.
Sleepwear (pyjamas) range
Designed as a medical garment for function – not fashion – to help the lives of those who suffer from debilitating night sweats. This unique pyjama range has been developed by a cancer patient who used her own personal experience to create something genuinely life-changing for both cancer patients and their partners.
How You Can Benefit From Our Services:
Here at The Lavender Touch, we help to fund a completely confidential service to help people – and carers – who are struggling with the side effects associated with cancer and its treatment, in the Scottish Borders.
If you and your health professional (whether that be a district nurse, doctor, MacMillan nurse or palliative care consultant, dietician, physiotherapist or occupational therapist) think you’re struggling, they can put in a referral to our service. For confidentiality and health reasons, all referrals have to be made through the healthcare system.
Our services are fully tailored to suit cancer patients’ needs and have been designed to work alongside cancer treatment from healthcare professionals. This helps to encompass a more holistic approach to dealing with your illness and recovery.
These treatments can be carried out via our therapy room in the Scottish Borders at the Borders General Hospital, your local health centre in the Scottish Borders, or even in your own home – whatever makes you feel most comfortable.
The Treatments We Offer:
Currently, we offer a course of six treatments for those suffering through cancer in the Scottish Borders, and a course of three treatments for carers. These will vary and can be adjusted or combined based on the individual. The side effects of cancer can also take their toll on carers and family members, which is why we extend our service to carers who put their all into helping you through your cancer journey.
The massage we offer is comfort oriented. Healing happens at rest, and so we feel it’s important to help people’s bodies rest, as well. The massages can help with circulation, as well as to reduce anxiety and stress.
It can also help oedema, skin conditions, and sensitive skin as a result of your cancer treatment.
Reflexology is a popular treatment for those suffering from cancer, and mainly involves working with the feet to help with lymphatic drainage and release your body’s natural healing powers.