26 Jul A Beginners Guide to Aromatherapy
There’s no denying that each year our focus on wellness grows. From taking more me-time to improving wellbeing conditions in the workplace, we’re all becoming that bit more in touch with our lifestyles and the way that it impacts our physical and mental health.
Our increasing focus on wellbeing brings with it a lot of exciting products and practices, some brand new, and some old favourites being thrown back into the mainstream. Aromatherapy is definitely an old favourite which has garnered a lot of new found attention recently.
There’s a good chance that if you’ve never tapped into the powers of Aromatherapy then you know someone who has. Whether it’s a family member that whipped out a roller tube of essential oil anytime you had a headache, or a friend that has an oil burner going 24/7. Aromatherapy has been around for years, and now that we’re willing to devote time and money into improving our wellbeing, it’s a great choice for people who want big impact with minimal effort.
So here’s the beginners guide to understanding, utilising and benefiting from aromatherapy.
What is aromatherapy?
The concept is simpler than you think. Aromatherapy is the practice of using plant materials and the oils produced by them, called essential oils, to tap into the aromatic benefits. It’s known as an alternative medicine but has a lot of factual studies behind it none-the-less.
Essentially, the smell of the oils and often the ritual involved with using them, can have both psychological and physical impacts on your body.
What are the benefits?
Because it often comes down to scent, various essential oils are toted to have different benefits to your health depending on the way your brain reacts to that scent.
Using essential oils is said to reduce anxiety, improve energy levels and cognitive functions, reduce physical pain and speed up the recovery process as well as improve your immune system, mood, digestion and circulation.
The specific benefit you’re looking for will determine the essential oil that is best for you to use.
Lavender, for example, is known to help induce sleep as is chamomile, jasmine and sandalwood. Peppermint is great for improving your digestion, relieving pain and strengthening your immune system while cardamom, cinnamon and tea tree improve your energy levels.
How do I incorporate it into my beauty routine?
There’s a number of ways you can easily incorporate aromatherapy and essential oils into your everyday beauty routines. It can be as simple as putting a few drops of a calming oil onto your pillowcase or using an oil burner in your kitchen of a morning to give you a burst of invigoration in the morning.
A lot of candles use essential oils that are released as it burns and you can get vaporisers where you put your oil into it and have it going in your home. For more specific treatments, essential oils can also be directly applied to your body. Rubbing it into the temples is a popular application method, or massaging oil into a particularly painful spot on your body.