Using aromatherapy products really can make you feel as good as this (although sadly, they won’t make you look as good as this). But, I realised the other day that whilst I’m very much aware of how aromatherapy can make me feel, I wasn’t fully aware of why it is so effective. And so, I turned to Geraldine Howard, the co-founder of award-winning Aromatherapy Associates (their Deep Relax bath oil is quite simply amazing) to find out. “Aromatherapy is the name given to the use of essential oils extracted from plants for therapeutic purposes,” she explains. “These oils can work on a physical and emotional level to improve the state of health and wellbeing. ” And here’s why…
1. On an emotional level, the aromas of essential oils can have a dynamic effect – the sense of smell is the most primitive of our senses, and is linked to the deepest parts of the brain which govern basic instincts, memories and emotions. When we smell an aroma it triggers both an emotional and physiological response and is capable of improving our general state of health and wellbeing.
2. Essential oils work on a physical level because they are made up of very small molecules which can penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin and into the bloodstream, enabling them to really treat certain concerns. In skincare products, due to the nature of the fact the molecules can penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin, they have an incredible effect on the quality and appearance of the skin and are great ataddressing problems such as out-of-condition and ageing skin.
3. Essential oils are really effective at helping to ease muscular aches and pains, improve circulation and optimise the cellular renewal process.
4. It can really help so many day to day challenges, such as stress, overactive mind and difficulty sleeping.
5. You can easily incorporate essential oil blends into your daily life – you can use them in the bath, shower, on an oil burner, in a bowl of hot water, or many (but not all) of the blends you can simply apply to pulse points.
Here are a few tips about how best to use oils as we come in to Spring:
A good night’s sleep is crucial to help skin repair and renew itself and to wake with a healthy, more youthful glow. I am not a naturally good sleeper, so I always have a bath or shower with Deep Relax before bed, or if I don’t have time, I place a bowl of hot water in my room and add a capful of Deep Relax. It really works.
As we go into Spring and the weather gets warmer, you need to adjust your skincare accordingly. I would use a lightweight mask, such as our Hydrating Mask, which is a clear gel mask and absorbs just beautifully. Consider replacing your heavy moisturiser with a serum and only use the moisturiser as a ‘treatment’ once per week.
Our bodies can take some time to adjust as we transition into spring, so use an energising blend, such as bergamot & ylang ylang which is a great pick-me-up. Other energising oils include pink grapefruit and rosemary, which both do a fantastic job of helping to refresh the mind and add a stimulating boost to really help get you going. Our blend of Revive Morning Bath & Shower Oil contains these oils to really help to boost energy levels. Revive Evening is a wonderful blend of mood-boosting, confidence-giving, geranium and ylang-ylang – perfect to use before a night out.
As the weather improves, more and more people tend to enjoy outdoor exercise. If you feel your muscles getting tight and painful, then our De-Stress Muscle Gel, which contains rosemary, ginger and black pepper is incredibly effective at easing localised muscle tension, aching limbs and helping to reduce inflammation. It’s also great after a day of gardening!
If you’re travelling over the summer, be sure to use an anti-bacterial and anti-viral blend, such as our Support Breathe Essence, which contains eucalyptus, tea-tree, peppermint and pine, which help stop bugs as well as boosting the immune system. It’s also a great blend if you get hayfever – either add a few drops to a tissue and inhale or diffuse the oils with a home fragrance at home or in the office.
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