Words: Sarah Bradbury
What is Aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy is a holistic treatment in which plant extracts are used to promote well-being and the health of the mind, body and spirit. It can also be used to improve sleep quality and headaches. You may also have heard it be referred to as ‘essential oil therapy’. The oils that are extracted are often added to beauty products like perfume, can be evaporated through a diffuser and even added to your bath via salts and inhaled through the steam. Dreamy right? French perfumer and chemist René-Maurice Gattefossé is said to have created the term ‘aromatherapy’ in a book he wrote on the topic published in 1937. He discovered the healing potential of lavender for treating burns and other oils that could treat medical conditions.
What are essential oils?
Essential oils, which are obtained through a form of distillation, are collected from various plants and other natural matter so there unique and distinctive odours can be added to products such as perfumes or creams.
Is Aromatherapy a New Thing?
Actually no! People have been using the aromatherapy technique for thousands of years. Ancient cultures in China, India and Egypt have incorporated the aromatic qualities from oils for medical and religious purposes.
What Are the Benefits of Aromatherapy?
It’s said that using different aromatherapy oils can actually help manage pain, improve your sleep quality, soothe joints and boost immunity to name a few. One of the most favoured uses for aromatherapy is to help reduce stress and anxiety.
Promote Inner Calm
Research has shown that using some of the above aromatherapy techniques and specific oils, you can calm and make yourself feel more relaxed and even relieve anxiety symptoms. Lavender, Rose, Ylang-Ylang and Chamomile are some of the most common if you suffer with any of these symptoms.
Are There Any Risks?
Like trying anything new for the first time, there can be some side effects if they are used the wrong way. Make sure essential oils are diluted accordingly and keep out of reach of pets and children. You may experience temporary effects like feeling sick, a headache or a reaction - these are all pretty common and should pass. You might want to try a different scent if your headache persists or dilute further. If you are pregnant, please have a discussion with your doctor before using essential oils.
5 fragrances with therapeutic notes that we love
- Lavender: Trouble getting comfortable? Calm your resentfulness with Yves Saint Laurent Libre which features notes of lavender.
- Rose: Feeling romantic? A few sprays of Paul Smith Rose, which contains rose, will get you in the mood!
- Ylang- Ylang: Promote relaxation with Paco Rabanne Pure XS For Her and hints of ylang-ylang.
- Chamomile: Encourage a good night sleep and reduce feelings of irritation with Gucci Mémoire D’Une Odeur which features soothing chamomile.
- Frankincense: Induce feelings of mental peace and clarity with perfumes containing frankincense, such as Lancome La Nuit Tresor.
Are you missing aromatherpy in your life?
Find your next new scent at The Perfume Shop