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The Benefits of Aromatherapy

By Olivia

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Most of us have heard about the reputed benefits of aromatherapy, and we fall into two camps: those who are diehard fans and those who’ve written it off as offering no more than a placebo effect. After moving from the latter camp to the former, we’re here to set the record straight on the real, tangible benefits that aromatherapy offers.

aromatherapy diffuser on table with ornamental herbs

Aromatherapy Defined

First, what exactly is aromatherapy? It’s typically defined as using essential oils through a diffuser or topically.  It’s a holistic approach that has been practiced for centuries throughout many different cultures. And, if you’re not one to believe that countless cultures have passed on their secrets for a reason, there’s now modern-day scientific evidence to back up many of its uses.

Essential Oil Uses

Essential oils have a myriad number of uses. Stress relief,  pain and headache relief, insomnia, lethargy, depression and digestive issues can all be positively impacted. First, make sure that you’re using high-quality, pure essential oils. When matching the proper oil to the ailment, you may find yourself amazed at the results.  Some of the most commonly used oils are:

  • Lavender
  • Ylang ylang
  • Jasmine
  • Peppermint
  • Lemon
  • Sage
  • Chamomile
  • Rosemary
  • Sandalwood

Many people find that a blend of several oils works best for their particular use.

Essential Oil Diffuser Benefits

Although we’re fans of topical use, one of our favorite ways to use essential oils is in a diffuser.  If you’re having trouble sleeping, try filling your diffuser with filtered water and a few drops of lavender, chamomile and jasmine oil. Your insomnia will dissipate as the oils are released into the air and relaxation sets in. Suffering from a headache? Try a blend of peppermint, rosemary and sandalwood. For a caffeine-free energy boost, mix up a concoction featuring jasmine, rosemary, and tea tree oil. Think of your diffuser as a natural air freshener that has the added benefit of aiding your mind and body.

Other Uses

While we love diffusers, essential oils can also be beneficial when applied to our skin. Try putting a drop or two in carrier oil and applying it to pulse points or the bottom of your feet. Another great option is to use products that feature high-grade essential oils in their ingredients. Often times the best smelling essential oils are used in this way, but they can still serve a variety of benefits (on top of the lovely smell)!  We are big fans of the ritual of getting ready, be it for an evening out or a relaxing night at home. You’ll be amazed at how much the process of bathing, slathering on body oil and dressing changes when you use products with oils that are designed to relax vs. revitalize.

If you’re already using bubble baths, body oils, shower gels, what do you have to lose by trying out a new one featuring an oil that’s targeted to your needs? If you’re as impressed as we think you will be, you might find yourself taking the plunge of purchasing a diffuser and working it into your daily routine. Let us know how you’re feeling after giving it a go!

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