Aromatherapy is a true holistic approach to healing in that it uses oils extracted from plants and flowers to treat the physical, mental and spiritual body.
~ Essential oils are made up of very small molecules that are able to penetrate the deeper layers of the skin, and into our bloodstream.
~ Essential oils stimulate receptors in the nose which relay messages to the limbic system, the part of the brain that regulates emotions.
~ The use of essential oils is nothing new, dating back thousands of years.
Research has shown that essential oils have the ability to improve circulation, moisturise dry skin, reduce oiliness, rejuvenate stressed skin and assist the healing of damaged skin. Long term use of essential oils will contribute to the health of skin and help to keep skin supple by helping with the cellular renewal process.
The wonderful benefit of aromatherapy is that it can be incorporated into daily life via creams, massage oils, bath oils, compresses and for burning in an oil burner; and that blends can be tailor made to suit your requirements (for example, to uplift and invigorate; to ease anxiety and stress; to help promote tranquility and sleep; and as a gentle aphrodisiac). Essential oils also add a sense of luxury when used as there is a heavenly scent that appeals to each and everyone.
To read about a number of commonly used essential oils go to the INGREDIENTS WE LOVE page.
If you are particularly interested in reading up more so on the extensive beneficial properties of essential oils, Salvatore Battaglia’s The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy is excellent, comprehensive and easy-to-read. Alternatively head to your local health food or book store to pick up a book that outlines the many different essential oils and their benefits or book an appointment with an aromatherapist.