what is aromatherapy?
In essence, aromatherapy is a holistic healing treatment that uses essential oils to promote health and well-being.
"The therapeutic use of essential oils from plants for the improvement of physical, emotional and spiritual well-being" - NCBI (National Center for Biotechnology Information)
Where did aromatherapy originate?
The word 'Aromatherapy' has been around since the late 1930s, a term invented by French chemist Rene-Maurice Gattefosse to describe the healing benefits of essential oils, but essential oils have been used therapeutically for thousands of years, and throughout history have been loved and cherished by the ancient Egyptians, Romans and many more ancient civilisations.
In the early 1900s, after burning his hands badly in a laboratory accident, Rene-Maurice Gattefosse "took his bandages off and coated his skin with lavender oil", which to his absolute surprise, did wondrous things to help heal the burn.
After his experience, and being inspired by what had occurred, he began his extensive research into these amazing essences, and in the late 1930's he gathered his findings and produced a book called 'Aromatherapy', where he wrote about their properties and effects, the benefits they have on disease and illnesses, and so much more. This book has since been translated and illustrated but is still used to this day.
You would usually expect to see these oils being used in a beauty therapy salon, a spa, or during a massage, but times have moved on and these essential oils are becoming readily available to all and loved by many.
Although some can be expensive, these oils offer amazing benefits you won't find in synthetic medicines or fragrances. The reality of this cannot be ignored and has been handed down through the ages.
Aromatherapy sees experienced therapists and professionals blending essences for their properties, to create aromatherapy oils to help with certain ailments, issues, and emotions. Our Aromatherapy products are expertly blended and created to support these issues easily in the comfort of your own home.
What is aromatherapy good for?
Aromatherapy is good for the mind, emotions, body, and spirit and in almost all avenues of life. Information about these essences have been handed down over thousands of years from many different civilisations. They have been found to contain many healing properties including anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, stimulants, calmatives, anti-depressants, antiseptics and so many more.
We have a range of blends to help support you in everyday life, two of the most popular being our Relax with Lavender & Geranium and our Soothe with Peppermint, Lavender & Eucalyptus. The individual oils in these blends are known to contain many properties that are beneficial for your mind and body. These include calmative, anti-depressant, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antiviral, decongestant, and stimulanting properties. Explore our full range for more Essential Oil Blends.
can Aromatherapy oils be used on the skin?
Aromatherapy essential oils can be used on the skin when diluted in a carrier oil like sweet almond oil or coconut oil. Our blends are great for the body when diluted in a carrier oil and used to massage over the skin. For example, our Comfort with Chamomile, Lavender & Geranium essential oil blend is a fantastic blend to use therapeutically to help support you physically and emotionally when suffering with menstrual and menopausal symptoms, as the oils contain anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties for pain and inflammation.
How to use Aromatherapy essential oils?
There are many ways to use essential oils for Aromatherapy in the home. They can be inhaled, diluted and applied to the skin, added to your bath water, or added to your housework cleaning chores. You of course also have the option to use Aromatherapy in the form of Candles, Reed diffusers, and Wax Melts. See our full range of products here.
Learn more about how to use essential oils and how to dilute them before using them on the skin.