Aromatherapy is commonly heard and frequently misunderstood, which isn’t all that surprising considering that it is actually thousands of years old. That’s plenty of time to build up some mystique and misconceptions when it comes to a popular “alternative” medicine and the source of the essential oils, used in aromatherapy, and which have potential to enhance both health and beauty. One thing is for sure though: it works.
Aromatherapy has been in use since the era of ancient civilizations—including the Greeks, Romans and Egyptians—and the discovery of distillation, the process that extracts the fragrant essential oils from the plant (like eucalyptus, lavender, rose, tea tree oil, etc.). Celebrity use of essential oils and aromatherapy isn’t exactly new, either. Queen Nefertiti offered up essential oils to the gods! Paris is rumored to have given Helen of Troy quite the massage using a few drops each of ylang-ylang, clary sage and chamomile… and Cleopatra and Mark Antony, they—well—you get the idea.
Today, the ritual use of aromatherapy is still extensively practiced in India and China, to heal both body and spirit. Western science has linked the practice of aromatherapy and the aromatic compounds within essential oils to overall wellness, as well as beneficial treatments and beauty regimens for common ailments: wrinkles under eyes, getting rid of acne scars, organic hair care, to name a few.
Most anti aging creams that work (products such as organic lotion and organic face moisturizer) use some unique combination of essential oils. Whether you apply these blends directly, through something like massage, or inhale them via a few drops into a hot bath or a cotton ball at your bedside, essential oils will alter your mood positively. They will energize you for the day or relax you before bedtime. Leave you physically aroused, or calm and alert, prepared for some intellectual stimulation.
An added benefit of essential oils are that they are non-habit forming and entirely natural. The only side effect is relief and a synergistic effect: with ample stress relief and better health, you allow yourself to feel and be beautiful.
Psychological and physical wellbeing are intricately tied together; one can influence and sway the other sometimes without our even realizing it. And since mood and mental states can vary frequently or widely, depending on the stress of a given day or where we happen to be in our schedule, it is important to create a consistent routine that alleviates this build-up of stress. And what better way than Aromatherapy?
It’s simple, easy to manage, as it fits neatly into the morning or evening, at the beginning or the end of a long day; and it taps into one of the most primal parts of selves: smell. Our sense of smell, produced by the olfactory gland within the brain, is one of the oldest, most basic of human senses. Smell can evoke some of our strongest memories.
Essential oils have been shown to not only bring back certain memories, but potentially enhance our short-term memories as well. Our sense of smell is also the very center of the powers of attraction, harnessed by perfumes and colognes, which mimic pheromones. Pheromones are natural chemical compounds that members of the animal kingdom give off to signal that they make a promising mate… So next time you’re alone with your mate, try suggesting some aromatherapy! All play aside, however, the possible benefit from aromatherapy and essential oils is enormous.
Whether it’s a full night’s sleep, or a few drops to smooth or massage into your skin, the combination of benefits can provide a way to rid yourself of excess stress, to feel better, to be grounded in your body. It’s for any woman seeking relief, and we’re excited to share so big a boost to beauty and wellness. We think you’re going to love it.